{scaling up the northeast grain system} Wild Hive

Editor’s Note: Our monthly local-grain-love-fest with Amy Halloran is back with the 8th installment in her Scaling Up The Northeast Grain System series. You can read her previous seven pieces here. In this installment, Amy comes full circle and visits the mill & bakery where her gain-love began. -Christina +++++ I went to Wild Hive…

{summer farm tour} Meet Our Vegetable Farmer

The idea for these summer farm tours started a long time ago, when my husband and I began baking bread for farmers markets in 2004, meeting farmers and enjoying their fresh wares, while simultaneously learning more about the toxins that are an inarguable by-product of our industrialized food-system. As the years progressed, we asked questions,…

{local giveaway} Handpies by AGB

GIVEAWAY CLOSED! THE WINNER IS……… Alex, with comment: Not only am I always happy or surprisingly blown away by the delicious food I get from them, but they also have really creative and tasty things on their menu. Plus, just by eating really good food I feel like I’m contributing to the community. The only…

{summer farm tour} Meet Our Dairy Farmer

 {Meadowbrook Farms Dairy, Clarksville, NY} Christina (FSC’s editor) had it right in Saturday’s post (Meet Your Meat Farmers): “I can’t stress enough how important farm tours are to customer education & enlightenment, customer-to-farmer relations and community ties. To actually see & hear, in detail, up-close, how your food is grown or raised is an empowering…

{kickstarter campaign} Building Soil w/ Pedal Power!

Food Cycle is a Kickstarter campaign that is close to my home and near to my heart. Troy Bike Rescue and Collard City Growers are two great projects happening around the corner from where I first lived. I learned to ride a bike in the driveway of my house on Second Avenue. The first self-portrait…

{weekend reading} Pink Lady’s Slipper Edition

{FOOD NEWS & GOOD FOOD BLOG READS} Hunter Angler Gardeners Cook has a pickled carrot recipe that looks lovely! DIY GOODNESS —> Birch Sap for Birch Soda Local Kitchen is kicking butt: Dutch Oven 101, and Rhubarb Persecco Jelly and Preparing for the Preserving Season! Melissa Clark via NYTimes on DIY Mayo: Alioi! LA Weekly…

{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…

{weekend reading} Outdoor Farmers Market Edition

{FOOD NEWS} 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–…

{weekend reading} Radish Edition

{FOOD NEWS} 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…

{foodie adventure} A Local, Foraging Potluck Feast

I have to apologize for my lack of photos of the amazing food that we ate. I was too entranced to think to take pictures of everything. However, if there were more, you’d probably drool on your computer, and then I’d owe you a new computer. Last week my husband, son, and I were invited…

{weekend reading} Earth Day Edition

{FOOD NEWS} 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…

{local link love} Thank You “Smallbany”

I’m not the only one who has been thinking about how our community of Albany, NY, jokingly referred to locally as “Smallbany”, is pretty fantastic. A popular local food-blooger, Leah the Nosher, just wrote a piece for All Over Albany extolling the virtues of the wide net of friends and family that came to her…

{weekend reading} Springtime Fun Edition

{FOOD NEWS} 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…

{Northeast Grains System} a kickstarter campaign

The Somerset Grist Mill has a week left in its Kickstarter campaign , Flour with the flavor of home, so I have to tell you again how much I love this project.  Visiting Skowhegan, home to New Balance shoes and under 9,000 people, I felt like I was stepping onto a movie set. A slightly…

{weekend reading} 2012 Hatch Cam Edition

{FOOD NEWS} If you didn’t watch Jillian’s Hatch Cam 2012 it was fascinating watching 15+ eggs turn into fluffy little chicks. You can read the play-by-play here and also learn about the next stage of the chick’s lives in the ‘brooder spa’ here (pictures of the little dudes & dudettes are included in the post!)…