Altamont Farmers Market expands

He cited a case of a strain of mad cow disease that was discovered in Cape Cod, Mass., which could be related to the recalled beef, as another reason to not eat meat that is not local.

Kleppel said many producers do not employ safe practices.

One symptom of mad cow disease for animals is falling over and not being able to get back up, and, Kleppel said, he has seen photos of "downer" cows being fork-lifted into meat processing buildings, which is against the law.

"The small producers are doing it right and the big producers are doing it wrong," Kleppel said. "Grass fed beef is more expensive, but if you can't afford it you should become a vegetarian."

Adele Hayes, co-owner of Sap Bush Hollow Farm, said some of her customers urged the farm to participate in the market.

Sap Bush Hollow Farm is selling pasture-raised, or grass fed, meats, chickens and sausages.

"I participated in it last year. We were asked to come by customers we have here in the area," Hayes said.

She said she is hoping this year yields more patronage than last year's farmers market.

"There have not been a whole bunch of customers, but I think it takes a while to build a farmers market. You have to make a commitment," Hayes said. "Most farmers markets get better and better each year."

She said the customers that have made it out so far have been great. She also said the area of the village where the market is set up is beautiful, and a great central location.

Jim Abruzzese, co-owner of Altamont Orchards, also said the customers were one of the reasons he continued to participate in the market.

"They really appreciate that I'm there, and they really appreciate that they can get something locally grown in the county," he said. "[The market] works for us. It is close to our home and gives our farm a little more exposure."

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