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Nestled in picturesque upstate New York, Schoharie County is located about 30 miles west of the Empire State’s capital of Albany and just 150 miles north of New York City.

Schoharie County is an agricultural-based rural community in Central New York with just over 30,000 residents, spread out over 16 towns and six separate villages (Cobleskill, Esperance, Middleburgh, Schoharie, Sharon Springs, and Richmondville), featuring pedestrian-friendly, walkable historic downtown areas, flanked by retail stores and restaurants.

The county overlaps with three unique regional economies: the Albany/Capital District area to the east, the Mohawk Valley Region to the west, and the Catskills/Appalachian region to the south.


  • A business-friendly environment, with welcoming communities
  • Adding value to our existing business sectors
  • Exploring strategic opportunities for growth in craft industries,
  • Rebuilding a regional food supply chain
  • Welcoming more high-value added enterprises to complement our grassroots successes turned-world class endeavors in financial services, insurance and technology
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Brimstone Bakery

Brimstone Bakery, a collaboration between pastry chef Anthony Leberto, a recent arrival in Sharon Springs, and Ross Wassermann, a former restaurateur and food & wine marketing executive whose family has been part of the village for four generations, offers a variety of signature baked goods, including breakfast pastries, quiche and specialty cakes at their takeaway window in Sharon Springs.

The takeaway window, located at 922 Chestnut Street, Sharon Springs is open Saturday mornings from 10 to 2. According to Anthony and Ross, the takeaway window is home to the best coffee in the county!

Visit Brimstone Bakery’s website or Facebook page for more information and to place your order!

922 Chestnut Street, Sharon Springs | | 518-416-4159


Highland Hollow

Fifth generation beef farmer and fourth generation butcher, Dave Raylinsky, along with his wife Benaye and children Oscar and Olive, own and operate Highland Hollow Farm in Schoharie. Highland Hollow is a diverse operation raising a number of unique breeds, including Scottish Highland cattle, Berkshire pigs, Katahdin and Jacob sheep and Bronze turkeys.

The Raylinksky family was recently awarded a SEEC Resiliency Fund grant, allowing them to move forward with a USDA approved slaughterhouse. Highland Hollow recently received their USDA license to process meat, however the cost of the HAACP Plan (a management system in which food safety is addressed through the analysis and control of biological chemical and physical hazards from raw material production, procurement and handling, to manufacturing distribution and consumption of the finished product) was a major hurdle for the farm.

The SEEC Resilinecy award funds will help cover the cost of the required plan, allowing Highland Hollow to be an official USDA slaughterhouse.

Highland Hollow has two retail locations – one at their farm in Schoharie (322 Colby Rd, Schoharie, NY 12157) and one at Circa 1762 Slingerland Farm in Feura Bush, New York.

Visit Highland Hollow’s website and Facebook page for more information!

Highland Hollow

Schoharie County Eagle Trail Virtual Launch

With the Virtual Launch of the Schoharie County Eagle Trail set to take place Saturday, April 23, SEEC and Bill Combs Jr. have been busy. Julie Pacatte, SEEC Executive Director recently spoke with Brian and Chrissy from WGNA. Julie, Brian and Chrissy chatted about the upcoming virtual launch and the naming contest for the two…

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Surviving the Pandemic – Businesses talk about how they adapted

By Patsy Nicosia Four Schoharie County businesses who’ve pivoted their way through the pandemic offered insights and advice when SchoCoForward hosted its third Business Recovery Roundtable. Panelists Jacqui Hauser, Studio for Art and Craft; Chris Guldner, Bull’s Head Inn; Carrie Edsall, Black Willow Pond Farm; and Josh Loden, Apple Barrel, all spoke to the ways…

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SEEC strategizes for new year

By Patsy Nicosia January 13, 2021 Looking forward—not backwards—and maybe even being a little opportunistic is the strategy SEEC is bringing with it into 2021. There’s no doubt that will be a challenge—even the words “economic growth” are hard to say after the yeas that was 2002, SEEC’s Executive Director Julie Pacattte said Friday. But…

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Planning for the Times

January 20, 2021 Planning for 2021 can be little more than groping in the dark. Nobody knows how long the pandemic will last or its economic impact because nobody’s ever been here before. Yet SEEC––Schoharie Economic Enterprise Corporation––is plowing ahead with plans for the new year. Realize, however, that these plans aren’t pie-in-the-sky but instead…

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Helping hands

Two organizations providing services to those especially vulnerable during COVID-19 have been awarded SEEC Resiliency Fund grants: Literacy NY and Jay’s Day Care. Literacy NY: Jim Becker, president MIDTEL & INOC Datacenters, chair of the SEEC Resiliency Fund andSEEC founding member; Lisa Cardilli, executive director, Literacy NY Fulton, Montgomery & Schoharie; andEric Stein, president Cobleskill…

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