Saturday, February 17, 2018

Thurman Maple Days Set For March

buckets on treesSugaring season is in full swing in Thurman. Thurman Maple Days are set to begin March 10 and 11, continuing Saturdays and Sundays through March 25. Five Thurman maple producers — four of them the largest in Warren County – will open their sugarhouses to show how this age-old art is practiced with the help of technological advancements.

Each weekend offers open barns at Adirondack Gold, Valley Road, Hidden Hollow, Toad Hill and Windy Ridge maple farms, all offering free tours of sugarbushes and sugarhouses, with demonstrations and talks about tapping, evaporating, filtering and candy-making. Toad Hill will offer wagon rides to the sugar bush through a traditional covered bridge. Windy Ridge will demonstrate sugaring done the old fashioned way, a pancake breakfast will be held at Valley Road, and Adirondack Gold Tapper’s will lead snowshoe hikes into the sugar bush. » Continue Reading.


Monday, February 12, 2018

Maple Confections: A Sweet And Local Valentine’s Gift

Maple Syrup and Confections Valentine’s Day. The day when, more than at any other time of the year, people declare feelings of romantic interest, love, and adoration for one another. This is most-often done with a card. Approximately 150 million Valentine’s Day cards will be exchanged in the US, this year; 2.6 billion worldwide (according to the Greeting Card Association).

The oldest known Valentine’s Day card, if you will, is still in existence. It’s a poem from Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife; written while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London in 1415, and preserved in the British Library in London. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Research Aids Dairy Calf Managers in Winter

Sarah Murray checks calves bedded in deep straw and wear calf coats at Murcrest Farms in Northern New YorkResearch funded by the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program has identified steps dairy farms can take to reduce winter season respiratory illness in dairy calves.

Respiratory illness in calves can negatively impact weight gain, age at their first calving, first lactation milk production, farm revenue and costs. » Continue Reading.


Monday, February 5, 2018

VIEW’s Annual Chili Bowl Luncheon and Basket Raffle

VIEWs 12th Annual Chili Bowl Luncheon Basket RaffleView’s 12th Annual Chili Bowl Luncheon is set for Saturday, February 17th from 11:30 am to 2 pm.

Homemade meat and vegetarian chili, stews, and soups will be prepared by local restaurants and served in newly handcrafted bowls created from View’s Pottery Workshop and by other artists, near and far. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, January 28, 2018

CSAs: Taking Control, Ownership of Our Food System

CSA veggiesIn this age of global markets and marketing, more often than not, the food we eat is grown on large industrial farms; then shipped across the country, or from central or South America, or overseas, to huge distribution centers, where it’s sorted, packaged, processed, and then trucked to chain supermarkets, convenient stores, and fast food outlets.

We seldom think about the environmental impacts resulting from expanded mechanization and transportation of foodstuffs over great distances; of the ecological consequences of large-scale mono-cropping of food with intensive use of pesticides; or the impacts that food globalization has on our health (e.g. 2/3 of Americans are now considered overweight or obese). » Continue Reading.


Thursday, January 25, 2018

Food for Thought: Cascade Ski Center’s Farm Dinners

Lake Placid’s Cascade Ski Center is known for its 20 km of ski trails, Nordic ski lodge and full service ski shop, but owner Jennifer Jubin continues to bring relevant issues to the table.

“I try to do relevant events every year from Farm Dinners to Avalanche Safety,” says Jubin. “We are doing three Farm Dinners this year and are trying to keep things fresh and interesting.” » Continue Reading.


Sunday, January 21, 2018

Fish Friday Fasting With Eggs And Lamb

Illustration from "Bestiary, with extracts from Giraldus Cambrensis on Irish birds," published in England during the 2nd quarter of the 13th century and held at the British Library. Due to recent events, I’m now the only non-vegan member of a household. Granted it is a household of two where my omnivore status is respected, but the adjustment has taken longer than expected. It was some time before I stopped worrying about the welfare of tofu animals and was able to buy tofu turkey, ham, and sausage without suffering pangs of guilt.

Although we may not think of eating as able to change anything except our waistline, choices around diet do have serious and far-reaching consequences across the world. Volumes have been written on the human rights, energy policy, health, and environmental implications of food choices. But distilling even one of these points to a digestible portion-size requires more than just an essay. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, January 18, 2018

ANCA Names Farmer-Producer Mini Grant Winners

Cherry tomatoes grown on Birdsfoot Farm and prepared for marketThe Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) recently announced the recipients of its 2017 Farmer/Producer Mini Grant program, which provides funding to farmers and local food businesses whose projects streamline the farm to school supply chain.

