Thursday, March 28, 2019

Exploring the History of Maple Syrup

Mike Todriff firing the sugar boiler in 2018 (Shannon Houlihan photo)I don’t think there’s a more magnificent forest tree or more glorious shade tree than the sugar maple (Acer saccharum); a deciduous tree that matures in 30-50 years, generally growing to between 70 and 90 feet tall, with a crown that turns a brilliant, fiery yellow, orange, or red at summer’s end. The sugar maple is the official state tree of New York, Vermont, Wisconsin, and West Virginia. It’s also the national tree of Canada. And the maple leaf is the Canadian national emblem.

For sugarmakers, this is maple season. Having tapped thousands of maple trees, they now harvest their reward; collecting the sap that brings the region’s maples out of winter dormancy and boiling it down, with pride and care, to just the right consistency for pure maple syrup and the delicious cream, candies, and confections made from maple sugar. » Continue Reading.


Monday, March 25, 2019

Adirondack Buyer Days Features New Local Products

The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) will present its 33rd annual Adirondack Buyer Days on March 25 and 26 at the Saratoga Springs City Center.

The event is the only wholesale trade show in New York State devoted to handmade and locally sourced artisan products. This year’s show will feature products created by nearly 100 artisans from northern New York and New England. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, March 21, 2019

BARRED! Adirondack Bartender Challenge Returns Apr 27th

barred 2019 posterBarred! IV, The Adirondack Bartender Challenge presented by Happy Hour in the High Peaks, is set to return to Basil & Wick’s in North Creek on Saturday, April 27th, from 2 to 4:30 pm. There is no charge for admission to the event.

Inspired by the reality TV show CHOPPED, bartenders face off to create a winning cocktail utilizing a mystery basket of ingredients. Contestants have just minutes to make, name, and present their drink while hometown fans cheer them on. » Continue Reading.


Friday, March 15, 2019

Indian Lake Irish Road Bowling Saturday

My family has consistently been a part of the Irish Road Bowling tradition that takes to the streets of Indian Lake each St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

Last year we joined over 60 teams to take turns bowling along the lane with the hopes of finishing with the lowest score. Don’t worry if you don’t like to bowl, the costumed teams make it just as much fun to watch as it is to play. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, March 7, 2019

Maple Sugaring Season Is Almost Here

It may be difficult to believe with all the fresh fallen Adirondack snow and freezing temperatures, but spring is right around the corner, along with the sweetest time of all – maple sugaring season.

Making sugar from maple tree sap is weather dependent (typically temps over 40 during the day and into the 20s at night are best). In the Adirondacks, the season can be short, it can stop and start, or seem to go on forever any time from mid-February and mid-April, depending on the location of the sugar bush.  But March is always the best time in the Adirondacks to get into a sugar shack and take home some treats. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, March 6, 2019

FarmShare Fund Grants Support Local Food

The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) has announced they are offering grant funding to support incorporating local food into existing hunger relief and food security efforts in the region. This is the second year the regional nonprofit has administered its FarmShare Fund mini grant program.

Organizers say that more than 200,000 households in the Adirondack North Country, or 41 percent of all households, do not have enough income or financial resources to cover basic household necessities. For these residents, local food options are often not affordable or accessible. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, March 3, 2019

Long Lake Hors D’Oeuvres Tour A Hit

Adk Hotel PlateOn Friday, February 22nd, the Long Lake Hors D’Oeuvres Tour returned for the Town of Long Lake Tourism’s Winter Wonderland Week.

The tour was open to anyone and 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.

Guests hailed from Nashville, TN, Columbia County, NY, Plattsburgh, Tupper Lake, Long Lake and Albany and other locales. The participating restaurants were The Adirondack Growl and Grub, The Adirondack Hotel, Long Lake Diner/Owl’s Head Pub and the Long View Lodge. » Continue Reading.


Friday, February 22, 2019

Tupper Lake Brew-Ski Fest Saturday

Tupper Lake is combining my love of skiing with a micro-brew experience and I don’t even have to leave the trail. It isn’t an après ski experience, but more “pendant” skiing. I’ll be experiencing sampling of various local beers during a cross-country ski or snowshoe.

On Saturday, February 23, Tupper Lake Cross-Country Ski Center is grooming their trails for two events, Brew-Ski and its annual Ice Golf Tournament. Both activities sound fun, but my family is going to be hitting the Brew-ski trail. » Continue Reading.


Friday, February 15, 2019

Indian Lake’s Week Long Snocade

Indian Lake has snow and is asking everyone to come make tracks for Snocade. The annual event celebrates a week’s worth of winter activities, February 15-24, from cardboard sled races to snowmobile time trials.

My family does not own snowmobiles, but this week long festival is more than just riding the miles of local trails. It’s a celebration of snow.  There are so many things to do that allow us to celebrate winter while enjoying the Central Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Long Lake Hors D’Oeuvres Tour Planned

Hors Doeuvres groupLong Lake area restaurants are preparing for the return of the Hors D’Oeuvres Tour on Friday, February 22nd, from 6 to 10 pm.

Venues for 2019 are The Adirondack Growl and Grub, Adirondack Hotel, Long Lake Diner & Owl’s Head Pub and the Long View Lodge.  The Long Lake Little Bus will provide door to door transportation.

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Hemp: A Valuable Crop Returning to Production

Industrial Hemp Since the 1930s, hemp, once a widely grown and important crop in the United States has been considered a controlled substance due to its similarity with the cannabis plant grown for marijuana use. Although hemp used for industrial production, is in fact the cannabis plant, the same one that produces marijuana, there is an important difference – the THC produced in the plant.

THC is the main intoxicating ingredient in marijuana. Hemp cultivated for industrial purposes has much lower levels of THC than that grown for marijuana and cannot cause a drug induced high. It can however, be used to make over 25,000 different products ranging from textiles, to foods, to body care products, to building supplies. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, February 7, 2019

Adirondack Harvest Regional Meetings Planned

The Annual Regional Meetings of Adirondack Harvest is set to be held on Tuesday, February 12th and streamed live to local chapters.

Adirondack Harvest’s goal is to further sustainable agriculture in the Adirondack region and surrounding areas.  » Continue Reading.


Sunday, January 27, 2019

Hadley’s Maple In April Festival On Tap

maple in aprilA “Maple in April Festival” has been set for April 27-28, from 9 am to 4 pm, in Hadley along Rockwell Street, in Hadley Smead Memorial Park and at Wilder’s Sugar Shack. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, January 10, 2019

Geopolitics of Cheese

putting cheese into molds at the food science plant at Cornell's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) Stocking HallI enjoy a wide variety of dairy products. And I especially like cheese. All sorts of cheese. Hard, soft, sharp, mild, pungent, curds. Sliced, shredded, cubed, balled, spread, powdered, creamed, and whipped. A little tossed into my breakfast omelet; a slice, perhaps two, on my sandwich at lunch; a touch grated or sprinkled into my salad and/or over my pasta and/or drizzled on my veggies at supper. And then, of course, there’s pizza, cheesy burritos, mac and cheese, cheesecake, cheese Danish, wine and cheese. I can go on. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Farm Talk: Berry Production in the Adirondacks

Laura McDermott and wild blueberriesThe next Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District Farm Talk is “Sustainable Berry Production in the Adirondacks – Reasonable Approaches to an Unreasonable Venture.”

The presentation, by Laura McDermott of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program, will include sustainable methods for growing blueberries, brambles, honeyberries, and juneberries. » Continue Reading.