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Harvest Schuyler

Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County is committed to ensuring the success of our local farmers and food producers, as well as building connections between our farms and our buyers (restaurateurs, chefs, bed and breakfast owners, and more). The Harvest Schuyler Initiative was born from this commitment, is generously sponsored by Alternatives Federal Credit Union, the Schuyler County Farm Bureau and the Watkins Glen Chamber of Commerce and is now managed by Cornell Cooperative Extension Schuyler County, Details cited below reflect standard operating procedures in the past, some of which may evolve in 2020 and beyond, but many of which will likely remain intact. Contact Cornell Cooperative Extension Schuyler County with additional questions here.

HARVEST SCHUYLER initiative components

1) Weekly E-Newsletters: during the produce season a weekly newsletter goes out to a select mailing list, featuring classified-style listings of available produce from area farmers as well as items that chefs and bed and breakfast owners are seeking. Schuyler County farms and producers may submit content and chefs/bed and breakfast owners/restauranteurs may submit lists of wanted items for these newsletters free of charge!

2) November Social Event: featuring a menu of small plates and drinks prepared with as many local ingredients as possible. This event is always a sell-out with very limited seating.

3) Mid-Winter Networking Event: Farmer-Buyer Speed Networking. The objective is to make connections between farmers who offer produce, meat, cheese, and more, and those who are looking to source these ingredients locally. Farmers and producers will be seated at tables around the room, with signage indicating what they are looking to source and purchase locally. Restaurants and buyers will then circulate from table to table, discussing what they grow, what they could potentially grow, and more. When the bell rings, attendees will move on to the next table.

Last updated June 1, 2020