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May 2017

Artisan Cheeses of Western New York

May 17, 2017
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
East Aurora, NY

Artisan Cheeses of Western New York
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County and Harvest New York present Artisan Cheeses of Western New York. Western New York is producing some of the most interesting and most thoughtfully created artisan cheeses in the state. Cornell Cooperative Extension Dairy Processing Specialist (and Harvest NY team member) Carl Moody will give an overview of the cheese-making process and share what artisan cheesemakers are doing in the region as well as samples of some of their best work.

Cured Meats Workshop

May 31 - June 1, 2017
Ithaca, NY

Cured Meats Workshop
The Cured Meats Workshop is tailored to small-scale meat processors and restaurant owners interested in creating a value-added meat product for their customers. 

June 2017

Field to Pint Craft Brewery Tour (Eastern NY)

June 29, 2017
12:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Hudson Falls, NY

Field to Pint Craft Brewery Tour (Eastern NY)
You asked for more New York craft brewery networking opportunities and Harvest NY listened! We're excited to launch our inaugural New York Field to Pint Craft Brewery Tours, which will follow the life-cycle of a pint of locally brewed beer. Visit fields of malting barley right before harvest, witness craft malt houses in action, see hop bines reaching for the sky, and savor the local flavors brewed by our friendly farm breweries. Come prepared to learn about each integral member of the New York craft brewery supply chain, as well as network with new friends. Bus tour will visit Argyle Craft Malt and Hops, Dry Town Hops, and R.S. Taylor and Sons Brewery.

July 2017

Food Safety Modernization Act Seminar

July 14, 2017
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
East Aurora, NY

Harvest New York is offering a 4 hour Preventive Controls for Human Food Overview course. This 4 hour seminar is not a substitute for the material presented during the 2.5 day course, but it serves as an overview of the requirements and can be used to gain awareness of the regulation requirements; as food safety team member training; or as a refresher to enhance understanding. Small- to medium-sized businesses are specifically encouraged to attend.

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Upcoming Events

Grrls Meat Camp -- Cut & Cook: PIG Workshop

October 18 - October 19, 2017
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Ithaca, NY

Let's come together in small groups build a strong circle of like-spirited grrls, while sharpening our butchery, cooking, and business skills. Come have fun and earn your badges!
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Considering Small-Scale Commercial Value-Added Dairy Production

October 26, 2017
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Penn Yann, NY

This training will introduce the ins and outs of small-scale cheese, yogurt and other value-added dairy production. Topics include: How to get started, funding - grant and loan opportunities, examples of value-added businesses, and deciding whether it's right for you. 
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Small-Scale Charcuterie Workshop

November 6, 2017
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Ithaca, NY

This one day workshop is geared towards home owners, or anyone who loves meat and wants to learn how to make sausages, Pate de Campagne, Spuma, and Rillettes. Participants will learn what breeds, and cuts of meats can and should be used in the charcuterie process, as well as how to create different blends with flavors and spices.
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Announcements

Growing for Wholesale Guidelines Available

Grading and packing guidelines are now available for 16 commonly grown specialty crops in NYS: broccoli crowns, Brussels sprouts, corn, green peppers, cucumbers, green cabbage, red cabbage, savory cabbage, cauliflower, eggplant, green beans, jalapenos, poblanos, Hungarian hot peppers, summer squash, and zucchini.

Acceptable quality standards and common defects that should be sorted out on the grading line are depicted in these resources, both visually and in outline form. Find all of the grading sheets here.

Western NY Food Hub looking for produce farmers!

Eden Valley Growers (EVG) is opening their doors to new produce growers interested in selling through wholesale market channels! Dubbed the Western NY Food Hub, this business diversification will provide qualified growers with immediate access to wholesale markets. Based in Erie County, EVG is a vegetable growing farm cooperative that recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Recognizing the increasing demand for locally grown food and the considerable assets the cooperative has, both in terms of infrastructure, sales and marketing, they are eager to provide Western NY farmers with a viable market for their produce. Click HERE to see more information.

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