Specialty Crop Promotion Project
In 2012, Adirondack Harvest was pleased to receive a "Regional Buy-Local Campaign Development" grant from the New
York State Department of Agriculture and Markets funded through the federal Specialty Crop Block Grant program. The
purpose of the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) is to solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops.
The Specialty Crop Competitiveness Act of 2004 and the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 have defined specialty
crops as "fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture)." Eligible plants
must be intensively cultivated and used by people for food, medicinal purposes, and/or aesthetic gratification to be
considered specialty crops. For Adirondack Harvest's list of specialty crops click here. Our list, while extensive, is not limited
to the items on the list. For the USDA's constantly updated list of specialty crops click here and choose categories from the
drop-down menu at the bottom of the page. Again, there may be other qualifying specialty crops that are not on their list.
Our Adirondack Harvest farmers grow fruits, vegetables, herbs, nuts & plants here in the North Country.
Honey and maple syrup are produced from our beautiful fields and forests. Support your farmer and buy
local specialty crops! To search for local Adirondack Harvest farmers visit this page.
Why buy local?
- Local farmers choose their varieties based on good flavor instead of shipping characteristics
- If the produce tastes good it is more likely to be eaten (by kids especially!)
- Produce ripened on the plant has more flavor and nutrients
- Farmers often grow unusual varieties for a true gourmet experience
- Support family farms and neighbors
- Conserve farmland and your community
- Fewer miles from field to table reduces fossil fuel consumption and resulting air pollution
- Know your farmer and support production methods you believe in
- Reduced time from harvest to consumer keeps produce fresh without waxing
- Reduced packaging and reduced waste
- Buy in bulk and store foods yourself; preserve nutrients and tell the "food story" to dinner guests
- Your dollar stays in your community to support other businesses.
Click here to see the beautiful new "Maple Madness" rack card produced with these grant funds in our Southern region!