Farmers’ Markets & CSAs

Farmers Markets and CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) are an important part of our local economy. They offer community members opportunities to purchase locally grown produce and agricultural products and build important connections between consumers and growers. A significant amount of Orleans County is considered a Food Desert by USDA. Farmers Markets and CSAs improve access to fresh nutritious foods and can contribute to a healthier Orleans County.

Orleans County Cornell Cooperative Extension works collaboratively with Farmers Markets and CSAs to enhance their visibility and vitality and promote the agricultural industry. If you coordinate a local Farmers Market or CSA, contact the office at 585-798-4265 or orleans@cornell.edu with your hours of operation, location, and product offering. Also, let our staff know if you are seeking additional vendors or educational events/workshops for your market. We will post information about each Farmers Market and CSA on this web page and promote opportunities for community members to purchase locally grown produce and agricultural products.

Orleans County Farmers’ Markets
A farmers’ market is held in Medina from June through October on Saturdays 8am to 1pm at 127 West Center Street at West Avenue. If you or someone you know is interested in participating, more information is online at: http://bentshall.org/market/

The Orleans County Department of Planning and Development has created a directory of farm stands along with a map and information about when fruits and vegetables are in season. Click on the Orleans County Farm Stand Brochure for details.

Resources for Consumers
Online Database of Local Food Producers:http://www.localharvest.org

Comparison Chart of Local CSAs: Rochester CSA Comparison Chart 2015

Resources for Farmers Markets & CSAs
Farmers Market Federation: http://www.nyfarmersmarket.com
The Federation provides resources for farmers, Farmers Market managers, and consumers. This is an excellent resource for anyone considering starting or expanding a Farmers Market.

SNAP for Farmers PowerPoint Presentation (PDF) by Diane Eggert at deggert@nyfarmersmarket.com
This presentation provides an overview of the NYS and USDA programs available to cover the costs of accepting SNAP benefits including mobile technology and processing software.

Exploring Additional Food Markets with Harvest NY: http://harvestny.cce.cornell.edu/increased_food_markets.php

Last updated December 3, 2016