Farm to Fork Ithaca
Farm to Fork Ithaca is your hub of local restaurants, farmers markets, accommodations and agritourism events in the community. Here you will find a multitude of opportunities to experience and learn about our local food resources and gain an appreciation of our commitment to all things local, homegrown and deliciously handmade.
Farms & Markets
Ithaca is incredibly lucky to be home to many farms providing a dazzling array of produce, meat, dairy products, and specialty items like honey, soaps, and textiles. Our area is rich with agricultural history and innovation, thanks in part to our proximity to and relationship with Cornell University. Though many of these farms are small-scale and family-owned, they are taking huge steps towards fostering a sustainable food network here in Ithaca.
The Ithaca area is also home to many farmers markets which help bring these products to you - the Ithaca Farmers Market is even open during the Winter months! We're proud of our local farms, farm stands, and markets and invite you to explore them as part of your Ithaca journey.
Ithaca and Tompkins County are overflowing with natural culinary bounties, from local wines, to produce, to creameries that make cheese right on the farm. Many of our chefs and restaurateurs are embracing the Farm to Table dining movement, working with these farms, orchards, and butcheries to serve up locally-sourced menus with ingredients and products from our very own backyard. There are even a number of dining options who grow their own ingredients onsite, with greenhouses and gardens you can view from their patios or balconies while you enjoy the freshest meal - one that's gone straight from the farm to your fork!
Farm to Fork Accommodations
Seeking a last-minute getaway far from the bustle of the city? Why not venture out for a peaceful farm vacation? From farm stays and B&Bs where you experience first-hand working farm life along-side chicken coops, livestock, growing produce, and vineyards being harvested, to the more subtle side of farm-style vacationing, with luxury bistros serving food picked right from their back yard, or hotels with spas that grow herbs for their medicinal rubs and aromatherapy.
Farm to Fork Stories on Our Blog!
Visit with goats, sleep on a farm, or feast on local foods while overlooking Cayuga Lake—Ithaca has so many ways to create a memorable agritourism experience. Whether it’s cider tasting, dining out, or foraging along one of the beautiful gorge trails, you can indulge yourself in Ithaca’s agricultural bounties all year round. Pick your own fresh berries in the spring, take in the summer scenery at a local vineyard, or pick apples among the breathtaking orchard foliage in the fall. Tour craft breweries, enjoy a horse-led carriage ride, or cross-country ski in a winter waterfall wonderland. The possibilities are endless, from the farm to your fork, and everywhere in between. Read on for an insider's look at some of Ithaca and Tompkins County's best agritourism experiences.
Photos by Allison Usavage