East enders: you don't have to wait until summer to shop at the farmer's market anymore.
CNY Bounty, an online local food and home delivery system in Chenango and Madison counties, has officially expanded its services into Onondaga County. The move is considered a vital step in fulfilling its mission to provide easy access to locally grown, fresh foods for all Central New Yorkers.
Assemblyman Al Stirpe (121st-D) announced the launch into Fayetteville and Manlius Feb. 11 at the East Area YMCA, where CNY Bounty has already had a limited presence for almost a year. Representatives of the Gifford and Gorman foundations, two key backers, were also in attendance.
"We've all heard the phrase, 'Think globally, act locally,'" Stirpe said. "We're all connected in this. We all have to do our share, and just the thought of doing something that's really going to help [our] community ... it's a big boost to me every time I order."
CNY Bounty shoppers log onto cnybounty.com where they browse food listings. Items come complete with pictures, pricing and details about the grower/producer. The site features a standard online shopping cart and orders are due by noon on Mondays. Deliveries take place one to three days later.
CNY Bounty offers free home delivery for orders more than $35; smaller orders can be picked up at designated drop spots, such as the East Area Y.
Becca Jablonski, agricultural development specialist for Madison County, testifies to the freshness of Bounty products. Delivery time for agricultural products is much shorter than those found in supermarkets, she said, and baked goods are prepared the day they are delivered.
On another note, farmers set their own prices and the markup is considerably lower than supermarkets.
"Anybody who orders knows that the money spent primarily goes to the farmer," Stirpe said. "If we can get several hundred people ordering every week, it will really be a big boost to a lot of our local farmers. They've had a very difficult time, especially over the last two or three years. Things have not been good for a lot of people but particularly for farmers, so this is our big effort. We're hopefully [going to] protect a lot of farmland [and] prevent it from being sold out for more development."