{weekend reading} Earth Day Edition



Tigress talks about the power of homemade edible gifts.

Farmer Josh of West Wind Acres talks the ethics of raising, selling & eating meat.

FSC Food Swap love from author & blogger Alana Chernila, and other fabulous FSC Swappers! Ginny, Mamatoga Jenny & Emily.

Wall Street Journal w/ 5 Reasons You Should Make Your Own Food.

Ashley English of Small Measure has another fabulous guest post on Design Sponge: A Guide to Edible Flowers!

Another great essay from the newly-released GreenHorns book (out from Storey) about becoming a farmer.

NYTimes reports on DIY homemade Jerky.

NYTimes (again) on a study about connecting food desserts & obesity.

The fabulous Amanda Hesser on the Future of Food Writing.

Amanda Hesser’s Food52 Partner-In-Crime, Merrill Stubbs, on Feeding a New Family.

My first local ingredient/local farm dispatch for All Over Albany on Springtime greens: specifically Asian Brassicas.

A cool story on the DIY & Homesteading trending thriving in Binghamton.


Dianna is on a DIY Excercise Mission

Special Guest Contributor, Greg Dahlmann of All Over Albany, shares his DIY Confession: Baking Bread
(with Raisin Bread Recipe)

Our series, What’s New In My Kitchen Wednesdays, is back with Spoon Butta’


Deanna is back with her popular series, Pantry 101, and shares how to use cooking & finishing oils

Britin is back w/ a love letter to Smallbany

We start the FSC Book Club, we will have our April episode of the FSC Podcast and more!


TODAY —-> Natural Family Festival 10-4 Sportsplex of Halfmoon Come see us! Bring the kids: we will have lots of craft/gardening/DIY activities (until our supplies run out). We are sharing a booth with Kilpatrick Family Farm and next to West Wind Acres: What a trifecta!

We’ll have ‘From Scratch Holidays’ 24-page EBook, printed in glorious color, for sale $10.00 and we will have hand-outs for all our Summer Semester of ‘class in a bag’ classes as we announce & launch our classes in a bag!


TODAY —> 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.

THIS WEEKEND —-> 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.

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.)


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.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Christine says:

    I love that you include the return of the food trucks in local food events 🙂

  2. Emily says:

    All great stuff. I love Amanda Hesser so much.

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