Shandaken farmstand law hearing to be held Thursday

Mark your calendars, Shandaken: This Thursday, Feb. 23, the town board will hold a hearing on a much-debated farmstand law. The meeting will be held at 6pm in the town hall on Route 28.

The proposed law would govern all farmstands in Shandaken, but the immediate purpose is to legalize the Hanover Farms business on Route 28. The farmstand is larger than Shandaken zoning code allows, and has been the subject of much controversy in the town. A previous proposal to re-zone a stretch of Route 28 as commercial, which would also allow Hanover Farms to operate legally, drew fierce opposition at a town meeting last May.

Alfie Higley Jr., who owns Hanover Farms with his father Al Higley, was elected to the Shandaken town board last November.