Online resource for buying/selling local meats

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County is pleased to announce that MeatSuite.com, an online directory of livestock farms selling in bulk, has arrived in our county!

MeatSuite.com went live in 2012 and originally served nine counties. The current expansion, made possible through a grant from the New York Farm Viability Institute, reaches 16 new counties, including Oneida County. MeatSuite.com connects consumers interested in buying local meat with local farms selling meat in bulk, thus promoting farm viability and food affordability.

Cornell Cooperative Extension’s research has found that selling meat directly to consumers by the whole, half, or quarter animal is more profitable for the farmer and more affordable for consumers. When purchased in bulk, local meat prices are competitive with meat sold in grocery stores.

To use MeatSuite, consumers visit the website and indicate the type of product they would like to purchase, as well as a location radius. The website returns a filtered list of farm profiles matching the consumer’s stated preferences. The consumer can read about the farm’s practices, products, prices, and, find the farm’s contact information. The MeatSuite helps you “Find Your Farmer” and “Fill Your Freezer!”

Farms interested in joining can visit www.MeatSuite.com or contact Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County for more information. Consumers are encouraged to visit the website to begin their search for local meat. For more information, please contact Marylynn Collins, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County at mrm7@cornell.edu.