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November, 2015

Master Gardener Program Planned


Applications for the January 2016 Master Gardener Training Program are now being accepted at Cornell Cooperative Extension in Warren County. The course includes weekly presentations by Cornell University faculty, Cooperative Extension staff, and local experts on a wide range of garden topics. A binder of important resources that supplement the course lectures is provided. The topics include basic botany; entomology; soil health; home lawn care; vegetable, fruit and flower gardening; composting; organic gardening, and other practical and interesting subjects. Space is limited, so call Cornell Cooperative Extension in Warren County for more information at (518) 623-3291 or via e-mail at >>More


October, 2015

Ed Zahniser: Sweeping the Garden


“Don’t step too far back in the pantry or you might fall into the cellar,” my mother Alice admonished us kids at our family’s Adirondack cabin Mateskared. Foreboding powers seemed to emanate from our fieldstone cellar walled by the cabin’s foundation. When I was very young the cellar lurked dungeon-like, unseen below, and haunted with that adult admonition. Its night version—“Howard! What’s that noise in the kitchen?”—audibly whispered from the other bedroom split the pitch-dark, timeless expanse of childhood cabin nights. We needed no precociousness for Jungian psychology to project psychic content onto the lumpy, dirt-floored, always dark, dank, root >>More


October, 2015

Adirondack Wine And Cheese Tours This Weekend


This weekend two of my favorite things are headlining part of the Adirondack Fall Festival tour, wine and cheese. The Adirondack Coast Wine Trail is showcasing local beer, wine, and cider while Adirondack Harvest is once again offering a unique Adirondack cheese tour. We all know that wine and cheese go together like, well, wine and cheese. I was thinking it’s “mother’s little helper,” but didn’t want to come off like I have a problem with… cheese. I do love it; the smell, the texture, the way my children eat it without complaint. I love its simplicity. I love how it makes complex >>More


October, 2015

Great Pumpkins: Storing Garden Squash


Linus, the precocious, blanket-toting “Peanuts” character, waited faithfully for The Great Pumpkin all night on Halloween in spite of being disappointed every year. Perhaps his unwavering belief in the mythical pumpkin was spurred on by the fact that almost every year brings the world a bigger “great pumpkin” of the sort one can measure and – at least potentially – eat. Of the approximately 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins grown annually in the U.S., only a very few are grown for size. Primarily within the last thirty years, giant pumpkin enthusiasts (that’s regular-size people, giant produce) have developed varieties that >>More


October, 2015

Ausable Valley Cheese Tour October 11th


Cheese-makers at three Adirondack dairies will be highlighting their wares during the second Essex County Cheese Tour on Sunday, October 11, from 10 am until 4 pm. This self-guided driving tour follows the scenic Ausable River Valley during the Fall Foliage season. The featured farms include North Country Creamery in Keeseville, Asgaard Farm & Dairy in Au Sable Forks, and Sugar House Creamery in Upper Jay. There will be free farm tours and cheese samples, a cheesy lunch fare will be available for purchase, and the farm stores will be open. Participants: North Country Creamery (931 Mace Chasm Rd., Keeseville) >>More


October, 2015

Gardening: Rehabbing And Establishing Raised Beds


The boards that form my raised beds are rotting away and I’m glad. I’ve been wanting to rearrange the beds so having to replace the boards gives me the opportunity and motivation to finally get this done. One of the most frequent questions we get about setting up raised beds is what kind of lumber to use. It’s natural to want to choose wood that will last the longest under the damp conditions of all that soil contact. Cedar is the best, then hemlock and then rough cut pine. Treated lumber would be an option for flower beds but not >>More


October, 2015

Adirondack Farm to School Initiative Update


The Adirondack Farm to School Initiative is working with schools and communities to create a connection between classroom, cafeteria, community, and local farms.  The goal of this initiative is to support local economies, bring local food into school cafeterias, and create hands-on learning activities such as school gardens, farm visits, culinary classes, and the integration of food-related education into the regular classroom curriculum. The Saranac Lake School district is one of 82 projects receiving support this year through the USDA Farm to School Program.  Grant money has been used to acquire equipment for preserving local produce, making it available year-round.   Participating farms are >>More


September, 2015

Oktupperfest Offers Local Brew, Pumpkin Tossing


Oktupperfest originated at Big Tupper Ski Resort in the 1970s, and returned in 2011 after a 10-year hiatus. According to Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce Events Administrator Adam Baldwin, this annual event is family-friendly and fun for all ages. Baldwin says, “Oktupperfest is a family oriented event filled with live music for everyone. There are tons of things to do. The chairlift is a one-way ride, but it isn’t a huge mountain so people can walk back down from the top. We gear the event toward families, not just kids. We have German food, vendors and kids games as well >>More


September, 2015

Drinking Local: Springbrook Hollow Farm Distillery


When orthopedic surgeon Dave Bannon and his family bought a farm a few miles from Lake George some twenty-five years ago, generations of people from surrounding farms and communities had been bringing jugs to its springs, filling them up with drinking water. “It’s perfect water; no iron, no sulphur,” said Bannon. So after retiring a few years ago, while he was casting about for a new direction, a craft distillery, producing spirits from the farm’s unprocessed spring water, was one good option. “No one else has water like ours, and water matters. If you’re a distiller without the right water, >>More


September, 2015

Harvest Time Is Well Worth The Wait


North Country gardeners are a patient, hardy lot. Our growing season is short enough in a good year, and this year got off to a very slow start with endless rain and cold temperatures well into July. While there are many cool season crops that do well up here, most home gardeners spend the summer waiting for the royalty of crops to ripen: tomatoes! I didn’t set up any kind of extra protection for my tomato plants this year so they really didn’t start to grow until mid-July when temperatures finally got warm enough for them. I picked my first >>More




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