Encounter a feast of fall when you make New York's Farmers Markets your destination this year. Farmers in New York are proud to meet the growing demand for locally grown and organic foods. Statewide, there are more than 300 farm stands selling fresh fruits, vegetables, and locally made goods. Sweet smelling, tart tasting - apples fresh from the tree into your basket. Locally grown squash, pumpkins, decorative gourds, homemade breads and donuts, mulled cider, fruit pies, canned relishes and salsa - so much to love and taste in New York this fall!
New York City has its own farmers markets, with upstate farmers bringing in fresh-picked produce to the Union Square Greenmarket, the largest and most famous Greenmarket location in the city. Don't be surprised to find your favorite celebrity chef shopping for ingredients there. Many farms are just a short drive from New York City. On the North Shore of Long Island, pick-your-own at Harbes Family Farm.
When traveling into the Catskills, stop by Sullivan County Farmers Markets where a variety of produce and quality hand-crafted goods abound for early Holiday shopping. From organic farms like Lucky Dog and Neversink to the Flour Power Bakery and Stone & Thistle Farm, you'll discover the freshest goods, inspiring artisan cheese as well as lodging and farm tours.
Travel north to the Hudson Valley, where you can fill your car with edible treats and surprising deals- Rhinebeck Farmers Market organizes special cooking demonstrations to showcase local products. Also in the Hudson Valley, the year-round Beacon Farmers Market is held on a ferry dock and often features live music and entertainment. A trip to New Paltz entails a stop at Apple Hill Farm or Dressel Farms to enjoy a last lick of summer with soft or hard-packed ice cream. You'll find Mr. Apples Orchard near High Falls, and Weed Orchards with apples, grapes, pumpkins, and fall festivals every weekend.
Throughout the Adirondacks you'll discover local farm stands. Stop by the Lake Placid Market where vendors sell anything from organic cheeses to maple syrup from a local sugarworks. Or wander about the markets of Glens Falls (on Saturdays) and Queensbury (on Mondays) is a must if you're traveling in the area for a refreshing taste of fall.
Some of the largest and most historic markets are in Central New York. With the only indoor, heated site, Cooperstown Farmer's Market is open year round, and is particularly busy during the fall harvest season. The Rochester Public Market, with over 300 stalls, has been operating for over 100 years. Farmers and local crafts vendors gather to sell fresh foods, ethnic delicacies, and Finger Lakes specialty items.
Buffalo 's Elmwood Bidwell Market has been called one of the best in western New York by area press. You'll find such goods as smokehouse sausages, honey from local apiaries, regional wines and traditional dairy products. Reserve a spot at a themed luncheon at Hurd Orchards in Holley, then pick out a pumpkin or select tree ripe apples for your own perfect pie. Stopping by Kutter Cheese will provide an opportunity to discover the right taste match for the sweet or tart apples you picked earlier. About 20 miles east of Buffalo, a horsedrawn wagon takes you out to the pumpkin patch onThe Great Pumpkin Farm.
Throughout the Capital District, you will find many opportunities to take a bite out of fall. Goold Orchards has seven varieties of apples, a farm store, and an Apple Festival every October. In Broadalbin, a visit to Eagle Mills Cider Co is a great way to spend a day, eating fresh donuts and mulled cider by the 100 year old water mill that powers the cider press. In Altamont, stop at Indian Ladder Farms for a farm experience with fresh veggies and fruits as well as saying hello to the farm animals.
Savor the intoxicating aroma of the grape harvest in late September and October. Along with apples and other fresh produce, you can pick Concord grapes at Forestville's Chadakoin Farms and Lembke Farm in the Lake Erie Grape Belt. Stretching for fifty miles along the shores of Lake Erie, this picture-perfect countryside is the world's largest Concord grape-growing region and the second largest grape-growing region in the US. You can get there by taking a scenic drive on the Great Lakes Seaway Trail.
New York is the top apple producer in the East (second in the US). In more than 700 orchards, trees are laden with big juicy apples, ripe for picking. With so many delicious varieties, our season continues into early November.Check out New York Apple Country for a directory of orchards throughout the state and New York State Guide to Fresh Produce for information on you-pick farms from Long Island to Chautauqua.
Whether you're continuing a family tradition or starting a new one, now is the perfect time to spend a day in New York's farm country. You'll bring home a bounty of fresh produce and sweet memories. Check the Events sections of this website for listings and more information.