Friday, December 20, 2019

Giving More When We Need Less

One of the things I like the most about the holidays, besides the fact that I get to decorate my house with Victorian gaudiness, is that people don’t question other people’s need for food and gifts.

We give to Toys for Tots, Holiday Helpers, Tri-Lakes Humane Society, and “run” Turkey Trots for food pantries. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, December 12, 2019

Lake Placid Holiday Stroll 2019

There are plenty of holiday festivals and opportunities to find the perfect Adirondack gift. One of my family’s favorite places to go is Lake Placid’s Holiday Village Stroll. Yes, there are deals, tastings, and crafts to make. In addition, we have two opportunities to put the Santa suit to good use.

From Friday – Sunday, December 13-15, Lake Placid has a packed schedule of events. Visits from Santa, free ice skating at the 1932 Olympic Arena and even an Ugly Sweater Contest are just a few ways to ease into a weekend full of holiday fun. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, December 11, 2019

38th Organic Farm & Garden Conference Set For January

NOFA NY logoThe Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York, Inc. (NOFA-NY) has announced registration is open for its 2020 Winter Conference.

NOFA-NY’s annual Winter Conference will take place January 17-19, 2020 at the Oncenter in Syracuse. One of the largest farming conferences in the region, the NOFA-NY 2020 Winter Conference will feature over 100 educational workshops across 13 tracks. The theme of this year’s conference is “Extending the Table.” » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Baking and Tasting Events At TAUNY Kitchen

braided challah made by Ellen RoccoTraditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY) has invited the public to two special kitchen events.The first is a special bread-baking demonstration and tasting with skilled cook and retired NCPR Station Manager, Ellen Rocco.

Ellen will be in The TAUNY Center kitchen on Saturday, December 14th from 1 to 3 pm to bake and to serve two types of bread from Jewish tradition: braided challah, a bread made with eggs, eaten on the sabbath and at holiday gatherings, and a type of chocolate babka, a rich, bready coffee cake from Eastern Europe. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Support Local Agriculture When Giving Gifts

Allison Jack New World Agriculture and Ecology Group at CornellGift giving during the holiday season can be a wonderful thing. It can be even more wonderful when what you give is not only appreciated by the recipient, but also supports a local farm business.

It is a well-established fact that money spent at local farm businesses has a huge multiplier effect. Instead of your money leaving the area to support a large business and employment elsewhere, the local producer you pay, will, in all probability spend the money right here to employ people, buy supplies, make more community investments, and pay local taxes. It is a win win situation for everyone involved.

So, now you may be asking yourself what exactly are your options for locally produced gifts? Many times, an unconventional, “think outside the box” gift can be the best gift, so let’s think outside the box. » Continue Reading.


Friday, December 6, 2019

Treats For Furry Friends Workshop

dog treatsA Treats for Your Furry Friend workshop, which will allow participants to make and bring home several no-bake and baked healthy dog treats, has been set for Sunday, December 8th, from 1 to 3 pm.

Additional treat recipes will be provided, that are not only safe for dog consumption, but can also double as people snacks. » Continue Reading.


Monday, December 2, 2019

New Wine and Liquor Store Opens in Westport

Mary Jane Viens proprietor of Homestead SpiritsHomestead Spirits, a liquor and wine store, has opened its doors in Westport just in time for the holiday season.

Though there have been liquor stores in Westport in the past, it has been many years since the town has had one as part of its business mix. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Tisquantum: The Native Man Who Rescued the Pilgrims

Embarkation of the Pilgrims by Robert Walter Weir“We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.” These are the words of H.A. (Henry Allen) Ironside; a Canadian-American Bible teacher, preacher, theologian, pastor, member of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, and one of the most inspired Christian writers of the 20th Century.

