Saturday, April 4, 2020

Free emergency food aid for those in need

EFPOrgs launch program to deliver farm-fresh food packages

AdkAction has partnered up with the Hub on the Hill in Essex in order to launch an Emergency Food Packages Project (EFP) to assist local families who may be struggling due to the coronavirus. Every EFP contains a week’s worth of fresh, pre-prepared meals delivered directly to families. The organizations’ goal is to provide 100 boxes of food each week over the next 10 weeks. A total of 1,000 packages, supplying 15,000 meals – all for free.

Each EFP contains eggs, bread, apples, healthy snacks, yogurt, greens, granola, soup, and two large trays of frozen entrees. The food distributed is purchased from local farms, and prepared and delivered by local labor provided by Hub on the Hill. Families and individuals in need are being screened by partner agencies and local organizations with a history of supporting those who need food.

EFP’s have a $55 production fee but are provided free to families in need. A $7,000 grant provided by the Adirondack Foundation’s Special and Urgent Needs Fund launched the project. AdkAction has also created a online fundraising page to help reach the overall goal. Over $30,000 was raised in the first 24 hours, enough to support the first 545 EFP’s, with a total of $55,000 needed to support the creation and delivery of 1,000 EFPs.

For more information and to contribute to the fundraiser, please visit this link: https://emergencyfoodpackages.funraise.org/

AdkAction has partnered with BOCES, United Way and local food pantries to identify families in need. More about AdkAction and/or to refer an individual/family in need of food aid: https://www.adkaction.org/


Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Vermicomposting: Making Black Gold

Vermicomposting uses worms to decompose waste courtesy Wikimedia user ChristopheFinotVermicomposting is the process of using worms to digest food waste to produce a nutrient and microbe rich soil amendment known as vermicompost (vermi – being latin for worm).

This compost is sometimes referred to as “black gold” because when mixed into the soil, it’s extremely valuable to the health and growth of the plants. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, March 7, 2020

Craving Natural Sweetness? There’s a Sap for That

maple jack wax being madeThe fourteenth annual Thurman Maple Days, a three-weekend event, is set to kick-off Saturday and Sunday, March 14 and 15, continuing through March 29th. The event offers self-guided tours of eight agricultural sites in the rural town of Thurman, self-dubbed “Maple Capital of Warren County,” just 20 minutes from downtown Lake George. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, March 5, 2020

Third Annual Adirondack Global Festival Comes to Lake Placid

Coming off the heels of the successful Petrova Elementary School Cultural Fair, The Adirondack Global Festival continues to use the arts as a way to introduce different cultures through entertaining activities.

Adirondack Global Festival supports cultural experiences at area schools.  This year school groups are invited to attend a showing of the movie Harriet at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, the home base of the festival. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, March 1, 2020

Long Lake Hors D’Oeuvres Tour Wrap Up

Long Lake Diner Chili CupThe Annual Long Lake Hors D’Oeuvres Tour, part of the Town of Long Lake’s Winter Wonderland Week, took place on Friday, February 21st.

Guests of the tour were invited to ride the Long Lake’s community “Little Bus” and visit the local restaurants to vote for their favorite appetizer. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, February 27, 2020

Adirondack Harvest Annual Meetings Planned

adirondack harvest logoThe Annual Adirondack Harvest Board Meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, March 3rd, and the Southern Chapter Meeting will be held at the Warren County Soil & Water Conservation District office on Schroon River Road in Warrensburgh. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Lake George Arts Project’s Bands ‘n Beans

bands n beans logoLake George Arts Project’s annual winter fundraiser, “Bands ‘n Beans” has been set for March 29, from 2 to 7 pm.

More than twenty five area restaurants are set to present guests with their best chili in a friendly competition to win in a number of categories. Attendees will taste them all and vote on their favorite while ten local bands will play continuous music on two stages. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, February 23, 2020

North Country Food Justice Summit Thursday

feed back everyone eatsThe North Country Food Justice Working Group has announced the third annual Winter Food Justice Summit, “FEED BACK: Everyone Eats!” has been set for Thursday, February 27th, at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake.

