CHESTER COUNTY, Pa. (WHTM) — Midstate grocery chain Karns Foods is talking about a first-of-its-kind partnership with local cattle farmers, and the hope is that between the store, the farmers, and the customers, everyone will win.

Locally owned, locally sourced, and locally processed is the vision of Karns’ new beef program. Karns leaders say the COVID-19 pandemic heightened the need for them to do it all locally, especially with recent supply chain issues.

“Buying the beef, having it raised on a farm, all in Pennsylvania, following truly from the farm to the store. It’s a first of its kind,” Scott Karns, president of Karns Food, said.

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They say the benefits of the program are two-fold: It assures consistent beef supply and it also keeps Pennsylvania farmers in business.

“They always say they want local products and I can really look them in the eye and now say this beef is local. I visited the farms. I saw the steers. I know it’s local,” Karns said.

Fifteen farmers from Lancaster to Cumberland counties with a combined 600 steers already are participating in the program.

“Getting Pennsylvania beef is something we have wanted to do for years and now it’s just here,” Karns said.

Karns says customers can expect to find the local beef in stores sometime in early May.