Essex County Farming and Food Systems: Restaurant, Catering, Prepared Foods Survey
Agriculture and food systems were one of the only growing sectors in the North Country economy over the past 10 years, and the COVID-19 pandemic has increased interest in local food production and the need for resilience in our food supply. Your participation is important for creating an updated strategic plan for agriculture and food systems for Essex County (the last plan was published in 1997). The Strategic Plan’s purpose is to shape the actions and priorities of the many organizations that support Essex County agriculture and the food system. The Plan will be signed into law by the Essex County Board of Supervisors and used to shape actions that affect agriculture and land use in the county.

This is a survey for restaurant affiliates of Essex County as well as nearby areas of the Adirondack Park. If you have any questions, please contact Carly Summers, Cornell Cooperative Extension at Only summary information will be shared publicly in the final strategic plan report. All results will be stored securely.
What type of restaurant do you operate? (select all that apply) *
What cuisines does your restaurant offer? *
Who are your typical customers? *
Adirondack Park year-round residents
Adirondack Park seasonal/2nd home-owner residents
What would you like residents to know about operating a restaurant in the Adirondack region? *
What are your annual restaurant sales?
Clear selection
How many full time employees do you have? *
What are the top challenges/needs for your restaurant? (select your top 3) *
Approximately what percentage of food do you source from Essex County or nearby counties for your menu? *
What types of local (from Essex County or nearby counties) products do you offer on your menu? (select all that apply) *
What prevents you from offering more local food products on your menu? (check all that apply) *
Which of these resources would you most likely use? *
How do you gather information and inspiration for the future of your business? (Please select all that apply) *
What does your restaurant do with food waste? (check all that apply) *
Does food waste collection/recycling cost your restaurant money? Please explain. *
Approximately how many pounds of food waste does your restaurant produce per week? *
What are the barriers you face in composting or recycling your food waste? *
What, if anything, would help you participate in donating, composting, or food waste recycling programs? Please explain. *
How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted your restaurant business and how do you anticipate it will affect your operations throughout 2021? *
What is your vision for your restaurant in the next 5 to 10 years? *
If you are interested in learning more about how to source local food and connect with local producers, please share the best contact for your restaurant (name and email address). *
If you would like to be connected with organizations that can help pick up food donations or compost, please share the best contact information (name and email address). *
Optional: What is the name of your business? and which town/county is your business located in?
Please share any other thoughts you have regarding Essex County and Adirondack food systems.
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