{weekend reading} regulation station



The 2012 Farm Bill is the newest topic for The New York Times’ Room for Debate Series. (link from last week- so good that I’m keeping it up another week!)

Thank you Celia from On Cardamom & Cast Iron, forwarded me an update to Seattle’s planned Edible Forest. Its an NPR story that includes the drawn plans for the amazing project.

Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food is USDA’s interactive web project that shows the USDA-supported programs. Lots more about this story on Food Safety News.

Also via FSN, is the announcement that nutritional labels need to be on meat & poultry, which to many is a surprise. Only meats with added fillers & seasonings needed to have a label. Now in your grocery store, ground beef and the like, will require a label.

RECIPE LINK LOVE–> I’m not doing a whole section on recipes this week, but don’t miss Heidi’s Ginger Grapefruit Curd Recipe (YUM). and I’m very interested in these deep-fried ricotta puffs that are completely 100% vegan (safe for Miles) via Olives For Dinner (thanks Corrie!)

WEEKEND PROJECT –> DIY Produce Bags via Organic Authority.

LOCAL NEWS —> Via Steve Barnes of Table Hopping is right from the mouth of my boss, Michael Kilpatrick of KFF… about an interesting call he got this week from a restaurant, a photo shoot, and ‘giving the impression’ that said restaurant sources locally. Its a good story. Take a look!

NPR’s The Salt Blog has another great post this one about local farms/local food movement creating jobs (no kidding- half of us work for a farm or own a farm!). But seriously, this is a new & helpful ‘key point’ finally being bantered around when the news media & political folk talk about local food & farming infrastructure. I can tell you that I will be stressing this point in my Tuesday meetings with Gillibrand, Gibson, Hanna & Owens.

Dr. Marion Nestle talks about those oh-so-not-helpful-green-washing-un-regulated-label-terms: “Natural” on food products.

VIDEO –> The Harvard Food Law Society hosted-debate about Raw Milk.

Mark Bittman on regulating sugar.

Thekitchn has a lovely meditation on Julia Child.


Last Sunday, I announced that I’m a NYS constituent for National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition’s Farmer Fly to talk to Gillibrand & others about the 2012 Farm Bill.

Tuesday, Becky wrote a super-helpful ‘tips & tricks’ post about cooking with the kiddos!

Christina announced that we have a PODCAST and the first episode it up! You can listen on the post or via Itunes!

Next up, Liz shared her process of getting poultry processed and a GREAT healthier recipe for chicken nuggets.

Ever wonder about cha, cha, cha chia seeds? Heather gives us the 411 w/ two recipes that incorporate them: granola & popsicles!

Lastly, we rally around CSA Programs!


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.)

—> TODAY TODAY TODAY: 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.”

—> TODAY TODAY TODAY: Guided Winter Woods Walk, Sunday, March 4th, 2-4 p.m., Hawk View Farm, 876 North Rd. Greenwich, Free family program, register with Agricultural Stewardship Association “Greg Edinger, Chief Ecologist for the New York Heritage Program, has volunteered to lead what promises to be a fun and informative woods walk, our second winter hike at Hawk View Farm in Greenwich. If you don’t think there’s much going on in the woods right now, Greg will prove otherwise!Hawk View is owned by Mary Ellen Williams, Chair of ASA’s board of directors, and neighbors fellow board member Kathy Roome’s property. The hike will take us across both properties, is mostly wooded and includes one steep climb to a great view overlooking the farm. Please bring sturdy walking shoes, warm layers and water.”

March 10th & 11th: Winter Raptor Fest “Winter Raptor Fest is a great family event highlighting the role the Washington County Grassland Important Bird Area (IBA) plays in the survival of a number of threatened and endangerd bird species. With live birds of prey demonstrations, kids activities, guided walks, sleigh rides and more, this event is not to be missed! ASA will be exhibiting so make sure you stop by to say hello!The festival is held at Gallup Ridge Farm in Ft. Edward from 10 to 4 p.m. Satuday and Sunday. Click here for more information.”

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


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  1. You know, I love the weekend roundup. I don’t think I realized that I was missing it until it came back. Thanks for doing this: I know how much work it must be!

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