My Berry Farm

New York State Berry Growers’ Association

 

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 The New York State Berry Growers Association (NYSBGA) was begun in 1988 and incorporated in 1993 in its present form, a 501 (6) (c) not for profit educational association. The purpose of the Association is “to promote the growing and marketing of berries by the exchange of information and to represent the Berry Growers in the areas of labor, research and technology, to advertise and promote the eating of berries”. This is accomplished by providing information and education to its grower members, and through yearly meetings with faculty and extension staff to discuss berry industry research and educational needs. While not a direct lobbying association, berry industry issues can be represented in public hearings and agency forums. NYSBGA has a board of directors that meets two or three times per year, and has an executive secretary.

Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and other berries are indeed the fruit for the new millennium. More and more, berries are being recognized for both their nutritional and health value. Demand for berries continues to increase, and they receive favorable reviews in public media. According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), in 2010, the value of berry production in NYS was $15,000,000 for the three major berry crops (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries). In the last ten years, blueberry acreage has increased 29%, raspberries 11%, and strawberry acreage has declined slightly. In those same ten years, the combined value of these three crops has risen almost 50%.

Since its inception, the Berry Growers Association has granted $35,000 in research grants, primarily to Cornell researchers and extension staff, to address issues important to NYS growers. Originally, research dollars were collected from members on a voluntary basis. In 2009, the Board of Directors placed an even higher value on research, and changed the dues structure so that $50 of every member’s dues would automatically be put into a research fund.

The NYSBGA was instrumental in Cornell receiving NYFVI grants for Improving Production Efficiency in Berry Crop Production in 2007 and 2009. The Board proposed the idea, reviewed and suggested changes for the proposal, and members have served as advisors, collaborators, and participants. Unfortunately, state funding cuts prevented the 2009 project from getting under way. In 2009, the Association also applied for, and received funding from the Farm Credit Ag Enhancement grants program to develop a new logo to act as a catalyst for a renewed effort on marketing. During the summer, press releases are sent out to alert consumers when the different “berry seasons” have begun. In the 1990’s, the association also received a grant from EPA to develop and implement an IPM certification program with standards and a point system that a third party auditor used to verify that berries were IPM-certified.

For the future, the association would like to develop a way to guarantee that enough funds are raised to at least supply Cornell researchers with a summer technician to assist with berry research, thus ensuring a consistent research program that addresses the needs of NY growers. We are always interested in creative solutions that produce a benefit for both the industry and our partners in research and Extension.

Albany County:

Stanton’s Fuera Farm
210 Onesquethaw Creek Road
Feura Bush, NY 12067
518-768-2344
feurafarm@aol.com
blueberries raspberries strawberries
other fruit vegetables

Cayuga County:

John R. DeWitt Farm
4207 State Route 41A
Moravia, NY 13118
315-497-0142 or (315) 730-6278
jrdewittfarm@msa.com
raspberries strawberries vegetables

Chenango County:

Fantasy Fruit Farm
464 Hall Road
Afton, NY 13730
607-639-2075
aftnhealth@stny.rr.com
www.fantasyfruitfarm.com
blueberries currants/gooseberries raspberries
strawberries other fruit

Solmaz Hafezi NY Farm
389 Boggle Town road
Afton, NY 13730
hafezisolmaz@yahoo.com

strawberries other fruit blueberries currants/gooseberries raspberries
strawberries other fruit vegetables

Cortland County:

Solon Gardens
3673 State Route 41, Solon Rd
Cincinnatus, NY 13040
607-836-8972
ph.dayl@juno.com
blueberries currants/gooseberries raspberries
strawberries vegetables

Dutchess County

Secor Strawberries
63 Robinson Lane
Wappinger Falls, NY 12590
845-452-6883
dsecor2@optimum.net
blueberries strawberries other fruit
vegetables

Erie County:

Greg’s U-Pick
9270 Lapp Road
Clarence Center, NY 14032
716-741-4239
gregsupickfarm@aol.com
www.gregsupick.com
blueberries raspberries strawberries vegetables

Weiss Farms
7828 East Eden Road
Eden, NY 14057
716-992-9619
tonyweiss@gmail.com
blueberries raspberries strawberries vegetables

