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April, 2018

The Bell Pepper: A Vegetable History

April 1st marked the 90th anniversary of the development of the modern sweet pepper, also known as the bell pepper. In Central America, Mexico, and northern South America there is evidence that numerous types of peppers (Capsicum annuum) have been cultivated by native peoples for at least 6,500 years. Hot peppers were the first New World crop grown in Europe, with seeds arriving in Spain in 1493. Since that time, plant breeders around the world have selected peppers for various traits, giving rise to such names for this Native American vegetable as “Hungarian” and “Thai” hot peppers. Bell peppers are >>More

March, 2018

Lake George Bands n’ Beans March 25th

The 27th Annual Bands n’ Beans event at the Roaring Brook Range, 2206 NY-9N, in Lake George, is set for Sunday, March 25th, 2018. Doors open 1 pm, music and the chili competition will take place from 2 to 7 pm. Scheduled musicians include: Rich Ortiz at 2 pm; The Switch at 3 pm; Stony Creek Band at 4 pm; Rattail Jimmy at 5 pm; and Dirt Cheap at 6 pm, in the Big Room. Chris Ballini; Tim Wechgelaer & Friends; Cowbow Ernie Sites; The 317; Emanation; Dolan; and the Flynn Brothers will play in the Powderhorn Room, starting at >>More

March, 2018

Sap is Running: Adirondack Maple Weekends

Cold nights and warm days are the perfect combination to make the maple sap flow. Though most commercial maple producers are already in full production, our family operation is a bit behind in collecting the sap. Pancake breakfasts, wooded walks and maple tastings are all part of the menu for the two annual New York State Maple Producers Association’s Maple Weekends. In addition to these specially scheduled maple outings, some maple producers welcome drop-ins and individual tours. Since the mid-1990s, an open house Maple Sunday has evolved across New York State into two celebrated Maple Weekends. Mark the calendar for >>More

February, 2018

TAUNY’s Annual Sugaring-Off Party, March 10

TAUNY’s annual Sugaring Off Party has been set for Saturday March 10th from 10 am to noon, at the TAUNY Center in Canton. The Sugaring Off Party celebrates sugaring as French-Canadian families would have done a century ago. The Sugaring Off Party will include festive activities, crafts, and sweet treats. A reading of The Sugaring Off Party by Jonathan London sets the tone for the event. Participants step into the book with a recreation of the book’s party led by fiddler Gretchen Koehler and her family. Koehler will teach guests traditional French folk dances and songs and share the secret >>More

February, 2018

Food Justice Summit Planned For Wild Center

A Winter Food Justice Summit, “FEED BACK: Growing and Sharing the Abundance” is set to take place on Thursday, March 1, 2018 from 8 am to 6pm at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake. Organizers say the goal of this event is to create a road map toward a stronger local food system for everyone. The March 1st Summit will include a keynote address by Andrianna Natsoulas, the Executive Director of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY). Natsoulas has been a social and environmental activist for over two decades. She has worked at several organizations, including Greenpeace, >>More

February, 2018

Thurman Maple Days Set For March

Sugaring 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 >>More

February, 2018

Maple Confections: A Sweet And Local Valentine’s Gift

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 » >>More

February, 2018

Research Aids Dairy Calf Managers in Winter

Research 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. Research conducted by Cornell Cooperative Extension analyzed temperature, humidity, dew point, wind chill, airflow, bedding, and calf age, weight, and health scoring on 27 farms in northern NY in late November 2016 to early January 2017. Participating farms » Continue Reading. View original post.

February, 2018

VIEW’s Annual Chili Bowl Luncheon and Basket Raffle

View’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. The potters from this year’s workshop have produced a collection of bowls featuring a variety of surface decorations. Nearly 300 handcrafted bowls are expected to be at the Chili Bowl Luncheon. Chili and soup will be donated by Brian Bamberger, The Big Moose Inn, Walt’s Diner, Great Pines, A » >>More

January, 2018

CSAs: Taking Control, Ownership of Our Food System

In 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 >>More


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