A local agriculture business caps its first decade in operation this month.
Allan Gandelman started Main Street Farms back in 2011.
He planted the initial seed with just one greenhouse at the former Smith Gardens in Homer.
That grew over time into a venture that now includes a 60-acre farm at Reeds Seeds and four locations in Cortland.
“Countless friends have helped us along the way,” reads a message posted to Facebook by Main Street Farms. “It takes a whole community to support local agriculture. Our customers and CSA members have been so supportive.”
The business has employed over 100 workers in its ten years thus far:
“Not to mention all our friends that helped out of the kindness of their hearts,” continued the Facebook post. “There are too many to name, but y’all know who you are. We will never forget all you’ve done to help us get this thing started. From the bottom of our hearts (and roots)…thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU!!!!”
The business is also raising money to paint an agricultural-themed mural on the façade of its warehouse on Main Street, Cortland.
Three agricultural businesses (Food & Ferments, Main Street Farms, Catalpa Flower Farms) use this building as their main hub for washing, processing, and packing their products.