Peter Gugino Farms, Inc.
10460 Brant-Angola Road
Brant, NY 14027
716-549-3608
strawberries

Greene County:

Story Farms
4640 Route 32
Catskill, NY 12414
518-678-9716
strawberries other fruit vegetables

Herkimer County:

Anndel Farms
547 State Route 29
Middleville, NY 13046
315-891-3613
Marine722@verizon.net
blueberries currants/gooseberries

Wereszczak’s Blueberries
1080 Steuben Hill Road
Herkimer, NY 13350
315-867-5735
walek@mindspring.com
blueberries

Jefferson County:

Best by Farr
26809 Beckwith Road
Evans Mills, NY 13637
315-629-4801
rvfarr@verizon.net
raspberries strawberries

Madison County:

Mosher Farms
RD 1, Box 69 Rt.26 & 46
Bouckville, NY 13310
315-893-7173
tmosher@frontiernet.net
blueberries raspberries strawberries
vegetables

Monroe County:

Bauman Farms
1340 Five Mile Line Road
Webster, NY 14580
585-671-2820
raspberries strawberries vegetables

Green Acre Fruit Farms
West Wind Farms LLC
3480 Latta Road
Rochester, NY 14612
585-234-0252
ckmich33@rochester.rr.com
http://www.greenacreupick.com/
blueberries currants/gooseberries raspberries/blackberries
strawberries

Jack Munt Farm
51 Probst Road
Pittsford, NY 14534
585-624-9423
dmunt8331@frontiernet.net
raspberries strawberries other fruit
vegetables

Niagara County:

Coulter Farms
3871 N. Ridge Road
Lockport, NY 14094
716-433-5335
coulterfarms@aol.com
blueberries raspberries strawberries
other fruit vegetables

Oneida County:

Swistak Farm
6644 Greenway New London Road
Verona, NY 13478
315-336-1251
blueberries strawberries vegetables

Onondaga County:

Emmi & Sons Inc.
1482 West Genesee Road
Baldwinsville, NY 13027
315-635-3987
emmifarms@aol.com
www.emmifarms.com
blueberries strawberries other fruit
vegetables

Hencle’s Berry Patch
7470 Perry Road
Baldwinsville, NY 13027
315-635-6942
henclesberrypatch@juno.com
currants/gooseberries raspberries strawberries
vegetables

Reeves Farms
8695 Wheaton Rd
Baldwinsville, NY 13027
315-635-3357
brian.reeves56@gmail.com
Reevesfarms.com
blueberries strawberries vegetables

Tassone Farm Inc.
6230 Route 31
Cicero, NY 13039
315-427-4293
strawberries

Tre-G Farms, LLC
8183 U.S. Rte. 20
Manlius, NY 13104
315-682-9315
tregfarms@hotmail.com
raspberries strawberries

Ontario County:

Fresh Ayr Farms
4671 Herendeen Road
Shortsville, NY 14548
585-289-4957
pat@freshayrfarm.com
www.freshayrfarm.com
strawberries vegetables

Sheppards Strawberries
2653 Co. Road 20
Clifton Springs, NY 14432
585-526-6606
jssheppardjr@aol.com
strawberries

Orleans County:

Brown’s Berry Patch
14264 Roosevelt Highway
Waterport, NY 14571
585-682-5569
info@brownsberrypatch.com
www.brownsberrypatch.com
blueberries currants/gooseberries raspberries
strawberries other fruit vegetables

Hurd Orchards
17260 Ridge Road
Holley, NY 14470
(607) 638-8838
amachame@rochester.rr.com
www.hurdorchards.com
blueberries currants/gooseberries raspberries
strawberries other fruit

Kemp’s Farms
1590 Powerline Road
Holley, NY 14470
(585) 638-6178
rkemp@rochester.rr.com
raspberries
strawberries

Panek’s Pickin Patch
13420 County House Road
Albion, NY 14411
585-589-6155
panek30@aol.com
blueberries raspberries strawberries
vegetables

Oswego County:

Behling Orchards LLC
364 Hurlbut Road
Mexico, NY 13114
315-963-7068
ebehling61@hotmail.com
blueberries raspberries
strawberries other fruit vegetables

