Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Whallonsburg Grange hosts Essex Chili Cook-Off March 3

Essex chili cookoff

Essex Initiatives (EI) and The Whallonsburg Grange Hall, two non-profit organizations in Essex, NY, will host a Chili Cook-Off at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall on Sunday, March 3, between 1 and 4 p.m.

The family-friendly event will feature live music from Ploughman’s Lunch, a chili dinner, and an opportunity to taste chilis competing for the Crowd Favorite Chili category. Tickets for the Essex Chili Cook-Off are $10 (children under 10 are free) and may be purchased in advance online or at the door and all proceeds will go toward entertainment on Essex Day. » Continue Reading.

Monday, February 19, 2024

Regional Food Justice Summit Gives Everyone a Seat at the Table

Food Justice Summit poster
The 6th annual Food Justice Summit for the Adirondacks will take place on Thursday, Feb. 29 at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, NY. Individuals from all twelve counties of the Adirondack Park will gather at this event to discuss pressing topics related to equitable food systems. Its purpose is to empower those in attendance to become advocates for food justice and to create lasting, positive change in their communities.  » Continue Reading.

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Long Lake and Raquette Lake Winter Wonderland Week


ice skating in Long Lake

There is plenty to do in Long Lake and Raquette Lake from February 16  – 25  . Winter Wonderland Week offers a slate of events for all ages.

The Long Lake Geiger Ice Skating Rink and Mt. Sabattis Sledding Hill will be open daily from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily, no matter the conditions. Special programming on Sunday, February 25  includes a visit from the Long Lake Fire Department as part of the Adirondack Local Culture Program Community Day at the Geiger Arena and is open to everyone.

Restaurant Week starts February 16  – 25 . Visit the ADK Trading Post, Adirondack Hotel, Brookside Hops and Hoagies, Long Lake Diner, Long View Lodge and the Paradise Cove Cafe. There are free dining cards at all locations, get your card stamped and submit for a prize at the end of the week. » Continue Reading.

Monday, February 12, 2024

Old Forge events pair sweets and eats

Desserts on a table

Two long-standing events are taking place in Old Forge this week, including the Old Forge Library’s annual Sweetheart Dessert Contest on Wednesday, Feb. 14 and View’s 17th annual Chili Bowl Luncheon on Saturday, Feb. 17. See below for additional details about these events. 

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Sunday, February 4, 2024

Fulton County seeks input to update Agricultural & Farmland Protection Plan

Johnstown – The Fulton County Planning Department is seeking public input on updating the county’s Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan and will be holding three (3) open house-style events over the next several weeks.

The open houses will be held at the following local volunteer fire departments and times: (1) Saturday, Feb. 10, Mayfield Fire House, 28 North School Street, Mayfield, from 11 am to 12:30 pm; (2) Monday, Feb. 26, Sammonsville Volunteer Fire Department, 1326 Route 67, Johnstown, from 5 to 6:30 pm, (3) Wednesday, March 6, Berkshire Volunteer Fire Department, 320 Steele Ave Ext, Gloversville, from 6 to 7:30 pm. Anyone that is interested in agriculture is encouraged to stop by and provide feedback. » Continue Reading.

Monday, January 8, 2024

MAKE IT: Teriyaki Venison Jerky


venison jerky

This marinade recipe has been a staple in my house, for various cuts of meat and even vegetables. However, it also makes a phenomenal marinade for jerky. Recently, my daughter and I marinated a large roast cut of venison to make jerky as a present for some of her friends. Although I typically use my dehydrator to make jerky, we instead used the oven, as we did when my daughter was very young and we could not afford a dehydrator. Although jerky can be shelf stable, I tend to err on the side of caution, and recommend refrigeration. I hope that you enjoy this jerky as much as my family does!

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Thursday, December 28, 2023

MAKE IT: Stained Glass Cookies

A woman posing with a dog with stained glass in the window

Both of my grandmothers loved stained glass, and gazing at the sunlight that shone through the colors, bringing rainbows into their homes. It probably is no surprise, then, that I also love stained glass, and have several pieces from my grandmothers hanging in my windows. In the still-short daylight hours of the winter months in January and February, when the extra lights of the holiday season are put away until the end of the year, I find myself craving more beauty through light. When my children were little, we would make stained glass cookies, to eat and to hang in the window. These simple treats were always lovely to look at, but even more lovely when sunlight shone through the candy glass panes. I hope that you enjoy these cookies, and the beauty they bring!

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Thursday, December 21, 2023

MAKE IT: Will’s Fish Chowder

fish chowder in a bowl

My son, Will, has been on a fish kick recently, cooking up whatever fish he happens to have available. And, here in the Adirondacks, there are many options for locally caught, fresh fish! For this chowder, any panfish fillets would work. Rather than cutting the fish up before adding it to the other ingredients, we simply put the fillets in the liquid and let them cook that way, breaking them up with a spoon after they had cooked for awhile. Will also opted to add nutritional yeast, for the extra B12 vitamins and for the slightly cheesy flavor it would add to his chowder. We hope that you enjoy this simple and easy soup.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Food Justice Summit proposals due by Jan. 15

2024 Food Justice Summit Announcement

The Adirondack Food System Network is pleased to announce the 6th annual Food Justice Summit. “Stronger Together” is the theme of the full-day conference, and with fifteen organizations now a part of the network, regional collaboration around this topic has never been stronger.

The Adirondack Food System Network is a coalition of multiple organizations working together as equal partners to better understand system-wide issues, identify gaps and develop realistic solutions to help strengthen and promote a more resilient food system. It includes representatives from production, consumption, distribution, processing, and food waste management for a comprehensive approach to problems facing our region.

