{weekend reading} LOCAL EDITION

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

The countdown has begun, just three weekends left indoors until the outdoor markets and Wednesday markets return or open for the first time, in the case of Troy… We can do this folks, just a few more weeks!

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 St, (10am-2pm SUNDAY, through April- NO MARKET EASTER SUNDAY)
Troy Farmers Market: Uncle Sam Atrium, Broadway @ 3rd. (through April)
CSA PROGRAM NEWS*****

Premium pork producers, Flying Pigs Farm, is starting a CSA and will have a pick-up location in Albany. Its a 10 week program and it looks gooooood!

Saratoga Farmers Market Vendor (and my lamb lady) Mary Pratt of Elihu Farm is accepting people for her EGG-ONLY CSA Program for the summer. Pick-ups at the Wednesday & Saturday Markets. EFarm Egg Share Summer 2011 (printable PDF form).

Kilpatrick Family Farm News: I will be delivering CSA shares, plus optional bread (Rock Hill Bakehouse), cheese (Argyle Cheese Farmer), yogurt (ACF), egg (KFF) and apples (Saratoga Apple) to individuals and families in the Troy/Albany/Schenectady/Colonie/Latham/Scotia/Guilderland/Glenville areas on Thursdays, 10-2pm, June-October. 22 weeks in total. Regular or Micro shares available. Sign up for the “South of the Twin Bridges” Pilot Program here.

A farm from the Hudson area, Smyler’s Farm, contacted me via Facebook. Her Certified Organic Farm has CSA shares, veg or meats, left for the summer 2011 season. Farm’s Facebook page. Their CSA Program page.. and may I say that they have some amazing packages. Take a looksie if you live down in that area!!!

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 remaining four 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!

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Farm to Market: Recent work in celebration of the Farmer’s Market by Carolyn Justice. Spring Street Gallery, 110 Spring Street, Saratoga Springs, New York, Show runs April 8 – June 2, 2011

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TODAY IS IT PEOPLE April 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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We are hosting a book party for Kate Payne, author of Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking, which will be released by Harper Design an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers on April 19th. Our party is on April 22nd, 7pm. Book buying-n-signing, mini food swap and dessert potluck. Meet Kate, have some wine & treat and take some goodies home. FUN. RSVP here; half the spots still remain.

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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.

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Thursday, May 5, 5:30-9pm: Champagne On The Park in Washington Park. This is a formal event. From the Press Release: “Come and dance the night away as you enjoy complimentary champagne, fine wine and fabulous hors’ d’oeuvres from Lark Street BIDmerchants. Members of the larger Lark Street Community are honored and congratulated each year at Champagne on the Park. The 2011 honorees include In Our Own Voices, Pride Center of the Capital Region, and Adrew Harvey. Tickets for Champagne On The Park 2011 are $60 for an individual and $100 for a couple. Formal attire and flat shoes are encouraged. Champagne On The Park serves as the Lark Street BID’s annual fundraiser with about 500 attendees expected this year. For more information and ticket sales, visit www.larkstreet.org or call (518) 434-3861 x3.”

***** I can stress this enough- PLEASE email us/facebook us/Twitter us if you want your food-related news piece/event/farm news in this post. We are welcome to report on any food-related nugget. -Christina


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One Comment Add yours

  1. Erica says:

    “CSA shareholder for a day”…brilliant idea!

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