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Madison County: Shop, eat local

"It's a great way to support local farmers," said Becca Brier-Rosenfield, Madison County agricultural economic development specialist.

Brier-Rosenfield would like people to know that even after Buy Local Week, consumers can continue to buy local foods year-round. Madison Bounty, with Chenango Bounty, supports more than 20 Madison and Chenango county farms. Consumers can now order online from madisonbounty.com. Between Friday at noon and Monday at noon, customers can place an order for delivery Wednesday afternoon or evening. The program is open to anybody who lives in Madison or Chenango counties.

A wide variety of food is available online. In addition to buying produce, consumers can order eggs, a wide selection of meats (including but not limited to beef, elk, lamb, pork and buffalo), salsas, fresh pastas, cheese, breads, bagels, quiches and much more. If a product is unavailable or a customer needs a lot of it, Madison Bounty looks to other farms in the Central New York area.

The reasons for eating locally raised meats and produce are numerous, Brier-Rosenfield said. Food animals raised and slaughtered locally tend to be healthier and treated more humanely. Meat from locally grown animals tends to be lower in fat and more nutritious, putting on weight more evenly over time, and locally raised cows, sheep bison, goats, buffalo and elk are more likely to eat what they have very specifically evolved to eat: grass.

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