As I write this, the sun has finally won the war over the clouds, and it looks as though we’ve broken the cycle of constant rain. My front yard garden seemed to explode today with the intensity of the suns rays. I swear that the dill by the front door doubled in size. Flush with the saturating rains of the last week, anything green is just eating up the photons and making up for lost time. Nature always finds a way to adapt, that a good thing for all the local farmers, as they’ve not been able to get into their fields due to the wetness of the soil. Now that the sun is back, look for a huge profusion of produce at you local farmers markets. We’ve got a listing of most of the local farmers markets in the five county region of the Upper Hudson Valley - chances are, there one near you. Shopping your local farmers market for your weekly provisions is perhaps the best way to keep your dollars circulating in the local economy. That’s al the more important now, as the Great Recession continues its stranglehold on the national economy.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:51)
What do you want to be when you grow up? Is a questioned posed to all youths at some point, and the answers are as many as the career options that are available in the world…a doctor? a fireman? a lawyer?,,,a farmer? A farmer? Really?
Last Updated (Friday, 01 July 2011 01:15)
Meet Your Meat, at Eagle Bridge Custom Meats and Smokehouse
The foodshed of the Mohawk and Hudson Valley is becoming renowned for its natural meat production. It takes the dedication hard work of many of the farmers who raise the animals for this high quality food. Perhaps the most important link in the bring the food from farm to fork is the processor – the facility that takes the live animal, performs the kill, and breaks down the carcass to produce the cuts that you choose at the market or direct from the farmer. All meats that are sold to the public have to be USDA inspected. While there are many farmers who raise meat animals, the bottleneck in the system is with the processing. The few USDA processing facilities that do exist have a long waiting list – sometime upwards of three to four months in advance to get an open slot.
Last Updated (Tuesday, 07 February 2012 12:48)
By Stacey Morris
Farm and Food photography by PJN Photography, LLC
LAKE GEORGE – It’s mid-spring and Kimberly Feeney and Kevin London are bracing themselves. As owners of the trail-blazing restaurant “The Farm House,” the husband and wife team have a little more on their ‘to do’ list than the average chef/owner of an eatery.
"My family already had the land here,” she explained. “Kevin and I looked at the property and really thought it would work for growing our own food. We knew it would be a challenge being a seasonal business, but like anything else there are pros and cons.”
Last Updated (Wednesday, 08 June 2011 16:43)
After a winter season that dragged on for way to long, everyone is looking forward to the sowing season – the time to dig in the ground and plant the seeds for our summer veggies. For those of you who have not yet taken on a gardening project, I’d encourage you to start one this year. The activity is very grounding, no pun intended; choosing the seeds, planning the layout, and weeding the weeds that will inevitably come is a very holistic experience. It feed the mind, body, and soul. When your plants bear fruit, there’s nothing more satisfying than picking it fresh creating a meal out of it. It’s better than anything you can find at the grocery store. If you find a garden too cumbersome, then at least venture out to your local Farmers Market. We’ve put together another edition of the Farm to Fork Guide within these pages, and when assembling the data, I was astounded as to the quantity of Farmers Markets we have in the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys. Wherever you are, there’s one near you. It’s a great indicator that the local food scene is alive and well. And that’s a good thing, because it means that our farmland is productive and being worked by passionate people.
Last Updated (Friday, 01 July 2011 01:11)