Buy Local Challenge

News from Economic Development, Planning and Tourism, Posted on Thu, 08/26/2010 - 10:58am

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Allegany & Cattaraugus County: Buy Local Challenge

Logo: Buy Local ChallengeSummer and fall are great times to enjoy a variety of fruits and vegetables and if you are like me you are always looking for the freshest produce. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Allegany & Cattaraugus County Buy Local Challenge encourages residents to buy locally grown food from September 13 to 25, 2010 from your neighboring farms, farm stands, farmers' markets, wineries, grocers and markets.

Coinciding with the challenge is Visit the Farm Day on Saturday, September 25th. Visit the Farm Day is a self guided tour of local farms offering residents an opportunity to purchase fresh products, such as fruits, vegetables, meat, flowers, plants, trees, and fiber while engaged in demonstrations and other fun and educational activities put on by the local farms.  This is fun and educational day for all ages.

So Get Fresh! Take the Buy Local Challenge sponsored by Allegany and Cattaraugus County Cornell Cooperative Extension by pledging to eat at least one locally grown product everyday during the week of September 13-25th.

With the purchase of local food you will get a wealth of benefits. You not only get exceptional taste and freshness, but strengthen your local economy, support family farms, safeguard your family's health, and protect the environment as well.  To take the pledge and learn more reasons to buy local visit our local Cooperative Extension website: ccealleganycattaraugus.org and click on the Challenge logo. Here you will also be able to download information on why or where to buy local along with factsheets and recipes.

September is a perfect time to celebrate the bounty in our own backyards! There are hundreds of opportunities to support local farms in our Counties, and when you shop at locally owned businesses 60% more of your money stays circulating in our community.

Think you can't find local food in the winter? ...Think again! Many farmers continue to sell animal products like dairy, eggs, and meat throughout the winter months. Some vegetables even grow throughout much of the winter, and with the help of season extension farming practices you can have a very bountiful winter harvest. Most Farmers Markets operate well into October. Ask now about products you can purchase and store for winter use, or what they will have available between harvest and next year’s growing season.

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