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Cathy and Frank Stepnoski at the Malone farmers' market
Cathy and Frank Stepnoski at the Malone farmers' market

Making a Living at the Farmers' Market

Farmers markets, roadside stands, and U-picks give us fresh produce and a unique relationship with the people who grow the food we eat. They're also a growing part of agriculture in the North Country and statewide. In 2000, local markets and stands sold more than $230 million in products in New York. Today, there are 30 farmers markets just in the North Country. But making a living on the land by selling locally isn't easy. David Sommerstein visited a family farm north of Malone to see how the business works.  Go to full article

Lawmakers Ratify Casino Compact, 11 Years Later

In last minute action yesterday, the Assembly ratified the St. Regis Mohawks' compact for its casino in Akwesasne near Massena. The compact was drawn up in 1993 between then-Governor Mario Cuomo and tribal officials, but it was nullified by a court of appeals ruling last year that said the full legislature needed to approve it. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Eurasian Watermilfoil

Money For Battling Lake George Milfoil

Governor Pataki says he'll give forty thousand dollars to groups in Lake George that are fighting the spread of Eurasian watermilfoil. In a release, Pataki said the grants will allow the Lake George Park Commission expand control operations and help fund new strategies to control the invasive weed.  Go to full article
Chris Ortloff, R-Plattsburgh

Ortloff Blasts Assembly Leadership For Inaction

The state senate wrapped up business Tuesday. The assembly holds a final day of work today. Assemblyman Chris Ortloff -- a Republican from Plattsburgh representing the...  Go to full article

Water Woes In Adirondacks Could Change Constitution

In these final hours of the legislative session, North Country lawmakers are hoping to push through a bill that would allow local governments to drill for water on state...  Go to full article

School Budgets That Cut to the Barest Bone

The impasse in Albany has made an already tough budgeting year even tougher for local school districts. School boards had to estimate the amount of state aid they expect to...  Go to full article
IP land around Loon Lake Mtn.

Looking At IP Land Deal, From On High

In April, International Paper announced that the corporation will sell development and recreation rights on a quarter-million acres in the Adirondack Mountains. Logging will...  Go to full article
Topo map detail

Audio Postcard: Bushwacking Up Camel's Hump

The Adirondack Mountains are often described as a civilized wilderness, a place of tidy portage trails and scenic lean-tos. But there are also vast stretches of state land...  Go to full article

No-Octane Regatta Weekend begins Friday

Todd Moe talks with curator Hallie Bond about the No-Octane Regatta for Wooden Boats at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake. From toy boats to war canoes, this...  Go to full article
<i>Yellow Iris</i>, Alice Wand. From NCPR's UpNorth Gallery

Garden Tour: Life Among the Irises

There are gardeners who delight in growing a variety of annuals, perennials and veggies each year. Then there are those who devote most of their botanical careers to one...  Go to full article

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