The North Star Food Hub is owned and operated by Black River Valley Naturals. This for-profit business provides consumers and wholesale buyers an opportunity to centrally purchase local foods from North Country farmers and food producers. The food hub’s website allows buyers to order seasonal fruits and vegetables, herbs, dairy products such as yogurt or cheese, beef, poultry products, lamb, maple syrup, honey, and more from the comfort of their homes and offices. All items are clearly identified by the farm or producer that offers them.
The purpose of the food hub is to help strengthen the North Country’s economy by keeping money spent on food local. This helps to strengthen our local farms and producers, ensuring that they remain financially viable. A newly formed non-profit organization, North Star Food Hub, Inc., supports the food hub’s producer driven local foods mission. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County provides support to this nonprofit.
In 2015, Cornell University’s Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, in collaboration with Cornell Cooperative Extension educators in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Lewis, Jefferson, and St. Lawrence Counties, performed an analysis of opportunities for food hub development in Northern New York. In 2016, New York State’s Agriculture and Markets launched this food hub initiative across Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, and Oswego counties. State Sen. Patricia A. Ritchie, who was chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, secured the funding.
Last updated June 23, 2021