Mar 22, 2016
Capital District Saratoga Southern Adirondack
Sowing 2013 Issue 32 FREE
The Locally Grown Issue
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57 News and Views
10 Money Matters
11 Green Designer
12 Wellness Doc
13 Holistic Health
14 Green Energy Expert
44 Washington County
62 Eco-LOCAL People
16 GROWING FOOD AND JUSTICEAt Soul Fire Farm in Petersburg
24-42 LOCALLY GROWN GUIDEConnecting you to Local Farms,Local Food & Local Products
40-41 REVOLUTIONARY GARDENS Creating a Growing Legacy at Fort Ticonderoga
42 WE ARE FREE TO BEChickens Rabbits and San Clemente Goats
58 A BENEVOLENT AMBITIONDoing Good at Good Morning Caf
This is Chile-mon, a San ClementeIsland goat, enjoying the springgrasses at his home on Mack Brin Farmin Ballston. Chile is rare breed in thepurest sense. One of only severalhundred that exist on the planet. Heand his kin were shunned from theirhome on San Clemente Island, off thecoast of California, and is one of thefew to make it off the island alive. Stuand Julie Murray, owners of Mack BrinFarm, have embraced these fineanimals and are working to conservethe breed.
On the Cover
Rayna Caldwell, chair of the group Sustainable Saratogashowing her local love at the Saratoga Farmers Market
Letter from the PublisherSowing. It is act of scatteringseed for growing. It is also ametaphor for life, because ithas been said, that we shallreap what we have sown. Putdown good seed, and there willbe an abundant harvest.Celebrations. Joy. But putdown bad seed, and theharvest will not come. Lack.Unhappiness. Sorrow. Sowing,then, and what we sow, isperhaps the most importantthing we can do as a humanbeings. For it determines howour future will be. Sowing theseeds of love will mean thatour future will be filled withlove. How cool is that? That iswhy we have a garden here onour small quarter acre. Eachlittle seed that we plant is a
package of love. It emerges from the ground as the chosen species of plant that will yield anamazing abundance of food that we can reap to sustain ourselves with into the future. Onetomato seed, for instance, can produce a hundred tomatoes. Now that s a lot of love comingback, isnt it? So many tomatoes that we have to share them with our neighbors! Now thatsproof positive that God loves us and wants us to live in abundance. All from that tiny seed.And a little love that we impart in it when we sow it.
In this issue, we offer a celebration the love that is locally grown. We are fortunate to havesuch an abundant foodshed, and the people who work in the farms and the fields that bringit to us in the farmers markets and many of the fine restaurants that integrate local foods intotheir menus. We have put together a directory of sorts, to help you find the best local optionshere in the Capital Region of New York. When browsing the guide, please note that thefeatured listings have paid to be there, and these folks especially want you to do businesswith them. Each has signed a pledge to offer the highest quality of food using organicprinciples and sustainable methods. They are doing what they love, and have an abundanceto share with you!
Remember that what we give attention to expands. There is no clearer evidence than thestories you will find in this magazine. Read on and find out about some of the people whoare agents of positive change, right here in our own backyard. Julie Murray of Mack Brin Farmasked herself If not me, then who? If not now, then when? It was her call to action. Whatis yours? We all can make a difference in the world, and it first comes with the decision to doso. Then act with the passion and power you have within, and yes, you can and will make theworld a better place. It is why we are here. So go ahead, and follow the lead of our ecoLOCALpeople within these pages and sow the seeds of love. Because love is all that we need!
-David DeLozier, Publisher
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News and ViewsRhythm on the Ridge (ROTR) is upstate New York's finest littleroots music festival! Hosted by the Flood Road band, theevent is held on the scenic grounds of Maple Ski Ridge, inRotterdam, NY.
Each June, the fest features over two dozen local and regionalbands and artists performing original roots music on twostages! The fest also has a variety of crafters & vendors,children's activities, music workshops, open mic, food,beverages and more! Field pickin' is welcome, so bring alongyour instruments!
