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Berkshire blue cheese at New Amsterdam Market. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/susievision/4742362698">Susie Wyshak</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Berkshire blue cheese at New Amsterdam Market. Photo: Susie Wyshak, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

US Senators say FDA cheese rule hurts New York

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's U.S. senators are urging the Food and Drug Administration to issue better guidance for cheese aging, arguing that New York cheese makers will be hurt if they can't use wooden boards to age their cheese.

Democratic senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand on Wednesday said artisanal cheese makers in upstate New York are affected by the FDA's interpretation of a rule that could require costly changes to production.  Go to full article
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NY Assembly OKs yogurt as official state snack

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York is one step closer to making yogurt its official state snack. The state's Assembly endorsed the measure 85-1 on Wednesday. The legislation passed the Senate last month and now goes to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for consideration.  Go to full article
Governor Cuomo at the new Taste NY store. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/14382217604/">Office of the Governor</a>

Cuomo cuts ribbon on new Taste NY Market

LAGRANGE, N.Y. (AP) There's a new market on the Taconic State Parkway that features products from around the state.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo visited the new Taste NY Market at the Todd Hill rest area in LaGrange on Monday.

The market features foods and agricultural products including eggs, meats, dairy products, fruits and vegetables and items including syrups and sauces.  Go to full article
Bounty at the Canton Farmers' Market, summer 2010. Photo by David Sommerstein

Two ways SNAP recipients can save at farmers' markets

There's more and more to buy at farmers' markets this time of year. For many shoppers, it's exciting to watch the growers' stands fill up with new fruits and vegetables. But...  Go to full article
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Top court considers restoring NYC big-soda ban

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York City officials are trying to convince the state's top court to reinstate their ban on big sodas, which was blocked by lower courts.

The...  Go to full article
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GMO label bill passes another hurdle in New York

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A proposal to require labels on food products containing ingredients from genetically modified crops is inching closer to a vote in the New York...  Go to full article
The food council and people who addressed it hope to draw more consumers to places like the pavilion at the Watertown farmers market. Photo: Joanna Richards

In the quest for local food, plenty of roadblocks

A state panel that reports to Governor Cuomo on the obstacles to getting healthy food on people's plates met in Potsdam Wednesday. The New York State Council on Food Policy...  Go to full article
Baker/chef George Stevens preps chocolate chip cookies at Jean's Beans in Watertown. Photo: Todd Moe

Jean's Beans in Watertown serves up six decades of home cooking

Every community has a popular cafe, coffee shop or burger joint--the place for pie or a home cooked meal. Since the early 1950's, a family-run business in Watertown has been...  Go to full article
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New York top yogurt producer in US for second year

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Call it the yogurt empire state.

For the second year in a row, New York has been named the top yogurt producer in the United States.  Go to full article
Diana Beresford-Kroeger, among the hellebores. Photo: Sarah Harris

"Sacred and science go together" for botanist Diana Beresford-Kroeger

Travel half a mile down a tree-lined dirt road in southern Ontario, and you'll find an oasis, a wooden cabin surrounded by sprawling gardens. Diana Beresford-Kroeger lives...  Go to full article

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