SARANAC LAKE | The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) and Foodshed Capital have announced that Donahue’s Livestock Farms in North Bangor is the second farm to receive a loan through their revolving loan fund for small-scale food producers.

The zero-percent interest loan will help Donahue’s renovate and purchase equipment for a specialty butcher shop.

The new retail operation, Donahue’s Chop Shop, will provide farm-fresh beef, pork and lamb for local customers, including families who participate in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The renovation project at 255 West Main Street in Malone will begin in spring 2023.

“Farmers like the Donahues are exactly who these SOIL loans are designed to support — experienced operators who are looking to expand their business,” said Adam Dewbury, ANCA Local Food Systems Program Director. “This project will provide Donahue’s Livestock Farms with a year-round retail outlet for direct-to-consumer sales, which they previously lacked. Expansion of their retail capacity will be a great complement to their wholesale operation.”

Read the full article in the Sun Community News.