{weekend reading} local events & farmers market edition

{LOCAL EVENT} Its just been announced that FSC will be the ‘local expert’ at Sunday’s Schenectady Greenmarket. This is a Sunday market with the hours of 10am-2pm and is located around City Hall (Jay, Liberty, Clinton & Franklin Streets).

I’ll manning the table and talking Schenectady food swap & DIY classes, both at The First Unitarian Society of Schenectady! The series of classes will be announced at the table on Sunday, with a follow-up on the blog soon (we have so many FSC Academy announcements to make- eek!)

In addition, and this could be really helpful to new swappers, I will have a MOCK Food Swap set up to show what a typical food swappin’ table looks like!


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.)



TODAY —> 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.”

ALL WEEKEND —> Tulip Fest, Washington Park, Albany, NY. Its a fair, concert series and food fest! The City of Albany is featuring a LOCAL FOODS tent this year, with Bake For You and other local vendors.

TOMORROW —> FSC at Schenectady Greenmarket talking Food Swaps & DIY Classes! 10am-2pm, around City Hall.

Tuesday, May 15th, 5-7pm, Farm Photography for Kids at Homestead Farm, 3842 NY Route 2, Cropseyville, NY, Agricultural Stewardship Association. “Join us for a photographic tour of Homestead Farm, where Rich, Linda and Sarah Bulson raise vegetables, cut flowers and pasture raised poultry, pork and grass-fed beef using sustainable farming methods. This beautiful 18th Century family farm is located on 150 acres of rolling hills in the town of Brunswick, New York at the base of the Grafton Plateau. The Bulsons run a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) business and sell at the Troy Farmers Market. Photographer Cliff Oliver will lead this session. Farm Photography for Kids is made possible, in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program, administered locally by the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council.”

Wednesday, 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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