Tuesday, July 25, 2023

ADK Battle of the Cones

Battle of the Cones

Lake Placid, NY – The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) is thrilled to announce the return of its “Battle of the Cones”, a summer showdown to determine the most popular and best Adirondack ice cream stand.

In 2022, The Windchill Factory in Ticonderoga captured the title and associated bragging rights. As a result of that successful contest, it became clear that “Battle of the Cones” needed to become an annual summertime tradition, just like the ice cream stands themselves; this summer, the Adirondacks’ ice cream stands are ready.

Online voting will begin on July 19 and close on August 22, with five weeks of voting and elimination until a winner is decided. Votes can be cast at BattleOfTheCones.com. The winner will be announced on August 23.

According to ROOST’s Saranac Lake Regional Manager Kenzie Marine, “Battle of the Cones” was established to promote ice cream stands, their communities and the ice cream wayfinder trails, developed by ROOST. “We developed and launched “Battle of the Cones” as a social media campaign to promote ice cream stands throughout the region,” she said. “We thought that this would provide a fun and interactive way to encourage people to share their experiences and create some excitement around this summertime activity, while also encouraging people to visit the towns throughout the region by using any of the ice cream wayfinder trail maps.”

ROOST has developed a number of wayfinder trails – online maps that people can follow to experience particular activities throughout the Adirondacks. These trails include information about farm experiences, breweries, history, cuisine and family-friendly activities. They can be found at AdirondackWayfinder.com.

The “Battle of the Cones” contest schedule is as follows:

  • Round One: Wednesday, July 19, until Tuesday, July 25 at 11:59 PM
  • Round Two: Wednesday, July 26, until Tuesday, August 1 at 11:59 PM
  • Round Three: Wednesday, August 2, until Tuesday, August 8 at 11:59 PM
  • Semi Finals: Wednesday, August 9, until Tuesday, August 15 at 11:59 PM
  • Finals: Wednesday, August 16, until Tuesday, August 22 at 11:59 PM

Visit BattleOfTheCones.com for a list of all participating ice cream stands categorized by region.

Sunday, July 23, 2023

MAKE IT: Wild Blueberry Muffins

I love wild blueberries. Although the Adirondack Park offers many incredible things during the summer months – fireflies, endless starry skies, wildflowers, wildlife, crisp mountain air, campfires, laughter, and fun – picking and eating wild blueberries are near the top of my list of favorite summer highlights. Not just because they are delicious, but because the action of picking them is a family tradition.

My maternal grandmother was First Nations, and she loved picking wild blueberries during the summers. She taught her children and grandchildren how to pick wild blueberries in the style she had learned from her family, squatting low to the ground to gently shake the ripe berries into her hand, and then dropping the berries over her shoulder to the berry basket strapped to her back.

Midgie (my grandmother) and my mom were the fastest berry pickers I have ever seen, something I took for granted when I was a child, impatiently waiting for the wild blueberry pancakes, muffins, cobbler, and other treats to come from their gathered bounty. This recipe for wild blueberry muffins is quick and easy, taking less than five minutes to prepare, and only around 20 minutes to bake (time not including picking wild blueberries, of course!). To make a vegan-friendly version, you can use plant milk (or plant juice, as my son likes to call it). For an oil-free version, substitute equal amounts of applesauce for the oil called for in the recipe (I used cinnamon applesauce – it was delicious!). I hope that you enjoy these muffins and the memories of picking (and eating) the wild blueberries that make these muffins amazing.

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Monday, July 10, 2023

Farm to School: Improving Local Economies and the Health of Children

kid in cafeteria

Pictured here: Sixth grader Dan Wells digs into a tray of cafeteria offerings at Willsboro Central School. Photo by Eric Teed

On June 21, Governor Kathy Hochul announced that Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Franklin County, CCE of Essex County, and the Saranac Lake Central School District (CSD) had been awarded grant funding through New York State’s Farm-to-School program. The program is focused on improving students’ health, by increasing the procurement and use of fresh, nutritious, locally grown and produced food, in meals served in Grade School cafeterias.

