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May 4, 2013

Front-door farmers market hits the web

By Richard Whitby
The Daily Star

---- — 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.

Golden Artist honored

Golden Artist Colors has been named Distinguished Business of the

Year by Commerce Chenango for its contributions to the local community and economy.

The award, in its 54th year, recognizes a business organization that has shown consistent and continued growth, is considered a leader in its industry and one that makes continuous improvements to quality and innovation.

“We are truly honored to be recognized with this award,” said Operations Supervisor Edward Holmquist, who accepted the award on behalf of Golden Artist Colors on April 23. “We are a team of individuals focused on the same goal – our commitment to our customers, our community and each other. We are a unique company with an incredible staff.”

The employee-owned company, based in Columbus, has 148 employees and manufactures paints and coatings for the fine-art market.

Quick hits

KeyBank has received its eighth “outstanding” rating on the Community Reinvestment Act exam. It is the only national bank among the 25 largest to be rated “outstanding” by the Comptroller of the Currency for eight consecutive review periods. … Triple Crown Baseball Factory has opened 174 Roundhouse Road in Oneonta. It features indoor batting cages, lessons and specialized clinics. … The UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital Foundation has announced an $80,000 gift to the hospital. The gift will be used to purchase ultrasound equipment used in cardiac studies at UHS Cardiology Norwich.

Richard Whitby reports on business news for The Daily Star. To contact him, call 432-1000, ext. 221, or email rwhitby@thedailystar.com.