Harvest Schuyler

The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce is committed to ensuring the success of our local farmers and food producers, as well as building connections between our farms and our buyers (restauranteurs, chefs, bed and breakfast owners, and more). The Harvest Schuyler Initiative was born from this commitment and it is generously sponsored by Alternatives Federal Credit Union and the Schuyler County Farm Bureau.

Harvest Schuyler Progressive Celebration

Join us on Monday, December 10 for a fun, effective, and delicious (!) networking opportunity. The Harvest Schuyler Committee of the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes farmers, restaurant owners, bed and breakfast owners, chefs - anyone looking to supply local ingredients to local businesses OR looking to source local ingredients from local farmers - to attend the Harvest Schuyler Progressive Celebration.

Things kick off at Junebar at 5pm with registration, a cash bar, and networking. At 6pm, we'll move down the street to Nickel's Pit BBQ for dinner, a cash bar, a short program, and more networking. The menu will feature a number of incredible small bites, created especially for this event by Chef Nick Thayer. Just a few of the delicious items include:

  • Mushroom fritter with black currant mayo;
  • Asian fried chicken with scallion pancakes, kimchi, and condiments;
  • Elk tenderloin with blackberry au jus, goat cheese grits, and fried pickled mushrooms;
  • Tartine of camembert and beets; and
  • Chocolate farro arancini.

Seating is limited and tickets sell out every year, so get yours early! Tickets are $20 per farmer or restaurant/business owner, $60 for community members at large. Tickets MUST be purchased in advance. Call 607-535-4300 or email marybeth@watkinsglenchamber.com.

hARVEST SCHUYLER initiative components

1) Weekly E-Newsletters: during the produce season a weekly newsletter goes out to a select mailing list, featuring classified-style listings of available produce from area farmers as well as items that chefs and bed and breakfast owners are seeking. Schuyler County farms and producers may submit content and chefs/bed and breakfast owners/restauranteurs may submit "items wanted" for these newsletters free of charge! For details, contact Meredith Williams at the Chamber: 607-535-4300 or meredith@watkinsglenchamber.com.

2) A December Social Event: featuring a menu of small plates and drinks prepared with as many local ingredients as possible. This event is always a sell-out with very limited seating.

3) A January Networking Event: Farmer-Buyer Speed Networking. The 2018 event will be held on Monday, January 29, 2018 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The objective is to make connections between farmers who offer produce, meat, cheese, and more, and those who are looking to source these ingredients locally. Restaurants and buyers will be seated at tables around the room, with signage indicating what they are looking to source and purchase locally. Farmers and producers will then circulate from table to table, discussing what they grow, what they could potentially grow, and more. When the bell rings, attendees will move on to the next table. To RSVP, email or call Membership Services Manager Meredith Williams: meredith@watkinsglenchamber.com or 607-535-4300.

more about our sponsorS

Alternatives Federal Credit Union has a culture of leading with our values. We have diverse employees whose perspectives, experiences and knowledge help the Credit Union meet its mission and vision. A casual dress work environment, a living wage, great benefits, participatory decision-making structures, opportunities for advancement, and access to financial education and expertise, all help to create a supportive work environment. Some of us have worked here for over thirty years, some ten or twenty, and some started this year.

Schuyler County Farm Bureau gives farmers and non-farmers alike the opportunity to be part of an organization dedicated to supporting and enriching agriculture. It provides an opportunity for individuals interested in the food system, land issues and rural living to join together and make their voices heard. We are active within the political system on a broad range of issues that concern every New Yorker, from taxation, conservation to local food availability. We believe that a strong, viable agricultural industry is beneficial not only to our economy but also to our local communities and our consumers.