{weekend reading} 2012 Hatch Cam Edition


If you didn’t watch Jillian’s Hatch Cam 2012 it was fascinating watching 15+ eggs turn into fluffy little chicks. You can read the play-by-play here and also learn about the next stage of the chick’s lives in the ‘brooder spa’ here (pictures of the little dudes & dudettes are included in the post!)

FDA Announces it won’t take immediate steps to stop the use of BPA in canned food & formula.

Burlington Free Press reports that EatMoreKale.Com lost its first round of trademark battles with Chick-fil-a this week. Sad Face.

Huffington Post reports that on Earth Day 2012, Whole Foods will stop carrying unsustainable wild caught fish.

Starbucks uses beetles to make pink color for vegan Strawberry & Cream of fraps reports almost every news source on the planet… this article is from the Chicago Sun Times.

Daniel Klein, in his The Perennial Plate column for Huffington Post, shows us a video he made “Did A Slave Grow Your Tomato”. Nothing else needs to be said. read. it.watch.it.now.

Fellow Blogger, Autumn of Autumn Makes & Does has a SUPER CUTE & USEFUL Canning Plan free downloadable printout. So get your 2012 Food Preservation Plan Started!

GREAT article in the Washington Post on the positive influence on the White House’s Kitchen Garden (like, it might be the most successful venture of the Obama Administration)

Knock-Your-Socks-Off reporting by Beth Hoffman, in FORBES, pondering the failures of the USDA’s COMPASS (that interactive map, 75-page report & other web goodies) that leaves it open to critisism. She sites a few additions that would make the program 1000% better & more useful and also sheds light on the fact that this COMPASS program has no staff, no office- no nothing. Its just cobbled together from different parts of the USDA ( I didn’t know that).

Ohhh there is major negative BLOW-BACK directed at the NYTIMES for its March 14th magazine cover story on Cookbook Ghost Writers. Here is the NYTIMES’ Public Editor’s candid take on what went down after the piece was published (and angry call from Rachel Ray) and some interesting reader comments that follow. Drama.

ROAD TO FARM BILL 2012: REMINDER: HOUSE AGRICULTURAL COMMITTEE IS TAKING COMMENTS THROUGH MAY 20th. In addition, The Sustainable Agricultural Coalition released their 113 page platform: Farming for the Future: A Sustainable Agriculture Agenda for the 2012 Food & Farm Bill NSAC Farm Bill Platform March 2012(the link is the report in PDF format)


We had a Monday Morning Edition of this very post
Dianna teaches a history lesson for the reason of non-leavened foods for Passover  and shares a flourless carrot cake recipe.
(and can I tell you how much I’m loving Christine’s hard work- its so good!)

Deanna shares a touching story of her next door neighbor Mrs Stiles and her Fried Cake recipe.


Posts from Alexis, Erika & Jillian..
AND big news about FSC Academy, a kid’s cooking class at a local Chipotle during spring break and FSC Swapper recap & ticket announcements- WHAT A WEEK ITS GONNA BE!


Local Newspaper, Times Union, is conducting their ‘best of’ of the Capital Region. Sadly, we are not on the “Best Local Blog” nor the “Best Local Blogger” Category BUT there is a place to write us in- in both categories. Also, the last question asks you to pick your own category. It would be SO WONDERFUL if you wrote in “Best New Community Event: FSC Food Swaps”. Please do if you feel so inclined —-> here (thank you thank you thank you)

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, April 17h. (Pardon if I’m leaving off a smaller market.)

TOMORROW—> 1-3pm. Quincy Farm in Easton, NY. Via Agricultural Stewardship Association, a Tour of Quincy Farm: “Come learn about the rich history of the Battlefield and hear more about Luke and Cara’s plan for the farm. A guided history walk at Quincy Farm led by James Hughto, a licensed battlefield guide for Saratoga National Historical Park. Quincy Farm is 49 acres of rich farmland along the Hudson River across from the Park which has been in continuous agricultural production since 1777. It’s part of a larger agricultural landscape that is largely unchanged since the Revolutionary War. The farm is now being cultivated by Luke Deikis and Cara Fraver, enthusiastic vegetable farmers in their early thirties who represent a growing number of young people getting started in agriculture. They worked with ASA and the Open Space Institute to purchase the conserved farm in 2011 and are now in their second year of production, selling produce at the Ballston Spa, Schenectady and Glens Falls farmers markets and a CSA Program. FREE TICKETS HERE.


Glens Falls BrewFest, April 7th, 4-8pm, The Queensbury Hotel, Downtown Glens Falls, NY

April 15th: Wilton Food Pantry presents EMPTY BOWLS (YES, we love the one in Troy- so glad there is another one !!!!!), 1pm – 5pm at the Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge on Rt. 9. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at door. This unique event features hand-crafted bowls from the Skidmore College Ceramic Arts department, along with local culinary delights and live music by John and Orion Kribs (with special guests.)

  • Guests pick out a handcrafted bowl created by students from Skidmore Colleges’ Ceramic Arts department
  • Bowls will be filled with simple meal of Soup and Bread
  • Guests are asked to keep their bowls as a reminder that food insecurity exists here in Wilton.

April 19-22nd: Adirondack Food & Wine Festival, Visit the Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa for the 7th-annual Adirondack Festival of Food and Wine in Lake Placid, N.Y. This year’s food and wine festival features the theme “The Culinary Melting Pot,” which captures how the five elements of taste influence the way people eat and drink. The popular four-day Lake Placid event will feature wine tastings, culinary demonstrations, a cooking competition and various special seminars. Visit the Inn’s website as the lodging packages and detailed itineraries become available.

April 21st: Natural Family Festival, 10am-4pm, Sportsplex of Halfmoon, 6 Corporate Drive, Halfmoon, Come join other families interested in natural living for a fun filled day of family activities, shopping, and setting a world record!  We will be bringing together Green, Eco-friendly, Holistic and Natural Family Resources from throughout the Capital District, Southern Vermont and Western Mass. FROM SCRATCH CLUB WILL BE A VENDOR & IN CHARGE OF THE KID’S TABLE (planting lettuce in cups, potato stamping & coloring sheets of veggies & fruits)

April 21st: URBAN ROOTS FILM Film Screening & Beer Paired Tasting of Local Cheeses, Meats & Sweets: 8PM at Revolution Hall. The story of emerging urban farming in Detroit. Devastated by the collapse of its manufacturing base, dedicated citizens have started a movement that is transforming their city, as well as our country at the end of the industrial age. Urban Roots shows how we can prevail in the most difficult of times and places. Special Guest Introduction Michele Owens, Gardener and Author of Grow the Good Life: Why a Vegetable Garden Will Make You Happy, Healthy, Wealthy and Wise.TICKETS $38 Per Person Available at http://www.brownsbrewing.com/store, Brown’s Taproom Bar, Adventure in Food Trading, and The Placid Baker. $30 per Honest Weight Co-op & Slow Food Member (Available through Honest Weight and Saratoga Slow Food Only) A portion of the proceeds of this event will be donated to the Tree Media Foundation whose charitable mission is to support education and activities in environmental sustainability.


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