LOCAL FOOD News Roundup

August 30, 2011 at 3:08 pm Leave a comment

It’s a Match:  B&Bs and Local Food Producers

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets received a $74,000 grant to link local food producers with bed-and-breakfast operators throughout the state.  The State Agriculture Department — in cooperation with the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County and a host of farming and food producer groups — will use the funds to organize regional opportunities for B&B owners to meet local producers and sample their products.

The first step is to identify the groups and make it easier for them to access each other’s products and services, said Steve Miller, a Cornell Cooperative Extension educator.  The program will encourage B&B owners to carry local jams, maple syrup and sauces and feature locally produced food and agricultural products in their menus.

The campaign begins this fall and will run for two years. Click here for the related press release.

Supermarket Opens in South Bronx

City and local elected officials last week opened a Western Beef supermarket in the East Tremont section of the South Bronx.  The 35,000-square-foot store on Webster Avenue includes a bakery, deli, walk-in meat cooler, and a produce department of over 3,000 square feet.  It is the first supermarket to open under a financial-incentive program called FRESH (Food Retail Expansion to Support Health) to encourage grocery store operators and developers to establish and retain supermarkets in low-income neighborhoods.

Western Beef received approximately $5.6 million in real estate and sales tax exemptions to build the supermarket.

Earlier this summer, the New York City Economic Development Council announced that grocery store operator Bogopa Service Corp. planned to build a new 10,000-square-foot supermarket in Corona, Queens, and renovate and/or expand five existing grocery stores in Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx.  Bogopa will receive sales tax exemptions totaling approximately $450,000 under the FRESH program.

For more information about the opening of the Western Beef supermarket, click here.

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