$3.6 Million Dollar Food Hub Program Includes Funding For Groton Processing Facility
New York State will spend $3.6 million to create four new food distribution hubs across upstate New York, creating 150 jobs and giving farmers new opportunities to get their products to consumers.
The funds will be used to create food hubs across the state including one in the Village of Groton.
Finger Lakes Fresh has been awarded 450 thousand dollars through the food hub initiative to expand to a new 25 thousand square foot facility in the village.
The state funds will be used to purchase machinery to package and distribute foods.
By contracting with multiple small and mid-sized farmers, the Groton Food Hub will source a wide variety of locally grown food products including root crops, herbs, and other fresh produce.
The business will package and processing locally grown crops and will enhance distribution to markets such as Wegmans, Tops, Price Chopper and Cortland Produce. The food hub will create 15 new jobs in the packing center and 65 seasonal jobs on local farms.
Construction is expected to begin within two months and be fully operational by next December.