Cortland County is brimming with local businesses, from restaurants to farmers markets to retail locations and outdoor attractions. With the increased caution around the spread of the coronavirus, how can we continue to support our local businesses and the wonderful people who run them?
While the safety of Cortland County's residents, workers and visitors is extremely important, there is no denying being cooped up at home can have you going stir crazy. We compiled five ways to not only pass the time, but also support our favorite local spots.
*Please note we will continual update this article as we receive information and notifications from Cortland County businesses.
SUPPORT NOW, SHOP LATER
Support your local restaurants, shops, hotels and attractions right now, even if you don't want to leave your house! Purchase a gift card over the phone or through their website.
The idea is to give them some financial help now to help them through this difficult time, and then you can use that card down the line when social distancing is no longer required.
KEEP CALM, AND CARRY OUT
A number of Cortland County eateries are ramping up off-site dining options, include takeout, curb-side pick-up, delivery and contactless delivery. Keep reading for a list of ways you can still have your favorite meal while stuck at home. Don't forget to tip!
Click here for a listing of restaurants who are still open and offering these services. Please note the list will be updated as information comes in. If there are any restaurants/eateries that we have missed, please send an email to email@example.com with the name of the venue and options available.
Cortland Beer Company is offering curbside service. Simply call ahead with your can, growler and/or distilled spirit needs and they'll bring them out to your vehicle. They can be reached at (607) 662-4389. Please have your credit card information ready, and an ID present at the time of pickup.
The Finger Lakes Tasting & Tap Room will be open March 17 from 3-7 pm for wine, beer, hard cider, spirits and growler fills to go. They also have a selection of local cheeses, fudge, honey, sauces and maple syrup that would pair perfectly with your beverages.
AVOID THE GROCERY STORES, SHOP LOCAL
Avoid the super market panic and pay a visit to independently owned shops and markets. Trinity Valley Dairy may be closed for the season, but you can give them a call at (607) 345-6772 to get up with some of their all natural, locally bottled milk. Anderson's Farm Market is also offering curbside pick for order by email, firstname.lastname@example.org. Leave a phone number that they can reach you at to confirm your order and let you know when it is ready. They will be taking payment by cash, check or card at time of pickup.
The Local Food Market in downtown Cortland is open with fully stocked shelves, and fresh produce. If you're unwell and need shopping assistance, you can call in and they can get an order together for you. Call (607) 662-4720.
TAKE A HIKE
Don't forget to go outdoors for fresh air and exercise. The point is not to remain indoors, but to avoid being in close contact with people.
Cortland County has a variety of ways you can take advantage of the great outdoors. There are over 30,000 acres of state forest land for hiking, along with miles of scenic roadways for cycling. There are 12 miles of trails to explore at the Lime Hollow Nature Center (the Visitor Center will be closed). If the weather is warm enough, dust off the kayaks and paddle your way through the Otselic and Tioughnioga Rivers.
Just remember when you do leave your home, wipe down any surfaces you come into contact with, disinfect your hands with an alcohol-based sanitizer and avoid touching your face. Above all, frequently wash your hands — especially whenever you come in from outside, before you eat or before you’re in contact with people.
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