The Small Scale Food Processors Association was formed after a need was identified to help stop the demise of New York State family farms. It was agreed that creating value added products from farm produce was the best way to keep businesses and grow it on the farms. A conference was organized on the topic and the general consesus was that there needed to be an organization that represented small-scale food processors. Small Scale was chosen because that would help be inclusive to farmers and help with mentoring and marketing regionally and using local products.
How to start a processing business
Preserving the Harvest (PDF)
Presenters:Beth Linskey, and Liz Beals
The SSFPA is made up of 11 Regions across New York State, including New York City and Long Island.
Please click on the map to find contacts in your area.
Or you can locate a member or processor by region or product on our Member Search page.
Enjoy a taste of products from four regions of New York State: Adirondack, Hudson Valley, Finger Lakes, and Long Island. Taste the Regions!
Working together, we can
- Conduct joint marketing and have access to specialty food shows
- Access regulatory information and participate in decisions about regulations
- Provide mentoring to new processors and those considering starting up businesses
- Purchase cooperatively
- Advertise together and assemble directory information
- Access food
processing and small business technical assistance
- Machinery information/purchasing
- pH meters
- computer programs/software
- legal help
- accounting help
- website design
- nutritional analysis (create a page with a form that can be filled out with the recipe/directions and submittable via email to Anna Dawson)
- graphic artist
- listing business websites
- Showcase our companies on our website