State grants North Country Creamery $50k

KEESEVILLE — North Country Creamery is one of almost 30 farms around New York that were awarded money from the New Farmers Grant Fund, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday.

The Keeseville dairy farm produces yogurt, milk and cheese, as well as some meat. The state is giving it $50,000 to buy processing equipment to make value-added products.

Value-added products, made from the produce of local farms, are an important part of many Essex County farms’ business, as reported in the Lake Placid News’ special “Savor the Season” issue on June 21.

This was the only New Farmers Grant awarded in the North Country region this round.

The New Farmers Grant Fund is to help farms around the state improve profitability, with the intent of making the state’s agriculture industry more sustainable. It was launched in 2014 and has since awarded a total of $4.2 million to 114 farms across the state, according to the governor’s office.