{weekend reading} Radish Edition

First Radishes of the Season!


Road to 2012 FARM BILL —>

1) Senate Agriculture Committee completed their ‘in committee’ farm bill that now goes to the Senate floor for discussion. Watch Video.

2) National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition comments on the mark-up bill.

3) National Young Farmers Coalition has their very positive reactions to the positive movements forward for young farmers in this mark-up.

4) The House Agriculture Committee’s Chairman Rep. Lucas (R- OK ) reacts to the Senate’s mark-up bill w/stern words for the change in commodities payments.


In other news, Burger King has committed to go 100% Cage Free by 2017, TreeHugger reports.

American Lung Association came out with their yearly ’10 Most Polluted Cities‘ list… Eek!

In ‘lighter’ news, HuffPost Food News has a funny recap of 90’s Food Infomercials w/ videos. Brings me back…

AP, via HuffPost,  has an updated story on the Mad Cow Disease found in California.

Check this frightening-but-very-true (but not updated) map of the consolidation of boxed foods to 10 companies!!!

Bittman’s lovely homage to the great Wendall Berry.

Michael Rulhman on the ‘Ghostwriter Controversy’ that started with a NYTimes article a few weeks back.

Lastly, don’t miss reading The Amateur Gourmet’s letter to restaurant owners: “Stop it With The Small Plates! Except Where They Work”

Brick, Troy, NY


Christine announced FSC Book Club’s start! Next round of questions on our forum start tomorrow!
The reading schedule is here.

Alexis shares a lovely way to use the foraged wild leek, ramps, in a family dinner: FRIED RICE!

Our April episode of the FSC Podcast is out!  Christine spills the details about the topic: Food Entrepreneurs.


Erika shares a wonderful community-building food event she went to where strangers came together for a local, foraged potluck!

Jillian shares tips and insight into celebrating life events with children who have life-threatening food allergies

I announce our latest FSC Swappers food swap location & dates, we will have our monthly post from our Northeast Grain Expert, Amy Halloran (seen below) and other fabulous foodie posts from Liz, Becky, and Heather.

Amy Halloran, FSC Contributor, as 'Writer in the Window", Market Block Books, Troy, NY


OUTDOOR SUMMER Farmers Markets are in FULL EFFECT ‘mostly’ starting on Saturday, May 5th: On Saturdays: Saratoga, Glens Falls & Troy Farmers Market and on Sundays: Schenectady’s Greenmarket. Saratoga Farmers Market has their first WEDNESDAY market this Wednesday, May 2nd. Troy Farmers Market begins their Wednesday Market May 16th. Both are 3-6pm. Malta will have a new farmers market, with 28 vendors, starting in just a few short weeks! The last INDOOR monthly Winter Ballston Spa Farmers Market is Saturday, May 5th. Delmar Farmers Market starts their season on Saturday June 2nd. Many Albany-area farmers markets begin in late May or early June: CDPHP, The Linda (Pardon if I’m leaving off a smaller market.)



May 3rd, 6pm, TASTE OF ALBANY, NYS Museum Terrace Gallery, $60 General Admission/ $50 for 30 & Under “Capital Region’s best restaurants and chefs, live entertainment, live and silent auctions and great conversation. Watch the sunset from the New York State Museum Terrace Gallery and taste Albany! All proceeds from A Taste of Albany benefit Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless which has provided critical programs and services for homeless individuals and families in Albany for over 26 years. Programs include: emergency shelter in Albany and Amsterdam, drop-in center, Albany area housing programs and summer youth activities. The agency also works to eliminate the causes of homelessness by teaching life skills and empowering individuals to become self-sufficient while reducing dependence upon public assistance”

Friday, May 4th, ALL GOOD BAKER’S GRAND OPENING PARTY, 5-6:3opm, 540 Delaware Avenue, Albany, NY “We are VERY excited to announce that we will be celebrating our recent move from Quail Street to 540 Delaware Avenue in Albany with a Grand Opening Party on Friday, May 4 from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm! With the help of The Chef’s Consortium of the Hudson Valley, outdoor tasting tables filled with AGB’s fresh seasonal sandwiches, salads, baked goods, desserts and beverages will be featured. Come nosh, on us!

The Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region will perform a ribbon cutting at 5:00 pm, Albany Wine and Dine for the Arts and From Scratch Club will join the fun, Travis from Organica will be there to answer questions about our new Hydroponic Garden; City and County Representatives, local merchants, supporters, neighbors and press are invited to help commemorate the opening of All Good’s exciting new shop in the DelSo Neighborhood!”

May 5th, 10am-3pm, BIG BREW DAY, Homebrew Emporium, 470 N Greenbush Road, Rensselaer, FREE, “May 7th is National Craft Brew Day. The American Homebrew Association celebrates Big Brew Day the First Saturday in May, May 5th this year. Hundreds of locations across the US brew the same beer to raise awareness of brewing. Brewers will bring their equipment and make an English Brown ale this year at Homebrew Emporium. Last year there were 35 brewers who set up their equipment and celebrated brewing. Visit us and talk with brewers about this great hobby that give you great beer at half the cost.”

May 6th, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Capital District Community Gardens’ 25th Annual Spring Brunch, Hudson Valley Community College, Siek Campus Center, 80 Vandenburg Ave, Troy “500 guests sample homemade and professional culinary creations from 100 local food and beverage purveyors while enjoying live harp music and bidding on hundreds of auction items for the garden, Mother’s Day and more. A family friendly event, there are children’s activities provided by the Scotia-Glenville Children’s Museum. Proceeds benefit Capital District Community Gardens’ programs, including 46 Community Gardens, The Veggie Mobile, The Produce Project, The Healthy Convenience Store Initiative, Squash Hunger and more.”

May 10th, 6-9pm, CHEF BATTLE: SARATOGA V. ALBANY, Hampton Inn, Corner of High Rock & Lake Avenues, Saratoga Springs “The Capital Region is home to some great eats that’s for sure, but what happens when you pit Albany  vs. Saratoga in a battle of the chefs?  On May 10th, we will find out as two top chefs from the Capital Region, Chef AJ Jayapal of The Brown Derby in Albany and Chef John Ireland from Panza’s in Saratoga Springs, take sides and compete for the title and the chance to defend their title next year!” $50/ticket all proceeds to benefit Big Brother Big Sisters of the Capital Region.

May 12, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, HUDSON VALLEY HOPS, Albany Institute of History & Art Cost: $45/members, $50 nonmembers. “Learn about the history of beer making in the Hudson Valley and celebrate the renowned craft brewing industry today.  Hop from table to table sampling the finest local craft brews, enjoy an assortment of food, and talk with area brewers. Tour Great, Strange and Rarely Seen, an exhibition of over 250 items from our collection that range from tiaras to patent models. Special Guests include Bill Schaefer, who will discuss his family’s history brewing in the region.  $45 for members, $50 for non-members. Reservations are required. Please RSVP by May 4 to: (518) 463-4478, ext. 469 or weissm@albanyinstitute.org.”

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

May 22nd, 5:30-7:30, The Egg, Hunger Action Network’s Fork it Over to End Hunger. $50.  “Fork it Over to End Hunger is a food and beverage tasting to raise support on behalf of the 40,000+ individuals who use food pantries and soup kitchens in the Capital District each month, to access necessary meals and nutrition that their families otherwise cannot meet with their monthly incomes.The Chefs Consortium featuring local chefs, including Ric Orlando of New World Bistro will dazzle us with their culinary delights. The evening will also showcase local foods produced by the Hunger Action Networks’ own Healthy Community Harvest food production program. From Scratch Club will be there demonstrating DIY home food projects. And no event would be complete without entertainment by Andy Sink and the Pool Boys. Included in the evening, we will be honoring Congressman Paul Tonko, Frank Mauro of the Fiscal Policy Institute, and FOCUS Churches of Albany for their community service and commitment to ending hunger.”

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 16, Saratoga Brew Fest, 3-7pm, Saratoga County Fairgrounds, 162 Prospect Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY While in the event you will be able to sample over 125 different beers from 50 plus craft breweries while enjoying live music and delicious food available for purchase from a variety of local vendors! Live Music performed by Capital Region Favorite Rich Ortiz, NYC based Trails to Town, and Groove Therapy!!

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.


One Comment Add yours

  1. Britin F. says:

    Great roundup! Thanks for mentioning our opening! We are very excited FSC will be there!

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