Monday, July 1, 2024

MAKE IT: Dandelion Blossom Veggie Burgers

Dandelions by a body of water

Dandelions are among my favorite plants that grow in my yard, not just because the honeybees and other pollinators love them, but because they are delicious. I use the greens in salads, sautee them, use them in place of spinach in lentil soup, chop them and incorporate them into baked falafels, and more. I also roast the roots and use them in a tea blend, and use the flowers as garnishes, dried and pulverized to make flour, and in veggie burgers. This simple and low-cost veggie burger recipe can be made with pantry staples, fresh herbs instead of dry (if you happen to have some on hand), and can easily be adjusted to meet gluten-free or vegan dietary needs. Best of all, it showcases a nutrient powerhouse that is readily available in many Adirondack yards. Please remember to use safe and ethical harvesting practices when collecting the dandelion blossoms. Enjoy!

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Sunday, June 23, 2024

Caroga Lake farm store: Produce, stuffed bread, cannolis for a cause & more

Stuffed bread and cannollis.

On Saturday, June 8, my friend and I decided to make the best of a rainy day, so we drove to Caroga Lake for the grand opening of a new farm store called The Farm Store at the Ranch. As you can see on their Facebook page, they sell produce, some flowers, locally-sourced meats, and a dozen eggs for $2! I bought a cannoli and we split a 2-loaf package containing stuffed bread. Both with cheese, one with bacon, and the other with sausage. Many of the baked goods are made by the women at Haven of Hope. (I feel less guilty about the cannoli knowing the purchase goes to a good cause!)

Sunday, June 16, 2024

Sixty-five Adirondack region farmers markets prep to open

vegetables at a farmers market

Adirondack region farms, artisans, apiaries, local breweries, bakeries, and other regional vendors are preparing to offer their products at the region’s farmers markets, taking place throughout the summer and fall. The region boasts 65 farmers markets, taking place in small communities and larger villages throughout the Adirondacks. Farmers markets allow consumers to have easy access to locally grown food, allowing them to support local farmers and foster a sense of community as popular weekly events.

Adirondack Harvest, a program of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Essex County, is dedicated to promoting local agriculture, has developed a directory of the farmers markets dotting the Adirondack landscape which can be accessed at The website shares information about market locations, schedules, and information about seasonal produce. Dedicated to promoting the local food and agriculture of the region, Adirondack Harvest connects farmers, producers, and consumers to strengthen the agricultural community and foster a sustainable food system while preserving both local food access and scenic landscapes.

Photo at top: Vegetables displayed at the Saranac Lake Farmers Market. Photo provided by ROOST.

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Lake Placid Community Day returns June 2

Graphic for 6th annual Lake Placid Community Day

The Lake Placid Community Day Organizing Committee has announced that the 6th annual Lake Placid Community Day is this Sunday, June 2 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the North Elba Horse Show Grounds. All those who live, work, or volunteer in the community are encouraged to attend. The free celebration features free food and beverages and live music by locally-based band Big Boss Sausage. Representatives from the Lake Placid Olympic and Paralympic Training Center will be serving up food at the event. Community Day also features a host of activities for kids including face painting, balloon animals, and a caricaturist. The theme for this year’s kids’ activities is Superheroes.

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Monday, May 27, 2024

20th Great Adirondack Birding Celebration set for May 31-June 2

people looking at birds

Raquette River Brewing Introduces Canada Jay IPA in Collaboration with Northern New York Audubon to be released at the start of the Great Adirondack Birding Celebration at the Paul Smith’s College VIC.

Northern New York Audubon and the Paul Smith’s College Visitor Interpretive Center are thrilled to announce their partnership in the 20th Great Adirondack Birding Celebration (GABC). This year’s GABC coincides with the eagerly anticipated release of the Canada Jay IPA, produced by Raquette River Brewing. The GABC kicks off on Friday, May 31, and continues through Sunday, June 2.

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Monday, May 6, 2024

The Cook Farm offers community events for International Compost Awareness Week

Woman planting in the dirt


Owls Head, NY – The Cook Farm, a 26.5-acre regenerative farm nestled beneath Owls Head Mountain, is thrilled to announce a series of free community events to celebrate International Compost Awareness Week, in collaboration with local organizations Compost For Good, ADKAction, Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA), Clarkson University, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Franklin County, and the Malone Wead Library.

International Compost Awareness Week aims to educate the public about the benefits of composting and recycling organics, including food scraps and yard waste. The 2024 theme emphasizes compost’s pivotal role in climate strategies by decreasing methane emissions, mitigating climate change, reducing fertilizer inputs, and increasing resilience to environmental challenges.

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Friday, April 19, 2024

Maple in April Festival comes to Hadley on April 27

23rd annual Maple in April Festival flyer.

Hadley, NY – All are invited to join for a day of sweet adventure at the 23rd annual Maple in April Festival set for Saturday, April 27. Nestled along Rockwell Street in Hadley, this free, family-friendly extravaganza will take place rain or shine. From sap to syrup, experience live maple demonstrations, savor the taste of everything maple, and don’t miss out on Hadley Business Association’s famous Scholarship French Toast breakfast.

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Sunday, April 7, 2024

Point Positive Receives 2024 Lipinski Rural Initiatives Award

Four people stand with a large check

Saranac Lake, NY – Point Positive, Inc., the angel investment organization of the Greater Adirondacks, receives the 2024 Lipinski Rural Initiatives Award from Farm Credit East in recognition of its innovative and transformational efforts to revitalize rural communities in the Northeast.

