FROM THE ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT & PLANNING (April, 2020) : Agriculture and agriculture related businesses in Erie County and across the region have been hit particularly hard by COVID-19. Disruption of supply chain, loss of institutional food service customers, closure of restaurants, lack of available seasonal farm labor, and low milk/commodity prices have all combined to wreak havoc on farmers and growers ability to earn a living providing healthy food to the community.
Erie County Executive Mark C Poloncarz created the Office of Agriculture in 2020 to address the loss of farmland, improve the viability of farming, and assist rural municipalities with planning for Agriculture. These roles are even more important now given the devastating impacts of COVID 19 in the Agricultural sector of our economy. “One of the most effective ways to help support the viability of farming is to promote the purchase of local and regional farm products, and to encourage all county residents to ‘buy local’” said County Executive Poloncarz. “Buying local fruits, vegetables, meat, eggs, flowers, etc not only supports our farmers and farm workers and helps to strengthen our local economy, it also provides a nourishing and healthy food supply that we all need in times like this”.
In order to facilitate this objective, the Office of Agriculture has created this Erie Grown website. Erie Grown is Erie County's initiative to promote locally grown and in-season produce as well as maple syrup, honey, and agritourism activities. We hope to better connect consumers to farmers, farmers markets, and local foods by linking available goods with those who would like to buy them.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County Executive Director Diane Held said "Farms are essential businesses during this pandemic, and how fortunate we are to have farmers working every day producing a variety of farm products right here in our community. You have an opportunity to directly help the farmer in your town or in your city neighborhood. Check out Erie Grown and contact a nearby farm that is selling via phone, text, website, or curbside and remember to thank your local farmer!"
We have created a few tools below to assist:
This map provides the location of various farm and agricultural-related businesses in Erie County . Type in your address and the map will show the agricultural businesses are nearest you. Explore the map to see what's open and what products are available!
A table of all Erie Grown listings can be viewed by clicking the arrow at the bottom center of the map.
Make sure to mention and tag #ErieGrown when visiting a listed farm or agricultural-related business!
It is not the County’s intent to promote or advertise for any one business over another, but rather to provide a mechanism for farmers/producers to connect directly with customers and for customers to learn where they can find fresh local agricultural products. Omissions are not intended.
Want to know where to find local fruits and vegetables, and products like maple syrup? Use our searchable site to find where specific produce and agricultural products are available in our area.
Please note that certain items may not be available - check the months available to see when an item is in season.
Farmers Markets by County
This NYS Dept of Agriculture and Markets open market list is being updated regularly with hours and closures related to COVID-19.
Farmland Relief Fund
To help support farmers directly impacted by the current crisis, consider giving to the American Farmland Trust's Farmer Relief Fund.
Find Community Supported Agriculture sites (CSAs) throughout Western New York.
Helping consumers in NY find locally produced, high quality meats in bulk.
Resources on creating, maintaining, and joining Community Gardens throughout WNY.
Erie County Maple
Maple syrup produced at the Erie County Bureau of Forestry "Sugar Shanty" in Sardinia.
Additional links, information, and resources for our agricultural community
The Office of Agriculture was created in 2020 to address the loss of farmland, improve the viability of farming, and assist rural municipalities with planning for agriculture.
Sign up for email updates, webinars, and more.
A Project of NY Sustainable Agriculture Working Group
Resources for farmers, growers, and producers.
Resources for Farmers affected by COVID-19.
Farm Bureau is a non-governmental, volunteer organization financed and controlled by member families for the purpose of solving economic and public policy issues challenging the agricultural industry. Information specific to Erie County's Farm Bureau is here.
Since 1990, American Farmland Trust has worked tirelessly in New York to stop the loss of farms and farmland.
COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
Check out our list of state resources to help farmers navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes information on essential businesses, resources for employers, State Ag Department resources, and more.
An online marketplace for bulk produce geared towards restaurants/large purchasers.
Erie Grown is an Erie County initiative with many partners including LIVE WELL ERIE