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. We welcome you to eat locally grown foods, visit the farms and farmers that produce them in a sustainable way, and patronize businesses that preserve and support small farm economies, creating a true farm-to-fork experience that is not just a trend, but the true essence of the greater Ithaca area, and one that is here to stay.
With a multitude of Farmers Markets throughout Ithaca and Tompkins County, even during the winter months, you are able to peruse home-grown produce, locally sourced food, hand-crafted creations by resident artisans, and enjoy the music and festivities that go hand-in-hand. For an even more hands-on experience, you're invited to visit many of our farms and farmstands to tour the grounds, pick your own fruits and veggies, and see exactly where our food comes from! Click here for a detailed list of our Farms and Markets.
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 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! See a full listing of our abundant farm-to-table restaurants here.
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. See the entire range of accommodation options Ithaca has to offer here.
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. For an insider's look at some of Ithaca and Tompkins County's best agritourism experiences, read on.
Whether you’re looking for an upscale retreat or convenience to downtown, La Tourelle is the answer. It’s a luxury hotel with a spa and bistro built right in. Family-owned and operated, you’ll always be met with a warm smile. With 70 acres to explore and a garden filled with produce and herbs that keeps the the bistro and garden well-supplied, the experience is the perfect blend of nature and luxury working harmoniously together. Read the full story here.