Fill Your Freezer: Purchasing Local Meat in Bulk

  • Thursday, March 9, 2017, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

“Fill Your Freezer” With Affordable, Locally-Raised Meat

Finger Lakes Meat Project to Host Bulk Meat Buying Class

ITHACA—The Finger Lakes Meat Project, a project of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, is pleased to announce a series of FREE workshops on purchasing locally-raised meat. Buying local has become mainstream and practically expected for produce, but many still struggle when navigating the world of locally-raised meat.

Most people think local meat is expensive, but it doesn’t have to be! Purchasing local meat in bulk directly from a farm can be even more affordable than grocery store meat imported from the Western US. The “Fill Your Freezer” class will demystify the world of bulk-buying to the public (it’s not just for restaurants and stores), and show participants how to make this strategy work for their families.

We will tackle all the questions potential buyers might have about bulk buying, walk participants through confusing terms like “grass-fed,” “heritage breed,” and “quarter,” and offer solutions to common barriers: how do I find a farm? How do I contact a farmer? And where do I store all that meat?

“Fill Your Freezer” will discuss affordability and will walk you through MeatSuite.com, an online directory of local NYS farmers. The workshop will also describe how to sign up for and use the Ithaca community Meat Locker, a rentable freezer space for those without access to large chest freezers. In addition, there will be space to ask any questions or voice any concerns about why and how to purchase locally-raised meat. The workshop will be free and open to the public, though registration is encouraged. Please call (607) 272-2292 and ask for Matt LeRoux.

The Finger Lakes Meat Project was developed as an initiative to grow the freezer trade—the purchase of half, whole, and quarter animals—to the benefit of both farmers and consumers. We strive to make local meat affordable and accessible to all.

“Fill Your Freezer: Purchasing Local Meat in Bulk” will also be offered in the following locations:

  • Wednesday, February 8th – 323 Owego St., Montour Falls, NY, 6:30-8:30 PM
  • Thursday, March 9th – Southeast Steuben County Library, 300 Nasser Civic Center Plaza, Corning 5:30-7:30 PM
  • Wednesday, March 15 - CCe-Tompkins, 615 Willow Ave., Ithaca, NY 14850

Visit our Facebook event for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/634799856707398/


Stephanie Mehlenbacher
Horticulture, Home Grounds & Gardens
(607) 664-2574


Southeast Steuben County Library
300 Nasser Civic Center Plaza
Corning, New York 14830