You’ve found a farm in our directory that you’d like to visit, or that sells products you’d like to buy. What now? We all know how to shop at the supermarket, but buying directly from the farmer may be a new experience. The following descriptions will tell you about different kinds of farms, and give tips for visiting and buying from them.
Some farms have regular hours you can visit, but many do not. Working farms are typically NOT open to visitors unless it says so in the directory, or they may only be open seasonally or for special events.
Check the farm’s directory listing, and call or email to find out whether they offer on-farm sales before you go.
What's in Season?
Enjoy what is fresh and in season in New York State!
Many fruits and vegetables cost less when you pick them yourself. A visit to a PYO farm can be a fun outing with friends or family if you follow these tips:
Community Supported Agriculture is an agreement between a farmer and consumers where the farmer agrees to give the consumer a “share” or box of farm products for a specific number of weeks during the growing season, and the consumer agrees to pay for that “share” before the season starts. CSA benefits farmers by providing cash at the beginning of the season when they need it most to cover expenses, and helps them plan how much to grow. Consumers receive fresh farm products throughout the growing season, become part of the CSA member community and play an important role in supporting a local farmer as a partner in their CSA farm.
Here are some things to know about Community Supported Agriculture:
Farm stands may be seasonal self-serve tables, tents or small sheds located on the roadside in front of a garden or farm. Some may buy and re-sell produce from a wholesale market (you’ll know this if they have products that are not in season). Prices at farm stands are often lower than other places because the farmer does not maintain a building or staff. Because many stands are self-serve, make sure you bring cash and change to pay for your purchases.
Farm stores or markets often are larger seasonal or year-round facilities with employees to manage the store. A farm store may sell products from their own farm or other local farms, or they may re-sell products from a wholesale market that may or may not be local. Fancier farm stores will have more variety and prices comparable to supermarkets. Farm stores often take credit cards and some also may take SNAP payments.
Check the directory for hours of operation. Stands or stores run by Amish or Mennonite farmers will not be open on Sundays.
Most counties in New York have a farmers’ market that is open one or more days each week. Many markets only allow local farmers to set up and sell products they have grown or raised, but some allow vendors who buy and re-sell products from wholesale markets. Our directory has listings of farmers’ markets; individual vendors at those markets often change and may or may not be listed in this directory.
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