Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Madison County has created a program to more easily connect consumers with Madison County local direct sale farmers for pre-purchase with curbside pickup.  Madison County direct-sale farmers have already begun signing up to be part of this program and the list is expected to grow in the coming days. Knowing the critical nature of food supply concerns, CCE Madison County is moving quickly to provide more options for consumers and anticipates growth in product selection as well as curbside exchange points with 6ft separation. The first farmer-consumer curbside exchange point is the front parking lot at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County at 100 Eaton Street, Morrisville, NY 13408.

The reason for this effort is explained by Dr. Karin Bump, Executive Director of CCE Madison, “Our friends, families and neighbors need access to quality locally grown food during this period of social distancing.  Providing ways to direct-buy with curbside pickup allows an option very much in line with our programming plans that encourage the residents of Madison County to buy local and support their local farmers.  We are fortunate to have a community of direct-sale farmers who work hard every day to produce high quality food – we hope this program makes it easier for direct-sale farmers and consumers to connect while following CDC recommendations for social distancing”.

All participants are expected to follow CDC Guidelines including:

ü  Avoid direct contact by using 6ft distancing using drop off/pick up procedures as outlined on the Curbside at Cornell page on the CCEMC website

ü  Clean/sanitize hands immediately prior to and after drop off/pick up

A listing of participating Madison County producers is available on the CCE Madison website at:

http://madisoncountycce.org/agriculture/ag-economic-development/buy-local/curbside-at-cornell-cooperative-extension-of-madison-county\

Please contact Myron Thurston III, Agricultural Economic Development and Marketing Specialist with any questions, concerns, or if you would like to be added to the list of farmers: myron.thurston@cornell.edu;  315-684-3001 ext. 126.

“Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program and employment opportunities”

Warm regards,

Tess Southern

Ag Subject Educator/Ag Economic Development

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Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County

100 Eaton Street, P.O. Box 1209

Morrisville, NY 13408

Phone: 315-684-3001 ext. 101

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