Baskets to Pallets Virtual Event

Event Details


March 21, 2024
March 28, 2024


10am - 2pm




Capital Area Agriculture and Horticulture Program

Steve Hadcock

Are you looking to diversify sales beyond the farmers' market, CSA, and farm stand? Food hubs, grocery stores, restaurants and cooperatives are looking for your products to meet growing consumer demand for local and sustainably produced food. However, successful business with wholesale buyers requires planning and preparation.

Ensure your success by joining us for 'Baskets to Pallets,' a comprehensive two-day introduction to selling your farm products wholesale.

The 'Baskets to Pallets' course is designed for farmers of all types.  From participating in this virtual workshop series, you will gain knowledge and skills that will help you successfully transition to wholesale marketing or to expand wholesale market sales for your farm business successfully. 

This two-day workshop covers building relationships with buyers, customer management, record keeping, pricing, grading, packaging, uniformity and consistency, and food safety. It also includes opportunities for peer learning, small group discussion, and one break-out session for livestock and produce farmers.

The cost for the workshop is $50.00 per personRegister here.  This registration fee covers the cost of materials which will be delivered to participants electronically and the workshops will be recorded and made available to participants.  For assistance with registration, contact Dara Boudreaux at 518-765-3518, or  For more information about the workshop, contact Steve Hadcock at 518-380-1497 or  FSA Borrower Training Credits are available. 

The 'Baskets to Pallets' course is co-hosted by the Central NY Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Program, CCE Capital Area Agricultural and Horticultural Program, and Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program.

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Theme for this year: Quality Matters


Cash Rent and Custom Harvest Survey

To date, there is limited information available about rental rates and fees for crop harvesting.  Farms can use this valuable information for their farm business planning to help improve decision making and profitability. 

The data that is collected, and the subsequent reports/findings/resources will be helpful for all of us to answer that call of "What's the average rental rate in my area?" and "How much do people charge to combine oats?"

Farmers Can Join MeatSuite For Free! is a free resource provided by Cornell University where NY meat farmers can create a farm profile and list their bulk (wholes, halves, quarters) and bundled (i.e. Grilling Bundle) meat products.

Why should farmers join?

1. It's free and easy!
2. Connect with more local customers. In the past year the farm directory had 8,300 visits from New York consumers. Farm profiles get as many as 25 views per month from potential local customers. We also spotlight MeatSuite farms on social media and bring attention and purchases to farms through highlights and giveaways.

How do I join?

Farmers can visit to create a free farm profile. You must list at least one product for your farm's profile to go live. You'll also have access to Cornell's free Meat Price Calculator, a helpful tool for pricing your meat to make a profit.

While you're on MeatSuite, check out the "Creating Consumer-Friendly Bulk Meats" publication on the log-in page. It has tips on how to create bulk meat products that are easier for first-time buyers to say "yes" to.

If you have any questions as you create your farm profile or products, we're here to help! Please email Matt LeRoux at

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