Here's what's happening at Ontario Produce Auction!
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Get your green thumb going with flowers, produce, nursery stock, and more!
DON'T FORGET OUR 'NEARLY FAMOUS FISH FRY' at the Country Girls' Cafe every Friday! Iced coffees, homemade whoopie pies and doughnuts, burgers, hots, loaded fries.
PERENNIALS AND ANNUALS GALORE! Planters, handcrafted lawn decor, and more.
Get your veggie plants here and grow your own! Fun and educational for the children, healthful addition to your meals.
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As many of our member farmers will be observing Ascension Day, we will not be open on May 30th. Thank you.
Our full season schedule is now in full swing. Tuesdays and Thursdays, start time 9am SHARP and Fridays 4:30pm SHARP. Flowers, nursery stock, local produce as available, lawn and garden decorations! On Thursdays, our hay auction starts at 11:15am. We always have quality hay and straw up for bids! NO MORE GROCERY AUCTIONS UNTIL THE FALL SCHEDULE RESUMES. Thanks for coming out all winter long to stock your pantries!
Call the office number 585-526-5708 to listen to the recorded message. Updated after the close of each auction.
We kindly request that you leave your pets at home. Service animals are allowed. However, as we are a facility that is primarily for food sales, USDA regulations prohibit animals from being in the building.
Please come back in the fall for our bulk grocery auctions held on Thursday mornings. Growing season is upon us and we are selling the freshest and best grown by our member farmers!
For many years the Finger Lakes Region of Upstate NY has been bursting with family farms growing produce in abundance!! From flowers in the Spring, through the fruits and vegetable season, on into the fall harvest...the land bountifully produced. But there was no centralized local outlet so as to sell their produce. Other produce auctions existed in the surrounding areas, but nothing was in or near Canandaigua. So the farm families spent much of their annual revenues on hauling costs so as to get their produce to these far away auction locations.
In 2015, a group of local growers, including both Mennonites and non-Mennonites, began discussing the possibility of developing an outlet for their produce in the Canandaigua NY area. That discussion, over time, grew in popularity and interest to a point where more and more farm families in the area were talking about this new idea.
And so a core group of these growers formed a Committee to develop this inspiration a bit farther...
Eventually an Architect was engaged to design a building that would care for the needs of a produce auction of this size. What was the volume of Producers that would utilize this facility? What was needed to accommodate this volume of producers? What was needed to accommodate the Buyers? Who would come? And how many? And after much review and a number of modifications, a design came into focus...
But where could it be built? A location was needed. It needed to be close enough to Canandaigua to attract the Produce Buyers, yet close enough to the rural communities to facilitate the deliveries of produce via steel wheeled tractors and farm wagons. A land search ensued until just the right spot was identified.
Yet the task was not over, for now the question was whether the Town municipality would allow such to be built. Was the zoning appropriate? Were there adequate public services in the area? Could this property satisfy the needs of such an endeavor?
Finally the "green light" came from the Town of Gorham, granting permission to build a produce auction.
The big question: how would it be paid for? From where would the funds come? A call went out to the community of farm families, and the answer quickly came back loud and clear!!
People wanted this produce auction and were ready and willing to invest in it...from young men just getting their start in farming investing $500 to the well seasoned veteran farmer who could invest much more...all were excited to have a share in bringing this idea to fruition, to help turn this dream into reality!! Even the local banks were offering any support that may be needed to get this project up and running.
In one day's time, enough funds were raised to buy the land and build the building. Incredible!
And so on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, the official ground breaking took place as the site was prepared. Then, with a fever in the air, on Monday, August 7, 2017, a 'barn raising' occurred wherein farm families from all around came to help erect the building. By noon all of the exterior poles had been set, the roof trusses were on, and half of the roofing had been installed. Over the next 10 weeks the construction site was abuzz with activity...everyone helping get the building built...from concrete workers & carpenters, to electricians & drywallers, to plumbers & painters.
The long awaited first auction was held on Friday, October 27, 2017. And, as they say, "the rest is history" (in the making).
When you visit Ontario Produce Auction, you have the opportunity to bid on the freshest local produce available. You can visit with the folks who grow them!
The fruits and vegetables make the short trip from neighboring farms. We also look forward to having a nice selection of locally produced eggs, honey, and maple syrup. Fresh flowers, plants, and nursery stock may also be available.
When the seasons change in the Finger Lakes, you are welcome to bid on bulk groceries and produce provided by a local vendor. During the growing season, auctions are held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9am and Friday evenings at 4:30pm (May through September).
Fall and winter auction day is Thursday (November through April). Check back often for updates.
Ontario Produce Auction is located in the heart of the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York. A visit to the auction can be not only fun but educational. We strive to provide the best quality produce for your family. We also welcome area chefs to explore the bounty for farm to table cuisine.
Visit our office to obtain your bidder number before the auction begins. We also honor bidder numbers from Finger Lakes Produce Auction in Penn Yan (register with the office prior to bidding ). Please bring identification. Cash, checks, credit and debit cards are accepted for payment.
We'd enjoy seeing you at an upcoming auction! Please check back often for special events.