An adult bison at Glenwood Farms in Ithaca
Image by Glenwood Farms

Glenwood Farms sells bison meat and specialty products directly to the consumer.

Banner image for meatsuite.com for use by Tompkins and Steuben Counties

MeatSuite includes over 200 farms that sell meat direct to the consumer in NY State.

Meat Locker collage

The Ithaca Meat Locker rents freezer space to store local meat purchases.

Buy Local Foods within your reach, Find listings for 400 farms and local food producers in Tompkins, Tioga, Schuyler, Chemung and Cortland Counties online at: buylocalfoodny.org

Find farms that sell meats, dairy, eggs, fruits, vegetables, honey and maple, specialty foods and other products directly to the consumer.

Response to Meat Shortage Concerns


CCE-Tompkins Helps Consumers Buy, Store Local Meat

ITHACA, NY – May 2, 2020 – Consumers concerned by media reports of projected higher prices and reduced choices for supermarket meats can visit Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County at http://ccetompkins.org/local-meats for ways to “find your farmer” and “fill your freezer” with high quality, locally produced meat. The website includes terms and definitions consumers should know when buying local meats in bulk; information on using the online MeatSuite directory of livestock farmers who sell directly to consumers; and details on how to rent freezer space in the Ithaca Meat Locker to store local meat purchases.

The MeatSuite is a free online tool created in 2013 by Cornell Ag Educators in the South Central NY region to help local livestock farmers increase their “freezer trade” (the sale of whole, halves, quarters of animals and bulk bundles of meat).Consumers can visit http://meatsuite.com/ and enter their zip code to search for livestock farms and specific products located in their area.The site currently includes more than 200 listings of farms in many counties throughout NY State.

Buying meat in bulk is less costly than buying it by the cut, yet many consumers lack home freezers to take advantage of these savings. The Ithaca Meat Locker, also a project of CCE-Tompkins’ agriculture team, is a large walk-in freezer located just off Press Bay Alley (118 W. Green Street) in downtown Ithaca. Locker members rent a plastic bin (small for $3/month or a large for $5/month) and only local meat may be stored (locally-hunted venison also is permitted).Access to individual bins is provided and overseen by the Meat Locker Manager during weekly “open hours” on Thursdays from 3:00-6:00pm from May to December, or by appointment.During the CoVid-19 outbreak, a contact-less system for accessing the bins during open hours is in place.For more details, please visit: http://ccetompkins.org/meat-locker or contact Mila Fournier at ymf5@cornell.edu .

An additional resource for finding local food is the Buy Local Food Guide, also developed by Cornell’s South Central NY Ag Team members. This free searchable online directory at https://buylocalfoodny.org/ includes more than 400 farms and producers in Tompkins, Tioga, Schuyler, Chemung and Cortland Counties who sell meats, dairy, eggs, fruits, vegetables, honey and maple, specialty foods and other products directly to the consumer.

Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program and employment opportunities. For more information, please visit our website at http://ccetompkins.org/ .

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Contact

Sandy Repp
Communications Coordinator
sjr37@cornell.edu
607-272-2292 ext 158

Last updated May 4, 2020