Buying & Selling Local Is Easier With MeatSuite

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Do you like supporting local farmers? Try the online tool MeatSuite. There are currently 27 farms within 50 miles from the heart of Randolph County signed up. N.C. Cooperative Extension is working hard to encourage more farmers and consumers to participate in this program.

The website is user-friendly and easy to navigate. You can search for a farm that sells a particular type of meat within a specified mile radius from your location.

Each farm is able to set up an individual profile so that when a consumer searches for local meat, they can find out what a particular farm has for sell, the contact information as well as more information about your farm. It is a great tool to find exactly what you are looking for, for your family. Many farms that are involved not only will just sell you as little as one pound of ground beef, but may also sell in bulk, whole, half, and quarter of carcasses. In many cases, buying meat in bulk can also be cheaper. So, if you have ways to process and store bulk, it’s a great way to save money. If you don’t, contact Livestock Agent Adam Lawing or Family and Consumer Science Agent Jeannie Leonard.

If you are a livestock producer and have been searching for another avenue for selling your products, check out Meat Suite. Meat Suite is free to sign up for and is really simple as well. Visit the website, sign up and then create a profile. When you are creating your profile, you should already know everything it asks for. You list the products and descriptions of what you are selling (and for how much), enter your contact information as well as a photograph and a short description of your farm and you are finished. Once your application profile is submitted and approved, your profile page goes live. Another great tool for farmers is their online price and yield calculator. You fill in where you want to sell your product as well as how much it costs to feed and keep your livestock, a percentage of how much profit you are looking to make, and your costs of hauling and processing your product and it will give break down of how much you are spending and it will help you determine your price points that will meet your operation goals.

This is a great place for consumers and farmers alike and we hope that it will continue to grow and benefit everyone involved. If you have any questions about MeatSuite or buying, selling, or producing locally raised meats, feel free to give us a call at 336-318-6000 and we will be happy to help!