Single day or weekend ticket, and overnight camping areavailable. Children 16 and under are free with a paid adultentry. Two-day adult ticket only $15! Sunday morning, Picwith Pancake Breakfast and Open Mic 9AM-12PM, and thenit's back on stage for more great local performers!
ROTR will be held on June 8th & 9th, 2013. For additionalinformation, visit us at http://rotrfest.wix.com/rotrfest
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The Passive Pioneer Awardhonors those in the passive fieldwho provided the theories, earlyresearch efforts, new conceptsand opportunities for laterresearchers to follow andimprove upon. The award ispresented to a deservinginnovator who was involved inthe early stages of the creationand development of significantideas, theories, and concepts ofpassive theory, design, application, or technology. At the annual AmericanSolar Energy Association conference held in Baltimore the 2013 PassivePioneer Award is presented to Bruce Brownell for his early recognition andapplication of passive solar design concepts.
Bruce built his first passive solar home in 1960 and was involved in thebuilding of more than 350 passive solar homes over the next five decades. Inaddition, he taught and mentored others on the basics of passive solar homedesign. During his career he advocated for passive solar, speaking at theoriginal Earth Day in 1970, presented testimony to Congress and shared hiswork at many solar conferences. Bruce's work in passive solar design helpedset the stage for and contribute to the development of modern concepts ofpassive design and are certainly worthy of this award. His hard work,dedication and pursuit of a world focusing on passive solar design and energyconservation are in keeping with the highest mission and ideals of theAmerican Solar Energy Society.
Bruce is the founder and president of Adirondack Alternative Energy ofEdinburg, NY. Visit www.aaepassivesolar.com or call 518-863-4338 for moreinformation.
Author Julie Cushine-Rigg takes us through the alphabetsoup of terms and abbreviations associated with the foodindustry, allowing the reader the knowledge and confidenceto take advantage of the exciting trend toward buying local.Healthy, more nutritional food options are available righthere in our own backyard and this book will allow you theinformation to access those alternatives and support somearea farmers that would sincerely appreciate your business.
Whether purchasing grass-fed beef, artisan cheeses, freshseasonal fruits and vegetables or identifying a restaurantthat serves farm fresh foods, A Guide to Buying Farm Freshwill empower you to make the best decision about what youand your family eats. You may purchase the book by goingto www.forpeoplewhothink.com.
Passive Pioneer Award Buying Farm Fresh
WITWATS, a documentary film by Michael Murphy, is a sequel toWHAT in the World are They Spraying?
Mr. Murphy is investigating the environmental and humanhealth implications of geoengineering programs, how these canbe used to control our weather, what industries benefit from theprograms, and how the atmospheric spraying of nano-particlesaffects us all.
Of particular interest to the farming community, and anyone wholikes food, are the impacts of geoengineering techniques such asSolar Radiation Management on agriculture and thecommodities market. Those who are controlling the weather caninvest accordingly.
"While geoengineers maintain that their models are only for themitigation of global warming," Mr. Murphy states, "it is nowclear that they can be used as a way to consolidate an enormousamount of both monetary and political power into the hands ofa few by the leverage that weather control gives."
The Greenwich Library is located at 148 Main St. Greenwich,NY. There is no admission charge for the film. It is co-sponsored by Dionondehowa Wildlife Sanctuary & School, TheBonnefire Coalition, and the Agriculture Defense Coalition. Visitdionondehowa.org and agriculturedefensecoalition.org for moreinformation or call 518-854-7764.
Greenwich LibraryThursday June 13 7PM
Every time I come into ahealth food store I amgreeted by incrediblyfriendly, happy people. Andthat in spite of the fact thatI come not as a customerbut as someone who wantsto sell them something. Thisis highly unusual in theworld of sales and it tellsus something about the
new paradigm, the new consciously positive, intentionally healthyattitude that we can have and that makes our lives rich in humanconnections and that deep, deep feeling of being recognized that weall crave. Reversely, we recognize those receiving us in this manneras immediate friends and colleagues on a similar path.