Previous Summits began the process of identifying priority projects, working to strengthen existing initiatives, and aiding collaboration. This year’s Summit profiles the theme of poverty and food in three main tracks: farmers, consumers, and educators. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, February 5, 2020

View’s 14th Annual Chili Bowl Event Set

View Chili BowlsView’s 14th Annual Chili Bowl Luncheon has been set for Saturday, February 15th from noon to 3 pm, featuring over a dozen chilis and soups made by local restaurants, with a variety of desserts made by View’s volunteers.

Attendees will be able to choose from a variety of handcrafted, ceramic bowls created by local and regional potters in View’s Ceramics Studio. Handcrafted ceramic bowls range in price from $18 to $25. Chili can be purchased without a ceramic bowl at $10 adults and $5 for children. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, February 2, 2020

Long Lake Hors D’Oeuvres Tour Returning

Group enjoying the Hors DOeuvres Tour at the Adirondack Hotel in 2019Long Lake area restaurants are set to open up their doors for the Long Lake Hors D’Oeuvres Tour on Friday, February 21st, from 6 to 10 pm.

Venues for 2020 include the Adirondack Hotel, Long Lake Diner & Owl’s Head Pub and the Long View Lodge. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, February 1, 2020

Submissions Open for NYS Craft Beer Competition

NYS Brewers AssnThe New York State Brewers Association (NYSBA) is now accepting submissions for its fourth annual New York State Craft Beer Competition. Sponsored by 1886 Malt House, the Competition is one of largest beer competitions in NYS.

Open to all licensed New York State Breweries, NYSBA is expecting to receive over 1,000 beer submissions for the 2020 competition. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, January 26, 2020

ANCA Announces Local Farm Grant Recipients

Blue Pepper FarmThe Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) has announced the recipients of its Local Farm Grant program, which was launched in October 2019 to support farmers and food producers who are strengthening the region’s agriculture and food systems.

A total sum of $103,962 in grant funds have been awarded to the following northern New York farms: Argyle Cheese Farmer in Argyle; Blue Pepper Farm in Jay; Juniper Hill Farm in Wadhams; Mace Chasm Farm in Keeseville; Milkweed Tussock Tubers in Heuvelton; North Branch Farms in Henderson; Peacock and Pony Farm in Natural Bridge; and Triple Green Jade Farm in Willsboro. » Continue Reading.


Monday, January 20, 2020

Farm Talks: Raising Pastured Poultry

warren county water and soilThe Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District has announced their first Farm Talk of 2020, “Don’t Be Chicken… Master Pastured Poultry” with Bob Barody of Blackberry Hill Farm, is set for Friday, January 31st.

Blackberry Hill Farm is located in the Town of Thurman and is just is one of two organically certified farms in Warren County. This farm raises chickens, turkeys, pigs as well as a variety of vegetables and herbs. Barody will be presenting on his experience with sustainable approaches to raising and managing pastured poultry. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, December 21, 2019

Vintage Adirondacks: Oval Wood Dish Products

adirondack wooden platesThe Oval Wood Dish Company was founded in 1883 in Delta, Ohio. Four years later, the company relocated to Mancelona, Michigan. There they manufactured wooden dishes, made of a single piece of wood, scooped out to form a bowl a sixteenth of an inch thick.

The bowls were disposable containers used by butchers as temporary containers for the ground beef and other meats purchased by customers. Eventually, the company replaced the wasteful method of scooping out the bowls with a wood veneer, cut and stapled to form a bowl. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, December 21, 2019

It Came From The Cupboard: Larder Beetles

Larder beetlesIt was small. Black … with a reddish band across the middle. It scuttled across the kitchen counter on six short legs. I had to swat at it more than once to kill it. It was… a larder beetle.

Larder beetles (Dermestes lardarius) are also known as bacon beetles, and, as you may have guessed, they are frequently found in our kitchens. A member of the scientific family Dermestidae, these insects, while at once creepy and revolting, serve an important function in the world: they clean up messes. That’s right. » Continue Reading.



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