The Catskills Food Hub is an exciting opportunity for farmers, food producers and end-users.
Catskills Food Hub, located in Liberty, New York, is an aggregation and distribution center for local and regional products including fresh produce, packaged meat and dairy products, and shelf-stable pantry items. The Food Hub is a non-profit (status pending) with a mission of education and working with local farmers and producers to acquire the knowledge and safety standards necessary to expand their retail and wholesale markets, thus growing the agriculture economy in the region. Working with our community partners, we are committed to improving the viability of local agriculture, access to fresh food, and the health outcomes for Sullivan county and the region.
Through Local Food Marketplace, an online sales platform for hubs, Catskills Food Hub provides a streamlined way for producers to sell their items to a far larger customer base. The market is integrated with a professional transportation option, allowing farmers and producers to focus on their core business, reducing time and energy spent on marketing and distribution logistics.
Project partners include Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County, the County of Sullivan Industrial Development Agency, Hudson Valley Agribusiness Development Corporation, Sullivan Renaissance, producers, and small business owners.
To date, the building has been completed, offices have been established , and one of three refrigerated vans are in operation. The Board has hired Executive Director, Cat Wilson to aid in the launch of the Hub and oversee day-to-day Hub business including the launch and use of their online sales software. The Hub looks forward to ramping up operations in January 2019.
Catskills Food Hub anticipates opening pilot season with 15-20 producers with diverse product offerings including produce, meat, dairy, value-added products, and more. The hub is working with Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County to identify participant producers and buyers.