At the Syracuse Real Food Cooperative we are committed to supporting local farms and businesses. We define “local” as within 100 miles of Syracuse NY.
Local Animal Farms
“Wake Robin Farm is a small, family farm located in Central New York, owned and operated by Bruce, Meg & Hugh Schader. We are located in Jordan, about twenty minutes west of Syracuse. Our farm consists of 75 acres of rolling farmland, and a herd of about 35 Jersey cows. We milk about 12 cows year-round. We move our milking cows into fresh pasture twice a day during grazing season, we feed organic grain in the barn year round, and we make hay for the winter without the use of chemical herbicides, pesticides, or fertilizers. All of the milk that goes into our products is produced by our own cows, on our family farm. We process our milk several times a week in small batches. Our products are made by hand in our farmstead creamery, and we do not add thickeners, stabilizers, or artificial flavors to our milk, yogurt or cheese.”
Animal Welfare Approved
“Lively Run Goat Dairy is one of the longest operating commercial goat dairies in the country, beginning production in New York State in 1982 and pioneering goat cheese in the American marketplace. The Messmer family took over operations of Lively Run in 1995, after Steve was discharged from military service and brought his family back from Europe in the early 1990s. The entire Messmer family works to continue the mission of bringing to the Finger Lakes region healthy, sustainable and delicious goat cheese reminiscent of the cheese they enjoyed while living in Germany and France. Our goat herd of Alpines (French) and Sanaans (Swiss), a friendly bunch full of intelligence, curiosity, and mischief, produces quality milk that we use for our Lively Run handmade cheeses. We carefully breed our 48 does and 2 bucks each spring bringing forth nearly 100 kids, and maintain a milking herd of two dozen goats at a time. We feed them a wholesome diet of local forage and feed, which is essential to milk quality and also reflects the character of our Finger Lakes region.
Moravia, NY (315-364-5348)
NOFA NY Certified Organic Eggs from Free Range Hens
Local Produce Farms
Ithaca, NY Certified Organic.
Stick and Stone Farm started on a few acres of rented land in Newfield, NY. It is now 72 acres of land in the Town of Ulysses, between Jacksonville and Ithaca on route 96. We raise 25 acres of certified organic vegetables, flowers and free range chicken eggs.”
Ithaca, NY Certified Organic.
“Early Morning Farm began in 1999 with three acres of land, three friends and a garden-sized rototiller. With a vision to grow fresh, local, and organic food, while connecting to and strengthening a local community of eaters; the farm has grown to be one of the largest and most successful Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms in our region.
Pulaski, NY Certified Organic.
“Grindstone Farm provides produce through our CSA, Healthy Box Program and Farmer’s Markets (scroll down for locations). With over 25 years of rich experience in growing high quality, certified organic fruits and vegetables, Grindstone Farm has become a well-known leader in Central New York.
Baldwinsville, NY Certified Organic.
“The Reeves family has been growing crops in the Baldwinsville area for more than a century. With the fourth generation of Reeves ownership and the fifth generation now contributing to its success, Reeves Farms focuses on high quality berries and vegetables and remains a good steward of the land. Through the use of Integrated Pest Management, reduced tillage, expanded cover crops and crop rotation, organic blueberry production and other sustainable farming practices, the health of our soils and water resources will be insured for generations to come.”
Newark, NY Certified Organic.
“We are a family run farm located near Newark that strives to grow the best and the freshest produce you can find. We use sustainable, chemical free growing methods. Cover cropping, crop rotations, manure(from our free range egg layers and goats) and certified organic fertilizers and minerals are some of the things we use to keep our ground in top shape. Our family eats everything we grow, so the nutrition content of our vegetables is important for us as well as you. We believe our health is tied to the health of the soil where our food is grown, and much of the food today is lacking many of the essential nutrients and minerals needed for good health.”
Finger Lakes Organic Growers Cooperative is a member owned wholesaler of certified organic vegetables, herbs, fruits and nuts - working for a sustainable food system in New York State since 1986. *SRFC works with over 20 different farms in this local farmer cooperative.