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Local Foods

Local FoodsThe trend in local food consumption has been steadily increasing over the past decade. There has been a significant amount of growth in both direct-to-consumer marketing outlets, such as farmers' markets and community supported agriculture, as well as wholesale procurement. Harvest NY Specialists foster this continued growth through innovative programming and targeted business development consultations. With education and outreach on market readiness, good agricultural practices (GAPs) and operation develop, Harvest NY provides support to farmers to understand and implement changes to mitigate the barriers that often stymie the ability of small farms from participating in larger and more diversified markets.






Most Recent Local Foods Content

Growing for Wholesale: Grading and Packing Guidelines by Crop

Cheryl Thayer, Local Food Distribution & Marketing Specialist

Last Modified: October 5, 2017
Growing for Wholesale: Grading and Packing Guidelines by Crop

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.

Buffalo Farm-to-School Program Seeks NYS Grown Produce

Cheryl Thayer, Local Food Distribution & Marketing Specialist

Last Modified: July 11, 2016
Buffalo Farm-to-School Program Seeks NYS Grown Produce

Request for Information for NYS Grown Farm Products
Buffalo Public Schools is seeking input from New York State farmers interested in supplying some of the district's fresh produce needs for the 2016-17 school year, as part of their farm to school initiative. Responses to the attached request for information are due August 15th, 2016.

Buffalo Farm-to-School Project

Cheryl Thayer, Local Food Distribution & Marketing Specialist

Last Modified: July 7, 2016
Buffalo Farm-to-School Project

As part of the Harvest New York Buffalo Farm-to-School (F2S) initiative, 50 or so fourth and fifth grade students from Hillery Park Elementary School visited Burley Berries and East Hill Farms in Warsaw, New York to learn about where their food comes from.


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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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