CCE of Franklin County will be initiating a new program, advancing a collaborative partnership between Extension and three Franklin County school districts, focused on expanding the amount and variety of local farm products used in school meal programs.

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Monday, July 3, 2023

MAKE IT: Bella’s Frozen Peanut Butter and Banana Dog Treats

Bella's frozen peanut butter and banana treats

A healthier option than ice cream, these frozen peanut butter and banana dog treats are simple, use whole ingredients, and will help your furry friends to cool down during those hot summer days. Bonus – they can also double as people treats! Silicone molds make it easier to pop the treats out, but you can use any container you have on hand (I sometimes just spread the mixture in a larger container and then cut it into smaller chunks once it’s frozen). For dogs like Bella, who always are trying to sneak a little extra something, you can share these treats with them without any guilt that you are giving them something unhealthy. Bella hopes that your dogs enjoy these as much as she does!

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Friday, June 30, 2023

First Firing and Open House at Craigardan – July 1st

first firing



Join us for a summer’s day full of art, friends, music, food, and fire. Come with family and friends to explore the grounds, hang out by the campfire, picnic on the lawn, get your hands into some art-making, and be a part of the first firing of our new wood kiln. This is your new Craigardan!

Experience Craigardan’s new site, view current and future plans, + learn about summer programs and events.

This day celebrates our opening with the first firing of Craigardan’s new kiln, the hearth and heart of our new home. We’ll be firing the kiln all day, and inviting you to participate in a community-wide project. Stamp your name into a clay tile to be installed on the new campus and become a permanent part of something truly special.

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Thursday, June 29, 2023

ADK Park: July 4 events on tap

Kids take part in games during a previous July 4 celebration in Long Lake.

Several Adirondack-area towns have announced an array of family-friendly festivities to celebrate the Fourth of July, ranging from craft fairs to concerts, kids’ games, guided history hikes, and much more. Please see a roundup of a few of these events below.

Sunday, June 25, 2023

Eating Local and In-Season; An Alternative to Global Food Systems 

food from the farm - Adirondack Harvest

When it comes to food, the definition of ‘local’ is somewhat vague. Some people consider food from the Albany and Syracuse regions or from nearby New England local. To others, buying local means supporting neighbors and friends from within their town or from nearby, by shopping at farmers’ markets and roadside stands, or by joining their neighbors’ CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture).

In recent weeks, area markets have offered locally grown sweet, delicious asparagus, beautiful, tangy rhubarb, tender, young greens, tasty radishes, delicious alfalfa sprouts, gorgeous bedding plants, appealing grass-fed beef, lamb, and pork, top-quality, mouthwatering baked goods, yummy farmstead cheese curd. The list goes on. Strawberries and much more will be available soon.

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Thursday, June 22, 2023

Lake Luzerne Food Trucks and Music Extravaganza to begin July 12

Lake Luzerne Food Trucks and Music Extravaganza graphic.

Lake Luzerne, NY-  The Lake Luzerne Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Lake Luzerne are delighted to announce the inaugural food trucks and music extravaganza, which will
take place from 5 to 8 p.m. on six consecutive Wednesdays beginning July 12 and ending on August 16, 2023.


The event will be held at the pavilion park located at 248 lake avenue in Lake Luzerne, NY. The events will bring together a diverse selection of food options from various food trucks offering tasty treats, including tacos, fish and chicken sandwiches, gourmet mac and cheese, lemonade, doughnuts, and more. The live music will feature local bands and regional artists, adding to the ambiance and creating a festive atmosphere.


In addition to offering great food and music, the extravaganza will hold a 50-50 raffle to raise money for the Lake Luzerne food bank and local scholarships. All proceeds from the raffle will go directly to support these vital community organizations.