What a blessing to be working in a field where human interactionhas reached a whole new level of ease and joyfulness. Being healthyreally helps being happy. No, not everybody gets it, but 90% of thetime this is true.
When you are a Waldorf alum you know that wherever there is aWaldorf school there is a health food store nearby - comes with theterritory. After all, Rudolf Steiner, founder of Waldorf schools, was thefirst to come up with the idea of growing foods organically. He calledit Bio-Dynamic farming. Not that he just made it up one day, nohe was not a farmer, but he was asked by farmers how they couldimprove their yields and render plants more nutrient-rich. So he gavethem a bunch of advice - at a time when chemicals just entered intothe main stream. And since he was a promoter of peace not war, hehad to be averse to synthetic chemicals. Actually, not to digress toomuch but, yes, you'd guess!, most chemicals now used in agricultureentered our life via the development of warfare or weapons of massdestruction, our 'defense' or 'offense' departments. They wereinvented as killer gases, nerve gases disrupting respiratory tracts andreproductive cycles. And their later variations range from the gasused to kill millions in gas chambers to our insecticides andherbicides, to our present tense antibiotics and man-made anthraxes.I'll write more about that another time.
Today in this issue, it's all about Sowing the Seeds and I want tocontribute to that notion. Sowing the seeds for healthier, happierlifestyles that turn us away from the destructive path of globalwarming, fossil fuels (out of which all those chemicals are made)toward a healing path, toward strengthening the networks wealready have, such as our health food stores. Frequent your localhealth food stores as much as you can and you are doing all ofhumanity and yourself a great favor.
It is amazing to me to witness over and over that it takes indeed lesstime and effort to heal parts of our body or our planet than it took to
destroy them. This is particularly true for degenerative diseases inour bodies and pollution issues on the planet, for example in ourrivers. Both can heal incredibly fast given a chance. However, this isnot to say that the healing will happen by itself. WE have to sow theseeds and follow through to reap the harvest of this healing process.
Of course Steiner was sowing the seeds for many humanitarian,healthy, conscious, and Earth-compatible modalities in our life andsocieties on planet Earth. And with the Waldorf schools and bio-dynamic farming also came the store in which to specificallypurchase those healthier choices of foods. Furthermore, since his wasa non-denominational approach, we now have Waldorf schools incountries all over the globe and health food stores with organicproducts in most of those countries.
Needless to say that when I travel - and I have traveled a lot - Ialways seek out the health food store of the location or the Waldorfschool of the city and I know I'll be in good hands and in goodcompany. And, of course, I'll also have good food for my organic rawfood lifestyle. Sickness? What's that!? --- to your good health and agreat big thanks to all the health food stores of the globe ; JohannaJohanna's Raw Foods - now at www.JohannasRawFoods.com - or call 518-795-5030.
By Prof. Johanna Sophia
RAW-liciousThe Wonderful Network of Health Food Stores
By Harry Moran, CFP AIF
Money MattersBringing It All Back Home
Sustainable and responsibleinvesting (SRI) takesmany forms. The movementstarted with a focus onexcluding the stocks ofweapons manufacturers andother defense contractors.The so called sin stocks ofcompanies in the tobacco,alcohol, gambling andpornography businesses
were also typically excluded. Much of this stemmed from the religiousorientation of some of the pioneering SRI mutual funds such as PaxWorld. In fact, their first fund was started in the Vietnam era by acouple of Lutheran ministers who wanted to create a core investmentoption that excluded weapons makers.
In the 1980's, the attention shifted heavily to the South Africandivestiture campaign that set out to bring down the Apartheidregime. Nelson Mandela has said that the financial pressure broughtto bear by SRI activists from college campuses to corporateboardrooms was a key element in the eventual demise of Apartheid.The international boycott weakened the economy to such an extentthat the government eventually relented to the will of the globalcommunity and started repealing the segregationist laws that hadbeen on the books for decades.
