A sailboat carrying 15 tons of produce from VT docks in NYC today

Ahoy, mates! The Vermont Freight Sail Project lands in Brooklyn today and Manhattan tomorrow, bringing farm produce, apple fritters and more.

Photograph: Michael Kirby

While New York City certainly has no shortage of reclaimed wood countertops, or locally sourced, certified organic ingredients, our efforts are no match for those kings of sustainability in Vermont, our environmentally conscious neighbor to the northeast. 

The latest example of their ecological superiority arrives this weekend with the Vermont Sail Freight Project, a sailboat that an organization of VT farmers launched down the Hudson towards our fair city two weeks ago. Meant to display an alternative method of sustainably transporting goods to market, the little ship is loaded down with fifteen tons of regionally-grown root vegetables, apples, grains and maple syrup. It will drop anchor in Brooklyn and Manhattan over the next two days to peddle its wares. Hey—even if it doesn’t convince you that sailboats should be the future of freight transit, at least you’ll have the chance to get your hands on some pretty solid produce. 

The ship will be docked in the Brooklyn Navy Yard from 3–5pm today for a welcoming event and market promising pumpkin carvings, apple fritters and folk music, as well as the opportunity to browse through the ship’s selection of goods. If you miss that, it’ll also be at the South Street Seaport tomorrow (October 27), where it’ll set up shop at the New Amsterdam Market from 11am–4pm. You can check out a full list of foodstuffs that’ll be available, as well as place an online preorder, via Good Eggs.

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