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Sign outside the offices of NOFA in Richmond, VT. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/donshall/4865659615">Don Shall</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Sign outside the offices of NOFA in Richmond, VT. Photo: Don Shall, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

New York residents challenged to eat local

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York state residents are being challenged to eat local in September.

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York is launching its fifth annual month-long Locavore Challenge on Monday.  Go to full article
Food from the Farm: Eating Local in the North Country takes place Saturday, March 1, 2-5 pm in the Plattsburgh City Gym. Photo: Cornell Cooperative Extension
Food from the Farm: Eating Local in the North Country takes place Saturday, March 1, 2-5 pm in the Plattsburgh City Gym. Photo: Cornell Cooperative Extension

Plattsburgh event showcases local food, even in the dead of winter

Most gardens are a long way from yielding those delicious spring and summer veggies, but you could still make a meal of the food on offer from professional growers, livestock farmers, brewers and vintners. Not to mention maple syrup makers.

The annual "Food from the Farm" event in Plattsburgh on Sat., March 1, will showcase the food, and the farmers.  Go to full article
A cut in the federal excise tax would help all the state's brewers, including St. Lawrence Brewery in Canton. Photo: David Sommerstein
A cut in the federal excise tax would help all the state's brewers, including St. Lawrence Brewery in Canton. Photo: David Sommerstein

Craft brewers want a break from federal excise taxes

The number of craft brewers in New York State has risen to more than 140 over the last 20 years, thanks to demand for more flavorful, and more local, beers.

Now some of those craft brewers are lobbying for tax reductions they say would help them keep their momentum.  Go to full article
Walter Shyne is in his last season at the Canton Farmer's Market. Photo by Sarah Harris
Walter Shyne is in his last season at the Canton Farmer's Market. Photo by Sarah Harris

Listen: A good run

It's the end of the growing season, and farmers are in their final weeks of big business. It's also the peak of apple season.

For Walter Shyne of J & W Orchard in Norfolk, this will be his last one. Shyne is a regular vendor at the Canton Farmers' Market, and he's retiring. For today's Heard Up North, Sarah Harris caught up with him as he was closing up his stand.  Go to full article
Ubu Ale: an artisan brew from Lake Placid Craft Brewing. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/sabine01/3875859563/">Tricia G.</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Ubu Ale: an artisan brew from Lake Placid Craft Brewing. Photo: Tricia G., Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Can craft beer really boost North Country jobs?

Senator Charles Schumer and North Country congressman Bill Owens say a tax cut could boost the number of craft breweries in New York.

The two Democratic lawmakers are pushing legislation in Washington that would cut the national excise tax on smaller beer-makers by fifty percent.  Go to full article
Ken Hebb in the future space of the St. Lawrence Brewing Company. Photo: David Sommerstein
Ken Hebb in the future space of the St. Lawrence Brewing Company. Photo: David Sommerstein

Canton's first microbrewery prepares to set up shop

Like Governor Cuomo at his beer, wine, and liquor summit Wednesday in Albany, a pair of Canton entrepreneurs is hoping craft beer sales will provide an economic lift.

Ken and Katrina Hebb, owners of the Blackbird Cafe in Canton, are starting St. Lawrence County's first microbrewery. The St. Lawrence Brewing Company is leasing space in a new industrial building in Canton. They're ready to start moving in next week and hope to start selling beer by St. Patrick's Day.

Ken Hebb gave David Sommerstein a tour.  Go to full article
Mrs. McGarrigle's Fine Mustard anchors one of Merrickville's charming main streets.
Mrs. McGarrigle's Fine Mustard anchors one of Merrickville's charming main streets.

More than mustard: sharing the region's bounty

Farmers, chefs and retailers gathered in Kingston, Ontario yesterday to share ideas about locally produced food. Todd Moe talks with entrepreneur Janet Campbell, who was the featured speaker at the first Great Waterway Regional Culinary Tourism Summit.

For nearly 20 years, Campbell has owned and managed Mrs. McGarrigle's Fine Mustard in historic Merrickville, Ontario. She uses locally grown ingredients, including Canadian mustard seeds, in her products. Displays in her store feature many foods - cookies, chutneys and cheeses - created by regional growers and chefs. Todd Moe toured her shop and spoke with Janet Campbell about how the localvore culture can promote tourism and local economies.  Go to full article
Students at the food summit ate salad and other healthy foods - and seemed to like it.
Students at the food summit ate salad and other healthy foods - and seemed to like it.

School food director says you can serve healthy, local food on a budget

At a youth food summit held this week in the North Country, teenagers were encouraged to think about what they eat, and to choose healthy, local options. But some students said those efforts are undermined in their own school cafeterias.

Food service workers also got together at the summit. Many worry about the cost of local, natural ingredients, about how to process and cook them, and about whether the students will actually eat healthy meals.

Julie Grant met Cynthia Overton during the meeting's lunch time bustle. She is food service director at the South Jefferson Central Schools, and led a workshop to help others in school food service.

Overton says she started serving healthy meals in her district because she grew up on a farm, and wanted to make sure her own kids, and all the students, had homegrown food on their plates.  Go to full article
Mark(in carrot crown) and Kristin(drumming) Kimball fire up students about farming.
Mark(in carrot crown) and Kristin(drumming) Kimball fire up students about farming.

High school students gather for food summit

Teenagers might be known for eating a lot. But they don't always think about where that food is coming from, or whether it's healthy for them. That changed for some students who gathered in SUNY Potsdam's student union this week for the North Country Food Day Youth Summit. The summit was sponsored by GardenShare and the St. Lawrence County Health Initiative. Julie Grant attended, along with two hundred and forty high school students from 30 different schools.  Go to full article
Ian and Joe Birkett with a hops vine. Photos: Angela Evancie.
Ian and Joe Birkett with a hops vine. Photos: Angela Evancie.

Farmers under 40: new direction for an old farm

"Get big or get out" is a common wisdom in the dairy industry. And many small-scale farms have gotten out. Northern New York has half the dairy farms it did 20 years ago, and the remaining farms are generally much bigger. Some are much, much bigger.

In Vermont, the number of dairy farms dropped below 1,000 in May. But not everybody getting out of dairy is leaving farming altogether. One family operation in Ferrisburgh is repurposing the farm, and starting small. Angela Evancie has this installment of our series, Farmers Under 40.  Go to full article

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