For most Americans, Thanksgiving is exactly that; a time of giving thanks. But it’s also a time when we commemorate the success of the Pilgrims; the Separatists who came here from England to establish the Plymouth colony. And, next year, Americans will commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Mayflower, and the Pilgrims, to the shores of Massachusetts. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, November 21, 2019

Adirondack Christmas in Old Forge and Inlet

Skip the crowds and the Black Friday madness and enjoy Christmas throughout the Central Adirondacks. Santa and Mrs. Claus are making the rounds to see who is going to make the nice list. Local food, fun runs, and crafts are just a few reasons to make Speculator, Indian Lake, Inlet, and Old Forge a holiday stop.

These events have so many activities to choose from. You get to decide if you want to keep it on the more intimate side or festive enough to ring in the Christmas spirit. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, November 14, 2019

Winter Farmers Markets in the Adirondack Region

With the fresh snow on the ground, perhaps making sure you get your servings of local vegetables, meat, and dairy isn’t at the top of your list. But there are ways to enjoy that farm fresh flavor at various locations around the Adirondacks, while still enjoying the new snow – winter farmers markets.

Adirondack shops like Lake Placid’s Green Goddess Natural Market, Saranac Lake’s Nori’s Village Market, or Keeseville Farmacy provide wonderful year-round local produce. You can also stop by the farms and buy directly from our local farmers. The region’s indoor farmers markets offer a variety of vendors, one-stop shopping, and a fun way to meet the folks who are growing your food. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, November 3, 2019

Growing Berries in the North Country

a new strawberry variety created by Cornell courtesy Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life SciencesThere are several types of cultivated berries grown in Northern New York. Among the most popular are strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries, although several other minor fruits (e.g. currants, gooseberries) are grown, as well.

Starter plants are relatively inexpensive and, once established, the plantings are reasonably easy to maintain. They last for years and the fruit is incredibly flavorful when picked fresh. » Continue Reading.


Monday, October 21, 2019

Year-Round Farmers’ Market Hopes For Saranac Lake

saranac lake farmers marketThe AuSable Valley Grange Farmers’ Market, a producer-only farmers’ market, has partnered once again with Hotel Saranac for its annual harvest market in Saranac Lake. At producer-only markets, vendors can sell only items that they or their employees produce. Vendors cannot buy in bulk and then resell to you.

This year, the market will extend through the winter season with the goal of establishing a year-round farmers’ market. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, October 20, 2019

Seriously Supersized Prize-Winning Pumpkins

Leonardo Urenas prize winning pumpkinGrowing giant pumpkins may be a lot like baseball. After all, both are traditional, competitive sports that require hard work, determination, discipline, attentiveness, patience, and the ability to anticipate. Both continue to grow in appreciation; not just in this country, but internationally. The season starts in the spring. And fall is the time of final defeat for most; victory for a lucky few.

During the final weeks of September and throughout the month of October, millions of people around the world take in fall festivals featuring giant pumpkin weigh-offs. Many also showcase pumpkin parades, pumpkin carving contests, pumpkin sculpture, pumpkin pie-eating contests, and pumpkin beer, as well. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, October 17, 2019

New Research Evaluating Nutrient Runoff From Farms

monitoring station courtesy Leanna Thalmann Miner InstituteField-level research funded by the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program is responding to the need to better understand how tile drainage influences nutrient efficiency, water quality, crop production, farm economics, and environmental stewardship.

Results from the most recent data collection from tiles installed at the Lake Alice Wildlife Management Area in Chazy, and on a working farm in Clinton County are adding to a database designed to quantify surface and underground movement of nutrients beyond field boundaries. » Continue Reading.


Monday, October 7, 2019

10th Annual Garlic Festival Set For Warrensburg

Garlic Festival at the Warrensburgh Riverfront Farmers' MarketTenth Annual Garlic Festival at the Warrensburgh Riverfront Farmers’ Market is set for Friday, October 11th, from 3 to 6 pm.

Certified organic and naturally grown garlic will be sampled and sold for planting and consumption. Horticultural information and recipes will be provided at the CCE of Warren County Master Gardener Station. » Continue Reading.



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