{weekend reading} LOCAL EDITION

Fairs, Festival, Harvest Fests, Conferences, Charity Events.

This weekend is Saratoga Springs’ {massive} Fall Harvest Festival. There is so much to do, I have linked to the full two-day schedule. Spooky trolley rides, pumpkin carving, apple baseball, zombie brunch, cupcake decorating, petting zoo & pony rides, and much more. The festival ends with a kid’s costume parade down Broadway at 4:30pm Sunday.

Today is Brew & Boo Fest at the Times Union Center, from 4pm-9pm. From Albany.com “Come and sample over 50 beers. You will receive a souvenir mug with your entry ticket. Come in a costume and you could win a trip for 2 to Las Vegas! There will be tarot card reading, photography, and more. Need a ride? There will be Free Safe Rides Home! Food will be available with a $10 all you can eat ticket”

Another event happening today is at the Miss Albany Diner. According to Miss Albany Diner’s Facebook page,they will be hosting a book signing by Mike Engle, co-author if “Diners in New York”  from 11-2pm. Books will be on hand to buy if needed.

On Halloween, 1-4pm Honest Weight Food Co-op is hosting a “healthy” Trick-O-Treat Event. I don’t know much about it, saw a flyer for it today, but check their website for updates.

In TED news, Albany will be hosting a TedX event. A local, self-organized day of speakers. It will be happening 9am to 5pm at The Linda on November 4th. There are speakers on heirloom cooking, software patents, green adhesives, copyrights, improv, and finally, of great interest to us is “Veggie Mobile Project Coordinator EJ Krans of the Capital District Community Gardens will discuss Mobile Markets as vehicles for nutritional equality. By providing food-insecure populations with access to affordable fresh produce, The Veggie Mobile creates an environment that encourages dietary curiosity and is a low-cost government public health intervention that can be replicated anywhere. This big green fruit and vegetable machine is a traveling produce party and a provider of endless anecdotes and insights.” (Quoted from the TEDx website).  Tickets are $34.75 for another day then go to $39.99 until the event.

Another event on November 4th is the Chili Challenge at from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites – 400 Old Loudon Road (Corner Rte 7&9) Latham, NY. From Albany.comDont miss this delicious event! Tickets to the Chili Challenge $15 in advance, $5 kids 6-12, 5 and under FREE. You can get tickets at area Price Choppers. $20 day of event at door, $15 with Military, 1st Responders, and student ids. Proceeds from the Chili Challenge ticket sales go to support two charities, the National Kidney Foundation of Northeast New York and the Alzheimers Association of Northeast New York. Another great reason to attend this one-of-a-kind event!

If you’re in Kingston area, on November 5th at 5pm Kingston Museum of Contemporary Art is hosting the Hudson Valley Seed Library‘s original artwork for the 2011 seed packs. Sixteen diverse artists interpret heirloom veggies, flowers and herbs. Show runs from November 6-27th. In addition, their holiday gift catalog is available.

On November 13 & 14th, Pride of New York Harvest Festival will be at a bigger venue this year, Empire State Plaza.

In the shoulda-been catagory: Honest Weight & WAMC host a film series, Food For Thought, which is a monthly evening of food, film and discussion with a focus on films of social, political, environmental and community interest. Held on the third Thursday of each month, the night will feature food samples by Honest Weight Food Co-op, a feature film screening, and an open panel discussion. Next screening is Tapped $6 on November 18th. Reception at 6pm, film at 7pm. Check out WAMC’s The Linda website.

Also on November 18th  is an annual charity event for the AIDS Council of Northeast New York. The 16th Annual Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Celebration, will be at the Rensselaer Banquet & Conference Facility at the Hilton Garden Inn-Troy, 235 Hoosick Street.


The Times Union ran a nice story on the growing popularity of the Delmar Farmers Market.

Steve Barnes of the Table Hopping blog reports at there is a new local initiative to help alleviate senior hunger. AARP & local organizations have teamed up for the project. There is a website.

One of those Delmar Farmers Market vendors is All Good Bakers! They have not hit their target number for their 1st CSB share. They will be accepting new members on a pro-rated basis. Sign up for some wholesome doughy goodness. Best way to find out their latest news is their Facebook page or their new website. Read all about All Good Bakers and the wonderful family behind the delish baked goods in my interview-post two weeks ago!

Kilpatrick Family Farm has started their Fall Shares, they have limited number of shares still available. Sign up today!

Denison Farm is offering winter boxes again this year. According to their website: “We are offering again to both CSA and non-CSA members a winter vegetable box this year for four pick-up times – two in November and two in December. Each box will contain root crops (potatoes, celeriac, sweet potatoes, carrots, and beets), winter squash, along with leeks, rutabaga, kale, and onions. The box will weigh approximately 35 lbs. and the cost will be $50 per box. The order forms will be available on our website and pick-ups will be at the farm and at the Saratoga and Troy Farmers’ Markets.” More information on the website.

Dancing Ewe Farm is offering another Olive Oil CSA Season. Harvested in November, you receive your 3LT in the Spring. Your deposit, $40, is due by this MONDAY, November 1st. They are at the Saratoga Farmers Market on Saturdays. How cool is this? I’ve sign up and will have a full report on the farm, the owners Jody & Luisa (the friendliest people!!!) soon!

Last weekend of outdoor farmers markets until April or May. Boo. Hoo.


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