Thursday, September 13, 2018

It’s Town of Johnsburg History Weekend

The Town of Johnsburg is connecting its history through storytelling and activities for the third year. The annual Johnsburg History Weekend blends together a grave yard tour, live music, lectures, and children’s activities to make history come alive.

“There is so much history in the North Creek area,” says North Creek Railway Preservation Society President Ellen Schaeffer. ”We approached the town three years ago to make the third weekend in September be The Town of Johnsburg History weekend. So much of our history was being forgotten.”

Schaeffer explains how 25 years ago a group of concerned citizens saw the deterioration of the North Creek train depot. The platform and depot where Teddy Roosevelt learned about President McKinley’s death and his own presidential succession on September 14, 1901 was becoming just another forgotten piece of history. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, September 6, 2018

12th Annual Lake George Restaurant Week

Lake George Restaurant Week is ready for its summer finale with a range of restaurants offering three course meals for just $20.18 (tax and gratuity is not included). Lake George Restaurant Week is offered semi-annually in June and September and is a great bookend to the summer season. Chefs create their menus and find opportunities for everyone to enjoy the perfect Adirondack meal. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, August 30, 2018

Farm 2 Fork Festival Benefits Adirondack Pollinator Project

Labor Day in Saranac Lake is festival time when the annual Farm 2 Fork and Hobo Fest go back to back to bring farm to table fresh food and live music to Riverside Park. Originally the brainchild of Adirondack Green Circle founder Gail Brill, the Farm 2 Fork Festival was taken over last year by a small group of volunteers. Their goal keeps with Brill’s mission, to provide a farm to table meal and recipes to demonstrate the versatility of local Adirondack produce.

According to Danielle Delaini, one of the festival organizers, the goal is to continue to see the Farm 2 Fork tradition thrive. She acknowledges the number of volunteers to keep the event running. » Continue Reading.


Monday, August 13, 2018

Organic Farming Field Day in Keeseville

Northeast Organic Farming Association of New YorkThe Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY) is set to hold an on-farm field day at Fledging Crow Farm in Keeseville on Wednesday, August 15, from 1:30 to 4:30 pm.

Farmer Ian Ater and NOFA-NY Vegetable Coordinator Maryellen Sheehan will lead a farm tour and field walk, with a focus on implementation of food safety practices. Ater will demonstrate the steps of a root harvest day – including pulling, topping, washing, and packing – with an eye towards increased efficiency. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, July 26, 2018

Riverfront Arts Fest In Warrensburgh Friday

Adirondack Riverfront Arts Festival - Barry Gregson IIAn Adirondack Riverfront Arts Festival will take place Friday, July 27 from 3 to 6 pm at the Warrensburgh Riverfront Farmers’ Market, down by the river on State Route 418.

There will be demonstrations and sales of “Made in the Adirondacks” hand-crafted work. Demonstrations will include blacksmithing, rustic furniture building, paper bead making, basketry, jewelry design, spinning, painting, and more. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, July 21, 2018

Richard Gast: Scream for Ice Cream

cornell dairy ice creamYou know it’s hot outside when you stop by a friend’s home on the 4th of July, he’s got a growler of Township 7 Raspberry Haze ale and a half-gallon of Stewart’s butter pecan ice-cream on the kitchen counter, and he’s making himself a craft-beer float. “Try one!” he said. Let’s just say it’s an acquired taste.

But it made me think that something similar may have been the inspiration for Butterbeer, the brisk, inebriating beverage enjoyed by the characters in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels. So, I asked him what the inspiration for his craft-beer float was and he just looked me like it was a dumb question. “It’s hot,” he answered. Then he told me that July is National Ice Cream Month. And since it was Independence Day, it was our “patriotic duty” to drink those craft-beer floats. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, July 8, 2018

Food Preservation Series in Warrensburg

canning suppliesCornell Cooperative Extension of Warren County is set to host a Food Preservation Series which will include making jams and jellies, and salsa, and address fermentation and pickling, and making jerky. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, July 5, 2018

Local Agriculture: Prairie’s Orchard

prairies orchard signWhen Dan and Brandyn Prairie purchased their home on County Route 24 (the Brainardsville Rd), Malone in 2013, Dan really wanted to utilize the open field behind their home to grow a crop. After a lot of thought, he ended up narrowing his choices down to either planting a vineyard or an apple orchard. Dan eventually settled on growing apples, not only because of their profitability potential but also because it would be something the family enjoyed doing together. In the spring of 2014, Prairie’s Orchard was established with the planting of sixty Macintosh and sixty Honey Crisp trees. Since then, more trees have been planted each spring with plans to continue to do so. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, July 4, 2018

2018 Bike the Barns Event Announced

Bike the Barns rider pedals through New York’s Champlain ValleyThe 2018 Bike the Barns, a one-day recreational bicycle tour that showcases the local food and agriculture movement in northern New York, has been set for Sunday, September 30th.

