Honey Dew Acres Loan
The St. Lawrence County Local Development Corporation has finalized a $20,000 loan through its Microenterprise Revolving Loan Fund to Honey Dew Acres, LLC to assist in the construction of an indoor horse riding arena, and boarding stables.
In 1999, Peggy McAdam and her husband Mark Cambridge took their love for horses, children and horse sports and began a business giving riding lessons on their three acre farm. As interest grew so did they. Today, Honey Dew Acres, LLC is a full service, family owned and operated equestrian facility offering lessons, boarding and training on their over 200 acre farm on Post Road in Canton. They are the largest, most diversified facility in St. Lawrence County, and the only one in the area to offer certified instructors.
The Cambridge family brings a multitude of talent, experience and enthusiasm to their business, operating under the motto “Fun, Friendship and Safety”. Peggy has been around horses since her teenage years and serves as Farm Manager. She is a graduate of Grapevine, Texas School of Horseshoeing as a farrier, and is a certified instructor in riding and driving. Mark is Head of Maintenance, using his skills in mechanics, carpentry, plumbing and heating to keep the farm running smoothly.
Daughter Emily Cambridge Carrier is a graduate of SUNY Potsdam and Honey Dew’s Head Instructor. Emily is one of the most highly certified instructors in New York State. In 2007 she was honored as one of the American Riding Instructors Association’s Top 50 Riding Instructors in America, and was named 2007 Instructor of the Year – Circle of Honor Status. Daughter Tania Cambridge serves as Barn Manager. After receiving her Biology degree from Clarkson University, Tania went on to work with a number of veterinarians. She has managed show stables in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and brings that knowledge and experience to the family business.
Honey Dew Acres continues to expand to meet the demands of their growing clientele. Funds from the LDC will be used toward construction of a new, larger indoor riding facility which will enable them to provide lessons year round. The plan includes additional stalls, which will help them to accommodate increasing customer demand for boarding stables.
“The agricultural sector is critical to our local economy,” notes Corporation Chief Executive Officer Raymond Fountain. “The LDC is committed to assisting agribusiness ventures such Peggy and Mark’s, and is pleased to be participating in their expansion at Honey Dew Acres.”