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Last week’s post on a free cookbook for low-cost meals included a manifesto-like quote from an important food thinker, Michael Pollan: “Cooking is probably the most important thing you can do to improve your diet. What matters most is...
The big news in the fast food business today is Burger King’s purchase of Tim Hortons for $11.4 billion. As summarized by the BBC: The deal would create the world’s third-largest fast-food chain, with 18,000 restaurants in 100...
Here’s a “feel-good” story that isn’t especially new, but deserves more attention. Specifically, a free cookbook designed to help anyone living on a tight budget enjoy food that’s healthful, delicious and very...
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...

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Sep 2, 2014 — To reduce the number of giant bluefin tuna killed by fishing fleets, the U.S. is putting out new rules about commercial fishing in the Gulf of Mexico and parts of the western Atlantic.
Sep 2, 2014 — Some of the nation's restaurants are using technology to make diners commit before their night out. It's convenient for the restaurant and customer — and it may pry people away from old habits.
Sep 2, 2014 — Growing up, I knew two kinds of apples: red and green. Then I started dating an apple enthusiast and discovered we are in the midst of a rare apple renaissance.
Sep 1, 2014 — Saffron, vanilla, palm oil, cacao and cottonseed oil crops are still picked by hand in some parts of the world. Sometimes that manual labor shows up in the price of the food; sometimes it doesn't.
Sep 1, 2014 — A new diet study concludes that a low-carbohydrate diet leads to almost three times more weight loss than a traditional low-fat diet where carbs made up 40 to 45 percent of calories.
 

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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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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 food from local farmers. Advocates say locally-grown fruits and vegetables are fresher. They say the food tastes better, and they're finding kids sometimes ask for apples and tomatoes instead of candy and chips. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Julie Grant reports.  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 effort to encourage farmers to diversify and find new markets for local produce, eggs, dairy products and maple syrup. This week is the annual Harvest Festival Week with recipe Taste-offs, farm tours and a new cookbook. "Adirondack Harvest" coordinator Susie Becker told Todd Moe that her group includes counties and communities throughout the Adirondacks.  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

Commentary: Four Old Men Eat Tomatoes on a Porch

There comes a moment every spring when the sun is so warm it takes you back to summer memories. Commentator Paul Willcott, who has roots in Texas, has been watching the...  Go to full article

Canton Farmers' Market Prepares for New Season

It's a sure sign of spring -- the Canton Farmers' Market will open on Friday, May 13th. The market is one of many across the region that offers locally grown vegetables,...  Go to full article

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