Local chefs have been dabbling in the local markets for years and are sharing the reasons why their cuisine regins supreme. The chefs featured in Madison County's Buy Local Week pay much of their menu's success to the easy accessibility they have to local and regional farms and markets. They hand-pick produce and take a closer look at where they get beef, pork and poultry products from as they visit farms and keep close ties with tha farmers to ensure freshness in their establishment.
Community members are welcomed to try each restuarant during this special week, but to always look at their local advantages year round.
The Copper Turret
The Copper Turret's head chef John Wisniewski of Cazenovia will be serving up local dishes for Madison County's Buy Local Week between Aug. 17 and Aug. 22, but the restaurant has been serving Central New York for more than three years.
Wisniewski considers his trademark to be buying the best possible ingredients and then preparing them simply and letting the food speak for itself.
The Copper Turret keeps their dishes local by using as many ingredients as possible from local farmers and businesses. The restaurant purchases from, Alambria Springs Farm, Mosher's Farms, Canaseraga Farm, Purdy & Sons Food, The Imaginary Farmer, Lively Run Dairy, Mills Fruit Farms, Fresh Herbs of Fabius and Monarch Farms
The best part about using local products is that the product tastes better, lasts longer and it helps the local economy, Wisniewski said.
"It is also greener," he said. "Lettuce coming from Florida or California has a much larger carbon footprint."
He said that participating in Buy Local Week just makes sense because it's better for everyone involved including our planet.
"Stop by the Copper Turret and try our food," said Wisniewski. "I think you will be pleased."