Stamford Smokehouse, owned by Caitlan Grady & Michael Solyn, will invest over $70,000 to establish a USDA approved smokehouse and meat processing facility. The Stamford Smokehouse will provide custom smoking of meats for local farmers and processing facilities. They will additionally utilize their retail storefront located at 103 Main Street in Stamford to highlight smoked and prepared products from local farms as well as their own line of products. By offering USDA certified products the Stamford Smokehouse will enable local farms to expand existing product lines and profitability.
The newly formed Lucky Dog Local Food Hub is being developed as an aggregation, short term storage, and transportation service serving the small farms in Delaware County and The Catskills Region, with transportation of Catskills farm products both regionally and to customers in NYC. Owned by Richard Giles is a natural outgrowth of Lucky Dog Farm’s weekly trips to the New York City Greenmarkets and will seek to assist other local producers in accessing market outlets in the NYC area. With an investment of over $40,000 the Lucky Dog Food Hub will expand their capacity to store, process and ship farm products being produced locally in the Catskills.
Muddy River Hops, owned by Christina and Dustin Wood plan to establish a New York State licensed Farm Brewery as well as establishing an on-farm processing plant at their hop yard in the Town of Sidney. Muddy River Hops will also develop a “brew lab” and tasting room in the facility. Through this project Muddy River Hops will invest over $16,000 in their business.
Byebrook Farm located in Bloomville has been farmed by the family continuously since 1787. In 2008, owners Paul and Gwen Deysenroth started making gouda cheeses as a value added income to their farm, a raw milk license and sell bottled raw milk along with their cheese at their roadside stand. Through this project, Byebrook will expand cheese their cheese making enterprise by investing nearly $85,000 to build a new plant and purchase related equipment in order to make their cheese on the farm.
Dirty Girl Farm of Andes, owned by Cyndi Wright, plans to expand their creamery through the addition of a new and larger pasteurizer for the bottling of goats milk. Demand for Dirty Girl Farm’s product are growing rapidly and this expansion of processing capacity, along with other planned improvements totaling over $20,000 will enable Dirty Girl Farm to continue to grow.
Vulto Creamery, of Walton, has increased production of their cheese lines by nearly 400% over the last two years. With a strong national demand for the company’s products, Jos Vulto, owner of Vulto Creamery foresees a steady increase in cheese production over the next few years. With the anticipated growth of the company Vulto Creamery will need to purchase a small custom milk hauling truck to transport the milk it purchases from local farms in the area to the creamery. Through this project Vulto Creamery will be investing approximately $35,000 resulting in the creation of 2 new jobs.
The Catskill Cattle Company owned by Lonnie and Liz Schaefer are expanding their farm stand business located in Deposit through the construction of new store, equipment for processing the produce and adding a walk-in cooler. Through this project Catskill Cattle Company will be investing$85,000 in their farm business with plans to create 2 full time and 2 part time jobs.
Unadilla Hops owned by Jay Keil will be opening a hop processing facility at their Sidney hop farm for the purpose of pelletizing and packaging hops for their farm and other local farms. This project will require an investment of nearly $90,000 and is being developed for the purpose of enabling Unadilla Hops and other local hop growers to increase the production and distribution of locally grown hops.
The Catskill Food Company, owned by Jonah Shaw, has established a line of gourmet sausages, currently offered in retail and restaurant outlets. New market and product development opportunities require an investment of approximately $60,000; this will more than double their variety of sausages and product offerings, resulting in the creation of 4 new jobs.
Township Valley Farm owned by Michael Warholic is a family owned farm located in Hobart., New York. Through this project Township Valley Farm is looking to add a specialty mushroom growing component to the farm. Extensive research and test marketing of this product has demonstrated strong local market and promising wholesale market for this product line. The farm plans to invest over $12,000 for equipment and stock to develop their new business.
Berry Brook Farm owned by Eleanor Blakeslee and Patrick Hennebery grows top quality certified organic vegetables, herbs, and cut flowers for local markets and for customers in New York City. In order to increase production and sale at their Delancey based farm, Berry Brook will be investing $20,000 to make a variety of greenhouse improvements and purchase equipment necessary to facilitate product distribution in the NYC market.
Roxbury Mountain Maple owned by David and Linda Holscher currently produces bottled syrup, maple candies, maple granulated sugar, maple cotton candy, ample cream and maple soda at the New York City Greenmarkets and online through local and regional retail outlets. Through an investment of over $85,000, Roxbury Mountain Maple will expand their tapping and piping capacity to greatly increase production.
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