{food policy} Why Do You Grow Clean Food?

There has been a lot of discussion, and media hype, about the Stanford University School of Medicine Meta Analysis published in the Annals of Internal Medicine on September 4th, on whether organic food is more nutritious than conventionally grown food. (Definition Note: A Meta Analysis focuses on contrasting and combining results from different studies, in the hope of identifying patterns…

{FSC PODCAST} episode 2: all about csa programs

{Christine’s 2011 22-week CSA Share from Kilpatrick Family Farm} This month’s episode is all about CSAs– community supported agriculture! We tell you what CSA is and why it’s awesome for both farmers and consumers. If you’re interested in supporting local farmers and the local food system, this show is for you. Are you still on…

{recap} Goodbye 2011

HAPPY NEW YEAR! We wish you all a healthy, happy, fun & fabulous 2012! +++ It is 8am on January 1, 2012 and I couldn’t be more excited. A new year. A fresh start. A beginning. And an end. Goodbye 2011. {FSC Swappers, Albany, November 2011} Speaking purely in terms of the FSC, 2011 was…

{fundraiser for the farms} Gift Basket Winners

Soooo… you guys ROCK! You raised a total of $1829.20 for Denison Farm & Kilpatrick Family Farm. A-mazing. Below please find the winners of the glorious gift baskets. THE FINE PRINT: If you have won PLEASE contact me within ONE WEEK to claim your prize: email me (Christina) at fromscratchclub (at) gmail (dot) com. We…

{fundraisers} YOU ARE AMAZING!

You! and You! and You and You and You! We did it! Are you ready for the grand total……are you sitting down? Drumroll…fireworks…doves released from a cage…maybe military planes flying overhead? Nah, too much. Anyways, after Paypal took its cut we raised a total of $2340.96 for FSC Contributor Amanda, Denison Farm & Kilpatrick Family…

{Know Your Farmer} Quincy Farm: Easton, NY

On Wednesday, Christina and I had the opportunity to visit a relatively new farm in the Capital District farm scene: Quincy Farm. This farm has a particular significance and sentimentality for me. You see, when the property (formerly Battleview Farm, previously owned for over 200 years by the Wright family) went on the market for sale in…

{locavore challenge} A Day in the Life of a Locavore

{Welcome Denison Farm CSA Members} What does it mean to be a locavore? There are a million and one philosophical reasons for being one, such as the positive effects on the environment, supporting the local business climate and creating greater ties to the community. You could go on forever about all the good points. But…

{fundraiser} For Denison Farm & Kilpatrick Family Farm

From our intro-fundraiser post: Our second fundraiser is for two of the biggest certified naturally grown farms, with CSA Programs, in the area; Denison Farm and Kilpatrick Family Farm. These two farms are ALL over this blog as they feed most of our families on a daily basis and we tell ya all about it,…

{fundraiser} For Amanda

Amanda waving while running her first marathon: Mohawk Hudson Marathon, 10.10.10. From our intro-fundraiser post: “Our first fundraiser is for one of the founding contributors and one of my oldest friends, Amanda. In some horrible twist of fate, during the first hours of the storm a fire began in their hot water heater and swept…

{August 28th} the day that changed lives.

Sunday, August 28th, 2011. Irene came to upstate NY as a Tropic Storm and left her mark. A gigantic mark. I’m not sure we even know how big a mark as everyday, updated news comes across the wire and there is more & more devastation. Roads, sidewalks, trees, electric poles, street lights, covered bridges, foot…

{pizza week} My First CSA Pizza

Editor’s Note: Let’s welcome back Erica G as a contributor! Erica & her 3 year old son Dominic are enjoying their first season as a CSA Member. This pizza post was written back in late June during the first weeks of their Denison Farm CSA Share. Erica will continue exploring her first CSA season in…

{pizza week} CSA Pizza w/ Good Intentions

I love making pizza at home. It’s easy, I can put a lot of vegetables on it, and it always tastes good. A perfect one-dish meal. Today I made pizza using the ingredients from my CSA box and from my garden. Oh my! I have a lot of produce to use up at this time…

{use it or lose it} My CSA Share Pizza

I don’t know how everyone else feels about their CSA shares, but I often feel overwhelmed.  When it all comes in, I’m so excited but that excitement quickly turns to panic as I try to determine how I am going to use all of the glorious veggies before they go bad!This is especially challenging as…

{photo diary} CSA FAIR, Troy, NY

I had a lot of fun at NOFA-NY‘s first annual CSA Fair with Michael at the Kilpatrick Family Farm table. I answered basic questions from a share holder’s perspective; what is a CSA? How does it really work? Is the produce good? How is the selection? What if I can’t make it to pick up…

{know your farmer} Join a CSA?

Here in the Northeast, it’s summer-share CSA {Community Support Agriculture} sign-up time. More specifically in our little corner of the world, the Albany/Saratoga/Schenectady/Troy area is being treated to a CSA Fair sponsored by Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York, NOFA-NY. It is being held TODAY at the ATRIUM, the location of the Troy Farmers…