New York State Grown & Certified Program was created to strengthen consumer confidence in NY products and assist farmers so they can take advantage of the growing market for locally grown foods. Producers are required to adhere to high standards of food safety and environmental stewardship. Consumers are able to quickly identify local, safely handled and environmentally responsible agricultural products. This program is voluntary and is a cooperative effort among producers, processors, wholesalers, retailers, restaurants, and the NYS Dept of Agriculture and Markets.
Eligible commodities are: dairy, eggs, beef, poultry, seafood, Christmas trees, maple products, cut flowers, craft beverage ingredients, wine, spirits, beer and cider.
Requirements include that the products are grown and produced in New York State, farms must participate in a third-party food safety verification program and must participate in an environmental management program.
For additional details about the program or to apply visit NYS Agriculture and Markets website.