Most fruit and vegetable farmers in Chautauqua County are family-run operations located in small pockets of good soil, often in river and creek valleys. Most farms sell directly to their customers through pick-your-own, farmers markets, farm stands, community supported or agriculture programs, with a limited amount of wholesale.
The Cornell Vegetable Program and the Lake Erie Regional Grape Program work with producers through research/demonstration projects on farms, regional workshops, a monthly newsletters, and through farm visits to diagnose production problems.
Fruit and vegetable producers can contact these programs for help with:
Lake Erie Regional Grape Program
Grape production is a specialized business, and Cornell has a team dedicated to grape growing and juice/wine production. The Lake Erie Regional Grape Program works on a subscription basis. Growers both inside and outside the Lake Erie region can participate, see their website for details.
Cornell Vegetable Program
The Cornell Vegetable Program is one of the premier regional agricultural Cornell Cooperative Extension programs in New York, serving a large multi-county region in the western and central parts of the state. The team's Vegetable Specialists work together with Cornell faculty and Extension Educators statewide to address the issues that impact the industry. The Cornell Vegetable Program provides educational programs and information to growers, processors and agri-business professionals, arming them with the knowledge to profitably produce and market safe and healthful vegetable crops, contributing to the viability of farms and the economic wellbeing of New York State. Specifically, our program focuses on food safety, variety evaluation, market development, pest management, and cultural practices. Watch a video to learn more about the Cornell Vegetable Program.
Growers and agri-business professionals must enroll in our program to benefit from many of our educational offerings including our newsletter, direct mailings, and pest alerts.
If you are a home gardener with questions related to growing fruits and vegetables, Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener program is for you! Visit your county’s Cornell Cooperative Extension website to find the appropriate contact information.
Last updated June 26, 2017