As hugely important as the success of the anti-Apartheid movementwas, there was a growing realization that negative screening wouldonly take us so far. We also needed to proactively identify companieswho contribute to a more peaceful, healthy and sustainablyprosperous world. This forces investors to be very intentional about
not only what they want to avoid, but also what they want tosupport. SRI mutual funds set up a variety of positive screens aroundsuch issues as racial and gender diversity in management and onboards of directors.
Investors who were looking for a more active role in influencingcorporate behavior started what we now call shareholder advocacyor engagement. In many cases, being at the same table asmanagement and engaging them in constructive ongoing dialoguehas been an extremely effective means to bring about change.
The third pillar of SRI is community investing. Screening andshareholder advocacy are critical tools for social investors but for me,investing in our local communities has the greatest and most tangiblepositive social impact. Our purchasing habits as consumers alongwith our choices of saving and investment options can truly make orbreak a community. Every dollar we spend, save or invest has animpact but it's up to all of us as individuals to decide what thatimpact will be.
We have several great ways to support the local economy. I'vewritten in these pages before about the Community Loan Fund of theCapital Region (mycommunityloanfund.org) and still consider that an extremely powerful way to channel capital to underserved groups in our area. Green America's Community Investing Guide is a great resource and provides a helpful primer on community investing in general along with a list of high impact, local investing options. You can obtain a free PDF of this guide here:www.greenamerica.org/socialinvesting/communityinvesting/orderguide.cfm. Of course, investors need to do their homework to make surethat a particular product is appropriate given their objectives, risktolerance, time horizon and tax situation. This is especially important
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There has been a lot of emphasis andattention to the importance of diet andexercise to our overall well-being with sleepquantity and quality overlooked. Consistenthigh quality sleep is crucial to our health andwell-being. Our hectic lifestyles ofteninterfere with getting enough sleep. Haveyou heard someone say lll sleep when Imdead. Well that may come sooner if yourenot getting enough sleep! According to theNational Sleep Foundation, at least 40million Americans suffer from over 70different sleep disorders and 60 percent ofadults report having sleep problems a fewnights a week or more. Most of those withthese problems go undiagnosed anduntreated. Furthermore, 69% of children
experience one or more sleep problems a fewnights or more during a week.
Sleep affects every system in our bodiesincluding neurological performance,endocrine balance, immune systemfunctioning, and musculoskeletal growthand repair. The release of human growthhormone, an essential player in cellularregeneration, occurs during GOOD sleep.Any mother can relate to being sleepdeprived and the effect it has on short termmemory and stress levels. Memory,problem solving , creative thinking are allenhanced and supported by a good nightsrest. Your immune system kicks in as well during sleep to fight off all thegerms you have been exposed to duringthe day. For those athletic types whothink they are superhuman and dontneed sleep..well your race times willimprove with more sleep.
Getting good sleep can be complicated forsome but here is a good place to start:1. Form good sleep habits! This includes adark room, no electronic blue light fromcell phones, computers or televisions. Ourbody reacts to those lights and thinks it isstill day time.2. (Try) and keep a consistent bedtime.
Developing habits are crucial and makegood sleep easier.3. Make sure you are sleeping on acomfortable bed! If you are tossing andturning all night, youre never really gettingthe quality sleep that youre body needs toreset.
Number three is where we can help most.We have various lines of mattresses that notonly are customizable but also are non-toxic. Its easy to overlook that you spend ?of your life in your bedroom and on yourmattress and that its one of the best placesto make an investment for a healthy life.The mattresses we carry are made from avariety of natural, no VOC fibers, includingnatural latex, wool, and cotton. Thesenatural fibers do NOT need the be sprayedwith natural flame retardants liketraditional synthentics. They also are moreeffective at temperature moderation andare extremely durable.
Come in, try a mattress, stay a while!Green Conscience Home & Garden is located at 33Church Street, Saratoga Springs NY. It is a retailshowroom that offers a variety of non-toxic and eco-friendly home improvement products, including paint,wood, cork and linoleum flooring, clay plasters, carpets,kitchen cabinets, countertops and beds. For moreinformation call 518-306-5196, email Karen@green-conscience.com or visit green-conscience.com.
