Summer 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 and Cattaraugus County Buy Local Challenge encourages residents to buy locally grown food from September 1 to 15 from your neighboring farms, farm stands, farmers’ markets, wineries, grocers and markets.
Coinciding with the challenge is Visit the Farm Day on Saturday, Sept. 10. 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 hosted by your local farms. There are 16 sites participating in Visit the Farm Day, making this a fun and educational day for all ages.
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 percent more of your money stays circulating in our community.
With the purchase of local food you will get a wealth of benefits. You not only get exceptional taste and freshness, but strengthen our 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 Buy Local Challenge logo. Here you will also be able to download information on why or where to buy local along with factsheets and recipes.
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 Sept. 1 to the 15.
Lynn A. Bliven
Cornell University Cooperative Extension