{weekend reading} Outdoor Farmers Market Edition


Local News –> FSC Contributor has a great piece on All Good Bakers in this week’s METROLAND.

Local News —> New York Magazine conducted a taste-test of Greek Yogurts w/ Eric Ripert, Maria Loi, and Orhan Yegen and guess who won #1 in the Full-Fat Category? Our dear farming friends, Argyle Cheese Farmers– WOOT!

Local News —> Post Star reports the great lengths NYS Apple Growers try to ward off damage from late-season frost & freeze warnings.

Local News —> Along with Trader Joe’s and Healthy Living Market, now Whole Foods is coming to the Capital Region. Whoa.

California Food News —> California chefs, including Thomas Keller, are getting political to try & stop the fois gras ban.

Kashi cereals (owned by Kellogg since 2000) have GMO soybean in their cereals. Surprised?

Two TROY FSC Swappers helped cookbook author, blogger & FSC friend, Alana Chernila, try making greek yogurt in a crockpot!

Its Rhubarb Season! Our friend Autumn of Autumn Makes & Does has a great gluten-free Rhubarb Spoonbread Recipe!

This week on The daily Show, Lewis Black rants about Artisanal Foods. So.Funny.Laughed.So.Hard.

Our friend, Kate Payne of Hip Girls Guide to Homemaking, is this week’s Kitchen Tour on TheKitchn.

{HAPPY STORY OF THE WEEK} Anyone remember Caroline Morison, Tyson Chicken Farmer in Food Inc.? Well she has turned her life around with a pastured, Certified-Animal Welfare Approved Egg CSA Program. YAY! Grist Reports.

Fast Company reports on a meatpacking plant turned vertical farm in Chicago.

HuffPost reports that CT became the 49th state to allow alcohol to be sold on Sundays. What state is the last holdout? Read on.

HuffPost’s Food Informants is new to me….. so I share one that I was interested in reading: A week in the life of Slow Food President, Josh Viertel.

Kilpatrick Family Farm Rhubarb


Becky made a killer gluten-free, dairy-free brownie swirl cheesecake in celebration of Mother’s Day!

Our resident Northeast Grain Expert, Amy Halloran, is back with a report from Vermont’s Grain Growers Conference

I announce our 3rd food swap location: SCHENENCTADY while also waxing poetic about our Troy Food Swap and the May 19th Event.


Liz rocks the mocktails with 3 DIY Soda Sryup Recipes!

Heather shares her ‘everything’ Paleo Baking Mix she uses for cookies, muffins & quickbread!

We announce a special cookbook giveaway, Dianna shares a raised bed garden idea, Deanna shares another post in her series “Pantry 101” and Britin, I’m sure, will have a heartfelt story from the frontlines of owning a bakery.

KFF Hakurei Turnips


OUTDOOR SUMMER Farmers Markets are in FULL EFFECT!!!!! On Saturdays: Saratoga, Glens Falls & Troy Farmers Market and on Sundays: Schenectady’s Greenmarket. Saratoga Farmers Market has their WEDNESDAY market in full swing: 3-6pm. 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! Ballston Spa Farmers Market goes outside in a few short weeks. 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.)


longest CSA week ever!


TODAY: 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.”

TOMORROW: 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 16th, 7-9pm FSC Swappers 1st SCHENECTADY Food Swap, The First Unitarian Church of Schenectady, Wendell Avenue.

May 17th, 6pm, Central Steak, Central Avenue, All Over Albany’s Burger Lab$15/per person. ” On May 17 AOA is hosting a Burger Lab at Central Steak . You’ll get to invent your own sliders using a lineup of tasty toppings — everything from pork belly to wasabi scallion aioli to caramelized fennel to cotija cheese. The event is a fundraiser for the ASAP Daisies — a group of young philanthropists who help a host of good organizations in the Capital Region. For $15 you get all the sliders and toppings you can eat — plus a fun night with interesting people. Get your tickets here — there’s a limited number.

May 19th, FSC Community Outreach, Troy Farmers Market, 9-1pm.
FSC TROY FOOD SWAP& Elizabeth Barbone Author Event, 4-6pm, Oakwood Community Center, Troy, NY.

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.


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