The third annual farm-by-bike event, hosted by the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA), will begin and end at Asgaard Farm & Dairy in Au Sable Forks. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, June 23, 2018

Adirondack Farmers’ Markets Open for the Season

farmers market Farmers’ markets have existed as a part of American society, business, and trade since 1634, when the first farmers’ market in the new world opened for business in Boston, Massachusetts. And throughout much of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, outdoor market places were vital centers of commerce in both American cities and rural communities.

The Central Market, in Lancaster Pennsylvania, has been held in the same location since 1730. George Washington wrote about sending his kitchen staff to shop at Philadelphia’s outdoor market during the 1790s. And Thomas Jefferson wrote, in 1806, about buying beef, eggs and vegetables at an outdoor market in Georgetown. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, June 21, 2018

Babbie Rural and Farm Learning Museum’s Homestead Festival

Thankfully, there are a number of opportunities for all of us to learn about and have access to locally produced products. Farmers Markets are opening for the season. Farm tours are available and pollinator workshops continue to put the importance of locally grown food in the forefront.

I’ve always wanted my children to not only see the important role local food plays in our life and economy, but to see how other skills and crafts evolved in the Adirondacks and beyond. Since I don’t want everything to always be a lesson, one fun way to learn about the past and see craftsmen at work is to attend the Babbie Rural and Farm Learning Museum’s Homestead Festival on June 22-23, 2018. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Native Foods: Chugging Chaga at Tea-Time

Chaga Mushroom Ingredients for healthy beverages are free for the taking outdoors if you can get past the introduction stage.

Hemlock tea, one of my favorites, is a good example. This is not the recipe poor Socrates used, which was made with the toxic perennial herb, poison-hemlock. The kind I serve is a vitamin-C-rich infusion of needles and young shoots from the stately eastern hemlock tree, Tsuga canadensis. This hemlock tea is great with a touch of honey, and the good part is that you can drink it more than once. Plus it’s fun to see the reaction when I offer it to guests. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, May 24, 2018

High Peaks Happy Hour: Bolton Landing Brewing Co.

It isn’t often a brewery is borne of a desire to live in a particular location. In most instances, a long-time home brewer’s obsession propels him or her to that outcome. Not so for Brendan Murnane of Bolton Landing Brewing Company. He knew where he wanted to live. His quandary was finding a way to make a living. Oh, and he’s never really made beer, except in a class once. So naturally he decided to open a brewery.

Brendan, who is from Westchester County, has spent summers in Bolton Landing with his family since 1988 and wanted to find a way to live there year-round. A love for the craft beer scene turned his thoughts toward opening a brewery. It was his first idea and he felt it was the perfect fit, just what the town needed. Following three years of meticulous research and planning, he came up with a business plan to do just that. His father, John Murnane, was impressed enough to become a partner. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Wild Foods: Take Fewer Leeks

Deep fried ramps sign at Mason Dixon Ramp Fest in Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania Friends and family understand that some of my dinners can be pretty wild. For example, right now they may include mashed sunchoke or “Jerusalem artichoke” tubers that escaped the voles and mice over the winter, as well as a steaming plate of tender, sweet nettles. (When cooked, the latter lose their sting, becoming tame as kittens. Better even, because they don’t shed.)

But the tastiest wild food around in very early spring is our native wild leek, Allium tricoccum, a.k.a. wild garlic, spring onion, or ramp (from “ramson,” a name for a similar European species). It pushes its light green leaves up through the leaf litter in hardwood forests along eastern North America, from Québec and Ontario south to South Carolina, in very early spring. They grow in clumps, occasionally forming large colonies which in some places carpet the forest floor. They last for only a few weeks, fading away by late June. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, April 22, 2018

North Creek Farmers Market Returning

Adirondack Farm Produce - Photo by Shannon HoulihanA group of Johnsburg residents is working to bring the North Creek Farmers Market back this summer season. The market is set to be held Thursdays from 2 to 6 pm at Riverfront Park in North Creek, from June 21 through September 27, then on Columbus Day Weekend. It will be under and around the northern pavilion in Riverfront Park which is adjacent to the Depot Museum and train station. » Continue Reading.