New York State Berry Growers’ Association

Published April 5, 2012 by myberriesfarm
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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 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 raspberries strawberries vegetables

Chenango County:

Fantasy Fruit Farm 464 Hall Road Afton, NY 13730 607-639-2075 blueberries currants/gooseberries raspberries strawberries other fruit

Solmaz Hafezi NY Farm 389 Boggle Town road Afton, NY 13730

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 blueberries currants/gooseberries raspberries strawberries vegetables

Dutchess County

Secor Strawberries 63 Robinson Lane Wappinger Falls, NY 12590 845-452-6883 blueberries strawberries other fruit vegetables

Erie County:

Greg’s U-Pick 9270 Lapp Road Clarence Center, NY 14032 716-741-4239 blueberries raspberries strawberries vegetables

Weiss Farms 7828 East Eden Road Eden, NY 14057 716-992-9619 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 blueberries currants/gooseberries

Wereszczak’s Blueberries 1080 Steuben Hill Road Herkimer, NY 13350 315-867-5735 blueberries

Jefferson County:

Best by Farr 26809 Beckwith Road Evans Mills, NY 13637 315-629-4801 raspberries strawberries

Madison County:

Mosher Farms RD 1, Box 69 Rt.26 & 46 Bouckville, NY 13310 315-893-7173 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 blueberries currants/gooseberries raspberries/blackberries strawberries

Jack Munt Farm 51 Probst Road Pittsford, NY 14534 585-624-9423 raspberries strawberries other fruit vegetables

Niagara County:

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

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

Reeves Farms 8695 Wheaton Rd Baldwinsville, NY 13027 315-635-3357 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 raspberries strawberries

Ontario County:

Fresh Ayr Farms 4671 Herendeen Road Shortsville, NY 14548 585-289-4957 strawberries vegetables

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

Orleans County:

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

Hurd Orchards 17260 Ridge Road Holley, NY 14470 (607) 638-8838 blueberries currants/gooseberries raspberries strawberries other fruit

Kemp’s Farms 1590 Powerline Road Holley, NY 14470 (585) 638-6178 raspberries strawberries

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

Oswego County:

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

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

Stan’s Berry Patch 208 Co. Rt. 84 West Monroe, NY 13167 (315) 668-7159 blueberries

Otsego County:

Ingall’s Blueberries 4663 State Highway 28 Cooperstown, NY 13326 607-547-2128 blueberries

Richard Hernandez 1755 County Highway 14 Mt Vision, NY 13810 607-293-6008 blueberries

Rensselaer County:

The Berry Patch 15370 NY 22 Stephentown, NY 12168 518-733-6772 blueberries raspberries strawberries other fruit vegetables

Saratoga County:

Clark Dahlia Gardens & Greenhouses 139 Hop City Road Ballston Spa, NY 12020 518-885-7356 blueberries raspberries other fruit vegetables

Seneca County:

Cassim Farms 3581 Yost Road Waterloo, NY 13165 315-539-2951 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 strawberries

Suffolk County:

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

Tioga County:

Our Green Acres 3965 Waverly Road Owego, NY 13827 607-687-2874 blueberries currants/gooseberries raspberries strawberries other fruit vegetables

TLC Blueberry Farm 2053 Rte. 17C Barton, NY 13734 607-222-2697 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 raspberries strawberries other fruit vegetables

G and S Orchards 4572 Lincoln Road Walworth, NY 14502 315-524 3823 blueberries currants/gooseberries raspberries strawberries other fruit vegetables

Wyoming County

Mehlenbacher Strawberries 6513 Lamont Road Castile, NY 14427 585-493-2773 strawberries

Yates County:

Jim Bedient 3955 Stever Road Branchport, NY 14418 315-595-6674 blueberries

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

Our Sponsors: (Thank you!)

Krohne Plant Farms Inc. 65295 County Route 342 Hartford, MI 49057 269-424-54236 strawberries

Nourse Farms 41 River Road South Deerfield, MA 01373 413-665-2658 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


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