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Ethnic Vegetables

Ethnic Vegetables Production of ethnic vegetables is a growing trend on many New York farms.  A large assortment of exotic vegetable types while unfamiliar to many Americans may be a taste of home to foreign nationals, immigrants and ethnically-based communities. Most of these ethnic vegetables can be successfully grown in New York. The key to marketing is to select varieties that are familiar to the consumer group. Many immigrants are excited to be able to purchase fresh produce grown locally that would be readily available in their country of origin. Producing ethnic vegetables can be rewarding, but should be properly researched and tried on a small scale to begin.

Video: New York State Produce Auctions

Last Modified: March 8, 2018
Video: New York State Produce Auctions

Currently, there are 8 produce auctions in New York State. These auctions are aggregation points that allow local farmers to sell their produce in wholesale lots to buyers from across the region. To document the economic impact of produce auctions on agriculture, local businesses, family farms, and produce buyers, the Cornell Vegetable Program worked with Harvest New York to survey top sellers and buyers.

A new Cornell Vegetable Program video shares general information about produce auctions, how buyers and sellers use the auctions to expand their businesses, and how local communities benefit from them.


Evaluations of Specialty Crop Vegetables

Robert Hadad, Extension Vegetable Specialist
Cornell Vegetable Program

Last Modified: April 18, 2016
Evaluations of Specialty Crop Vegetables

Each year, the Cornell Vegetable Program will be evaluating new and different vegetable varieties suited for the specialty crop or ethnic markets. Growers are encouraged to check them out here to see how they have performed in Western NY.

Ethnic Greens Trial, 2012

Robert Hadad, Extension Vegetable Specialist
Cornell Vegetable Program

Last Modified: January 23, 2013
Ethnic Greens Trial, 2012

Interest in growing ethnic vegetables has been increasing in our region. In response, the Cornell Vegetable Program conducted a two-year ethnic vegetable variety and marketing trial. The focus of the trial was to see how well assortments of vegetables that represent some different nationalities perform in WNY under our wildly fluctuating weather conditions and also to see how growers can market these new vegetables, how customers respond to them at the market, and what is needed to reach targeted communities perhaps. Funding was provided by the Western NY CCE Association group.

Exploring Ethnic Vegetables

Robert Hadad, Extension Vegetable Specialist
Cornell Vegetable Program

Last Modified: April 2, 2012
Exploring Ethnic Vegetables

In and around our larger cities and increasingly out in suburban areas, ethnic communities are expanding. This presentation was made to a small farmers' meeting sponsored by the Cornell Vegetable Program, Ontario County CCE, and through funding by GVRMA. The presentation covered discovering what communities are out there, vegetable varieties available, and marketing. Future work will focus on reporting results from variety trials and marketing economics.

Ethnic Vegetable Workshop Receives Media Coverage

Robert Hadad, Extension Vegetable Specialist
Cornell Vegetable Program

Last Modified: January 11, 2012
Ethnic Vegetable Workshop Receives Media Coverage

The Cornell Chronicle Online covered a recent Ethnic Vegetable Workshop hosted by the Cornell Vegetable Program and CCE Ontario County.


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November 16, 2020

A well-thought out Wash/Pack Facility can go a long way in improving produce quality, worker health and safety, and overall efficiency. But how can intentional design impact food safety? This virtual training will help farmers and workers understand the food safety risks present in wash/pack facilities and outline ways in which risks can be minimized.

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