{weekend reading} Springtime Fun Edition


If you didn’t watch Jillian’s Hatch Cam 2012 it was fascinating watching 15+ eggs turn into fluffy little chicks…now they are 2 weeks old and got a bit of sun this week, take a peek. PEEP!

{LOCAL FOOD NEWS} Honest Weight Food Coop’s expansion plans are back on! (YAY!)

A wonderful essay by a farmer, Ben James, about the “high” prices v. value at your local farmers market. A MUST READ.

Both Marisa of Food In Jars & Alana from Eating from The Ground Up (coming this Sunday to our food swap) is featured in this Phily Food article about DIY pantry staples.

{ROAD TO 2012 FARM BILL} Tom Phillpott has an important article on Mother Jones regarding the bill and what’s on the line and the importance of calling your Senate Agricultural Committee members as they are in the midst of a 4-week session to cobble something together.

Mark Bittman on Pink Slime and all things that wasn’t said on his interview on Up/W Chris Hayes.

Mother Earth News has announced a FREE CANNING APP. I just downloaded and from the looks of it, I love it!

A great piece in the NYTimes about the onslaught of eggs (and what to do with them) once your backyard hens start to lay a bunch! What do you do with them all?

Save the Fulton Fish Market Op-Ed in the NYTimes by Robert LaValva, Paul Greenberg and Dave Pasternack are, respectively, the founder of the New Amsterdam Market, the author of “Four Fish” and the chef and a co-creator of the restaurants Esca and Il Pesce.

On NPA’s food blog, The Salt, learn about Milk Not Jails, a new program in our neck of the woods (Upstate NY) which would help local dairy farmers get their product to the huge NYC market. AWESOME!!!

{LOCAL NEWS} A group in Troy are looking into city-wide composting (WOOT!)


Becky shared s’mores muffins.

We announce that blogger & cookbook author, Alana Chernila will be joining us at Sunday’s Food Swap


Christine announced the FSC Book Club, its virtual and on our Facebook page, she has all the details (including the book info!)

Heather shares her recipe for Dehydrator Greek Yogurt

Posts from Liz, Dianna, Deanna, yours truly and a super exciting guest post!


FSC Swapper’s Food Swap & Author Event w/ Alana Chernila. Oakwood Community Center, 4-6pm. Details here.
FSC Swapper’s Food Swap in Saratoga Springs, Common Thread Saratoga, 508 Broadway, 7-9pm, tickets here.

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 for the remaining weeks of April: 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.)


April 19th, Food For Thought Film Series: Forks Over Knives, The Linda, 7pm, 339 Central Avenue, $6.00: From the website: “Forks Over Knives, a 2011 American documentary, asks the question: just how much of our own health can be controlled by diet alone? Apparently, quite a lot, according to the researchers and physicians featured in this hard-hitting, revealing film that may change your entire outlook on how you eat. Tracing the careers and research of American physician Caldwell Esselstyn and nutritionist/biochemist T. Colin Campbell, the film makes the profound claim that most, if not all, of the major degenerative diseases – heart disease, diabetes, cancer – can be controlled or even reversed by consuming an exclusively plant-based, preservative-free diet.

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.

May 19th, FSC Community Outreach, Troy Farmers Market, 9-1pm.

June 9th, 1-3pm, Shaker Medicinal Herbs Workshop Shaker Heritage Society of Albany, 1848 Shaker Meeting House. Have you ever wondered about the many herbs growing in the Shaker herb garden? This program will give you an opportunity to learn about how they were grown and used and you will have an opportunity to try making an herbal product to take home. Presented by herbalist Barbara Neznek, this program is $30 per person, including materials and handouts. Please contact the Shaker Heritage Society at 456-7890 x23 or ShakerEducator@gmail.com to sign up for this program. Pre-registration required by June 5th.

June 23rd, 2pm, Tea in the Garden: Tea Blending and Tasting Shaker Heritage Society of Albany, 1848 Shaker Meeting House. Learn how Shakers used herbs to make tea! Courtney Powers, owner of Collar City Teas in Troy, will discuss and demonstrate tea blending using Shaker herbs, followed by a tasting. This program is $20. Pre-registration required by June 19th.


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