Schoharie Fresh Online Farmers’ Market Partners with SUNY Cobleskill; Begins Second Year Offering Local Fruits, Vegetables and Farm-Raised Goods
June 7, 2012
Schoharie Fresh, an online farmers’ market offering fruits, vegetables and other local goods produced within Schoharie County, begins its second year of service on Saturday, June 16.
Farm-raised eggs, meat, maple, honey products, and more, are available at www.schohariefresh.com. Orders placed by midnight on Wednesdays can be picked up between 3:30 - 5:30 p.m., on Fridays at the historic red barn off Route 7 on the north side of the SUNY Cobleskill campus. The first 100 customers receive a free, reusable insulated market bag.
Schoharie Fresh is an innovative approach to the traditional farmers’ market, allowing consumers to access local, fresh produce, and farmers to market their products, at one centralized location.
“A direct connection between the producer of food and the consumer is more important than ever,” says Lenny Prezorski of Cold Springs Farm. “The consumer can have their questions answered regarding where and how their food is produced … and by whom. The consumer dollar remains in the community, which provides local employment and supports other local business.”
Schoharie Fresh is supported by funding from Creating Healthy Places, a five-year New York State Department of Health grant awarded to SUNY Cobleskill in 2010. Through the grant, SUNY Cobleskill and partner agencies are implementing a series of initiatives aimed at improving access to fresh fruits and vegetables and promoting a more active lifestyle in Schoharie County.
“Having this venue for farmers and consumers is just the first step toward closing the gap between food producers and community members while creating a vibrant regional food economy,” says Dr. Jason Evans, professor of agricultural business at SUNY Cobleskill.
Active producers partnering with Schoharie Fresh include: Barber’s Farm, Black Willow Pond Farm, Bluebird Hill Farm, Buck Hill Farm/Fancy Maple Products, Cross Hill Farm, Cold Springs Farm, Cowbella Fine Farmstead Dairy Products, Earthly Remedies by Erin, Hessian Hill Farm, Honeybee Farm, Nagimor Farm, Peck & Potter Farm, Sap Bush Hollow Farm, Schoharie Sugar Shack, Sharon Springs Farmers’ Market, Sparks Emerald Acres, The Olde Corner Store in Gallupville, Thompson’s Sugar Shack, Trifecta Farm, and Wellington’s Herbs and Spices.
Customers utilizing Schoharie Fresh:
- Log on to www.schohariefresh.com and search the wide variety of local products;
- Place an order by midnight on Wednesdays during each week of the season;
- Pick up and pay for products between 3:30 - 5:30 p.m., on Fridays at the historic red barn off Route 7 on the north side of the SUNY Cobleskill campus.
Participating farmers can log in at any time to update inventories of available products and monitor sales, then drop off products at SUNY Cobleskill on Friday mornings. Refrigerator and freezer units are located on site.
Farmers and producers interested in participating in Schoharie Fresh are encouraged to contact Jason Evans at 518-255-5643 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.