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Megan and Dan Kent, the barrel washer, and squeaky clean celeriac. Photo: David Sommerstein
Megan and Dan Kent, the barrel washer, and squeaky clean celeriac. Photo: David Sommerstein

Lisbon organic farm looks to grow while staying local

Agriculture is changing quickly in New York. Greek yogurt is reshaping the dairy industry. Maple syrup is becoming big business. And microbrewers, distillers, and hop-growers are some of the new stars in the "buy local" movement.

But perhaps the biggest change is the attention to diversified, sometimes organic, fruit, vegetable, and meat growers. The number of farmers markets and CSAs has more than doubled in about five years. Food hubs are popping up across the state to help small farms reach larger markets. And Gov. Andrew Cuomo has promised a first-ever summit to link upstate farmers with New York City consumers. There's never been more attention to the "farm-to-table" movement.

This year, David Sommerstein will make several visits to one organic, diversified farm, Kent Family Growers in St. Lawrence County. He'll follow the seasons, the crops, the labor, and the business of making a living being an "eat local" farmer. Dan and Megan Kent started farming on just five acres of land. A dozen years later, they're priming for big-time growth.  Go to full article
The North Country Department Store returns to Indian River Middle School this year. Photo: Office of Addie Russell
The North Country Department Store returns to Indian River Middle School this year. Photo: Office of Addie Russell

Preview: North Country Dept Store at Indian River Middle School

The Third Annual North Country Department Store will be on Saturday, 10 am-4 pm, at the Indian River Middle School. The event showcases locally made and available products by artisans, farmers and even antiques dealers.

Assemblywoman Addie Russell is organizing the annual department store, which is part of her "Rediscovering Your Backyard" initiative. She spoke with Todd Moe.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/11646053@N04/8439347472/">Sergio Ruiz</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Sergio Ruiz, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

How a St. Lawrence county coop is building local food distribution

A farmer cooperative in St. Lawrence County is getting a federal grant to sell more local produce to schools and hospitals. As David Sommerstein reports, the North Country Grown Cooperative is one group trying to build a distribution system for local food in the North Country.  Go to full article
Photo: David Sommerstein.
Photo: David Sommerstein.

Putting farmers on the map, literally

One more story from last weekend's Farm Aid in Saratoga Springs.

There was a huge tent at the concert showcasing farm-related not-for-profits called the Homegrown Village.

Essex County-based group Adirondack Harvest had a nifty and popular display. You wrote the name of your neighborhood farmer on neon-colored post-it note and stuck it on a big map of the Northeast.

The result was an impressive visual guide to the small farms of the region. Listen to an interview with Adirondack Harvest coordinator Laurie Davis.  Go to full article
A still from a promotional video for the Adirondack Coast. Image: goadirondack.com
A still from a promotional video for the Adirondack Coast. Image: goadirondack.com

Champlain Valley wineries get official recognition

Amid Wednesday's flurry of action in Albany, a bill passed that creates an official Adirondack Coast Wine Trail. According to the New York State Wine and Grape Association, more than five million people visit New York wineries every year.

The Adirondack coast in question is on Lake Champlain. The designation highlights seven wineries and a cider mill in Clinton County.

And there's room for more, says Colin Read, co-owner of Champlain Wine Company and North Star Vineyard. He told David Sommerstein the area chamber of commerce has a map and website for the new wine trail.  Go to full article
Kegs of St. Lawrence Brewery beer are ready to ship out on Monday. Photo: David Sommerstein
Kegs of St. Lawrence Brewery beer are ready to ship out on Monday. Photo: David Sommerstein

Filling the kegs at Canton's first brewery

From Glens Falls to Sackets Harbor, new breweries have been churning out local beer across the North Country.

Starting this weekend, St. Lawrence County will have its first microbrew. St. Lawrence Brewery's first beer tasting is tomorrow night at the Parkview in Canton. And dozens of kegs are going out to bars across the region on Monday.  Go to full article
Eve Ann Shwartz herds her cattle on Maple Avenue Farms in Earlville, NY. Photo: Ryan Delaney
Eve Ann Shwartz herds her cattle on Maple Avenue Farms in Earlville, NY. Photo: Ryan Delaney

When it comes to beef, how local is "local?"

The steaks stacked in the coolers of New York supermarkets and butcher shops may be marketed as local, but just what that label means varies widely.

The state actually has no definition for classifying whether beef sold under that label is locally produced. The duty of deciding what's local falls to the store selling the meat. That presents challenges for the growing the local beef industry.  Go to full article
The Mayor, local vendors, and other area officials celebrate the grand opening. Photo: Josh Cameron<br />
The Mayor, local vendors, and other area officials celebrate the grand opening. Photo: Josh Cameron

Heard Up North: Another flea market opens in Canton

You may have noticed flea markets, where different vendors can sell all kinds of new and used things under one roof instead of having their own storefront, becoming more and more popular in the North Country.

There are now three flea markets in the Canton and Potsdam area alone. The newest opened yesterday. The village Mayor, Town Supervisor, and vendors were at the grand opening of North Country Neighbors Too.  Go to full article
Local produce at a Wegman's Supermarket in Liverpool, N.Y. Photo: Joanna Richards
Local produce at a Wegman's Supermarket in Liverpool, N.Y. Photo: Joanna Richards

Jeff-Lewis extension to receive "food desert" grant

Cornell Cooperative Extension will receive a 95,000 dollar federal grant to promote local food production in rural Jefferson and Lewis counties. The money is targeted to "food deserts", a name given to areas at least 10 miles from a grocery store.

Extension resource educator Amanda Root said in a press release the new program will bring together consumers and farmers to provide better access to healthy food.  Go to full article
Cooking a burger at Empire Brewing Company in Syracuse, N.Y.
Cooking a burger at Empire Brewing Company in Syracuse, N.Y.

Northern NY restaurants serve up fresh, local food

Many restaurants in our area are changing where they look for ingredients. They're sourcing more from local farmers. The second piece in our series on local foods looks at how, and why, restaurant owners in Sackett's Harbor and Syracuse, N.Y., say they've made a commitment to local producers.  Go to full article

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