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Sep 1, 2014 — Saffron, vanilla, palm oil, cacao and cottonseed oil 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.
Sep 1, 2014 — David Greene swaps recipes for cooking in a mug with Joe Yonan, author of the "Cooking for One" column for The Washington Post. (This piece initially aired on Feb. 25, 2013 on Morning Edition.)
Aug 31, 2014 — Oklahoma Joe's, in Kansas City, is changing its name after 17 years in business. It's time to claim the name of the city they are famous for.
Aug 31, 2014 — Alarmed by the rapid decline of wild salmon populations, a company has invented a novel way to help migratory fish over blocked rivers. It uses air pressure to fire them out of a cannon.
 

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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
Native plant expert Jane Desotelle inspects a plot of mullen, or "Quaker's Rouge", on Falls Island in Canton.
Native plant expert Jane Desotelle inspects a plot of mullen, or "Quaker's Rouge", on Falls Island in Canton.

Eating the North Country: wild food foraging

For nearly 30 years, Jane Desotelle has been collecting herbs in the Adirondacks for teas and sometimes an entire meal of found food. Desotelle owns "Underwood Herbs" and also runs a botanical sanctuary. She's a gardener, artist and plant expert. She recently led a plant walk for TAUNY on Falls Island in downtown Canton. Todd Moe tagged along to learn more about weeds that are good for you. Reminder: It's often illegal to pick wild plants on public lands, and always ask permission before venturing onto someone else's property.  Go to full article
Robin Rhodes-Crowell digs up leeks in her woods near Canton

Stalking a celebrated spring staple

This year, NCPR is celebrating its 40th anniversary and food in the North Country. As part of "Local Flavor", our occasional series on growing, cooking and eating locally, Todd Moe heads into the woods near Canton in search of wild leeks. It's planting season in many backyards, but not all local food is cultivated. Sometimes it's nice to reap delicacies from nature's garden.  Go to full article
Fall crops about to be covered by greenhouse. Photo: Barbara Damrosch

Garden to market, all year 'round

Farmers, chefs, and business people are celebrating local food successes and opportunities this week. A three-day road show includes speakers, food, panel discussions and networking in Lake Clear, Alexandria Bay and Croghan. Four Season Farm, on the Maine coast, is one of the success stories. Barbara Damrosch and Eliot Coleman grow vegetables year round, selling mostly to the regional wholesale market. The farm's extensive website shows immaculate rows of crops outside, and then inside--move-able, unheated, greenhouses, big tomatoes, little lettuces, and flower gardens to die for. The website also provides links to seeds, tools and other resources, as well as to books by Damrosch and Coleman, and to Barbara's weekly column "A Cook's Garden" in the Washington Post. Barbara Damrosch will be at the Riveredge in Alexandria Bay Friday and in Croghan Saturday. She told Martha Foley that, basically, she and her husband do everything they can to spread the word about year-round market gardening, and the gathering this weekend in the North Country is a natural match.  Go to full article
Kassandra Barton of The 8 O'Clock Ranch is just as comfortable online as at the farmers' market.

Local Flavor: local meat in town and online

When it comes to healthy, environmentally-friendly eating, "local" has become the new "organic." More and more people want to know what's in their food, who produced it, and...  Go to full article
SLU's Lou Zeppieri and Louise Gava along with farm manager Bob Washow prep a new bed for  raspberry canes.

College students dig into gardening

College students are learning where their food comes from and how to garden at some of the North Country's CSA's this year. The farms become outdoor classrooms during the...  Go to full article

Celebrating farms and local food

NCPR is media sponsor for "Local Foods Connections," three events in early May celebrating the agriculture of the North Country with a focus on local food and the...  Go to full article
Volunteers tend a community garden in Potsdam.

Staying in touch as CSAs grow

The number of Community Supported Agriculture programs in New York is growing. But how do these farmers stay connected? As part of our series, "Local flavor: growing,...  Go to full article
Produce section of a supermarket in VA. (Photo by Ken Hammond, courtesy of USDA)

A closer look at Chinese organics

More companies are importing organic products from China and other countries. But contaminated pet food, tainted toothpaste, and unauthorized antibiotics in fish have been...  Go to full article
Andy Maslin at Angel Eyes Produce

Indoor farm offers fresh greens all year

As part of our series "Local Flavor" on growing, cooking and eating locally, Todd Moe visits a large-scale indoor produce farm in St. Lawrence County, that never deals with...  Go to full article

Norfolk farmer on state organic panel

New York's first ever panel on organic farming held its inaugural meeting this week in Albany. The Organic Advisory Task Force will help state Agriculture Commissioner...  Go to full article

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