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Stories and recipes submitted by NCPR friends, listeners and staff. You can find Stories, Food Life at many bookstores throughout the region.

Apr 20, 2014 — While you won't find cigarettes in restaurants anymore, some smoking isn't banned. It's not just meat, either; it's hot to smoke just about anything edible.
Apr 19, 2014 — The giant retailer says it's adding a new line of organic food that's at least 25 percent cheaper. But a large-scale production and supply of organic food likely can't be achieved overnight.
Apr 18, 2014 — Clam digging satisfies that primeval urge to go out into nature and find free food. And inveterate Washington state clam diggers admit they compete to get their daily limit of 15 clams.
Apr 18, 2014 — The port town of Bayonne in France's Basque region is known for its colorful food and culture. And since 1464, its residents have celebrated the remarkable, local cured ham at the springtime Ham Fair.
Apr 18, 2014 — We hard-boiled them. We donned blindfolds. And we chowed down. In our eggsperiment, can you guess which bird prevailed in the ultimate showdown of duck vs. chicken?

Food Podcasts

Food Blogs

beer blog
An Independent Blog:
A Good Beer Blog by Alan McLeod
Ben Franklin says, "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." Alan McLeod of Kingston says, "Give me an amen!"
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Specials Reports

Audio Series
Local Flavors: Todd Moe keeps it homegrown in this series focused on eating locally, and on sustainable agriculture and gardening.
Betsy in NZ
Audio Slideshow:
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.
Photo Audio Essay
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.

Food Programs at NCPR

Sunday, 2 pm
Clark Wolf
Clark Wolf

Another view of local food

Local farmers and chefs will provide the ingredients and the meal at the annual Adirondack Harvest dinner in Lake Placid tonight. The keynote speaker is noted food and restaurant consultant Clark Wolf, who started his career as a waiter on a train and has owned gourmet stores in California. He has more than 30 years of experience in the food industry and has worked with some of the world's top businesses, restaurants and chefs. He's also the author of American Cheeses: A guide to the best regional, artisan, and farmhouse cheeses. Todd Moe talks with Wolf about local and healthy food and how to move towards a more sustainable agricultural based economy in the region.  Go to full article
Ken and Katrina Hebb, owners of the Blackbird Cafe

A Year of Hard Choices: Bucking the trend, a business built to last

On Monday, SUNY Potsdam economics professor Greg Gardner described a theory of development that he believes may be a good fit for the North Country in today's economy. Instead of trying to hook that big fish to create hundreds of jobs at once, Gardner says make your community attractive to young entrepreneurs. "Having educated creative people who then want to live in your community because it's a nice place to live," Gardner says, "and if they can't find a job, they'll just make one." For today's installment of A Year of Hard Choices, we meet a Canton couple who fit this profile to a "T". Ken and Katrina Hebb own the Blackbird Café on the main corner in the village. They say despite the recession, their business is thriving. David Sommerstein has their story.  Go to full article

Lessons for new gardeners

A St. Lawrence County farmer kicks off a project to teach new gardeners the basics of growing food this week. Rich Douglass, of Hermon, says his "Food for Life" project is for people who want to produce their own food but don't know where to begin. He'll talk about his free project during a presentation tonight at 7 pm at St. Lawrence University. Douglass told Todd Moe that he and his family grow 80% of their own food.  Go to full article
Garden pots in winter storage.

No time to hibernate on the farm

Many of us are pining for fresh, locally grown salad greens this time of year. So, what's happening in mid-winter on the farms that sustain us during the growing season? ...  Go to full article
Winnie and Rob Sachno's root cellar in Pierrepont, NY.  (photo: Paula Schechter)

More than roots in this cellar

Root cellars were an essential part of nearly every home a hundred years ago. And along with an increase in the number of people growing their own food is the return to the...  Go to full article

Local foods steal the show this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is traditionally a time to gather with family and friends. But let's face it, for most of us it's all about food. Martha Foley and Todd Moe put out the call...  Go to full article
Wes Jackson

Wes Jackson's Farming Revolution

Wes Jackson wants nothing short of a revolution in agriculture. The regime he wants to overthrow is the system of machinery, chemicals, and subsidies that makes endless...  Go to full article
Lise Secours enjoys Thanksgiving with her family, including grandson Emerick, at The Branch in Kemptville, ON.

Giving thanks in Canada

Families may pick different days to gather over the weekend, but today is the official Thanksgiving holiday in Canada. On Sunday, The Branch Restaurant in Kemptville,...  Go to full article

Heard Up North: Hitting the farmers market for NCPR's Radio Dinner Party

As you may have heard, we're hosting our first-ever Radio Dinner Party tomorrow night. Our very own Brian Mann and Jonathan Brown will be cooking up recipes from NCPR's...  Go to full article
Approaching the Thousand Islands Winery vineyard

Turning the North Country into Wine Country

The North Country is taking its first steps into the multi-billion-dollar wine industry. Beyond the glossy labels and French names, wine making is just like other kinds of...  Go to full article

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