Our Food Hub will be a processing center where we aggregate local food, add value to it (through washing, chopping, pureeing, packaging, etc.), and distribute it to stores, restaurants, schools & Food Banks through our large existing network of distributors. Finger Lakes Fresh has been in the agricultural business for several years with our hydroponic greenhouse operation. During that time we have built a strong team, a strong brand and a large distribution channel.
We will be constructing our 18,000 sq.ft. facility at 210 Gerald L. Moses Drive off Route 222 in Groton at the Industrial Park. Designing and building our processing center from the ground up helps us to ensure greater efficiency and maintain our high food safety standards.
We Broke Ground in June, 2013 and begin operation of the facility in October, 2013.
No - We will continue to grow our amazing Finger Lakes Fresh leafy greens at our Pickney Road location. Along with a wide range of products from other growers, our greens will be delivered to our Food Hub for packaging & distribution.
The current project budget is $2.4 million.
We expect to create 35 new positions over the next three years.
Through dozens of partnerships with local farmers we will be handling products like leafy greens, squash, tomatoes, corn, cabbage, peas, beans,
potatoes, onions, garlic, herbs, fruit and much more.
Full wash line for produce
Sliced apples, tomatoes & peppers
Shredded cabbage and cole slaw
Individually wrapped fruits
We are also working on increasing our capacity to produce our own foods in this new facility, such as tortillas made from locally-grown grains
Happily, there is an ever-increasing demand for year-round access to local food in our area. Small farmers are not individually able to meet the demand of most distributors. By partnering with the Food Hub farmers will, in many cases, have a demand for all the produce they can grow. This strong& consistent market for their goods can compliment their other existing outlets such as farmer's markets and CSAs.
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