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Letter: Support for family farms is crucial

Letter: Support for family farms is crucial

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As companies in New York continue to reopen, now more than ever, local businesses need your support, including your local family farms.

The dairy industry is a major contributor to New York state economy. While many businesses shuttered during the pandemic, dairy farmers carried on with their essential work — caring for our cows and producing nutrient-rich milk to feed communities.

Our farm has operated in the town of Aurelius for over 50 years and employs three generations of our family. As our industry continues to face many challenges, I encourage everyone to look for ways to support local farms.

Many people associate local foods with seasonal items or products purchased on a farm. But you can support local dairy farms when you shop at any grocery store. For instance, milk from our family farm is sold to Finger Lake Co-op — where it is processed as fresh fluid milk or cheese and typically makes its way from farm-to-fridge within 48-hours. Now that’s local!

These last few months have been difficult for everyone but rest assured that our family farm is working every day to ensure a fresh, local food supply. So please continue to enjoy dairy products — like milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream — and know that when you purchase these items you are “buying local” and supporting local businesses, families and communities.

Raymond E. Lockwood

Aurelius

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