BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - Community members will once again have the opportunity to learn first-hand where their food comes from.
Senator Fred Akshar and Cornell Cooperative Extension are presenting the 2019 Tri-County Farm Trail.
Area farms will be opening their doors to the public to experience agriculture hands-on through farm tours, activities, food tastings and more.
19 different locations across the 52nd Senate District are participating.
Akshar says that with nearly 560 local farms pumping nearly $21 million into our economy, it's important for people to have the opportunity to learn more about agriculture.
"I think it provides an educational opportunity not only for the young people, but for the adults as well. Again it's really a great opportunity for the community to come out and support the agriculture industry that is incredibly important to the people of the 52nd Senate district. And really just to enjoy locally grown products."
One of the participants is Lone Maple Farm located on Hawleyton Road in the Town of Binghamton which opened its farm market for the season today.
For the last 46 years, Lone Maple has been bringing a wide variety of freshly grown products to the area.
Owner Mike Harris emphasized the importance of supporting small farmers. "I'd really like to encourage folks to buy local. Especially locally agricultural products. When you invest in local businesses, especially agricultural products, the breadth and depth of the economic impact is very deep. I encourage people to buy local and eat healthy."
Other participating farms include the Catskill Cattle Company in Deposit, Country Wagon produce in Glen Aubrey and NYALA Alpaca Farm in Vestal.
The Farm Trail will be taking place next Saturday and Sunday, May 4th and 5th from 10 to 4 and is free and open to the public.