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Business Beat

May 4, 2013

Front-door farmers market hits the web

Most people would agree that buy-local initiatives are good, and that eating locally produced food, free of man-made hormones, antibiotics and pesticides, probably is healthier.

But not every consumer wants to travel to the Cooperstown or Oneonta farmers markets on Saturday morning (or any of the other regional markets), and not every farmer wants to load and unload hundreds of pounds of produce before sunrise and then reverse the process a few hours later.

Enter FarmieMarket, an Internet startup that is matching local farmers with local consumers in the Albany-Saratoga area and as far south as Ulster County.

The concept is simple: Farmers sign up and post their offerings online. Customers place their orders, again online, by Tuesday, and the farmers then deliver foods order to FarmieMarket, which distributes them to customers by Thursday evening. FarmieMarket also ensures that all of the food is free of hormones, antibiotics and pesticides for growers who are not yet certified as organic.

If it sounds too good to be true, that’s because it isn’t true in Otsego, Delaware, Chenango or Schoharie counties. However, the food distributor is looking to expand throughout the region. All it needs are farmers willing to sell and consumers ready to buy. Details are available on its website: farmiemarket.com.

Chamber After Hours

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce will hold its next Business After Hours at The Plains at Parish Homestead on Thursday.

The event, which will run from 4:30 to 6 p.m., will include a happy hour with jazz performance by local artists Tom Wetmore and Rob Hunt.

The Plains at Parish Homestead is at 163 Heritage Circle in Oneonta.

Anyone interested in attending is asked for contact Shelly Giangrant, director of operations, at (607) 432-4500 ext. 207 or by emailing her at shelly@otsegocountychamber.com.

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