{weekend reading} LOCAL EDITION

FARMERS MARKETS

SATURDAYS, 9am-1pm unless otherwise noted
Albany Central Avenue Farmers Market
, Parking Lot of The Linda, 339 Central Avenue, 10-2pm.
Brunwick Farmers’ Market, Town Office Rd & Rt 7, Brunswick
Farmers Market at The Crossings, Colonie, Crossings Park of Colonie, Albany-Shaker Road across from Emerick Ln.
Delmar Farmers Market,
332 Kenwood Ave., Bethlehem Middle School, Delmar
Glens Falls Farmers Market
, South Street Community Park, Glens Falls , 8am – Noon
Saratoga Farmers Market
, High Rock Park Pavilions, High Rock Avenue
Troy Farmers Market, Riverfront Park

SUNDAYS
Schenectady Greenmarket
, Outdoors around City Hall, Sundays 10-2pm

TUESDAYS
Watervliet, Hudson Shores Park, 2:30-5:30

WEDNESDAYS
Empire State Plaza Market,
10am-2pm Weds & Fridays, Concourse Level at the bus turn across from McDonald’s, Albany.
Troy Farmers Market, Broadway Street, between 3rd & 4th Streets, Downtown Troy, 3-6pm
Saratoga Farmers Market, High Rock Avenue Pavilions, High Rock Ave, Downtown Saratoga Springs, 3-6pm

THURSDAYS
Clifton Park Farmers Market
, St. George’s Church parking lot, 912 Rt 146, 2-5pm
CDPHP Farmers Market, Parking Lot, 500 Patroon Creek Boulevard, Albany, Thursdays 11:00am–1:30pm
North Greenbush, Williams Road ball Field, 2:30 – 6

FRIDAYS
Cohoes, 185 Remsen Street, 4-7pm

UPCOMING FSC EVENTS

FSC Swappers:SARATOGA is this Wednesday! July 20th, 7:30-9:30pm, Common Thread Saratoga, 55 Beekman Street, Saratoga. RSVP here. As of Friday night, there were 23 tickets remaining.

FSC SWAPPERS: ALBANY is TOMORROW! July 17th 4-6pm, All Good Bakers, 160 Quail Street. RSVP here, as of Friday night there as ONE ticket remaining. (SOLD OUT Whoa!)

FSC DIY School:  Cheese making, Canning, Food Preservation, Bread Baking, ect….. Coming soon!

LOCAL FOOD AND FARMING EVENTS

THIS WEEKEND: July 16th & 17th: The 4th annual Troy Pig Out, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 17, throughout Riverfront Park in downtown Troy. Admission is free. It is a festival of BBQ and also a competition. From the  website: “The Troy Pig Out will welcome professional BBQ teams from across the United States for this two day competition which includes a People’s Choice St. Louis Rib competition on Saturday, and the main event on Sunday. Barbeque vendors and live music are the main attractions for guests to the festival, filling Riverfront Park on both Saturday and Sunday, and a special fireworks show on Saturday night over the Hudson River. The Troy Pig Out is officially sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Association and the office of the Governor as the New York State BBQ Championship, qualifying the winner for the National Championship.”

TOMORROW: July 17th: West Wind Acres is having a “Day on the Farm” from 10-4pm. If you ever wanted to visit a dedicated meat farm run by dedicated young farmers who believe in humanely respecting and loving the heritage breed animals in which they breed for human consumption, this is the farm you need to visit. A few FSC members & I visited on Friday and it was inspiring. The love, respect for not only the animals but the environment is like nothing I’ve ever seen. Josh & Stefanie are young, passionate people who are doing it the humane, sustainable and compassionate way. I will have more on their farm in a future post. For now, plan July 17th for a visit to their wonderful farm. They will have BBQ, Tractor Rides, games, petting zoo, and much more! Amazing place, amazing people, amazing animals. They are located at 2884 West Glenville Road, West Charlton, NY 12010.

TOMORROW: July 17th: Saratoga P.L.A.N. and Agricultural Stewardship Association bring their 2nd Annual Tour De Farm a 15 or 35 mile bike ride around the farmland and historic sites within the “viewshed” of Saratoga National Historical Park. Quoted from the press release “Why should I ride? The funds raised will go to land conservation in this special area of the upper Hudson Valley. Riders will learn about interesting farms and historical sites along the way that have been relatively unchanged since the 1777 Battle of Saratoga. There will also be a delicious picnic featuring local food and refreshments at the finish!” Reserve your spot here!

Saturday, July 23rd, 2:30-5pm, Kilpatrick Family Farm’s July Farm Tour. Come see how Michael and his crew farm YEAR-Round. There will be a special “kid’s tour” which will be less technical and expansive and will focus on the farm animals. RSVP HERE

July 26th: 7:30-9:30pm Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living w/ Rachel Kaplan First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany, 405 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY

“Rachel Kaplan, author of “Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living”, will talk about her book and present on how to create your own urban homestead. Eager to start homesteading in your urban or suburban lot? Wondering how to fit anything into the small space you have? How to begin? This workshop is an opportunity to learn about the different elements that make up an urban homestead and how to put them together in whatever space you have. Ask questions about the limitations and opportunities of both your land and your lifestyle, and start putting the design elements together. This workshop will offer some basics in permaculture design, as well as some common sense how-to projects for the urban homestead. This workshop is experiential–come with your questions and ideas and expect to experiment with a variety of homesteading options.”

September 10 & 11, Washington County Cheese Tour, all day. From freshly made Chevre to ripened Camembert-style cheeses and aged Cheddar, the fifth annual Washington County Cheese Tour will delight palates and enthrall cheese lovers of every age. On Saturday and Sunday, September 10 and 11, 2011, five creative farmstead cheese makers in Washington County will open their farms to the public. On a self-guided tour, visitors will drive through lush, rolling hills and bucolic countryside using a special cheese lover’s passport and map. The only prerequisite is an appetite and interest in learning about and sampling award-winning local cheeses and enjoying the changing colors of our famed maple trees.

At each farm, guests will sample specially selected cheeses while experiencing first hand the region’s long-standing cheese making traditions reaching back to the nineteenth century. All are active farms, raising cows, sheep and goats that supply the milk for the cheese-making process. Participating farms include: 3-Corner Field Farm (Shushan, NY), Argyle Cheese Farmer (Argyle, NY), Consider Bardwell Farm (West Pawlet, VT), Longview Farm (Argyle, NY), and Sweet Spring Farm (Argyle, NY).

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Categories: Kid Friendly, Local Business, local events, Local Farms, Weekend Reading

Author:Christina

Finding her true calling, connecting people to their local foodshed, Christina is the Editor & Founder of From Scratch Club and a proud CSA Member & Market Crew member of Kilpatrick Family Farm. At the homestead, she is the Chef de Cuisine, Master Baker & Head Food Preservationist to her husband Charles and their 2 year old son, Miles Jae. Although always a supporter of local, sustainable, humane and whole foods, Chris is now on a serious mission to bring those principles into her kitchen due to Miles Jae’s multiple food allergy diagnosis, asthma and the rare disease, EE. All of her recipes are dairy, soy, tree nuts, peanuts, gluten/wheat, pea, corn & sesame free.

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One Comment on “{weekend reading} LOCAL EDITION”

  1. July 18, 2011 at 10:18 pm #

    FSC DIY School?!?!?! How awesome is that?! I can’t wait!

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