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May, 2018

Wild Foods: Take Fewer Leeks

Friends and family understand that some of my dinners can be pretty wild. For example, right now they may include mashed sunchoke or “Jerusalem artichoke” tubers that escaped the voles and mice over the winter, as well as a steaming plate of tender, sweet nettles. (When cooked, the latter lose their sting, becoming tame as kittens. Better even, because they don’t shed.) But the tastiest wild food around in very early spring is our native wild leek, Allium tricoccum, a.k.a. wild garlic, spring onion, or ramp (from “ramson,” a name for a similar European species). It » Continue Reading. View >>More

April, 2018

North Creek Farmers Market Returning

A group of Johnsburg residents is working to bring the North Creek Farmers Market back this summer season. The market is set to be held Thursdays from 2 to 6 pm at Riverfront Park in North Creek, from June 21 through September 27, then on Columbus Day Weekend. It will be under and around the northern pavilion in Riverfront Park which is adjacent to the Depot Museum and train station. Vendors that want to participate in the North Creek Farmers Market will have the option to purchase a space for the full 15 week season (June-Oct) for $100; participate in >>More

April, 2018

Wild Gardening: Delicious Dandelions

Weeks before the soil warms enough to plant most garden favorites but those vegetables agreeable to cool weather, there are many delicious, healthy, and useful wild edibles available – if one knows where to look. One of the earliest to appear is the dandelion, taraxacum officinale. As soon as the ground is friable, look for the early signs of emerging dandelions. Dig up the roots, remove the crowns, wash with a vegetable brush to remove soil. If the root has been harvested while the soil is still very cool, they may be lightly peeled, and prepared as most root vegetables >>More

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