4-H beef, lamb to be sold at St. Joseph County Martin's Supermarkets

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By: Emily Taylor

J. Tyler Klassen/The Elkhart Truth

Martin’s Supermarkets in St. Joseph County will soon be selling locally produced beef and lamb from the St. Joseph County 4-H Fair programs.

Starting July 12, various cuts will be marked with a green and white 4-H logo in the self-serve meat cases at all eight St. Joseph County Martin’s locations. Cuts and quantities will only be available on a limited basis and will vary by location.

Phil Plummer, director of meat and seafood for Martin’s, is a regular buyer at the 4-H auctions. He attended the St. Joseph County Fair this year and obtained seven cattle and 28 lambs in the bid.

“Martin’s has a long history, going all the way back to our founder Martin Tarnow’s time, of helping support 4-H youth farm and animal husbandry programs, and we’re still doing it today,” Plummer said in a press release. “By being an active bidder in the 4-H Fair auctions, we’re also extending our commitment to ‘buy fresh, buy local.’”

On a few of the packages, additional information will on the label about the youth whose project meat is featured.

“We know there is a lot of effort and care that goes into raising livestock,” said Amy Simeri McClellan, director of marketing with Martin’s. “We are proud to support 4-H and local farmers. The opportunity to buy local product directly from the farmers and then offer it for sale to the community is truly a privilege.” 

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