{Eggs} Two Recipes: Three Ingredients

This Spring we were able to make arrangements again for an egg share. Every two weeks we get 2 dozen eggs from Soul Fire Farm. The eggs are priced on a sliding scale $4-6 per dozen.  This experience is the next best thing to having chickens. We have been fostering 3 baby chicks as we…

{my farming journey} The Big Wrap Up

I can hardly believe it, but I only have about a month left of markets. I’ve been selling at the Thursday Ballston Spa Market, and this market was perfect for me for several reasons. For starters, the area I grow on is small. At most it’s about 500 square feet. This means I don’t have…

{know your farmer} Mountain Winds Farm

MEET OUR MAPLE SYRUP FARMER: MOUNTAIN WINDS FARM Farmer: Randy Grippin Location: Berne, NY Produces: Light and Dark Maple Syrup, Maple Cream and Candy, Pastured Eggs and some berries/vegetables. # Acres: 140 55,000 linear SF of pipeline 1291 taps hung with tension wire, on 1291 trees of Sugar and Black Maple In Business: 6 years…

{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…

{know your farmer} The Berry Patch

Editor’s Post: ‘Community Voices’ Contributor, Emily L of Capital District Dining Blog, is back with a terrific farm tour of The Berry Patch! We get our berries from The Berry Patch for many of our FSC Academy classes, so I’m very excited that Emily got a chance to have a personal tour! -Christina +++++ I…

{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,…

{know your farmer} Barry’s Endgame

Editor’s Note: Welcome Josh & Stefanie Rockwood of West Wind Acres, a meat farm in Charlton, NY, as Community Voice Guest Contributors. They will bring us insight into the world of being sustainable and humane meat farmers using a full-fledged rotational grazing system with all their animals. If you haven’t listened to our latest podcast,…

{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…

{local event} Meet the 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 experience. You walk away with a better understanding of the farmer & crew’s grueling-never-ending-job in rain, in snow,…

{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…

{interview} When Roller Derby & Farming Collide

Recently I was able to interview two friends of mine, Ejay Carter and Kim Eisen, who are gearing up for the inaugural CSA season at R’Eisen Shine Farm. I am excited to share their story because although they are south of Albany, their CSA program will service people in the Albany area. Plus their CSA…

{NOFA-NY Winter Conference} pieces of the food puzzle

*I find it interesting that in the same week as I’m writing this post, our biggest local paper, The Times Union, ran a story on a local farm, Dharma Lea farm in Sharon Springs run by the Van Amburgh family, on the cover of their Sunday edition Business Section. Granted, we do have some great farmland…

{LOCAL EVENT} three bags full event & campaign

Hi! Liz here, one of a few of FSC’s aspiring farmers. You might already know this about me, but in addition to our backyard hens, I also raise a small flock of sheep. We keep them down the road from our home at the Foster’s Sheep Farm. They will hold the third annual Shearing Day Open…

{recap} When Joel Salatin Came to the Farm

For a few years now I’ve wanted to see Joel Salatin speak (see endnote for bio). I always assumed it would be in an auditorium and very impersonal. The best I could hope for was maybe one day I’d be able to go to Polyface Farm and have a tour and maybe I’d be lucky…

{photo diary} Michael Pollan at HVCC

I’m not exactly sure how to start off this quick {recap} post about the lecture/reception/book signing heard around the local food food scene world- “Michael Pollan Visits Hudson Valley Community College” on October 25, 2011!!!! As it was such a big event for the community and the college.  For a lot of people Mr. Pollan…