Farming app for upstate distributor

Oct 21, 2014

Want to know what crops local farmers are producing? There’s an app for that or at least there will be one soon. 

Sen. Chuck Schumer announced federal funding for Greene County food distributor, Field Goods to integrate technology into their business model.

Donna Williams’ company Field Goods connects many of the Capital Regions and Hudson Valley farms with a larger diverse consumer base, but it can be tricky.

Sen. Charles Schumer with Donna Williams of Field Goods farm.
Credit Jenna Flanagan / Innovation Trail

"Getting produce from local farmers, particularly in the north east, their inventory can change radically overnight," she said. "So this app will help us get that information in a more consolidated way."

The yet unnamed app would allow farmers to give real time information on the produce they’ll be sending to Field Goods for distributing.

Schumer says supporting a company like Field Goods benefits upstate agriculture.

“Field Goods has found the sweet spot. It’s the perfect match between consumers who want locally grown healthy fruits and vegetables each week and farmers who want to sell products that are in abundance without a lot of middle men," he said.

The $50,000 grant is through the USDA and should help stream line communication between the 70 local farms Field Goods works with and their more than 2,000 customers.