A group of investors has bought the warehouse and processing building that once housed the Shoreham Cooperative Apple Producers’ Association. The sale marks the end of the long history of the cooperative, whose membership has declined along with the orchard industry in the Champlain Valley.
The group is made up of Cornwall orchardist Barney Hodges, investment banker Gregory O’Brien and seed distributor Seedway Incorporated. The group bought the property, a warehouse and storage facility for about $300,000. Seedway is already a tenant and will remain in the building. The other partners will use the building for long-term apple storage.