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February 6, 2014

Farmers' Market recruiting new vendors

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Weir points out that the Market tries to maintain optimum conditions for sellers to succeed.

“A few years ago, we had so many vendors offering meat it was hard to have sellers make prices competitive and still make money. Our current application process gives us a chance to balance the vendors so farmers can make a profit,” she said.

Weir said Otsego 2000 believes the push for a 20-C Commercial kitchen will be successful. “We have some possible facilities in our area. The survey is the next step to make this happen,” she said.

Often local food producers do not have a licensed place to make their product, and building a commercial kitchen is not financially feasible. Producers could rent time during the week to make their product in a licensed kitchen.

Another profit-making opportunity for farmers are Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), which pairs buyers with farmers to procure a weekly box of produce.

Weir says the market startedCSAs last year, and are having great success.

“About 25 area families preordered their produce for the season from three farms at the market; one offers organic veggies, one traditional fruit, veggies, and preserves, and the other, an orchard, offers a fruit farm-share,” she said. “We had one farm pick-up on Tuesday and the other two CSAs were a pick-up on Saturdays. Last year we offered a 28-week farm-share, this year we are working out the details for a additional offering that caters to the summer residents time frame.”

Details should be available later around March.

“This program really helps produce and orchard businesses with cash flow in the winter when the expense for planting supplies and repairing equipment occurs,” Weir said.

The vendor applications are available under ‘For Vendors’, ‘How to Apply’ on the website, www.CooperstownFarmersMarket.org. Applications should be submitted before Feb. 28.

For more information please contact Lyn Weir, (607)547-6195 or visit market@otsego2000.org

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