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October, 2017

Food Justice Summit Planned For March


The newly formed North Country Food Justice Working Group is planning a winter food summit. “Feed Back: Growing and Sharing the Abundance” will take place Thursday, March 1st, 2018 at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake. What follows is an announcement sent to the press: The Food Justice Working Group (FJWG) is a coalition of nonprofit and for-profit organizations, community members, local businesses, farmers and farm workers, and government agencies who have come together to start the conversation about creating a more equitable food system in the North Country. The group seeks to address our region’s issues of accessibility, inclusivity, >>More


October, 2017

Cultivating Mushrooms in the Adirondacks


I absolutely love mushrooms. They add real zest and excitement to all sorts of recipes. I’ve been cooking with them all of my adult life. They’re the perfect choice for hearty, intensely satisfying, really-good-for-you, low-calorie meals. Great if you’re watching your waistline! It’s easy and fun to cultivate edible mushrooms using logs, stumps, or other mediums (i.e. straw, corn cobs), and the moist shade of your wooded property. Each mushroom variety offers its own unique, often nutty flavor. And they’re packed full of nutrients; things like B-vitamins, including riboflavin (an essential dietary nutrient which plays a major role in red >>More


October, 2017

Fall Farmers’ Markets in the Adirondacks


The next few weeks are bringing local Adirondack farmers’ markets to a close for the season. There is still plenty of fresh produce to gather though most of the weekly outdoor area farmers’ markets are starting to move back to the farm. The Saranac Lake (10/14), Ticonderoga (10/14), Lake Placid (10/18),and Lowville (10/28) farmers’ markets are winding down their outdoor market schedule. Don’t fret. Most farmers are still producing their amazing meats, cheese, produce, and local products. Winter farmers’ markets are available on the outskirts of the Adirondack Park, but two places that continue to provide that intimate connection with our >>More


October, 2017

Adirondack Kids Day Comes to Inlet


My family participants in a lot of events and activities throughout the Adirondack Park. One particular family-friendly event we look forward to each year is Adirondack Kids Day in Inlet, NY. The October 7th event is unique as it pulls brings together children’s book authors and illustrators as well as outdoor recreation experts to introduce the Adirondacks to a range of people from the very young to the young at heart. According to Adele Burnett, Tourism Director for the Town of Inlet, there are many of the same activities that people have grown to love over the past few years. >>More


October, 2017

An Old Fashioned North River Community Pancake Supper


A community pancake supper will be held at the North River United Methodist Church, 194 Thirteenth Lake Road in North River on October 14th from 4:30 to 7 pm. Menu will be pancakes, sausage or bacon, applesauce, real maple syrup, light dessert, coffee or tea. Take outs are available. Donations will be accepted. For more information regarding this event contact Roxie Freebern at (518) 251-4129. View original post.


September, 2017

Wild Foods: Oyster Mushrooms


Carnivorous oysters are lurking about in the North Country, and residents who venture into the woods are advised to carry butter and a skillet at all times. Oyster mushrooms, Pleurotus ostreatus, native wood-decaying fungi often found on dead and dying hardwoods, are delectable when sautéed in butter. Maybe hikers should carry a few cloves of garlic and a press as well. It’s good to be prepared. It may be stretching a point to call oyster mushrooms carnivorous, as the only “meat” they consume are nematodes, which are a type of small roundworm that live in the soil. But they are >>More


September, 2017

Thurman Fall Farm Tour Set For Oct 7th


Celebrating Thurman’s agricultural heritage, this year’s Fall Farm Tour on October 7th reflects the upsurge in small specialty farms in the regional marketplace. Three new farms have joined the maple farms, goat and sheep dairy, all-natural vegetable and poultry farm, llama hobby farm and certified tree farm that have built the popularity of this annual day of free farm fun. Visitors to this tenth anniversary event will self-guide to ten sites. Valley Road Maple will host a pancake breakfast from 9 am to 1 pm in their pancake annex, this new space allowing the hosts to offer evaporator demonstrations all >>More


September, 2017

Lake Placid Brewfest Set For Saturday


The Lake Placid Brewfest is set to return for its sixth year, bringing back dozens of breweries, hundreds of beers, food and more, on Saturday, September 23rd. The Brewfest features live music with Drunk & in the Woods and as many as 66 brewers and hundreds of different brews. Ales, ciders, lagers, pilsners, porters and stouts will all be available to drink and sample, from 4 to 8 pm in the Olympic Center’s 1932 Rink. Serious beer connoisseurs can enjoy the first samples of the frosty brews during the VIP hour, which opens at 3 pm, an hour earlier than >>More


September, 2017

Limited Number Of School Garden Grants Offered


The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Alaska Organic Fertilizer company are offering grants to support school gardens in the United States, excluding it’s territories. BirdSleuth, Cornell Lab’s K-12 education program, will distribute $25,000 in grants to 20 schools that create or revitalize a garden that supports local wildlife, healthy living, environmental education, and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) learning. Grants range from $500 to $2,000. According to researchers at the Lab of Ornithology, students who participate in school gardens and spend time outside are happier, healthier, and score higher on science achievement tests. Educators however, » Continue Reading. View original post.


September, 2017

Harvest Time Canning Safety Tips


It’s harvest time. Tomatoes, corn, beets, carrots, peppers and other fruits and vegetables are readily available from farmers’ markets, roadside stands, and your own gardens. Preserving the bounty safely for the winter can be economical, delicious, and safe if laboratory tested rules for food preservation are followed. Since 1994, testing facilities, universities and the USDA tested recipes and directions used in food preservation books seven times in different areas of the country and under different conditions to assure that directions to be used would assure the product canned would be shelf stable, nutritious, flavorful, and free from both food spoiling >>More