In Central New York, you will never have to look far for something fresh. CNY is home to some of the best farmers markets filled with locally-grown fruits and vegetables just waiting to be picked.
Make one stop at the Oneida County Public Market and find everything you need to enjoy our diverse local bounty. Local growers, producers and artisans provide your weekly staples including fresh seasonal produce, pasture raised meats, handmade breads, artisan cheeses, grass-fed milk and free range eggs.
Get the full farm fresh experience and savor tasty flavors from our farm-to-table restaurants that only use ingredients from local farmers and producers to create their menu items.
Cows get the best care in Central New York, where our cream (and milk and cheese) rises to the top. Get dairy products right from the farm or at the counter of a country store where you’ll find many Chobani Greek Yogurts packaged and ready to go. The headquarters of Chobani are in Norwich, N.Y., where the company strives to make natural, wholesome yogurt accessible to all.
In the summer, explore Central New York’s blueberry farms, complete with some of the most delicious berries you will ever taste. Spend an afternoon with the family at Stone Hill Blueberry Farm in Chenango County and pick plump, organic berries by the bushel, perfect for that homemade jam recipe you have been longing to make all season.
Always a classic fall family trip, Central New York offers dozens of patches and orchards where you’ll find gorgeous gourds and crisp apples. Plan a visit to Critz Farms and pick a few apples and pumpkins before running through the corn maze, taking a wagon ride, or enjoying some fresh apple cider.
A great brewing tradition and current quality put CNY at the forefront of beer, spirits, hard cider and wine in New York state. Visit Brew Central now and tap into the stories, traditions and tastes that make Central New York “America’s Craft Brew Destination.”
Many of Central New York’s farm breweries including Good Nature Farm Brewery are committed to using locally-sourced ingredients to make their beers and dishes. In order to find the freshest ingredients to make great tasting beer, it’s essential for our Central New York breweries to work with local farmers and producers.
Whether you’re looking to find a bountiful harvest of fresh produce, spend an afternoon at a u-pick destination or visit one of our award-winning breweries, Central New York has you covered with some of the freshest flavors you will ever taste.
Areas of Interest
In Central New York, dairy farmers and producers encompass the land and create some of the most pure and delicious dairy products. Dairy farmers take pride in their superior dairy products and believe that it starts with giving their cows the best care possible.
You’ve probably heard of Chobani Greek Yogurt, which actually started right in Norwich, New York. As Chobani continues to grow its company and make natural Greek yogurt, the owners will never forget their humble Central New York beginnings.
With over 65 years of making artisanal cheese, Herkimer Cheese is a third-generation family-owned business that believes in making the highest quality of specialty cheese products. Their cheese is always made in New York state and any added ingredients are always locally sourced.
Sunrise Family Farms and Evans Farmhouse Creamery produce the kind of pure dairy products you’d expect from the classic small-town setting of Norwich. In addition to its own lines, Sunrise and Evans share that irresistible country touch in the many organic recipes they produce for consumption across the state and region.
In Oneida County, Grassy Cow specializes in cheese curd as well as aged cheese, which can be purchased at the on-site storefront.
Navigate through a cheese filled journey on the CNY Cheese Trail. Explore the different cheese artisans located in Madison, Oneida, Otsego and Herkimer Counties. From goat farms to cheese curds make sure you taste them all.
Saddle up for a good time in Central New York, where horse lovers can take lessons or a tour at many stables and farms. Head to Adventure Horse Riding, one of Oneida County’s most exciting horseback riding schools, and learn to ride a horse or take a scenic trail ride through hills and creeks.
Central New York farmers take pride in raising healthy, happy animals producing organic, humane meat and byproducts. Many locations offer tours and petting areas, where the kids and adults alike can get acquainted with farm life.
The Hudyncia family has practiced its organic philosophy for more than 50 years, partnering with Mother Nature to raise superior produce and cows. Set among hills filled with grass-fed livestock, Hu-Hill Farm in Montgomery County embodies the great tastes and beautiful views that make CNYFresh a premium travel experience.
Fisheries offer some of the freshest recreation and tastes of Central New York. Visit our unique aquatic attractions such as the Rome Hatchery for education, flavor or fun.
