Residents who are looking to get connected with local foods but don’t know where to start are invited to try the Cortland County Local Foods Map, a handheld guide to identify and connect with locally grown and produced food.
The map was released in the Fall of 2019 by Seven Valleys Health Coalition, the first of its kind in our area.
Funded by a USDA grant awarded to SVHC, the collaborative effort combined efforts from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cortland County, Experience Cortland, Cortland Food Project, SUNY Cortland, Cortland artist Jim Coon, and local food growers, producers, and businesses.
“Now more than ever, it is important to source your food from nearby.” said SVHC Project Coordinator, Gabrielle DiDomenico. “The Cortland County Local Foods Map not only can help a community member safely connect with nutritious and sustainable food sources but also encourages one to learn more about our local food system. We have an incredible amount of food resources right in our own neighborhoods!”
Listings on the map include farms, farmers’ markets, farm stands, U-Pick patches, local food stores, restaurants, bakeries, and more.
SVHC also included www.buylocalfoodny.org on the map, an online guide and searchable database created by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County to help communities find farm-fresh food within reach.
Visit www.sevenvalleyshealth.org to learn more, view, and download the Cortland County Local Foods Map.
That site also includes “Puzzling Produce Videos,” a series of short cooking videos with recipes that highlight some of the vegetables commonly found at local farmers’ markets and in community-supported agriculture (CSA) shares.