Embrun, ON, May 20, 2011 — After a long cool Spring, it's a good feeling when things warm up and the farmer's markets re-open.
Patrons come for local produce, crafts and baked goods. Lucky Ottawa area shoppers often get a unique bonus: jaunty music with a European flair.
Mike Grebler lives in Carlsbad Springs Ontario and takes his crank organ to various local farmer's markets, collecting tips for various charities. He also encourages the young - or the young at heart - to take a turn cranking out the tunes.
Lucy Martin tried it herself at the Metcalfe markert last year, and has this audio postcard. (Lucy spoke with Grebler again recently and learned he and his music will be back - by popular demand - this season.) Go to full article
State Sen. Pattie Ritchie with new Agirocuture Commissioner Darrel Aubertine and economic development head Ken Adams.
Rensselaer, NY, Apr 06, 2011 — Governor Andrew Cuomo has been slowly but steadily filling top administration jobs. On Tuesday, the Senate confirmed one of its former members as the new Agriculture Commissioner, and the leader of the State's Business Council as the new economic development head. Go to full article
The blight hitting tomatoes is the same blight responsible for the Irish potato famine in the mid-19 century. (Photo courtesy of Cornell University)
Cleveland, OH, Sep 02, 2009 — One of the quintessential tastes of late summer, a juicy, perfectly ripe garden tomato, is hard to come by this year. This year a tomato blight swept across the Northeast and it's moving into Midwestern gardens and farms. Julie Grant reports. Go to full article
Leo Branchaud coaxes a heifer out of the barn at his organic dairy farm in Tinmouth, VT
Tinmouth, VT, Aug 03, 2009 — The demand for organic milk and dairy products has grown by double digits each year since 2005, until this year. Now the shrinking economy has pushed consumer demand for pricey organic products down and that has left some organic farms in trouble. As part of a collaboration with Northeast stations, Susan Keese of Vermont Public Radio reports. Go to full article
Chef Ben Bebenroth and his crew plate mushroom dishes for their dinner guests. (Photo by Julie Grant)
Nov 06, 2008 — More and more people are thinking about where their food was grown. Local growers and farmer's markets are seeing the benefit of increased interest in buying locally. More chefs and restaurants are interested in local sources as well. One caterer from northeast Ohio is upping the ante. "Plated Landscapes" takes the restaurant to the woods...or the fields, creating gourmet events "in situ." Julie Grant reports the chef wants people to connect the dots between the environment and their food. Go to full article
Jun 11, 2007 — Without bees, close to one third of the food supply could be disrupted. Roughly $12 billion of existing U.S. agricultural activity would be at risk, some $200 million in New York State alone. And no more honey either. So when beekeepers in Europe and the U.S. began reporting massive and mysterious die-offs last year, it quickly became big news. A new term was coined: "Colony Collapse Disorder." Mark Burninghausen's bees produce Squeak Creek Honey in St. Lawrence County. He told Lucy Martin that there's no simple answer to colony collapse. Go to full article