“Thank you to Farm Credit East for recognizing organizations like ours and providing the support needed for aspiring entrepreneurs to start or accelerate their businesses and create jobs that also help regional communities to thrive,” stated Adele Connors, Co-Founder and investor, Point Positive. “We are honored to receive this award.”

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Friday, April 5, 2024

Taking food & nutrition beyond the table 

Amy Kohanski presenting at the Food Justice Summit.

By Amy Kohanski, The Heart Network

National Nutrition Month (March) is now behind us, however, the team at The Heart Network has been thinking a lot about this year’s theme, “Beyond the Table,” and how that ties into work happening here in the North Country. The Heart Network looks at food and nutrition as a public health issue.

A key aim of our Creating Healthy Schools & Communities program, which is funded by a grant from the New York State Department of Health, is to increase the availability of healthy foods in school, worksite and community settings. We also strive to help individuals take control of their health through better management of chronic disease — a big part of that involves making healthy food choices.

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Monday, April 1, 2024

MAKE IT: Simple Chicken Parmesan

Chicken parm on a plate

This simple chicken parmesan recipe is very quick and easy to make. For a less garlicky flavor, you can omit the garlic powder or granules. Similarly, if you do not want additional seasoning in your breading, you can substitute unseasoned bread crumbs for the Italian seasoning bread crumbs. From start to finish, making this recipe should take you less than 45 minutes – just enough time to get your noodles, garlic bread, and salad ready for a complete meal. Enjoy!

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Sunday, March 31, 2024

ANCA’s SOIL Fund boosts two small North Country farms

A couple embrace

Saranac Lake, NY — The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) has announced two loans that were recently awarded through the regional nonprofit’s SOIL Loan Fund. Tangleroot Farm in Essex, N.Y. and Tucker’s Black Angus Ranch in Brushton, N.Y. received zero-interest loans to use toward projects that build long-term growth and stability for their operations.

ANCA has partnered with Foodshed Capital, a certified Community Development Financial Institution that centers mission-driven lending and customized business support for underserved farmers, to award a total of five loans for small farm projects since the SOIL Loan Fund launched in 2022. These two most recent awards include a $10,000 loan to partially fund the purchase of a tractor at Tangleroot Farm and an $8,000 loan to purchase three retail freezers for Tucker’s Black Angus Ranch.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2024

CCE Essex Awarded Grants to Expand Local Food and Agriculture Educational Programs

Ausable Forks Elementary School students on a field trip

Now hiring for two new local food youth educator positions

Lewis, NY – Cornell Cooperative Extension of Essex County (CCE Essex) was recently awarded over $550,000 in grant funds to grow educational programs for its Adirondack HarvestFarm to School and 4-H programs.

In the fall of 2023, CCE Essex was awarded a three-year grant through the USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program for its Adirondack Harvest, Agriculture, and Farm to School programs. The funds will expand successful projects that enrich public understanding of local agriculture and food systems, build economic opportunities for small farms, increase local food access, attract new consumers to regional farmers’ markets, provide opportunities for youth to learn about local food and farming, and champion farms who utilize climate-resilient and wildlife-friendly practices.

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Monday, March 25, 2024

Soil Health and Why It Matters

People learn about soil on a farm

By John Culpepper, co-founder of Compost for Good

There are exciting technologies now available to grow a substantial amount of food in aquaponic and aeroponic systems. There are even giant warehouses where tens of thousands of pounds of lettuce and other greens are grown and harvested under highly efficient LED lighting, using robots. However, as productive as these facilities can be, the vast majority of the world’s plants and animals grown for human consumption still rely on soil.

What is soil? I spent years in college, studying the properties of soil, earning degrees along the way from prestigious universities. My studies of soil science were enormously valuable. However, something critical was missing from my education.

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Sunday, March 17, 2024

Un-defending Our Selves

this is Maria, photo provided by Adam WilsonGreetings Neighbors and Strangers,

This story began right out of college, when I moved to a farm and fell head over heels in love with the reckless generosity of soil, sunlight and rainfall, especially as made manifest in the sequence of cows to grass to humans.  Can you picture the way the shape and shadow of another human face or body can take up residence in your imagination, exerting a gravitational pull on your path through the world?  Now translate that sense of attraction to the landscape.  I couldn’t keep my eyes off the curvature of a fertile meadow, glimpsed from the road, in silhouette against woods and sky.  I fell for field after field, allowing my mind to fantasize about the way a small herd of Jersey cows would graze across each hill and hollow.  Every farm I saw looked more perfect than the last. » Continue Reading.

Thursday, March 7, 2024

The Wild Center Celebrates New York Maple Weekends

maple weekends at The Wild Center

Tupper Lake, NY – The Wild Center is happy to announce its participation in New York Maple Weekends, a beloved regional tradition celebrating the art of maple sugaring. Taking place on Mar. 16-17 and 23-24, this annual event invites locals and visitors to immerse themselves in the practice of maple syrup production amidst the backdrop of the Adirondacks.

The highlight of the celebration will be the Pancake Brunch on Sat., Mar. 16 at 10 a.m., offering visitors a feast of fluffy pancakes curated by talented pancake artists and adorned with fresh, locally sourced maple syrup. Watch as artists pour, flip, and create intricate designs that turn simple pancake batter into edible masterpieces. The Great Hall takeover includes choose-your-own pancakes, maple trivia giveaways, and pancake art competitions. Artist-designed pancakes are included with admission (1 per person as time and supplies last). The Pancake Brunch will take place inside The Wild Center’s cafe and will be available to ticketed visitors for an additional charge of $13.25, with a lighter option available for $8.50. » Continue Reading.