MARLBOROUGH, Mass. — The local beef supply chain has grown in importance as consumers turned to their resident farmers for groceries during the COVID-19 pandemic. With May being National Beef Month, the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation would like to remind consumers to support their local beef producers.
“Farmers in Massachusetts made a quick pivot last year to ensure the safety and health of both their customers and employees,” said MFBF President Mark Amato. “There were many changes at local farm stands, such as social distancing, disinfecting, and more. These changes hopefully bolstered consumers’ confidence in the local supply chain and as we head into the new normal and farmers continue to make changes to their operations, we hope to see consumers continue to be supportive of local farm businesses.”
It is recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans to consume ‘a variety of protein foods,’ which includes lean meats and poultry (such as lean beef). Lean beef is also a great source of 10 essential nutrients such as protein, vitamin B12, selenium, zinc, niacin, vitamin B6, phosphorus, choline, iron and riboflavin.
To find local beef producers near you, please visit: https://www.nebpi.org/northeast-beef-directory/where-to-buy.
–Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation
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