(Aug. 12, 10:50 a.m.) The New York State Vegetable Growers Association used a grant from the New York Farm Viability Institute to launch a Web site with a real-time shipper directory.

The site, www.nysvga.org, is up and running, but the shipper directory is in a pilot-program stage until next year. After tweaking the program after this year’s growing season, the Kirkville, N.Y.-based association expects to have the directory available to its members and to commercial produce buyers for the 2009 growing season, according to a news release.

The shipper’s directory is designed to provide buyers with the most accurate information about where to source New York vegetables. Buyers should be able to see which farms have specific commodities and get contact information directly from the site. The pilot program allows buyers to search by commodity, grower name or region.

Buyers and association members have free access to the site, according to the release. Membership is $70 per year for individual grower members.