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County, State Leaders Cut the Ribbon on New Year Round Farmer’s Market

Town of Dickinson, NY – Broome County Executive Debbie Preston joined NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets Commissioner Richard Ball, County Legislature Chairman Dan Reynolds, members of the Broome County Legislature, members of Cornell Cooperative Extension staff and board of directors, the Agency, local farmers and more to officially cut the ribbon on the new Year Round Regional Farmers Market.

The Farmers Market is located behind the Cornell Cooperative Extension Building on Upper Front Street in the Town of Dickinson.

“We are thrilled to be opening the Year Round Farmers Market, and having it completed earlier than expected,” says Broome County Executive Debbie Preston.  “This has been a long time coming and we can’t wait for our local famers to be able to sell their products all year round.”

“After a long time coming and a lot of hard work, this new Regional Farmers Market is a perfect example of the partnership between government and our local agricultural community,” said Legislature Chairman Daniel Reynolds. “This new venue will allow greater access to healthy, locally sourced food, that’s produced right here by our local farmers in our own backyard. I encourage everyone to come out and see all that Broome County has to offer.”

“Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County is looking forward to having a vibrant market that will bring people from all areas of the region to buy and sell in Broome County,” says Victoria Giarratano, executive director of Cornell Cooperative Extension. “The ability to support food access and aggregation of local products for larger markets will enable the Agriculture Community to move to the next level.”

The Farmers Market, which includes indoor and outdoor space that can accommodate over 50, along with a community store and commercial kitchen space, represents a total investment of $1.9 million. The collaborative effort included support from the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council, Empire State Development ($300,000), New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation ($400,000), the Agency ($250,000) and the Low Income Investment Fund ($100,000). Broome County covered the remaining project costs.

Richard Ball, Commissioner, New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets said, “Having a year-round farmers’ market is an incredible resource. It will ensure that the community has regular access to healthy, fresh foods while strengthening the local agricultural economy. New York State is proud to invest in this project and support the area’s agricultural producers in bringing more homegrown products to the Southern Tier.”

“We were very happy to provide support to this project,” said Kevin McLaughlin, executive director of The Agency.  “Agriculture is an important industry in Broome County, with an annual economic impact of around $30 million. This Market will expand opportunities for growth exponentially.”

The Farmer’s Market will allow local farmers and community members the opportunity to buy and sell fresh produce and homemade goods all year round.

A commercial kitchen is housed within the market to assist farmers to test and create products. These products will be developed, produced, marketed and sold within the region.

The Farmers Market will be open on Saturdays from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.  For more information, vendors and consumers can contact Dina Truncali, Market Manager, at (607) 584-5010 or marketmanager@bcregionalmkt.com

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06/22/2016 - 2:44pm