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Saturday, December 16, 2023

Wouldn’t be Christmas without Karen’s fruitcakes

Short- Eared Owl

So far, the storm coming up the east coast hasn’t done much in this area other than rain. They are predicting that it is going to change to snow overnight, but who could tell with this up and down weather we have been having. Some people to the south of us in Tennessee got hammered with tornadoes just outside of Nashville with six people killed, hundreds of homes damaged or destroyed, and thousands without power. The warm weather to the east clashed with the cold air coming from the west, causing these tornadoes. It was a thin line looking on the weather map, but if you were in it, that’s where the tornadoes happened.

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Monday, December 11, 2023

Long Lake Hosts Polar Plunge Dec. 30

cowboys polar plunge Long Lake 2018

The Town of Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department along with support from the Long Lake Fire Department and the Long Lake Rescue Squad join forces for the “Feeling Long Lakey Polar Bear Plunge” on Dec. 30, at noon. The event kicks off on Saturday of New Years weekend at the Long Lake Town Beach.

This is a fundraising event to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Participants will be eligible to win prizes for Best Costume, Most Money Raised by an Individual, Most Money Raised by a Team and Best Plunge Technique. Fundraising efforts support Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) programs and services, which are provided at no cost to warriors and their families.  Through their efforts at the community level, the “Feeling Long Lakey Polar Plunge” is directly supporting WWP programs and services for warriors, which include access to mental and physical health care, employment assistance, and education services. » Continue Reading.

Sunday, December 10, 2023

Adirondack Welcome Center Reaches 1 Million Visitor Milestone

Exterior of Adirondacks Welcome Center

Agritourism Fueled by Taste NY Continues to Contribute to the Welcome Center’s Success

Sales of Local New York Products at the Welcome Center Have Totaled Over $700,000 Since its Opening

Governor Kathy Hochul announced, in celebration of Taste NY’s 10th anniversary, that the Adirondacks Welcome Center, a premier destination for travelers and constructed by the State Department of Transportation, has reached a major milestone, attracting more than one million visitors. Since its establishment in 2018, this facility, located on Northbound I-87 between Exits 17 and 18, just north of the Saratoga County line and close to the banks of the Hudson River and Lake George, has been a true gateway to the North Country and Adirondack region, providing a wide range of regional food, beverages and gift items, exceptional service, convenience, and hospitality to visitors seeking local offerings, adventure, relaxation, and recreation. » Continue Reading.

Saturday, December 9, 2023

Essex Food Hub awarded $730,000 agricultural grant

Essex Food Hub has been awarded more than $730,000 from the New York Food for New York Families program, funded through a United States Department of Agriculture grant. The award presents a momentous opportunity for EFH to expand its impact on the North Country’s rural economy, community health, and local food system resiliency.

During the two-year project, EFH will purchase more than $500,000 worth of local food, injecting these funds into our local economy and providing much-needed support directly to our small farms and food producers. The program aims to benefit socially disadvantaged producers in particular.

EFH will then distribute all of the food for free to underserved communities through collaborations with institutional and mutual aid partnerships. They will serve two target regions: the food desert area of the Western Adirondacks, where even large distributors such as Sysco do not service, and the Bronx in NYC, which has the worst food insecurity rate in New York.

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Saturday, December 9, 2023

Silver Bay YMCA receives Charles R. Wood Foundation grant

 Silver Bay YMCA Chaplain Karen Skalla makes apple crisp and apple pie with some teens at the teen center. Silver Bay YMCA is pleased to announce that the Charles R. Wood Foundation has awarded Silver Bay a $8,600 grant to help support the Silver Bay YMCA Ticonderoga Teen Center. Silver Bay YMCA’s VP of Development and Government Relations Walt Lender said on the awarding of the grant, “We are thrilled with the announcement of this grant for Silver Bay’s teen center in Ticonderoga. The confidence that the Charles R. Wood Foundation has placed in us to provide local teens with a safe and enriching environment is encouraging.”

The teen center is run through Silver Bay YMCA in partnership with the Town of Ticonderoga is open six days a week during the school year and provides free activities and programs such as basketball, cooking lessons, cake decorating contests, and pinata making for local teens. Teens also have the opportunity to suggest programs and activities for the teen center to do or are welcome to take advantage of one of the many hangout areas and do their own thing. » Continue Reading.

Thursday, December 7, 2023

The Urgent and Beautiful Gift of Making Home

frosty field, image by Ben Sklar

Greetings Neighbors and Strangers,

I don’t take in news directly, and yet the throbbing sorrow of the headlines has been creeping in of late, clinging to me as I make my rounds at the Farm.  Last year at this time I wrote a piece called Aching Beauty—my attempt to describe the excruciating experience of watching the landscape gather herself toward winter, of bearing witness as summer’s green riches bend their heads and feed the ground.  Autumn is an act of radical love that the headlines will never report.  And yet humans in these parts—even the settlers—used to live with their attention trained upon the landscape in a way scarcely imaginable today.  They couldn’t have missed the reckless generosity of life continuing.

Home isn’t a metaphor or a feeling.  Home is a capacity to bend one’s head and feed the ground.  Home is a shelter woven from restraint and from limit.  Home is an act of love that will never make the headlines.  Humans are capable of living out this kind of love.  If no one says this aloud, how could we be expected to remember?  Maybe that’s why you’re taking the time to read this Newsletter: you haven’t given up on humans either.  Well, I’m glad you’re here and I don’t take the responsibility of your attention lightly, given the troubles mounting by the hour.  Unlike the commercial media, however, your active participation will be required for this Newsletter to continue.  In fact, you and the other nine-hundred and seventy-seven people subscribed here are the ones who will either figure out how to sustain the work or not.  The kind of love I am describing asks for workers, not spectators or consumers.  Let’s see what we can do together, against the odds. » Continue Reading.

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