Birdsfoot Farm and Fullers Farm, both of Canton, and Martin’s Farmstand of Potsdam are receiving awards as part of the new grant program that provides funding for small farm to school projects. All three grant recipients have experience providing farm products to St. Lawrence County schools, often through the North Country Grown Cooperative. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, January 4, 2018

Featured Farms at Wild Center in January

Adirondack Farm Produce - Photo by Shannon HoulihanOn Saturdays in January The Wild Center in Tupper Lake will celebrate local farmers who work to put wholesome food on the table every month of the year.

From 1 to 3 pm hear them tell their story, and enjoy food prepared by the Center’s cafe staff using farm-fresh products. Farmers will have items available for purchase.  The schedule of events follows: » Continue Reading.


Saturday, December 30, 2017

Local Breweries Have Big Potential; Local Hops Challenges

beer hopsThere’s an old Irish toast: ‘To long life and a merry one. A quick death and an easy one. A pretty girl and an honest one. A cold beer and another one!’ I can think of no better way to bring in the New Year than raising a glass of frothy-delicious craft beer from a homebrewer friend or relative, or small, independent craft brewery.

According to the 46,000-plus-member American Homebrewers Association, a division of the Brewers Association (an American trade group of brewers, breweries-in-planning, suppliers, distributors, craft beer retailers, and individuals concerned with the promotion of craft beer and home-brewing), more than 1.2-million Americans brew their own beer at home. And, as an industry, beer is massive.

The Brewers Association says U.S. retail sales of beer exceeded $107.6 billion in 2016, with craft beer accounting for $23.5 billion of that total. Directly and indirectly, the beer industry employs nearly 2.23 million Americans, providing more than $103 billion in wages and benefits. In NY, 269 breweries produced 1,000,785 barrels of craft beer in 2016 (2.1 gallons for every American over the age of 21), with a retail value of $3,439,000,000.   » Continue Reading.


Thursday, December 21, 2017

Remember Food Pantries This Holiday Season

I am all about shopping local. I always look for a local version rather than shopping online. That doesn’t mean that the UPS truck hasn’t made regular stops at my house. It does mean that when my children ask me what I want, I always opt for an experience or an item from a downtown Adirondack shop.

We have found that gifts that add meaning can be as simple as donating food to a local food pantry. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Warrensburg Farm Talks Set For Jan 12th

landon hill estate farmThe Warren County Soil & Water Conservation District is continuing its fifth year of Farm Talks on Friday, January 12th from 6 to 8 pm at DEC’s Warrensburg Office, located at 232 Golf Course Road.

The first presentation of the night will be “Setting Up No-Till” with certified organic mixed vegetable farmer, Rand Fosdick of Landon Hill Estate Farm. Setting up no-till vegetable beds plus the care and maintenance are important to increasing soil health which in turn increases plant health. Healthier plants have better disease and pest resistance and healthy soil reduces erosion, compaction and nutrient leaching. With proper no-till techniques and care, weed suppression and removal becomes less laborious. Attendees can learn Fosdick’s no-till process for growing healthy organic vegetables. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Lake Placid’s Holiday Stroll December 8-10

Lake Placid Holiday Stroll Adirondack Family TimeThere is always so much to do during the holidays. I sometimes feel bombarded by ads and discounts and need to ground myself with some holiday spirit.

Christmas spirit has been plentiful around the Adirondacks and this weekend is no different as Santa visits the Adirondack High Peaks. The Lake Placid Holiday Stroll – Friday through Sunday, December 8-10 – not only provides ample opportunity to finish the holiday shopping, but also offers a weekend of fun family-friendly activities. » Continue Reading.


Friday, December 1, 2017

Paul Smith’s College Offering Accelerated Culinary Program

paul smiths culinary classPaul Smith’s College is now offering an Associate of Occupational Science (AOS) degree in Culinary Arts, an accelerated culinary program to be completed in just three semesters.

Aimed toward aspiring culinary professionals, the program is designed to take place over the course of five 10-week sessions and afford students an opportunity to combine academics and work experiences. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Thanks For Giving

If the Pilgrims had only known what a big deal Thanksgiving was going to become in America they would undoubtedly have taken some pictures. Even the menu has been lost to us, although Wampanoag oral history, plus a few Pilgrim grocery receipts found at archeological sites, suggest there was corn, beans and squash as well as fowl and venison. Beyond that there may have been chestnuts, sun chokes (“Jerusalem” artichokes), cranberries and a variety of seafood.

Many historians believe the Pilgrims would have all perished during the winter of 1620 if not for food provided by the Wampanoags, whose land they appropriated. In the spring of 1621, Wampanoags gave the Pilgrims crop seeds, as well as a tutorial (possibly an App; we can’t be sure) on the production, storage and preservation of food crops such as corn, beans, and squash. » Continue Reading.