By Karen Totino
The Green DesignerGood Sleep
I guess the first place tostart would be, Do youhave a philosophy ofhealth? I contend thatwe all have a very stronghealth care philosophy,however how muchthought do we give it.How you choose to eatand feed your family, howor if you exercise, how
often you take time for relaxation, do you take vitamins, drink alcohol,take multiple prescriptions drugs, or do you really even care about yourhealth and give it any thought? These questions are all answeredbased on your invisible ideas of what keeps your body working well.And where did these ideas come from? Were your parents healthconscious? Did you have a relative that became ill and that experiencemade you become health conscious? Perhaps, like many of mypatients, you yourself had a life changing experience with your healthand you decided to take charge of your health and well-being.Whatever experience you have had, your current philosophy needssome conscious attention. Instead of letting your health philosophy
happen to you, create it based on current research and make it matchhow you want to live your life.
For instance, science has concluded that living a pro-active lifestyle hasfar greater returns on your quality of life then living a re-active lifestyle.That is to say, eating well, moving well, and thinking well allows ourbodies to steer clear of illness and disease. Contrary, waiting for illnessand disease to happen to us and then try and fight our way back tohealth with drugs and surgery has been shown to lower our quality oflife as well as our lifespan. Therefore let's take a moment to examinesome simple ways we can live a pro-active lifestyle in this re-activeworld of healthcare.
1. The most important aspect of being pro-active is having a healthcoach. Haven't heard of a health coach. It's not a new idea, coachinghas always been around for those of us that want to perform at ahigher level. That is what we are talking about, right? We want ourbodies to function at its optimum all the time so we can achieve andmaintain a healthy body. I have a health coach I consult with everyweek, my wellness doctor. A doctor who is educated in living a pro-active lifestyle, not a re-active (wait till I get sick) lifestyle.
2. Eat consciously. Sounds simple? Surprisingly it is. Read labels, lookfor preservatives, added sugar, trans fat, etc Choose REAL food, not
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By Dr. Michael Quartararo of AAC Family Wellness Centers
The Wellness DocWhat's Your Philosophy of Health?
5 years ago, I had a blog called The BalancingAct. I started it when my oldest was 6 monthsold, and I was beginning my chief resident yearand acupuncture training. I kept up with it forabout a year, mostly as a way to update out-of-town family and friends on life with myfirstborn. (Remember the time beforeFacebook?) Then I completely forgot about ituntil my husband happened across it lastweek! Reading through my old posts broughtme right back to that new mom time when Iwas still trying to adjust to multiple new roles,and searching for some sense of equilibrium.
From my first post: Im a mom and a doctor,wife and individual, daughter and sister. Familycomes first, so why does it feel like work isusually in the way? I have survived a familypractice residency, and am now getting used toanother new role as chief resident.Theoreticallythis brings an easier schedule that should allowme oodles of free time to play with my kiddoand blog all night. Im still waiting
Even looking at just those few sentences, Irealize how my perspectives have shifted. Imno longer waiting for things to get better, I lookfor the ways to enjoy what I have now. Ifsomething feels out of whack, I work on whatwould feel a little bit better. I have created amedical practice that I love, so that going towork doesnt feel like a chore. Family generallydoes comes first...except when it doesnt.Balancing everyones wants and needs meansthat sometimes its more important to take careof a sick patient if my own kids are healthy... ordoing something for myself if I have beenspending all my time taking care of others.
Most importantly, I have realized that balanceis not some state of perfection that can bereached (or when you do find it, something
shifts to move you off-center again.) It is a everevolving goal that slips through your fingers ifyou try to grab too tightly.
Balance is not going to look the same foreveryone. The key is to create some breathingspace to define what you actually want yourlife to be like! Then figure out how the differentpieces fit in to that whole. Once you have aclear picture in mind, it will be easier to makelittle course corrections to stay on track.
