Image by Sandy Repp

Onions are an important crop in NY State.

Apples on the tree at Cornell Orchard (Cornell University Photography)
Image by Lindsay France

Find resources for growing apples and other tree fruits here.

Potato blossoms
Image by Amanda Slater

Potato blossoms

Vegetable & Fruit

Most fruit and vegetable farmers in south central New York are family-run operations located in small pockets of good soil, often in river and creek valleys. Most farms sell directly to their customers through pick-your-own, farmers markets, farm stands, community supported or agriculture programs, with a limited amount of wholesale. Organic farms are common.

CCE Tioga works with producers by connecting them to resources at Cornell University and Cornell AgriTech as well as other vegetable specialists throughout the Cornell Cooperative Extension system.

Fruit and vegetable producers can contact the program for help with:

  • Production practices (varieties, nutrition, irrigation, etc)
  • Season extension
  • Soil management
  • Diagnosing and managing pest problems
  • Improving efficiency in production and harvest practices
  • Improve food safety, navigate food safety regulations
  • Starting a fruit or vegetable farm

Finger Lakes Grape Program

Grape production is a specialized business, and Cornell has a team dedicated to grape growing and juice/wine production. The Finger Lakes Grape Program works on a subscription basis. Growers both inside and outside the Finger Lakes region can participate, see their website for details.


If you are a home gardener with questions related to growing fruits and vegetables, Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener program is for you! Call the Grow Line at 607-687-4020.


Barb Neal
Agriculture Agent and Horticulture Educator
607-223-2753 or 607-793-6414 during business hours

Last updated March 27, 2020