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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


October, 2018

Food and Farms Business Expo Planned


Taste NY is set to host the Capital District Food and Farms Business Expo, a business-to-business trade show supporting New York agriculture and agriculture products, on Tuesday, October 30th from 10 am to 2 pm, at The Desmond Hotel, 660 Albany Shaker Rd, Albany. The event is an opportunity for vendors and buyers to cultivate new, local business relationships. This is a free event for both vendors and buyers, but registration is required. To register, call Cornell Cooperative Extension Albany County at (518) 765-3500 or email Sydney Joy at sij23@cornell.edu Buyers will have the opportunity to network with regional farmers, >>More


October, 2018

High Peaks Happy Hour: Valcour Brewing Company, Plattsburgh


Ulysses S. Grant drank here. Maybe. Originally built in 1838 as an army barracks for enlisted men, known as Old Stone Barracks, the grand building on Ohio Avenue in Plattsburgh is now home to Valcour Brewing Company. Though Grant is reported to have stayed in the officers’ barracks that once stood adjacent in the mid 1800s, it’s possible he may have sat on the porch of the Old Stone Barracks swilling beer and swapping stories with the enlisted men. Even if Grant didn’t drink here, Valcour Brewing Company can openly boast that Kim and Pam Ladd drank here – twice >>More


October, 2018

Drinking Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month


The owners of Adirondack Winery are making sure that everyone has an opportunity to Drink Pink for the remainder of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For the sixth year, Adirondack Winery donates a certain amount from each specially marked bottle of their Drink Pink Berry Breeze blush wine for the American Cancer Society’s Marking Strides Breast Cancer Adirondack Chapter. According to Adirondack Winery co-owner Sasha Pardy, last year’s fundraising goal was exceeded and they have high hopes that this year’s $6,500 goal will be met as well. The semi-sweet, fruit-infused wine is just one way people can contribute » Continue Reading. >>More


September, 2018

Thurman Fall Farm Tour Set for Oct 6th


The Annual Thurman Fall Farm Tour has been set for Saturday, October 6th from 9 am to 4 pm. This year nine Thurman farms will open their doors. Their wares are varied and the self-guided tour offers something for everyone. This free event is a day of sales and samples, animals and activities. Corner post signs and a passport/map (available around the region or at Thurman Town Hall, 311 Athol Road) will lead the public. A pancake breakfast will take place from 9 am to 1 pm, and a benefit buffet luncheon will be held from noon to 3 pm. >>More


September, 2018

Annual Cheese Tour Highlights Three Adirondack Farms


The leaves are just starting to change colors, which always gets my family thinking about autumn activities and ways to share the Adirondacks with visitors, family, and friends. One of our favorite things about those cool nights and crisp days is making comfort food, which usually means cheese. For the fifth year, three local cheese farms are welcoming cheese lovers, cheese likers, or even those (gasp) who have never tried cheese, for a self-guided local tour of the farmstead operations into the daily cheese. The Essex County Cheese Tour takes place on October 7, from 10 am to » Continue >>More