What does balance feel like for you? How doyou find balance in your daily life?
Check in with yourself often. In the middle oftaking care of everyone else, or going aboutyour day on auto-pilot, develop a habit oftuning in to yourself for a minute here andthere. This is especially important when youfeel off-balance, cranky, tired, hungry...What doyou really need? Sleep? Protein? Fresh air?Grown-up conversation? Take a deep breathand really listen to your body, rather thanreaching for the first thing that is available. Somany of us are in the habit of ignoring ourneeds, this can take a lot of practice!
If you are way off-balance, get back on trackone step at a time. If you can get in the habitof tuning in to the little things, you canhopefully prevent them from developing intomajor crises. Sometimes things get away fromus, and sometimes life throws us curveballs, soyou may find yourself living out of balance fora certain period of time. Birth, death, illness...there are many reasons you may find yourselfshifted way over to one side, and need toaccept that you will be there for a while. Atsome point though, it will feel better to moveback towards the middle. When youre ready,remember what your ideal life would feel like,and make one baby step to get closer to thatfeeling. It is too much to try to get there in onegiant leap.
Build in transition times. This is one I amdefinitely still practicing. Without much of acommute I can find myself jumping from workmode to mommy mode within minutes, andshowing up to my kids with work still on mymind. It really doesnt work that well! Developa practice of building in extra time betweenactivities so that you can mentally wrap up one
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By Dr. Jessica Davis
Holistic HealthBalancing Act
With tax credits easily accessible for anyone who wants to save money,there has never been a better time to harness the energy of the sun.The return on investment is extraordinary. However, navigating throughthe information can be a little tricky; at Hudson Solar, we want tosimplify it for you.
First of all, you should know that tax credits now available toindividuals and businesses who install solar energy systems are verydifferent from tax deductions. A tax credit reduces your overall taxliability; if you owe $500 in taxes, and your tax credit is $100, then youwill only owe $400. Simply put, a credit reduces your tax bill, dollar fordollar. A deduction, on the other hand, reduces your taxable income,but typically doesnt have the same impact as a credit. It is importantto note that when you are going solar, you enjoy the benefits of aFederal Tax Credit.
The Federal Tax Credit, available for anyone who purchases a solar
energy system before the end of 2016, allows you to claim 30% of thetotal cost as a tax credit. The credit is available whether the system isinstalled on your primary residence, a second home (if it is not solelyused as a rental property), and has no limit in terms of dollar amount.Whether your system costs $20,000 or more, you are able to claim thefull 30% as a Federal Tax Credit, translating to big savings. For example,if you purchase a $36,000 system, you can immediately account for$10,800 in savings by claiming this credit.
On a State level, you will find access to even more incentives when youmove to solar power. New York State Tax Credits allow for up to 25% ofthe total costs (up to $5,000) to be claimed.The systems are exempt fromstate and local sales tax, and some local governments allow for propertytax exemptions as well. An added bonus for both Federal and State TaxCredits is that excess credits can be carried forward into the future.
The financial rewards of going solar continue beyond the taxadvantages. Owners of solar systems obtain the paybacks of netmetering, which allows them to sell excess energy to utility companies,and, of course, also enjoy increased home value. From a taxstandpoint, going solar is clearly a fiscally responsible decision, but thetechnology really has financial advantages on every level, sharesMichael Bucci, CPA, of Pattison, Koskey, Howe, and Bucci CPAs inHudson, NY.
Hudson Solar is a local, family-owned solar provider based out of NewYork and proud employer of military veterans. This year they arecelebrating their 10th anniversary with over 1,000 systems installed.Serving New York, Western Connecticut, Western Massachusetts, andSouthern Vermont, Hudson Solar is the leading renewable energycompany in the region.They take great pride in offering the best qualityand service, and back it up with years of experience and many awards.Hudson Solar is a local, family-owned solar provider based out of New York and proudemployer of military veterans. Serving New York, Western Connecticut, WesternMassachusetts, and Southern Vermont with over 10 years of experience and over 1,000systems installed, Hudson Solar is the leading renewable energy company in the region.They take great pride in offering the best quality and service, and back it up with years ofexperience and many awards.
