Schoharie Fresh Online Farmers’ Market Launches in Cobleskill
August 26, 2011
Schoharie Fresh, a new online farmers’ market, connects local consumers with Schoharie County producers. A convenient way to access fresh produce, customers shopping at www.schohariefresh.com will support Schoharie County’s farmers and the local economy. The development of Schoharie Fresh is being funded by Creating Healthy Places, a New York State Department of Health grant awarded to SUNY Cobleskill.
Several Schoharie County farmers are participating in this new pilot project with more expected to join in the near future. The first 100 customers will receive a free insulated grocery tote.
“Local farming not only supports the economy in the region, it also provides consumers with more information as to how their food is raised,” said Timothy Hines of Grumpy Buffalo Farm, LLC, a Schoharie Fresh producer. “Consumers are looking for healthier choices. There is a wide range or products currently for sale including fruits, vegetables, herbs, meats, maple products, eggs, dairy, coffee and sauces.”
The network of farm producers plan to supply individuals and families and to grow to accommodate local schools and institutions with their centralized order system. For the 2011 pilot season, Schoharie Fresh can accept cash or checks for payment and plans are in progress to accept SNAP/EBT, FMNP and WIC vouchers in the future.
How does Schoharie Fresh Work for customers?
• Shop www.schohariefresh.com for a variety of products from Schoharie County farms.
• Place your order by midnight on Wednesdays.
• Pick up your order between 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Fridays at the Extension Center in Cobleskill (173 South Grand Street).
Participating farmers can log in at any time to keep inventories of available products up-to-date and to monitor sales, then drop off products ordered at the Extension Center on Friday mornings. As customer pickup is on Friday afternoons, produce is exceptionally fresh and often harvested that morning. Refrigerator and freezer units are also located on site.
Farmers interested in participating in Schoharie Fresh are encouraged to contact the Schoharie County Planning and Development Agency at 518-295-8770 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schoharie Fresh is funded by Creating Healthy Places, a five-year New York State Department of Health grant awarded to SUNY Cobleskill to implement a series of initiatives to improve access to fresh fruits and vegetables and encourage an active lifestyle in Schoharie County. The online farmers’ market pilot project was developed through a collaboration of the Schoharie County Planning and Development Agency, Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie County, and SUNY Cobleskill, with assistance from the Central New York Resource Conservation and Development Project.