ST. JOHNSVILLE - A new website launched for the Mohawk Valley region offers an online option for people looking to purchase and browse products from local farmers.
Mohawk Valley FarmieMarket is part of a larger network of websites launched to give people a way to purchase local goods online in one location.
The local site was recently launched by Stacy Handy and her mother, Sue Keith.
Susan Keith, left, and Stacy Handy pose for a photo while packaging deliveries for FarmieMarket orders. Handy’s daughter, 4-year-old Evelyn, is shown in the middle. (Photo submitted)
The website serves Montgomery and Fulton counties as well as northern Otsego and southeastern Herkimer counties.
The site offers a variety of meat, produce, jams, jellies and pickles that people can purchase and have delivered to their homes or workplaces.
All products featured on the site are grown, raised or produced locally. All produce is GMO-and-pesticide free and all meat products available on the site must be hormone-and antibiotic-free.
"We are the answer for the people that desire to eat locally grown products but do not have the time to drive to a farm or attend a local farmers' market," Handy said.
Orders are accepted 24/7 and delivery is scheduled once a week on Thursdays.
Orders must be placed by midnight on Tuesday for that week's delivery.
Handy said delivery is offered in the late morning, early afternoon or evening hours.
Credit cards are accepted.
"We also offer farmers an avenue to sell their product without spending long hours at traditional farmers' markets. Instead, they can be home tending their animals and working in the fields," Handy said.
Handy and her husband, Israel, operate Crum Creek CSA out of St. Johnsville, which sells beef, lamb, chicken and pork. The Handy family also help operate a dairy farm with Israel's father and uncle.
Keith owns and operates Creek's Edge Elk Farm as well as a dairy farm with her husband, Joe.
Handy said her family has been selling meat for retail for more than eight years, spending a lot of time at farmers' markets in Albany. They've wanted to create more avenues to sell meat in the Mohawk Valley, she said.
Handy said she and her mother decided to launch the site after listening to a presentation by Sarah Gordon.
Gordon founded FarmieMarket in June 2010 to help her family's small grass-fed beef farm and other farms in Albany County, Handy said.
The launch of FarmieMarket's new territories will expand the service area from six counties (Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Dutchess and Ulster) to 12, serving a contiguous area through the Mohawk and Hudson valleys. Each market territory includes separate farms.
For more information, email MohawkValley@FarmieMarket.com or visit mohawkvalley.farmiemarket.com.