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Cheryl Thayer

Cheryl Thayer

Local Food Distribution & Marketing Specialist

CCE Erie County
21 South Grove Street
East Aurora, NY 14052

phone 607-592-9507


Areas of Interest
Food-to-Institution Programs, Farm-Based Beverages, Local Food Promotion

Cheryl Thayer is a Senior Resource Educator with the Cornell Cooperative Extension Harvest New York Team. At present, much of Cheryl's programmatic work focuses on finding solutions to some of the more pressing systemic barriers that hinder the development of the regional food system in Western New York. Cheryl earned her Bachelors from Penn State University, and her Masters from Cornell University, where she studied Food and Agriculture Policy. While attending Cornell, Cheryl conducted food systems planning work both domestically and internationally.


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Upcoming Events

Empire State Barley and Malt Summit

December 13 - December 14, 2017
Weds evening program and all day Thursday
Liverpool, NY

Join us in an informative summit targeted toward NYS malting barley growers and malt house operators as well as small grains growers interested in malting barley as a new crop. NYS brewers and distillers who wish to better understand the growing and malting processes are encouraged to attend too.
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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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