{weekend reading} Back in the Saddle Again

For those of you who’ve been reading for a year or so, may remember my weekly food politics/recipe link love post, {Weekend Reading} National Edition on Sundays and {weekend reading} Local Edition on Saturdays. Well, those Nationa; posts have been absent from the blog for almost a year, the Local Editions since October, and clearly, from what we read on the survey, you missed both posts. (Thank You!)

Here’s the deal, in their original format the posts took me HOURS to research & write. The linking alone took hours and honestly, the “local events” took me HOURS to find as I never got any press releases in my email. I had to find all the events myself. WAH! (I’m stomping my feet and flaying my arms)

Therefore, I’m going to condense the weekly posts into one post, simply {weekend reading} with both national food news & recipes and local stuff at the bottom for those who are interested. In addition, MANY of the links will be from items I linked-to throughout the week on our Facebook page.

I hope you’re as excited as I am!

{weekend reading} is back!

Ta da!

{KFF‘s Produce Manager, Keith’s Famous Micro Mix: Micro Carrot, Beet & Arugula. AMAZING}


The 2012 Farm Bill is the newest topic for The New York Times’ Room for Debate Series.

Seattle is taking an abandoned lot and turning it into a free-to-all edible forest. For Realz. A-mazing.

Artisanal foods are happening in this economy- they are serious businesses… Don’t Mock! A great business story via NYTIMES.

Civil Eats has a story on the USDA Grants Value-Added Producer Grants. Grant Fact Sheet here.

Small Space Gardening vis Sunset Magazine. I can relate, we grow our food in-between our driveaway and our neighbor’s in raised beds made out of my childhood bedroom’s wooden slat walls. So 70’s.

The many, many reasons a Big Mac costs less than a salad… and READ THE COMMENTS. They are excellent!

Monsanto is found guilty of chemical poisoning in France. A step in the right direction…

Jim Prevor responds to Marion Nestle’s article about organic food production, discusses the downside of the community’s deal with USDA via The Atlanic.


Not a recipe, but the biggest news in label-making: The Jam Labelizer. Turn your DIY Creations into stunning packaged goodies with the free program. If you upgrade for $5 you can save your work in Jpeg format. I did!

This was alll over Facebook, and well, it should be: Sweet Potato Breakfast Casserole by OhSheGlows. I’m buying sweet potatoes at the farmers market tomorrow for this recipe and some risotto. Nom Nom.

Kale Salad with a Watermelon Radish Quick-Pickle via The Kitchn

Apple & Blood Orange Buckle by Elizabeth of Brooklyn Supper.

A “recipe” for a kiddo play kitchen made from an IKEA step-stool by Meg of Grow & Resist.

Punk Domestics has a TON of Maple Syrup Tutorials, most of them by Dianna here on FSC! Woot Woot! The sap is a flowing- get our there & tap!


I made two citrus granola recipes that have a hint-o-marmalade to them.

Erika rocked the house with an interview with two young farmers.

and Alexis made a Sweet Potato Lentil Soup outta her own “nothing”.

Finally, Liz has some final lambing season news on her personal blog, Brown Betty Farm.

{FSC The Podcast…coming soon.}


Winter Farmers Markets are in FULL EFFECT: On Saturdays: Saratoga, Glens Falls & Troy Farmers Market and on Sundays: Schenectady’s Greenmarket. The next monthly Winter Ballston Spa Farmers Market is Saturday, March 17th. (Pardon if I’m leaving off a smaller market.)

Saratoga Beer Summit is today. Tickets for session #2 still available. There are lots of events happening through the fest- check it!

Schenectady Restaurant Week through Sunday.

Saturday, March 3rd: NOFA-NY’s CSA FAIR Capital Region. At UU Albany, 1pm-4pm. FSC will have a table as “CSA Advocates” and lots of local farms with CSA Programs will be there!!! FUN FUN! Learn more here!

Wednesday, March 14th Beekman Street Bistro, a benefit dinner for Saratoga P.L.A.N. Spanish wines & Spanish food prepared by owner & chef Tim Meaney.  $50/person.

Authors Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge will be at the Saratoga Library on Sunday, March 4th at 2pm for a talk & book signing event. From the library’s webpage: “Kilmer-Purcell and Ridge will discuss their fabulous farm-life at Beekman 1802, in Sharon Springs, NY, and what inspired them to develop their recently published book “The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook,” which showcases heirloom fruits and vegetables and recipes from their farm, family, and friends. Copies of The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook will be available for purchase, provided by Barnes & Noble of Wilton. Kilmer-Purcell and Ridge will be conducting a book signing at the conclusion of their program.”


8 Comments Add yours

  1. Jacky says:

    I am excited it is back!! And a podcast, awesome! Thanks for all the work on this, great reads to devour with my morning coffee.

    1. Christina says:

      Thanks for the support Jacky! Your kind words make me so happy that I got on the saddle and just “did it”. Its easy to Facebook link everything, its another story to create a weekly blog post. But I’m glad I’m doing it, its important. AND the podcast will debut this week!!! EEEEEK!

  2. Thanks for the shout out! And those micro-carrot, beets, etc look so yummy! I want!

    1. Christina says:

      I’m going to try to convince Keith to overnight you a box or two. They will be almost wilted by the time you get them but I’m 100% that the crazy amazing taste will shine through. And your IKEA play kitchen hack is a-mazing!

      1. Oh WOW! Chomp, chomp!
        Thanks on the play kitchen! Lucy loves it– it is used by her (and me) every day. It might be the most useful thing I’ve made. (She has taken, however, to storing her favorite stuffed friends in the oven. Then again, she was riding over them on her tricycle today too….so who knows!) =)

  3. Jennifer H says:

    Love this. Thank you for the effort – totally appreciated from this side. SO much info to process and sometimes it doesn’t stick the first time or I just miss it.

    1. Christina says:

      Thanks for the support Jennifer! It makes me happy that I got it together and started this post again. Its really important piece of the food puzzle- the policies, news & politics.

  4. Dianna says:

    Yay, you’re back

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