Your Farm-to-Fork Guide in Oneida County

cny freshThis blog post was authored by Sarah Foster, Director of Group Sales.

Born and raised in Vernon, NY, I’ve always been aware that I live in a rural area. I’d drive by two farms every day on my way to school. What I didn’t realize then was how vital agriculture is to a community. Recently, I Love NY launched campaigns throughout the state and in central New York. One of these campaigns is CNY Fresh.

The campaign brings together 10 counties that have a history of high-quality agriculture. From fruits and veggies to multiple farmers markets to “locavore” or farm-to-fork restaurants, there’s certainly no shortage of ways to eat, support and buy local. In Oneida County, we’re fortunate to have a variety of sites that are part of CNY Fresh. The nice weather is here (and hopefully staying!) and we want to give you ideas of how you can support the local economy.

Our county is home to 12 (yes, 12!) farmer’s markets. For a complete listing of locations and times of the markets, visit the CNY Fresh website. Something else worth checking out are the “locavore” restaurants associated with CNY Fresh. Some “locavore” restaurants in Oneida County are The Tailor and the Cook in Utica, NY, Piggy Pat’s BBQ in New Hartford, NY, and Nola’s in Clinton, NY. Another restaurant, Kenwood & Vine, just opened in Oneida, NY. All of these restaurants focus on incorporating as many local ingredients as possible into their menus. It’s exciting to know that when you’re eating a delicious meal, not only was there a lot of thought put into the meal, but you’re also helping to support local businesses.

The idea of eating, buying and spending local might be a new trend, but it’s hopefully one that is here to stay. Through combined efforts between the state, regions and counties, there are plenty of ways to learn more. Check the CNY Fresh website to get more ideas on everything: events, farmer’s markets, farm tours and restaurants!