Ferlito’s Berry Patch.
1269 Co. Rte. 53
Oswego, NY 13126
315-343-7159
aferlito@twcny.rr.com blueberries raspberries strawberries

Stan’s Berry Patch
208 Co. Rt. 84
West Monroe, NY 13167
(315) 668-7159
ineich2@aol.com
www.stansberrypatch.com
blueberries

Otsego County:

Ingall’s Blueberries
4663 State Highway 28
Cooperstown, NY 13326
607-547-2128
davideingalls@msn.com
blueberries

Richard Hernandez
1755 County Highway 14
Mt Vision, NY 13810
607-293-6008
phernadez2777@gmail.com blueberries

Rensselaer County:

The Berry Patch
15370 NY 22
Stephentown, NY 12168
518-733-6772
rberriesrgreat@fairpoint.net
blueberries raspberries strawberries other fruit vegetables

Saratoga County:

Clark Dahlia Gardens & Greenhouses
139 Hop City Road
Ballston Spa, NY 12020
518-885-7356
jammaker@nycap.rr.com
blueberries raspberries other fruit
vegetables

Seneca County:

Cassim Farms
3581 Yost Road
Waterloo, NY 13165
315-539-2951
jcassim@flare.net
raspberries strawberries

Luce Farm
7381 Hall Road
Ovid, NY 14521
607-532-9475
blueberries

Shuster’s Strawberries
1883 Rt. 89
Seneca Falls, NY 13148
315-521-7321
strawberries

Steuben County:

Rathbun’s U-Pick Strawberries
28 University Ave
North Cohocton, NY 14808
585-534-5163
pprathbun@aol.com
strawberries

Suffolk County:

Wickham’s Fruit Farm
P.O. Box 928
Cutchogue, NY 11935
631-734-5254
wickhamthomas@yahoo.com
www.wickhamsfruitfarms.com
blueberries currants/gooseberries raspberries
strawberries other fruit vegetables

Tioga County:

Our Green Acres
3965 Waverly Road
Owego, NY 13827
607-687-2874
frankwiles@aol.com
www.ourgreenacres.com
blueberries currants/gooseberries raspberries
strawberries other fruit vegetables

TLC Blueberry Farm
2053 Rte. 17C
Barton, NY 13734
607-222-2697
blueapple@htva.net
blueberries

Washington County:

Hand Melon Farm
533 Wilber Ave
Greenwich, NY 12834
518-692-2376
blueberries raspberries strawberries
vegetables

Wayne County:

Burnap Fruit Farm LLC
7277 Maple Ave
Sodus, NY 14551
(315) 483-4050
www.burnapsfarm.com
raspberries strawberries other fruit
vegetables

G and S Orchards
4572 Lincoln Road
Walworth, NY 14502
315-524 3823
gcraft@rochester.rr.com
www.gandsorchards.com
blueberries currants/gooseberries raspberries
strawberries other fruit vegetables

Wyoming County

Mehlenbacher Strawberries
6513 Lamont Road
Castile, NY 14427
585-493-2773
tmehlenb@rochester.rr.com
strawberries

Yates County:

Jim Bedient
3955 Stever Road
Branchport, NY 14418
315-595-6674
jimbedient@yahoo.com
blueberries

Tomion’s Farm Market
3024 Ferguson Corners Road
Penn Yan, NY 14527
585-526-5852
atomion@frontiernet.net
raspberries strawberries other fruit
vegetables

Our Sponsors: (Thank you!)

Krohne Plant Farms Inc.
65295 County Route 342
Hartford, MI 49057
269-424-54236
info@krohneplantfarms.com
http://www.krohneplantfarms.com
strawberries

Nourse Farms
41 River Road
South Deerfield, MA 01373
413-665-2658
nnourse@noursefarms.com
www.noursefarms.com
blueberries currants/gooseberries raspberries/blackberries strawberries

Affiliate Members:

Dr. Courtney Weber
Cornell University Department of Horticulture
NYSAES-Geneva
630 West North Street
Geneva, NY 14456
315-787-2395
caw34@cornell.edu

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