{weekend reading} LOCAL EDITION

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TODAY: noon-3pm. CSA Fair at The Atrium {current location of Troy Farmers Market} come ask farmers all your CSA-related questions and sign up! I will be there, located at the Kilpatrick Family Farm table to answer questions from the CSA-member perspective.

Saratoga Springs’ Restaurant Week is almost upon us! Albany.com: “The Second Annual Saratoga County 2011 Restaurant Week! During the 10-day celebration of Saratoga County restaurants, you?ll find three course fixed price meals for $20.11 at over 20 participating restaurants.” From March 18- 27th. The list of the wonderful LOCAL restaurants participating are here.

On March 20th,from 4pm onward, at family-owned & operated, Pasta Pane, in Clifton Park will be hosting “Raising Dough” a unique way to work with our guests to support not-for-profit organizations on a monthly basis. On the third Sunday of each month, a patron can choose to have 30% of their guest check donated to the featured non-profit. March 20th is The Regional Food Bank of Northeastern NY.

Saturday, March 26th is cookie bake-off time at the Saratoga Farmers Market. From the press release:

1. Anyone can enter
2. Bring your two dozen cookies by 9:30am to the market table
3. Cookies must include at least 2 market ingredients, identified by product and vendor (bonus points if you use more than 2!)
4. Judges: a baker, a male student, a grandmother (names being w/held so they cannot be bribed)
5.  Cookies will be judged on TASTE, Use of Market Ingredients (Originality), Looks
6.  From 1:15-11am cookies will be made available for public tasting and popular choice vote (taste only).
7.  Judging to take place at 11am with winner announced before noon!
Judges Award: $25.00 Market Gift Certificate
Popular Choice Award: $15.00 Market Gift Cert.

Wednesday, March 30th: The New York State Office of American Farmland Trust will be holding their 2nd Annual “No Farms No Food Lobby Day” at the State Capital from 9:30-4pm. From the press release:  Join farmers, food advocates, local officials, environmentalists and other New Yorkers to meet with legislators at the State Capitol about the critical importance of farms and food to New York State’s economy and food security.” There will be transportation from NYC to Albany. I LOVE lobby days, and plan on being in attendance for this important day of action. More information on their site.

A big thanks to Kyla from Foxy Baby Designs, forwarding information on Mirror Lakes Inn‘s Adirondack Festival of Food & Wine happening March 31-April 2nd. From Lake George {dot} com:

“The Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa is hosting the 6th Annual Adirondack Festival of Food & Wine, March 31-April 3, 2011.  The popular 4-day food and wine celebration will feature wine tastings, culinary demonstrations, seminars, a cooking competition and a 7-course dinner prepared by the inns Executive Chef, Jarrad Lang, along with his culinary team and visiting master chefs and vintners from around the country.

This years festival features the theme “Elegant International Street Foods,” a unique spin on the prevailing food industry trend of focusing on street fare.  The festivals menu and events are designed to reflect indigenous ingredients and culturally rich preparations of regional cuisines.”

Finally, on Sunday, April 3rd Congregation Gates Heaven in Schenectady is hosting a Jewish Food Festival. Hours 12-4pm.

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A local filmmaker just completed a short 8-minute documentary, The Local Food Movement” staring many farmers and workers who are at the Saratoga Farmers Market, including Michael Kilpatrick & Justine Denison. Watch here on YouTube.

All Over Albany– Urban Developer talks about urban planning in our cities. Important piece.

Steve Barnes from Table Hopping reports that the Battenkill Kitchen, a culinary education facility, is selling Great Escape tickets as a fundrasier. Looks like a great deal, and worthy cause to me! From Battenkill Kitchen’s website:

“Since 2004, we have been committed to local foods, farmers and farming. Our 800 square-foot commercial kitchen facility has been inspected and approved by the New York State Department of Ag and Markets and is a perfect place to launch your small food business without a large capital investment. Farmers, individuals, businesses, and community organizations are welcome to use the commercially equipped kitchen to process their products for individual use, or for retail sale. We offer the kitchen for use at hourly rates, or for entire events. Come discover the value of Battenkill Kitchen for producing your specialty food product.”


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