Keeseville, NY is a hamlet that has had long stretches without a grocery store. The most recent stretch has lasted about four years after Mac’s Market in the heart of downtown Keeseville closed down in 2013. There was a three-year period without a store before that. In the center of Keeseville’s downtown sits a large, run-down, empty grocery store that serves as constant reminder that the hamlet has seen better days.
Fortunately, despite the limited access to fresh food in Downtown Keeseville, there is a budding agricultural community developing on the outskirts of the hamlet. A 40-acre organic vegetable farm, a grass-fed dairy, and a sustainable beef, pork, and chicken operation have all grown into successful agri-businesses over the past few years. There is also a relatively new (and totally amazing) bakery in downtown Keeseville that is only open on weekends during the summer.
The question that has been lingering in the minds of locals for some time is, “How do we get all of the fresh healthy food being produced in and around Keeseville into a storefront downtown?” We think we have finally found an answer.
Dan Bosley owns the Keeseville Pharmacy, a strong business that has been running smoothly under Dan’s ownership for over 15 years. Mr. Bosley operated a RadioShack franchise in the Keeseville Pharmacy for many years, but now that RadioShack has gone out-of- business nationwide, he has some extra room in his storefront.
After being approached by a trio of AdkAction members who live in Keeseville, Dan enthusiastically decided to donate space and staff time to make the farm store idea a reality. An EBT card reader machine (EBT stand for electronic benefit transfer) to accept SNAP benefits (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) will be offered to make sure the local farm products are assessable to people of all income levels. We are seeking funding to purchase two coolers, one freezer, shelving, signs, and other miscellaneous merchandising supplies to turn part of the Keeseville Pharmacy into a “Farmacy” that can truly benefit the whole community.
With the help of many generous donors, we've raised the $4000 it is going to take to create the Farmacy. Thank you if you were one of our donors!
The Farmacy initiative is part of AdkAction’s Community Revitalization Project. AdkAction creates projects that address unmet needs, promote vibrant communities, and preserve the character of the Adirondacks.