Dan Palladino of Palladino Farms in Pompey is opening a new farm store at 2 p.m. Friday Jan. 13 (today).
Palladino said "we will have product samples and
tastings by Trinity Valley Dairy, Clean Slate balsamic vinegars and
honey, breads by Alambria Springs farm and maple products from Dutch
Palladino said the primary reason for starting the store is he believes there is a "huge unmet need for a place selling local
foods in our town and area. In addition, the town of Pompey passed a
very farm friendly law in 2015 called the "farm business overlay", which
allows qualified farmers to have commercial enterprises on their farm
if they meet certain criteria."
One of the main criteria is a certain percentage of foods sold must be actually grown in Pompey.
goal is to bring the connection between consumer and farmer even
closer," Palladino said. "The store will give other small farms that
only produce one or a few items an outlet to sell their products where
they otherwise could not afford to."
Palladino also believes food should be affordable and some stores and retail sites sell healthy local foods at higher prices.
is unavoidable with some premium and organic products, I plan to price
as competitively as possible so that all people can enjoy shopping for
local products at our farm store and not have to go to a large retailer
or buy from unknown sources," he said.
Palladino said his goal is to carry as many made in Onondaga County products as
possible, as well as some regionally produced products (from
other counties and a few items from Pennsylvania) until he can find a
local source of those products.