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Fellow gardeners who grow their own garlic may be confronting an annual conundrum right around now. The harvest is here, with lovely bulbs to dry and eat. But some has to be saved to plant in the fall for next year’s crop. Eat or plant? Doing...
Last week I blogged about Ottawa’s newest pro team, the Redblacks. As best I can tell, that name has nothing to do with the type of controversy associated with teams like the Washington Redskins. (Although one reader pointed out on a Facebook...
So here we are. Glorious summer is here and it’s time for cookouts, barbecues and picnics.  If you’re hosting a crowd for the holiday, you’ve probably already got your menu planned. But what to bring if you’re invited to...
I don’t follow directions well. I didn’t tell NCPR this at my interview last spring, but I’m coming clean: when I’m in the kitchen, I do as I please. While cooking is about improvisation, baking is more like chemistry, and I...
Happy summer, all! This week marked the solstice and the official start to the BEST SEASON OF THE YEAR for food. Our office kitchen for the last few days has been full of strawberries, and our own Ellen Rocco has already made up her first batch of...

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Aug 20, 2014 — A coffee entrepreneur claims his brew is different — and better — than the trendy civet poop coffee. And it starts with the idea that elephants, unlike humans or civets, are herbivores.
Aug 20, 2014 — The bread that Jules and Helen Rabin have made in their fieldstone oven for four decades has a cult following in central Vermont. But this may be the last summer they sell it at the farmers market.
Aug 20, 2014 — Long summer days in Alaska help cabbages, turnips and other vegetables grow to gargantuan sizes. These "giants" are celebrated at the annual state fair, which kicks off on Thursday.
Aug 20, 2014 — Tiny Singapore imports almost all of its food. From gardens on deserted car parks to vertical farms in the vanishing countryside, a movement is afoot to help boost its agricultural production.
Aug 20, 2014 — Forget peanuts and Cracker Jack. Sausages are the food most closely linked to the national pastime, says Frank Deford.
 

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Local Flavors: Todd Moe keeps it homegrown in this series focused on eating locally, and on sustainable agriculture and gardening.
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Watertown Schools Fight Hunger with "Empty Bowls"
the "Empty Bowls" program, which began sixteen years ago in Michigan and has grown nationwide in scope. 1,700 clay bowls that were made over the last few months at schools in Jefferson County will raise thousands of dollars for hunger relief.
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The New Potsdam Co-op Bakery
The Potsdam Food Coop's new wood-fired brick oven is producing crunchy, chewy sourdough and wholewheat breads. Todd Moe talks with the Coop's baker, Chris Affrey.

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Author Mark Kurlansky
Author Mark Kurlansky

Mark Kurlansky: Making Our Meals & Our Culture

On Saturday food writers and lovers of food and cookbooks will gather at Paul Smiths College for a conference called "Eat Your Words" sponsored by the Adirondack Center for Writing. Mark Kurlansky is author of Cod and Salt: A World History. He's made a career studying human nature through the prism of food and commodities. His new book -- The Big Oyster, about the history of oyster fishing in New York City -- will be published this winter. Kurlansky sat down and talked with Brian Mann about the fascinations and human connections that come together in the things we eat.  Go to full article

Paul Smith's College Opens Palm Restaurant

Governor Pataki traveled to Paul Smiths College on Friday to help open a scaled-down version of the "upscale" Palm restaurant. The Wally Ganzi Jr. Restaurant Training Center will give the college's culinary arts students the experience of working in a fine dining restaurant. As Chris Knight reports, the new facility is the latest accomplishment for Paul Smith's, which was recently named one of the 25 hottest colleges in the country.  Go to full article

Local Farm-to-Cafeteria Movement Grows

The state university campuses in Canton and Potsdam, St. Lawrence University, and Massena Central School District are among the hundreds of schools across the country that buy food locally. They buy fresh produce, bison meat, maple syrup, soybean oil, honey, even sunflowers from local farmers. The local effort used to be called the Farm-to-School Support Project. It sprang up three years ago in St Lawrence County. Now it has a new name--the North Country Grown Cooperative--a new delivery van and, thanks to a $3,000 grant, a new collection and distribution center at the Cornell Cooperative Extension facility on Rt. 68. Gregory Warner spoke with manager Sue Rau (RAOW) - she and her husband Andy Soutar had just returned from delivering the day's produce to SUNY Potsdam. The customers are satisfied, she said. In fact, they want more.

Sue Rau says she's always looking for growers, even if you're not part of the cooperative. Interested farmers can call her at 315-769-5061.  Go to full article

School Cafeterias Embrace Local Food

Food More and more schools, universities and other institutions with cafeterias are by-passing processed foods from multi-national corporations. Instead, they're buying...  Go to full article
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Adirondack Growers Celebrate Harvest Season

A coalition of farmers, businesses and communities in the Adirondacks is doing its part to promote locally grown products. "Adirondack Harvest" began about 5 years ago as an...  Go to full article
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New High Peaks Rule Requires Bear-proof Containers

A new regulation that will require the use of bear-proof food containers in part of the Adirondack High Peaks region took effect yesterday. Ed Reed, wildlife biologist with...  Go to full article

Niche Markets Work for NY Farms

New York farmers got some positive news. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York, in Buffalo released a report saying that so-called 'value-added' products have given a boon to...  Go to full article

Senate Vote Could Close Thrift Stores, Neighborhood Centers

The House has slashed over half the funding for an anti-poverty fund called the Community Services Block Grant. The money funds neighborhood centers around the country....  Go to full article

The Subtle Rewards of the Vegetable Garden

Gardeners are a passionate group. Flowers reward their attentive growers with visual delight, and fragrance. The payback for vegetable gardeners can be harder to appreciate; ...  Go to full article

Burlington's "Chew Chew Fest" Celebrates 20 years

Vermont's annual feeding frenzy gets underway Friday morning (11 am) in Burlington's Waterfront Park. The Green Mountain Chew Chew Food Festival is celebrating its 20th...  Go to full article

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