Finding Food Safety & GAP Certified Farms and Distributors

Learn about the different food safety certification programs and find lists of participating farms to purchase from in New York. 

New York State Grown & Certified 

New York State Grown & Certified is the first statewide, multi-faceted food certification program designed to strengthen consumer confidence in New York products, address food product labeling, and assist New York farmers so they can take advantage of the growing market demand for foods locally grown and produced to a higher standard. Farmers who participate in this program are GAP or food safety certified. 

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USDA GAP and GHP Certification

Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Handling Practices (GHP) are voluntary audits that verify that fruits and vegetables are produced, packed, handled, and stored as safely as possible to minimize risks of microbial food safety hazards. Find farmers and distributors that are GAP and GHP certified by USDA in the database below. At top of USDA list, find “Location” search field. Uncheck “all locations” and check “New York”.

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USDA Unprocessed Fruits & Vegetables Pilot 

The goal of the Pilot Project is to develop additional opportunities for schools to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables with entitlement funding, while using pre-existing commercial distribution channels and school relationships with growers, produce wholesalers, and distributors. The pilot supports the use of locally-grown foods in school meal programs using entitlement funds. Participating farms and distributors can be found by scrolling down to section “Current Participating Vendors” and clicking on “View the Pilot Program Eligible Vendors” to view or download the spreadsheet. Click on State column to uncheck "All" and select "NY” to filter results. 

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