Farm Aid 2013

The annual event benefiting America’s farmers and helmed by Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews has locked down Sept. 21 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.  Tickets go on sale later this month.

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Farm Aid, Hersheypark Stadium, Hershey, Pa.

Dedicated to keeping family farmers in business and to preserving America’s food supply, brings you all-day music combined with food provided by local growers and farms via the event’s HOMEGROWN Concessions. Music fans will have opportunities to meet with farms, partake in hands-on food and farm activities and learn about the business of bringing food from the fields to all consumers.

“New York is pleased to host Farm Aid’s annual benefit concert this September in Saratoga Springs,” New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said.  “This star-studded event will support Farm Aid’s mission to promote family farmers and healthy eating, as well as raise awareness about the important role farms play in our economy and culture.”

Along with performances by Farm Aid board members Nelson, Young, Mellencamp and Matthews, expect other artists to be announced soon.  Country legend Nelson serves as the organization’s president.

“In New York and across the Northeast, family farmers are pioneering change in our farm and food system,” Nelson said.  “This region has strong agricultural roots and offers fertile ground for new farmers and sustainable agriculture.  On the Farm Aid stage in September, we’ll celebrate the hard work of family farmers and support their efforts to grow strong and healthy communities for all of us.”

Photo: Mike Groll/AP Photo
With organic farmer Cara Fraver, left, and her husband Luke Deikis of Quincy Farm in Easton, N.Y.

A Farm Aid member pre-sale begins June 18 and general onsales launch June 28.  Visit for details.