{weekend reading} local edition

I’m changing this page to reflect local events and local business (CSA, CSB, Farms, value-added producer) news…all local food-related news stories will be on my National Edition post.

‘Tis the holiday season, the holiday shopping events are where LOCAL-only crafters and artists will be selling their wares. As always, PLEASE email the group at fromscratchclub (at) gmail (dot) com if you want your event to be listed. – Christina

WINTER MARKETS: 9am-1pm unless otherwise stated

Delmar Farmers Market: Bethlehem Middle School, 332 Kenwood Avenue. (through December 18th)
Troy Farmers Market: Uncle Sam Atrium, Broadway @ 3rd. (through April)
Saratoga Farmers Market: Division Street Elementary School, 220 Division Street. (through April)
Schenectady Greenmarket: inside Proctors, State Street, (through April)


Today: The Saratoga Winery and Tasting Room will hosting their 1st Annual Grand Opening Anniversary Open House! Live music, wine specials, Pies On Wheels wood fired pizza, samples from your favorite local vendors; Willow Marsh Farm, Whalens Horseradish Products, Little Bakery In The Grove & more! Sip wine while you shop…your best holiday shopping experience yet! 12pm-8pm, kids welcome.

Today at 5pm is Schenectady’s 42nd Annual Holiday Parade. This year the theme is Disney to celebrate The Lion King’s production at Proctors in February. A random piece of trivia here, Amanda & I (and friends) played Wizard of Oz characters in the parade probably back in 1992-93. Wow!

Today at The Children’s Museum of Science and Technology there is a children’s program on Wildlife Thanksgiving. Do animals celebrate Thanksgiving? From Albany.com “This program teaches all about the different eating habits and diets of the animal kingdom. We’ll explore the forest for signs of animals eating, play food chain games and create a few wildlife friendly snacks for your backyard.” Ages 4+. Pre-registration is required. Free for CMOST Members, $2.00 Non-members plus admission.

On Sunday, Saratoga Film Forum has an amazing event planned. They are showing the film, What’s on Your Plate by Catherine Gund at 5pm with a discussion after with author Michelle Owens, her upcoming book is Grow the Good Life. In addition, appetizers will be from Kim Kolpstock’s 50 South restaurant!  Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children over 15.

Saratoga Springs’ popular restaurant, Hattie’s, is opening a “chicken shack” next to Chipotle and The Meat House in Wilton. The grand opening is on Sunday, Nov. 21 3-8pm. In addition, owner and chef Jasper Alexander will sign copies of  “Bobby Flay’s Throwdown!: More Than 100 Recipes from Food Network’s Ultimate Cooking Challenge,” which includes Hattie’s fried chicken recipe. Hattie’s was featured on a Throwdown episode, and won against Flay, a few years ago.

Want to have breakfast with Santa? Again this year Saratoga Springs has their Festival of Trees from December 1-4th. During Saturday, December 4th festivities you can have breakfast with Santa at three different times: 8, 9:30 and 11am. Find out more at Saratoga.com. (I will have more breakfasts with Santa as I find out about them!)

If you’re in Kingston area, 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.

January 6-8th, 2011 is Albany’s first annual Wine & Dine for the Arts. From Albany.com “Local Albany chefs show off their skills in this inaugural three-day food and wine festival to raise money for the arts! The Albany Chefs’ Food and Wine Festival will take place Thursday, January 6th through Saturday, January 8th, 2011 to benefit the Art Community of Downtown Albany. This is a great opportunity to support your local downtown businesses, including the local arts and restaurants. Throughout the weekend you will taste top-of-the-line food and wine pairings, as well as learn about the impressive art of food and wine preparation with cooking demonstrations and wine tasting seminars. Don’t walk away empty handed! There will be a wine auction to give you the chance to take home some of the exceptional and distinctive wines you have tasted throughout the weekend.”

Its almost Victorian Stroll time- can you believe it?

On Thursday, December 2nd, Saratoga Springs celebrates the holiday season with their “Streetwalk”. All of Broadway, in Downtown Saratoga Springs is blocked to traffic with games, visits with Santa, and more!

Troy has their Victorian Stroll on Sunday, December 5th from 11am to 5pm. There is a ton to do, its a very popular event. So go early and enjoy!


Tight Knit will be hosting their yearly “Black Friday” Shopping Night, November 26, 2010. 5pm-10pm. Located at the Frear Building, corner of 3rd and Fulton, Downtown Troy, NY. Tight Knit is currently selling at the Indoor Troy Farmers Market’s through February. From their website: “Tight Knit is an independent Art/Craft Event based in Historic Downtown Troy, NY. Founded in 2008 by Rachel Wrightson Naylor (Troy Night Out Vacant Storefront Artist Project/ How to Rebuild Zine) and Zhenelle Falk (Born Ready Zine/ Destroy, NY), this event showcases a collection of handmade goods by artists and crafters from throughout the Capital Region, Hudson Valley, Berkshires and Southern Vermont.”

CRAFTED: HANDMADE IN THE HUDSON VALLEY’s Holiday Sale will be on November 26th & 27th from 10am-4pm at the Historic Cottekill Reform Church 167 Cottekill Rd, Cottekill, NY. This looks like a fantastic event, its curated, so vendors had to be invited to participate. Hudson Seed Library and From Scratch Club’s favorite, Hodge Podge Farm, will be selling their wares. Their Facebook Page is here.

Women’s Building Artisan Market: December 3rd, 5-8pm & December 4th, 10am-4pm. The Women’ Building of Albany is hosing a local artisan marketplace. From their website:“Celebrating the talent and craftsmanship of local women artists, artisans and crafters, The Women’s Building Artisans Market  is a spotlight the tremendous ability of women artisans.”


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