(April 2) The Farmers' Market Federation of New York recently announced that $150,000 had been raised for World Trade Center Greenmarket and other city market farmers whose markets had been damaged or destroyed by the Sept. 11 attacks.

While one of the markets opened within a month of the attacks, two just recently opened and at least two more are closed permanently, said Diane Eggert, executive director of the federation. The funds were distributed to 37 farmers in the area, she said. Others qualified but turned down the funds to allow others with more pressing needs to obtain the money.

The funds were raised over the last six months from all across America, as well as from interested parties in Canada, Great Britain and France. Eggert said 100% of the funds have been distributed to farmers and market vendors in the New York area.