{weekend reading} LOCAL EDITION

WINTER FARMERS MARKETS: SATURDAYS, 9am-1pm unless otherwise noted.

Five weekends left indoors until the outdoor markets and Wednesday markets return… We can do this folks- Just a little bit longer… In addition, I’ve added the Empire State Plaza Winter Market!

Empire State Plaza Market, Concourse Level at the bus turn across from McDonald’s, Albany. WEDNESDAYS 10-2pm.
Glens Falls Winter Market
, Christ Church United, 54 Bay Street, Glens Falls , 9am – Noon (through April)
Saratoga Farmers Market: Division Street Elementary School, 220 Division Street. (through April)
Schenectady Greenmarket: inside Proctors, State Street, (10am-2pm SUNDAY, through April)
Troy Farmers Market: Uncle Sam Atrium, Broadway @ 3rd. (through April)


EVENTS

EVERY SATURDAY IN APRIL: As I previously stated on {Know Your Farmer} an announcement, I am now Kilpatrick Family Farm’s CSA Coordinator. I will be fully disclosing this fact from now on. What I will also be disclosing is all the crazy specials/offers I have come up with to introduce interested folks to the CSA process. Here’s my first crazy scheme… “CSA Shareholder For a Day”.

For the five Saturdays in April, KFF is running a special promotion: “CSA Shareholder for a Day” at the Saratoga Farmers Market, 9am-1pm. “CSA Member for a Day” allows you to experience the weekly CSA member process by purchasing a week’s share, micro ($14) or full ($22), just like an existing shareholder! I will walk you through the process from start to finish and will be available for questions.  I am running this promotion in hopes to educate interested persons on the process while also giving the great discount CSA members enjoy weekly. You can email me at CSA@kilpatrickfamilyfarm.com, with further questions!

HAPPENING NOW: 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.”

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TOMORROW: Sunday, April 3rd, 12-4pm,  Congregation Gates Heaven in Schenectady is hosting a Jewish Food Festival. Alexis & I will be there in the hopes of meeting Daniel B, from FUSSYlittleBLOG, watching the many cooking demos and eating some fabulous food- can’t wait!

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Farm to Market: Recent work in celebration of the Farmer’s Market by Carolyn Justice. Opening Reception April 8, 6-8pm Serving locally grown specialties and regional wine. Spring Street Gallery, 110 Spring Street, Saratoga Springs, New York, Show runs April 8 – June 2, 2011

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Sunday, April 10th, 5-7pm: GE Theatre at Proctors, Schenectady. Another “empty bowls” fundraiser in a few weeks! If you have read this blog for awhile you know how much Sarah & I enjoyed the annual empty bowls in Troy. Featuring chili from Bombers Burrito Bar that also includes an evening of music and art. 100 percent of proceeds will go to food programs of the City Mission of Schenectady and Bethesda House.

Each participant will receive a ceramic bowl made by students from Union College and Schenectady City Schools.  Admission to the event is $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased now at the Kenney Community Center at Union College (cash and check) or at the community table of the Schenectady Greenmarket at Proctors on April 3. More information on the Empty Bowls blog.

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April 10-16th; Downtown Albany Restaurant Week. There is a growing number of seriously great restaurants in that area; this might be your change to try a meal or two for a wallet-friendly price. Participating restaurants and menus on the Downtown Albany website.

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Monday, April 18th, 7-8:45pm: Strict Avoidance: Caregivers of Food Allergic Children, will have its first public meeting at the Gasby Room, Saratoga Springs Public Library. Through February 2012, the meetings will be held on the THIRD MONDAY of each month. I began the group with a handful of local moms. We are not affliated with a food allergy non-profit nor a medical practice, we are more of a safe place to scream/cry/laugh/vent: share recipes, stories and tips and tricks about caring for a food allergic kiddo in your life. I am in the midst of switching my TOTALLY ignored food allergy blog, Strict Avoidance, to be a link to the group. Please feel free to email at fromscratchclub (at) gmail (dot) com for more information.

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Sunday, May 1, 10-2pm: Spring Brunch for Capital District Community Gardens, Hudson Valley Community College. The brunch has an amazing feast of foods donated and prepared by more than 100 local restaurants and friends of the non-profit. There will also be a benefit silent auction.

NEWS

Steve Barnes on Table Hopping has lots of interesting local food news stories: First, Price Chopper is committing to Sustainable Seafood in some capacity. Second, support for backyard chickens in Albany has gained some momentum. There is a petition to show your support. Finally, an olive oil store set to open in Downtown Saratoga Springs.

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I’m going to give a BIG shout-out to Daniel B. of FUSSYlittleBLOG, who has written some wonderful pieces in recent weeks about many LOCAL FOOD issues. He is seriously a great write to be following. He is more restaurant-focused, which is awesome because frankly, many of us don’t go to restaurants that often with the kiddos-n-family.

Some of the “best of” in recent weeks: seasonal food served in local restaurants, his dislike for Dunkin Donuts, high frutose corn syrup, the locavore v. doing the right thing issue Grass Fed & Finished Beef at Max Londons, and local farms who sell their meats in NYC because {well honestly} the Upstate market doesn’t support them, and his interview with Chef of the chain Moe’s and how they are rolling out a sustainable meat program. Keep it up Daniel B.!

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All Over Albany continues to do great local food stories….Milk Delivery Options, Adventures in Food Trading, a feature on Puckers Gourmet, Maple Syrup field trip, and Chatham Brewing.

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