New York State’s agriculture industry is one of our great assets. Keeping it growing and thriving is one of the most important things we can do.
The New York State Grown & Certified program makes it easy for consumers to identify local, safely-handled, and environmentally responsible agricultural products. This voluntary program is a cooperative effort among producers, processors, wholesalers, retailers, restaurants, and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets to meet consumer demand for high-quality food and agricultural products.
How to enter:
Follow @nyscertified on Instagram. Take your picture in front of the New York State Agriculture and Markets Selfie Wall located outside the doors of the Dairy Cattle Building’s Milking Parlor, and post your picture to your personal Instagram account with the hashtag #ILoveMooYork. Private Instagram accounts cannot enter into the Sweepstakes.
Eligibility: New York State Agriculture and Markets Selfie Wall Sweepstakes is open only to legal residents of the United States and the District of Columbia (excluding Puerto Rico, and all United States territories and possessions), age 18 or older at the time of entry. Void in Puerto Rico, all U.S. territories and possessions and where otherwise taxed, prohibited or restricted by law. Employees of the Sponsor or its subsidiaries, affiliates, suppliers, advertising agencies, and their immediate families and household members are not eligible. Sweepstakes Entry Period: The Sweepstakes will begin on August 22, 2018, at 7:00 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) and end on September 3, 2018 at 10:00 p.m. ET. Only entries received during the Sweepstakes Entry Period and which are otherwise fully compliant with these Official Rules are “Valid Entries.”
Selection of Winners: Winners will be notified on or about September 4, 2018. Sponsor will randomly select one (1) potential winner from each day of the fair, from all Valid Entries on Instagram, for a total of (13) winners. The Selfie Wall Sweepstakes winners will receive a pair (2) tickets to the 2019 New York State Fair. Sponsor reserves the right to not award a prize, if, in their sole discretion, they do not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified Valid Entries. Potential winner will be notified on Instagram by the official @nyscertified Instagram handle by direct message on Instagram with further instructions and to collect necessary information. Winners will have 48 hours to respond, at which point a new winner will be chosen randomly from remaining eligible entries. Sponsor is not responsible for unsuccessful efforts to notify any potential winner.
Sponsor: New York State Agriculture and Markets, 10B Airline Drive, Albany, NY 12235
This month’s feature spotlights Dutch Hollow Farm in Schodack Landing, Rensselaer County! The more than 40-year- old dairy farm is owned by Paul and Melanie Chittenden, and their three sons, Alan, Brian, and Nathan. Together, they proudly manage their 900-Jersey cow herd in every aspect --from caring for the calves and growing feed to overseeing bookkeeping. Jerseys, a breed of small dairy cattle, were originally bred in the English Channel Island of Jersey and are known to provide milk with a high butterfat content - great for making cheese and butter!
The Chittendens get lots of help on the farm from other family members including Alan, Brian and Nathan's children, who are all involved in the day-to-day operations and will one day be the next generation to run the farm. Dutch Hollow also employs 12 people, who are integral to the success of the farm and the boost it provides the local and regional economy.
In fact, Dutch Hollow has one of the largest Jersey herds in the Northeast. Family members have also held top posts in regional and national Jersey organizations. The family has been twice honored with the American Jersey Cattle Association’s most prestigious honor, the Master Breeder Award, earned by Paul in 2012 and his father, Stanley, in 1983. The farm is well-known across the United States and beyond for their outstanding genetics.
The farm is a member of Agri-Mark, a farmer-owned cooperative that produces dairy products under the McCadam Cheese and Cabot Creamery Co-operative labels. In addition to supplying milk to the Agri-Mark cooperative, the Jersey cows at Dutch Hollow Farm provide milk to two other New York State Grown & Certified dairy processors: Hudson Valley Freshand Beecher's Handmade Cheese - NY.
New York State’s agriculture industry is one of our great assets and keeping it growing and thriving is one of the most important things we can do. When you see products with the New York State Grown & Certified seal, you are assured that it comes from a local farm that adheres to high food safety standards and environmentally responsible practices.
Participating in New York State Grown & Certified tells consumers that you adhere to higher standards in terms of food safety and environmental stewardship, making consumers more likely to purchase your products.
Meet your customers’ growing demand for foods that are locally grown and produced with higher standards. Whether you are a grocery retailer or a restaurant in New York State, it’s easy to connect with New York State Grown & Certified growers and producers.