LOWVILLE, N.Y. — As we all have experienced, our national food chain supply has been disrupted by the COVID-19 epidemic. Grocery stores are in need of meats or proteins as well as fresh produce and dairy products. The Agricultural dairy industry and meat processing facilities have felt the impact the most because of illness and the closures of our food industries resulting in a long chain effect of distribution and contracts not being filled. What is another alternative to buying local foods for the local consumer? Local producers can supply you with fresh meats-beef, pork, chicken, turkey, lamb, goat, bison, duck, and rabbit. The www.meatsuite.com website is designed to promote freezer trade to sell a whole, a half, or a quarter of meat meaning you buy high quality meat in bulk at a more reasonable price per pound. This is not an online ordering site but a way to buy directly from the producer forming lasting relationships and telling their story about how the animal is raised and their farming practices whether it would be grass fed, organic, pastured raised, conventional, etc.
The website allows you to navigate for the type of meat or by the farm name and the distance you want to travel. Each producer has a small description about their farm and contacts. This website is available throughout New York State and most recently North Carolina. The producer sends the animal to the butcher and you will decide what variety of cuts and the size of packages you will need for your family. We are blessed with the abundant amount of producers in Northern New York and the unique farming community that has already shared and given away their products to the community without a second thought. Buying local supports our local economy and the food dollars stay in the area. If you want to know how your food is grown or where it comes from than why not buy from the agricultural community that takes pride in their farm business. So fill your freezer up and don’t panic-there is food locally grown in our area and your family will thank you for you healthy living choices. As the growing season is near, don’t forget the upcoming Local
Farmers’ Market and farm stands. Lewis County producers have you covered! If you would like more guidance on buying local food please call Mellissa Spence; Outreach Agriculture Educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Lewis County-315-376-5274; www.ccelewis.org. Buy Fresh and Buy Local!
–Michele Ledoux. CCE Lewis County