Lamb’s Quarters Inc., doing business as the Norwich Farmers Market, announced last week it received a grant from Farm Credit East to continue the government programs that benefit both farmers and consumers at the Wednesday public market, a Norwich tradition of 86 years.

The funds will enable the Norwich Farmers Market to continue to provide Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program services on Wednesdays with plans to expand the program to other days of the week for residents in the county’s outlying communities, according to a media release.

Current Chenango County recipients of Farmers Market Nutrition Program benefits may only redeem their coupons in Norwich, Coventry and Plymouth. Lamb’s Quarters is working with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and the state Federation of Farmers Markets to expand the public market in Norwich to a mobile market with online support to bring programs to as many communities as possible, the release said.

SNAP services at farmers markets helps recipients have access to fresh local farm products, helping both farmer and consumer, the release said. Other nutritional programs available through farmers markets include FMNP-WIC, FMNP-Senior, and WIC Vegetable & Fruit programs. 

The WIC Vegetable and Fruit program is transitioning from paper checks to an EBT system and Norwich Farmers Market isn’t authorized to accept them this year as they have previously, according to the release. The transition should be complete by next year and NFM will once again be able to accept WIC Vegetable and Fruit credits.

For more information, call 607-334-4928.

Solar company to have info session 

HeatSmart Southern Tier, a program of the Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition, will host a free informational session on green methods of home heating and cooling at Awestruck Ciders in Sidney from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 10.

“Clean heating and cooling systems — ground-source and air-source heat pumps — are smart and healthy options that will keep your home comfortable year round, lower your energy usage and reduce your carbon footprint,” the organization said in a media release.

Participants will learn about green technology, energy efficiency and available incentives and financing. All products and installers have been vetted by HeatSmart and NYSERDA, which supports the nonprofit program, according to the release.

For more information, visit heatsmartsoutherntier.org. To register, visit tinyurl.com/HSSTAwestruck.

Pathfinder Village receives award

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield on Tuesday presented Pathfinder Village with its Community Health Award, a $2,000 grant for the purchase of annual memberships for members to use at Clark Sports Center's facilities.

Children and adults at Pathfinder Village will have access to activities such as strength training, rock climbing, swimming and training for the Special Olympics as part of the organization’s efforts to improve the health status and well-being of its community, according to a media release.

“The company’s Community Health Awards demonstrate a corporate commitment to support local organizations that share our mission as a nonprofit health plan,” said Eve Van de Wal, regional president of Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. “These awards complement our existing grants and sponsorships with agencies that work to enhance quality of life, including health status, in upstate New York.”

County offers grants for small businesses

Otsego County is accepting applications from local small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs to pre-enroll in a microenterprise program for which the county is seeking funding.

Small businesses with five or fewer employees, including the owner, are eligible, and the owner or new hires must have low-to-moderate incomes. Grants up to $35,000 may be awarded to eligible applicants for equipment, inventory, working capital and other expenses.  

For more information or to apply, contact Thoma Development Consultants at 607-753-1433 or TDC@thomadevelopment.com.  Pre-applications are due by July 19.

Sarah Eames, staff writer, can be reached at seames@thedailystar.com or 607-441-7213. Follow her @DS_SarahE on Twitter.