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Farmers markets adopt new methods during pandemic

A worker connected to Flour City Bread moves to close a car trunk after depositing a box of prepaid locally produced groceries. (RBJ Photo by Diana Louise Carter)

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit and New York State issued its first guidelines on social distancing, farmers markets were among the many businesses that closed down. The seasonal markets that haven’t opened yet for the year, meanwhile, have been contemplating ...

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Grow-NY competition open to applications again (access required)

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul (second from left)  congratulates the $1 million prize winners of the Grow-NY competition: RealEats of America's CEO Dan Wise, culinary advisor Aliya LeeKong, and chief operating officer Keith Lydon.

The application window to enter the $3 million Grow-NY business competition is now open.  Empire State Development and the Cornell Center for Economic Development both announced on Tuesday that the competition is opening up for its second round of applications, ...

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New source of natural gas right under our noses on local farms (access required)

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For more than a decade, dairy farms in New York have been trying to manage their cow manure and save on their electric bills by employing anaerobic digesters. The digester siphons off the manure’s methane — a greenhouse gas — ...

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Wine industry awards honor Arbor Hill’s John Brahm III, others (access required)

John H. Brahm III

The late John Brahm III, founder of Arbor Hill Grapery and Winery in South Bristol, Ontario County, was honored at the Unity Awards Banquet Wednesday on the opening day of a wine industry conference in Henrietta. Brahm, who also founded ...

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