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Thursday, June 15, 2023

New Farmers’ Markets in Port Henry and Schroon Lake Begin This Weekend

Vegetables at a Farmers market

Summer farmers’ market season has officially begun in the Adirondack region, bringing a welcome return of locally grown and made food, plus arts and crafts to communities across the region. There are two new farmers’ markets in the Champlain Valley this summer in Port Henry and Schroon Lake. Both markets aim to grow the presence of local food and overall community vibrancy in their respective towns.

Gabriel Jaquish, market manager for the new Port Henry Waterfront Farmers’ Market says, “The Port Henry Waterfront farmers’ market aims to connect local producers, makers, and crafters directly to consumers. Its’ unique Friday evening time provides a perfect way to relax, shop, and stock up on local products before a weekend of hiking, biking, boating, or camping. This market will have a relaxed feel, with lawn games and live music. People are encouraged to come and hang out by the lake.” 

The market will feature a mix of food trucks, artists, and small farms, as well as live music. Gabriel says, “Our market will be producer-only, all of our vendors will be local growers.” Shoppers will find fresh fruits and vegetables from Daughters 5 Farm in Crown Point, locally grown beef from Red Ranch Beef Company, spice blends from Bodette’s Barbecue Rubs, and more to come. 

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Tuesday, May 30, 2023

56th annual Chazy Old Home Day Festival set for July 22

Chazy Old Home Day 2023 graphic.

Chazy, NY – The Chazy Lions Club is pleased to announce that the 56th annual Chazy Old Home Day Festival is slated for Saturday, July 22 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Chazy Recreation Park located on North Farm Road in Chazy, NY. The event will feature live music, cold beer and craft draft beer, and great food such as world famous chicken and beef barbecue, and as well as hamburgers, hot dogs, sausages, and mickey fries. The family-friendly festival will also include a crafts and flea market, kids’ games and rides, a splash pad, a variety of vendor booths, a cornhole tournament, and much more. Spectators will also have the opportunity to watch the King and Queen of Old Home Day be crowned.

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Friday, May 26, 2023

Lake Placid’s Community Day set for June 4, Distinguished Volunteer of the Year awards announced

Lake Placid Community Day merch.

Lake Placid, NY – The fifth annual Lake Placid Community Day celebration will take place on Sunday, June 4, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the North Elba Horse Show Grounds. The event features live entertainment, exhibits, activities and refreshments. Residents, seasonal homeowners, those who work in the town and those who volunteer their time and effort for various events are encouraged to attend.

The annual celebration features live music by locally based band Quantum Cosmic, featuring members of Annie and the Water. Representatives from more than 30 not-for-profit organizations will be on-hand to share information about their work within the community. Food and beverages will be provided throughout the day by representatives from the Lake Placid Olympic and Paralympic Training Center, along with a number of community-based establishments.

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Thursday, May 25, 2023

Great Camp Sagamore’s Community Day set for June 11

Great Camp Sagamore

Raquette Lake, NY – Great Camp Sagamore is hosting Community Day on Sunday, June 11, 2023. Guests are welcome to gather for free self-guided walking tours throughout the day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and also for brunch in the camp’s historic Dining Hall from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for a fee. Donations are encouraged. The Dining Hall will be available to visitors for brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on a rolling basis and will be served buffet style by Sagamore’s culinary team led by Chef Annie Prizzi.

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Sunday, May 14, 2023

Heirloom Vegetables – Planting the Seed 

Brandywine, Yellow Brandywine, and Black Brandywine tomatoes

What are Heirloom Vegetables?

The definition of heirloom vegetables varies, depending on who you ask. Some gardeners will tell you that heirloom vegetables are those they’ve grown successfully for many years. Others identify heirloom vegetables as those that are a traditional part of their family heritage or ethnicity. But most of the gardeners I know define heirloom vegetables as older, time-honored varieties whose seeds have been passed down from generation to generation, preserving all of the qualities of the original plant for decades or, in some cases, centuries.

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