Add a different flavor to your CNY Fresh trip with a farm experience. See how farmers manufacture fresh and maybe even get involved yourself. Patchwork Meadows Alpacas, for one, allows you to enjoy a day on the farm and learn about their large heard of alpacas. You can even meet and interact with a few!
Farm Stands & Markets
Welcome to Central New York, where fresh is always in season. We guarantee you’ll be pleased with our tasty berries, premier produce, superlative sweets and more.
When you put the fresh produce, sweets and beverages of Central New York in one place, you get the classic farmers market experience. We invite you to shop, sample and chat with the people who make the products at any of our amazing outdoor stores in nearly every community throughout the region.
Sample Central New York’s finest produce and products at the Clinton Famer’s Market. Farmers and culinary artisans come together at the market to offer local produce, honey, herbs, maple syrup, pasture-raised beef, baked goods and handcrafted products.
While in Clinton, NY, enjoy fresh pressed apple cider, donuts, apples and other treats at the Clinton Cider Mill. View their 100-year-old apple press as it produces the cider.
In addition to farmers markets, you can also find a farm stand on the roadside or in a market and enjoy the sweet and savory tastes of Central New York. There’s plenty more out there, so visit Central New York for the full CNYFresh experience.
Fruits, Nuts, Herbs & Spices
Looking for some of Central New York’s sweetest and savory tastes? Look up! Trees provide the freshest fruits and nuts CNY has to offer. Look down for u-pick produce you won’t find anywhere else.
Handmade, handcrafted or homegrown, all the specialty products at Fly Creek Orchard & Cider Mill are certified CNYFresh. Visit Central New York’s numerous u-picks and agri-focused shops to get a better taste of the great local flavors.
Located in Westmoreland, New York, North Star Orchards provides the perfect place to pick apples in the fall and blueberries in the summer. The orchard also offers a great selection of fruit trees and blueberry bushels that you can take home and add to your own garden.
Freshen up any dish with herbs and spices. Central New York supports an impressive variety first-class companions for your next meal. Lone Maple Farm specializes in growing herbs and offers delicious New York state nuts, fruits, jams and jellies at their farm market.
Norwich Meadows Farm also offers over 50 herbs that are certified organically grown. Stop by and pick up a few to experience some of Central New York’s richest flavors.
Honey & Maple
We guarantee you’ll “bee” happy with fresh Central New York honey and honey-based products that will really stick with you!
The owners of Kutik’s Honey Farm have been making pure, unfiltered honey for over 40 years. Their mission is to honor and foster ideal colony health for the bees in order to make the best honey. They strive to keep the pollen and natural enzymes right in the honey and only harvest the honey at the end of peak flows to ensure the purest seasonal varieties.
Central New York serves up one of nature’s sweetest treats in syrups, sugars and more. Grab some off the shelf or see how it’s made at many maple farms across the region.
Head to Maple Hill Farms in Schoharie County and taste the beauty of certified naturally grown maple syrup. You can take a tour of the sap house, which is the most exciting when they are boiling the maple syrup! On your way out, stop at the storefront to buy some of their homemade sugar candy, maple cream preserves, maple pancake mix and other maple goods.
Looking to taste even more sweetness? You can also pay a visit to Link Maple Farm in Oneida County and Rulison Honey Farms in Montgomery County. Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Central Schools also has a student led maple syrup production facility sugar house. The VVS FFA Maple partakes in maple weekend events and gives tours of their facility.
At New York’s Maple Weekend, farmers from across NY open up their sugar houses for the public. Visitors can experience firsthand the production behind the infamous maple syrup.
Nurseries & Horticulture
Nurture your green thumb at nurseries across Central New York, where fresh food is complemented by gorgeous greenery and botanical beauty.
Nestled in Greater Binghamton, The Cutler Botanic Garden is a center for teaching horticulture and the value of natural resources. Educational activities are hosted at the garden to inform community members on how to grow plants without harming the environment. The garden is often used as an outdoor classroom for students.
Central New York is also home to a plethora of beautiful greenhouses. Look for floral hanging baskets, spring annuals, herb plants and geraniums at River Road Farm and Greenhouses in Oneida County. You can also look for their mums in the fall and Christmas trees and wreaths in the winter.
Add some color to your outdoor landscape with planters and hanging baskets from Sticks and Stones Gardens. Pick from a variety of geraniums, petunias, chrysanthemum and more.