NYS Commissioner of Agriculture to Speak at Oswego County Harvest Dinner

OSWEGO, NY – Onions, apples, meats and more, all are grown right here in Oswego County.

To celebrate the rich bounty of local food Oswego County produces, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County will hold the sixth annual Oswego County Harvest Dinner.

The popular event will this year take place on October 2 at The American Foundry in Oswego.

The dinner will showcase the quality and diversity of agriculture in Oswego County by featuring food grown and sourced from local farmers and agriculture businesses.

The New York State Commissioner of Agriculture, Richard Ball, will be a featured guest and speaker at the dinner.

The Oswego County Harvest Dinner will will start at 6:15 p.m.

Tickets for the event are $35 for one or $65 for two and must be purchased ahead of time.

Prepaid reservations can be made by sending payment to CCE of Oswego County, Harvest Dinner, 3288 Main St., Mexico, NY 13114.

No tickets will be sold at the door.

As in the past the event is expected to sell out, so make your reservations now.

The evening will start with a social hour, including appetizers and a sampling of Oswego County beverages.

Guests will be served a six-course meal showcasing the delicious and diverse agricultural products produced in Oswego County, followed by the guest speaker.

There will also be raffle baskets featuring Oswego County’s finest agricultural products and more.

For more information on the Oswego County Harvest Dinner, please call 315-963-7286 or e-mail [email protected]

Commissioner Ball, has made a living in agriculture his entire life.

For the past 20 years, he has been the owner and operator of Schoharie Valley Farms in Schoharie, which consists of 200 acres and produces a wide range of vegetable crops, small fruits and greenhouse crops.

Commissioner Ball will speak about the Taste NY initiative which was launched in 2013 to promote New York’s food and beverage industries.

It has created opportunities for local producers to showcase their goods at large public events such as the New York Wine & Food Festival, and the Great New York State Fair, as well as special events with the New York Racing Association.

The program has also opened stores at Thruway rest stops and New York City airports and transportation hubs.

Oswego County is a rural county, with a prosperous agricultural community.

The diversity of land allows for the growth of a variety of agricultural products including onions, apples, meat, cheese, wine, maple syrup, honey, berries, plums, peaches, and a wide variety of vegetables.

Within the county there are at least seven local farmers’ markets, with one open almost every day of the week.

The agricultural community in this county generates $47.6 million in annual revenue from 657 farms.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County provides equal program and employment opportunities.

Its mission is to improve the quality of life for the community through education that is valuable to the lives of Oswego County residents.

For more information, please call 315-963-7286 or go online to www.thatscooperativeextension.org