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Delicious local cherries are available at farmers' markets in the summer.

Apples on the tree at Cornell Orchard (Cornell University Photography)

You'll find u-pick apples starting in August.

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Strawberries are a June u-pick crop in the Finger Lakes.

Buy Local

The Buy Local Campaign is a community based initiative that evolved out of expressed interest to sustain local agriculture and build a stronger local food system in Chemung and surrounding counties. Our goals are to foster the environmental, economic and social vitality of our community by increasing the connections between consumers and farmers. Through outreach, marketing, and special initiatives we seek to raise individual and institutional awareness about the benefits of buying fresh locally grown and made products and to make local food an integral part of daily life.

We are currently working on increasing farm to restaurant connections, establishing farm to institution connections and providing access to fresh and nutritious food to low-income families.

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Using EBT & Coupons

Did you know that Food Stamps can be used for payment at local farmers' markets? Learn more about using EBT and FMNP Coupons here.

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Find a CSA

Community Supported Agriculture benefits the producer and the consumer. Learn more here, and find a CSA that delivers to Chemung County.

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Blueberries Ripe for Pickin'

Blueberries are an important crop throughout our region. Enjoy a day outdoors with friends and family at a U-Pick blueberry farms near you.

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This photograph depicts a woman shopping at a mobile produce market, making healthy food choices from an array of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Farmers' Markets

Chemung County now has more farmers' markets and more ways to pay for local farm products to make supporting our farmers even easier. Find markets listed here.

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Preserving Foods

Enjoy harvest fresh flavor and save money too, by safely canning, freezing and drying fresh foods. Find extension resources here on these topics.

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Food Safety

Visit our Food Safety pages for guidelines on correct cooking temperatures, steps to keep your food safe, and much more!

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Last updated December 7, 2018