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Melissa, a client at the Parkdale Food Centre, volunteers in the kitchen for the center's neighborhood barbecue. Photo Karen Kelly
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 the conventional wisdom. For starters, it sends some donations back.  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 Packing's co-owner Jeff Liberty says he is "working as diligently as possible" to resolve differences with federal meat inspectors. Liberty says he's hired a consultant from Iowa.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service says it withdrew its inspectors from Tri Town on July 17. A spokeswoman said by email that the USDA will continue to suspend inspection until it's confident Tri Town can "operate and produce product in a safe and wholesome way."

Tri Town is located in the northern St. Lawrence County town of Brasher Falls. It remains open for private meat orders, known as custom work.

But it's one of just four plants in the North Country that can prepare beef, pork, and lamb for sale in stores, restaurants, or at farmers markets. So farmers and businesses that rely on local meat sales are facing a shortage and looking for alternatives.  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 cucumbers poop out--Amy Ivy of Cooperative Extension of Clinton and Essex Counties has the all skinny on what to do when the garden is getting fat.  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
Fourth graders Max and Mason at lunch. Photo: Sarah Harris

What's for school lunch next year? Congress hasn't decided

School may be out for summer, but school lunch is definitely on the table in Congress.

A new healthy food law went into effect in 2012. It was a flashpoint in the...  Go to full article

NYS tipped workers seek pay increase

Advocates for a higher minimum wage are urging for better wages for workers who rely on tips. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has promised to create a committee to consider raising the...  Go to full article
Tri-Town Packing co-owner Tom Liberty. Photo: David Sommerstein

Schumer lends help in Tri-Town - USDA dispute

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer says he wants to help a St. Lawrence County slaughterhouse with a dispute with its meat inspectors.  Go to full article
A rally to support a bill to label GMO foods. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctsenatedems/8777078498/">CT Senate Democrats</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont lines up legal team for GMO labeling fight

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The state of Vermont is lining up its legal team for the expected legal battle over the state's effort to require the labeling of food made with...  Go to full article
Stop by the Carriage House Bakery in Potsdam on Sunday, July 13th (noon - 3 pm) to sample and vote for a favorite entry in the Summer Baking Fest.  Photo:  Todd Moe

Ready, set, bake! Potsdam Food Co-op's summer Baking Fest

As part of the annual Potsdam Summer Festival, the Potsdam Food Co-op is holding a summer baking contest to benefit GardenShare. The Baking Fest will be held on Sunday,...  Go to full article

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