Finger Lakes agritourism is among the most authentic and unique visitor activities in the Finger Lakes Central Region of New York State. Tour properties up close and personal. Get to know the people behind the scenes. See how agriculture and tourism have come together, offering authentic experiences and opportunities to enjoy the freshest food, wine, wildlife and wonder that make up the growing trend of combining agriculture and tourism into a premier visitor experience.Read More
Agriculture is among the leading industries in the central Finger Lakes and, nowhere, is the diversity of farms and farm products more apparent than in Seneca County’s Finger Lakes Central. Farms occupy nearly 60% of the land area. The agricultural landscapes of the Finger Lakes region resembles those of the Midwest. From pick-your-own (u-picks) to farm stands, to farmer’s markets and specialty artisan farm products, the bounty of Finger Lakes central is always on display in Seneca County.
Finger Lakes Central is home to hundreds of attractions that offer authentic experiences to discover how agriculture and mother nature’s creatures and beautiful countrysides come together for you to visit and enjoy for yourself. Following many of the same routes, or running parallel to the famous Finger Lakes Wine Trails, the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail is one of the top attractions when it comes to visiting, first hand, the people and places that prepare the products that you’re sampling, purchasing, and often taking home with you. Thriving local creameries offering cheese, ice cream and other local favorites are available for visits, tours, and tastings in Seneca County, such as Cowlick Farm & Micro Creamery in Lodi, Cayuga Lake Creamery or Lively Run Goat Dairy- both in Interlaken, or Muranda Cheese Company, located in Waterloo.
When you’re traveling through the area, be sure not to miss Sauders Market or Dave & Rita’s Farm Market and Barkery, just a couple of the many popular farm markets, seasonal stands and u-pick locations throughout Seneca County.
Seneca County is a top-ten statewide producer of several agricultural products including: pork, cattle, grains and dry beans, and products related to sheep and goats. In addition, leading commodity groups featured in the Finger Lakes are: dairy, grains, oilseeds, dry peas and beans.In addition to these products, the agricultural economy in Seneca County’s Central Finger Lakes region is diversified by niche farms including estate wineries, organic farms and roadside produce stands. The area’s growing Amish and Mennonite communities are also common sites along the agricultural landscape.
As you can see, the Finger Lakes region is home to a thriving Food Movement – featuring unique products, restaurants and chefs. Each year, the Finger Lakes Cork & Fork hosts the region’s largest harvest festival and features the people and products behind the Finger Lakes food revolution. We invite you to experience Finger Lakes agritourism for yourself!