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January, 2019

Buying Local Food During An Adirondack Winter


As we head into the dead of winter the roads are icy, it’s cold outside, and farmers’ markets are becoming a distant memory of summer (although some can still be found here and there), it can be a challenge to remain dedicated to going the extra distance or to making the extra stop to buy local food. However, it is important to remember that an abundance of local food is still available that there are numerous benefits to buying locally grown food. Some of the benefits of buying locally raised food include: Health benefits – Local food is fresher with >>More


January, 2019

Farmacy Project Announces Expansion


The Farmacy, small farm store located inside the Keeseville Pharmacy, has received an Innovation Grant from Adirondack Health Institute. The expansion is set to include the addition of a display freezer, gondola shelving, three glass-door merchandising coolers, and a bulk food unit. A full-time staff person has been hired to oversee and expand the model to an additional location in Essex County. The Farmacy is a partnership between AdkAction, a local nonprofit, and the Keeseville Pharmacy, an independently-owned pharmacy in downtown Keeseville. The Keeseville Pharmacy now accepts SNAP benefits (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). AdkAction has been coordinating free cooking classes >>More


December, 2018

Adirondack Safe Rides for New Year’s Eve


There are some amazing alcohol-free events throughout the Adirondacks, such as First Night Saranac Lake and Lake Placid’s Skate into the New Year. If part of your New Year’s routine includes that champagne toast, please do us all a favor and reserve a place on one of these free New Year’s Eve shuttles. If a designated driver isn’t already part of the schedule, one thing my husband and I stress to our adult children is the need to plan ahead. By the time we are at a party or toasting to 2019, we don’t want to have to think about >>More


December, 2018

Warren Co Extension Awarded Farm-to-School Grant


Cornell Cooperative Extension of Warren County has announced it has received a $93,582.00 grant from the Farm-to-School Program. Cornell Cooperative Extension was one of eighteen projects chosen statewide. The award funding will be used to hire Farm-to-School coordinators; train food service staff; provide nutrition education in classrooms and cafeterias; purchase equipment to support food preparation; and support the purchase of more local farm products, such as fruits and vegetables, nuts, and herbs, used in school lunches. For more information contact Dr. James Seeley at (518) 668-4881. View original post.


December, 2018

Holiday Celebrations At The Grange


The Whallonsburg Grange Hall in Essex is set to hold its holiday celebration and performance of “A Christmas Carol” Radio Play on Sunday, December 9 at 3 pm, and their annual Holiday Market on Saturday, December 15 from 1 to 4 pm. The Grange’s annual holiday celebration and performance of “A Christmas Carol” Radio Play is Sunday. There will be music and dancing and holiday cheer upstairs, and cookie-baking and ornament-making for kids downstairs starting at 3 pm. The curtain goes up on “Carol” at 4 pm and with wonderful live music (organ, cello, fiddle) and a great cast. All >>More


November, 2018

Organic? Grass Fed? Cage Free? What’s It All Mean?


In general, there is a lot of confusion about the terminology used when describing food. With everyone vying for your dollar and trying to find their market niche, it’s no wonder consumers find themselves confused about what it all means. The following is a brief overview of what some commonly used words and terms mean. As always, one of the great benefits of buying local food products is you can always personally ask the farmer what they mean when using a word or term you aren’t familiar with. Never be afraid to ask questions. Certified Organic means » Continue Reading. >>More


November, 2018

Central Adirondacks Celebrate The Holidays This Weekend


Thursday may be Thanksgiving, but from Speculator to Indian Lake, Christmas bells will be ringing a bit early and providing activities and family fun that is uniquely Adirondack. With Reindeer Runs and Victorian carolers, as well as local artisans and delicious food, the towns of Speculator, Indian Lake, Inlet, and Old Forge are making sure everyone can celebrate the season in style. Speculator is keeping the shopping local with its annual Adirondack Holiday Stroll on November 23. Sales and raffles are available with a tree lighting and carolers to put everyone in the holiday mood. In Inlet and Old Forge, >>More


November, 2018

Ag Business Conference Set For Lake Placid


Farmers and agribusiness people in the region are invited to attend the Strategic Marketing Conference taking place in Lake Placid on November 7-8. This conference will serve as an opportunity for those involved in producing and/or selling agricultural products to learn how to develop their brands and marketing strategies in order to increase sales. Speakers from around the state will share their knowledge and expertise in the areas of finding new markets, brand development for a competitive market, exporting, legal issues, and multi-channel selling strategies. Lindsey Pashow, Ag Business Development and Marketing Specialist with Cornell Cooperative Extension offers the » >>More


October, 2018

Jefferson County’s Charles Sherman: Huckleberry Charlie


The Altona Flat Rock is a rare and spectacular site I’ve referenced here in the past, and was the subject of my first book written long ago (it was updated in 2005 with new glaciology information). Besides details on the unusual topography, glacial remnants, an incredibly persistent fire, and one of the world’s largest dams when it was built in the early 1900s, there was also a human history to tell. The forbidding landscape, similar to expanses in Maine, was conducive to the growth of blueberries, the harvest of which evolved into a phenomenon. Entire families established temporary villages of >>More


October, 2018

SL Fall Farmers’ Market At Hotel Saranac


The AuSable Valley Grange Farmers’ Market, a producer-only farmers’ markets in the eastern Adirondacks, has partnered with Hotel Saranac for its annual fall market in Saranac Lake. The market will be held every Saturday at Hotel Saranac from October 20 to December 22 from 10 am to 2 pm (with the exception of Saturday, November 24, following Thanksgiving). The market is making the move from Historic Saranac Lake’s John Black Room where it was hosted in 2017. Seasonal offerings at the AuSable Valley Grange Farmers’ Markets include fresh no-spray vegetables and herbs; farmstead goat cheese; fresh apples and pears; artisanal >>More