Schoharie Fresh Continues to Grow
September 7, 2012
Schoharie Fresh, the innovative online farmers market located on the SUNY Cobleskill campus, has surpassed expectations since opening for its second season in June.
Fruits and vegetables, locally produced meats, cheeses and yogurts are available through Schoharie Fresh. Advance orders can be placed via the Internet at www.schohariefresh.com and are available for pick up on Friday afternoons at the Red Barn on Route 7 across from the main campus entrance.
Schoharie Fresh offers many advantages, including the ability to shop from home and place multiple orders during a week. The Wednesday deadline allows the producers to gather the orders together and deliver exactly what is ordered each week. The Schoharie Fresh staff packages each order so it is ready at pick-up on Friday afternoon. Orders must be paid for at that time with cash or check.
Prices through Schoharie Fresh are competitive with local markets and the produce is fresh. As a result, there are now 30-40 people placing regular orders out of 500 registered users on the website, with average weekly sales totaling between $800 -$1,000.
Currently 27 producers from across Schoharie County are marketing their food items on the website and the list continues to grow. Schoharie Fresh includes large and small producers interested in selling to local consumers and restaurants. Some producers choose to sell a couple of products on the site and others have multiple products. Items and producers can vary on a weekly basis with producers updating each week what is available for purchase as the season progresses. Some items are limited and are available on a first-come first-served basis. Schoharie Fresh will continue to operate into early December and will begin its new season in February 2013.
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. For more information on Creating Healthy Places or Schoharie Fresh, contact Maureen Blanchard, Project Coordinator, at (518) 255-5294 or firstname.lastname@example.org.