{weekend reading} LOCAL EDITION

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

The countdown has begun, just two weekends left indoors until the outdoor markets and Wednesday markets return or open for the first time in 2011, in the case of Troy… We can do this folks, just a few more weeks! Come on sunnier & warmer weather!

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! They have only a few spots remaining. The pick-up location and date have been determined: SUNY-Albany Campus on Wednesdays from 4:30pm – 6:30pm. Sign up for a share by April 25th and receive a $20 discount.

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. We are 80% full for the entire CSA Program, so sign-up today!

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

THIS SATURDAY: We have announced a second event to meet Kate Payne of the newly published Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking. Saturday, April 23rd, 10-12pm, buying-n-signing event at the Saratoga Farmers Market. A large portion of Saturday’s book sales ($5 out of the $19.99 retail price) will go to Saratoga Farmers Market for their weekly operating costs and also to Kilpatrick Family Farm’s “Fresh Produce to Food Pantries” Program. The monetary donations help defer the costs of delivering all the produce. KFF donated over 7,000 pounds of food in 2010. Amazing.

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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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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.”

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May 14th: Albany Craft Beer Festival, 4-8pm, The Armory, 195 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY.  A wonderful list of participating breweries.

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May 14th: Another great event in Albany… Chef’s Consortium is throwing another celebration of local art, food and music. 6-9pm, $20 a person. From the press release: “Join Hudson Valley’s Chefs Consortium as we welcome the beginning of Spring in Albany at legendary architect Patrick Keely’s magnificent church, St. Joesph’s. Under detailed wood carvings, expansive arches and eyes of wooden angels, the Chefs Consortium’s Noah Sheetz, Rebecca Joyner, Nicci Cagan, John Peterson and Jeff Loshinsky will prepare culinary treats. Fresh, local ingredients from Albany area farms, food producers and Hudson Valley wineries will be on the menu. Its huge spiritually-inspired interior will be filled with the Bluegrass, Blues and Jazz music of Dan Johnson and His Expert Side Men, Matt Durfee and guests. High arched wood carved walls will be covered with the artwork of Albany artists like Jennifer Grainer and Chip Fasciana, founder of Albany Underground Artists.”

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Monday, May 16th, 7-8:45pm: Strict Avoidance: Caregivers of Food Allergic Children, will have its monthly meeting at the Gatsby 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.

***** 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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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Rachel says:

    I just had to leave a note and say the picture of the carrots is a BEAU-TI-FUL! Love the colors.

    1. Christina says:

      Thank you Rachel!

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