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On the Bright Side

April 9, 2013

Local growers eye Big Apple markets


Richard Giles, owner of Lucky Dog, volunteered to coordinate the transportation of the food to New York City.

The arrangement calls for the farmers to pay  15 percent of the gross invoice for the shipment to the customer. That would cover both transportation and loading.

“That’s how it’s going to start out,” Morgan said later. “If that works for everybody, that will be the number.”

Morgan said she hopes the shipments can begin this spring.

“We want to be able to have our system in place very soon,” she said.

Jaffe, a former physician in Brooklyn who got into farming a decade ago, said he already sells directly to markets and butchers in New York City but is interested to hear more from Greenmarket.

“Any system that makes it easier for farmers to get their product out to market is a good thing,” Jaffe said.

Riesen said reminders of the region’s past success in agriculture exist in towns throughout the area.

“When you look around at the beautiful homes and buildings and ask, ‘How did they get built?’ it was agriculture,” he said.

For instance, he noted, the community of Bovina, famous for the delicious butter produced there in the 19th century, had its own railroad spur as a result of the scores of successful dairy farms that existed there then.

Patrick Rider, owner of Greenane Farms in Meredith, said he’s excited by the possibility of having a cooperative venture wtih local farmers.

“The faster we get over the feeling that we’re competitors, the faster we will actually start to make money,” he said.

Giles, who already trucks his organic produce to New York City weekly, said local farmers can only benefit by having access to New York City.

“The market will appreciate better food at the prices that a conglomeration like this will start to provide,” he said.

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