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Raquette River Brewing in Tupper Lake. Photo: David Sommerstein
Raquette River Brewing in Tupper Lake. Photo: David Sommerstein

Filling kegs at Tupper Lake's new brewery

According to Paul Smith's College, there were 2,700 craft breweries nationwide last year.

Now make that at least one more. Raquette River Brewing opened last March in a little building just off Route 3 in Tupper Lake, N.Y.

Owners Mark Jessie and Joe Hockey offer tastings of their five beers and sell half- or whole growlers to take home.

Click listen to hear Mark Jessie talk about the craft of brewing for today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article
The growth of craft breweries like the St. Lawrence Brewery in canton has led Paul Smiths College to develop a program around the industry. Photo: David Sommerstein

Paul Smith's taps into a craft beer lover's education

New York's alcoholic beverages industry is booming. According to Governor Cuomo's office, the number of businesses making beer, wine, cider, and spirits in the state has more than doubled since 2011. That's in part due to new laws making it easier to sell alcohol for takeaway at tastings, farms, and farmers markets.

Paul Smith's College in the northern Adirondacks wants to tap into the growing industry. This fall the college launches a new minor in "craft beer studies."  Go to full article
Don Foote brought the Port Henry Diner, first built in the 1920s, back to life. Photo: Brian Mann

This Port Henry diner was a moveable feast

A lot of times when we talk about the North Country's architectural heritage we're talking about great camps in the Adirondacks, or we're celebrating the fabulous brick buildings that anchor our small town main streets.

But in Port Henry, New York, in the Champlain Valley, there's a cool little diner that dates back to the 1920s. It was a mass-produced eatery built in Rochester and shipped to the North Country by rail and then drawn by a team of horses.

For more than half a century the diner has survived, sometimes open for business, sometimes sitting empty.

Now the eatery is back in action and you can often find our Adirondack bureau chief Brian Mann there eating breakfast or lunch.  Go to full article
Farmers, cooks, and food lovers will gather in Saranac Lake's Riverside Park on Saturday. Photo: Farm 2 Fork Festival

All things local at "Farm 2 Fork" Festival in Saranac Lake

It's peak harvest season in the garden and Saranac Lake is celebrating fresh food and local farm abundance with its annual "Farm 2 Fork" Festival in Riverside Park this...  Go to full article

NY products featured in new vending machines

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) New vending machines featuring New York's homegrown products have been introduced at the State Fair and will soon be added at state-run highway rest areas...  Go to full article
Melissa, a client at the Parkdale Food Centre, volunteers in the kitchen for the center's neighborhood barbecue. Photo Karen Kelly

Ottawa food bank flips the paradigm

Most food banks work in a simple way. They take in donations of food, almost any food, and they hand it out to people in need.

An Ottawa food bank is challenging...  Go to full article
Tri-Town Packing co-owner Tom Liberty. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Local meat movement frets as Tri Town still in limbo

One of the North Country's few slaughterhouses and meat packing plants says it's trying to regain its certification for processing retail cuts of meat.

Tri Town...  Go to full article
A mess o' zucchini. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/wallyhartshorn/2680766261/">Wally Hartshorn</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Keeping ahead of the zucchini and other harvest tips

The garden is now progressing faster than you can eat it. What to do with all that zucchini? When to harvest dried beans, when to plant cold season crops, what to do when the...  Go to full article
Tirza Smith, of the Whitten Family Farm, helps a customer outside the Midtown Apartments in Potsdam. Photo by Claire Woodcock.

Mobile farmers market brings produce to you

Farmer's markets and home gardens are bursting with fruits and vegetables. But some people can't make it to the market or have gardens of their own. A new mobile market has...  Go to full article
Dan Hollister conducts a tasting. Photo: Sarah Harris

Bella-Brooke winery: a stop on the St. Lawrence County Wine Trail

St. Lawrence county isn't a big wine destination -- at least, not yet. But a New St. Lawrence County Wine Trail could change that. Governor Cuomo signed a law last week that...  Go to full article

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