Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County is thrilled to announce that the Corning Meat Locker will be open for business on Tuesday, September 15, 2015! The Corning Meat Locker is a community resource that enables consumers to buy and store large amounts of locally raised meat, even if they do not own a home freezer.
We celebrated with an open house on Tuesday, September 15th at the meat locker, located at 55 Ferris Street in Corning. During the open house the community came to see the locker, learn how to use the locker and meet area farmers.
What is a Meat Locker?
The Meat Locker is a walk-in freezer where people can rent bin space to store locally raised meat in bulk. Individuals can contact a local farm to place an order for bulk meat, as bulk meat is cheaper by the pound. Our web directory, www.MeatSuite.com, is a good place to start your farm search. Once you have found your farm/product, set up a membership with the Meat Locker by calling (607) 664-2300 or emailing Kelley Elliott, CCE-Steuben's Local Food Educator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Choose a 25-gallon bin for eight dollars per month or an 18-gallon bin for five dollars per month. You can make your payment via cash, check, or credit card, and you can pay on a month-to-month basis if you so choose. The large bins accept padlocks. The Meat Locker will be open by appointment for drop-off and pickup of your local meat. Once we have developed a customer base we will set regular business hours for pick up.
The Meat Locker is one aspect of the Finger Lakes Meat Project, which strives to promote local meat affordability while preserving small farm viability. We are primarily funded by the USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program, and have also received a great deal of support from generous donors in our community. You can find us online at www.fingerlakesmeatproject.com. We are on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MeatLockerPilotProject, Twitter as @FLXMeatProject, and Local Food Lab as Finger Lakes Meat Project.
Corning Meat Locker
55 Ferris Street
Corning, New York 14830