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Groton food hub connects small farmers with distributors

Groton food hub connects small farmers with distributors

A new fresh food hub is coming to the Village of Groton.

The 18,000 square foot facility on Route 222 will connect family farmers with distributors. Products from regional farms will be processed and packaged at the facility by employees of Challenge Workforce Solutions for convenient pick-up by distributors.

Gary Watrous, chairman of the Village of Groton Industrial Development Agency, says the Finger Lakes Fresh Hood Hub will generate economic income for small farmers and jobs for the Groton community.

“This will be one of the largest employers in our community,” Watrous said. “If this is successful, you could easily see that they might have 60 employees up here within two or three years.”

Rick Wilson, owner of Benton Barry Farms, says the distribution hub will help he and other small farmers get a much-needed boost.

“This is going to provide a chance for smaller farmers to aggregate their products and not be dependent on small stands,” Wilson said.

The food hub is expected to complete construction in October.

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