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When I sat down to ponder what I wouldwrite about for a Local Food issue from aneco mom perspective, I started to rememberfondly how easy it was to spend time andmoney on green and sustainable choices ofmy choosing pre-baby. I had more time toshop trendy second hand clothing stores andmore money to spend on an endless array oforganic personal care products just for me!
Once I became pregnant, organic and farm-to-table foods got bumped to the top of mylist for how to spend my green on green.And they're on top permanently becausenow it's not only about being healthy andsupporting local sustainability, it's alsoabout modeling eco local living to the nextgeneration of our family.
As busy parents we all have our method ofapproaching green, eco, and local when itcomes to food. We personally tend to do theorganic thing at the supermarket and I amvery strict about refraining from purchasingfood products containing soybean or palmkernel oils for their implications on our globalenvironment and humanity. We also try to get
to a farmer's market once weekly. But moreand more I am hearing about familiesbelonging to CSAs (community supportedagricultures) and parents ditching the storebought jar of carrot puree for simplehomemade baby food practices.
One mother that recently came into the storetold me about how much she loves theirfamily's subscription to the Kilpatrick FamilyFarm CSA (kilpatrickfamilyfarm.com) becauseof the affordability, pick-up locations, andseconds option. A seconds option in aCSA allows you to purchase the not so cutelooking carrots at a discounted price so thatyou can go home, cook em' up, puree, andfreeze in ice cube trays for some prettynutritious and affordable homemade babyfood for months to come. Or even better yetfreeze soup for the whole family for thoselate nights getting home from karate or asoccer game come Fall again.
A great recipe book to start with forhomemade baby food to whole familyrecipes that would nicely compliment a CSAsubscription is Into the Mouths of Babes: ANatural Foods Nutrition and Feeding Guidefor Infants and Toddlers by Susan TateFirkaly. My favorite recipe is the zucchinipancakes which I tend to munch on as I'mmaking them.
Or take a local How to Make HomemadeBaby Food class with Paula Tancredi. Youdon't need any fancy baby blenders orgadgets. Just some good local produce andan afternoon and you can make monthsworth of baby food. Paula's simple approachto making home made baby food makesputting a jar of store bought baby food inyour grocery cart seem strenuous!
Amber Chaves is the busy mother of a toddler and apediatric occupational therapist. She is certified in infantmassage and trained in babywearing through theBabywearing Institute. Amber is also the owner of TheBundle Store located at 35 Milton Ave in Ballston Spa, aneco friendly baby and maternity store specializing innatural and hand-made items. For more information onproducts and classes at The Bundle Store call 518-557-8809 or visit www.thebundlestore.com.
By Amber Chaves, The Bundle Store
Eco-Mama Organic Baby Food Made Easy -Honest.
GROWING Food and Justice
AT SOUL FIRE FARM
STORY BY TRACY FRISCH I PHOTOGRAPHY BY BENITA LAW-DIAO & JONAH VITALE-WOLFF
If you drive up a certain private lane off Route 2 in the hills of easternRensselaer County, you'll come to a striking handmade houseoverlooking an expanse of gardens and pasture. The farmstead isself-contained, surrounded by woods and out of sight and sound oftraffic.
You've arrived at Soul Fire Farm in Grafton. It's the home of LeahPenniman and Jonah Vitale-Wolff and Neshima, age 10 and Emmet,who is seven. Leah and Jonah are small farmers who act daily ontheir vision for a better world. They're also parents, educators,community organizers, dancers, strategic planners, conflictmediators, and a great team - among other things.
If you have the pleasure of meeting them, their generous spirit willimpress you. You'll also witness their commitment to social justice,community-building and ecologically sound agriculture. They've beenskillful at achieving their goals and inspiring others to join in.
Given all the good works of the farm that don't bring in any income,you might assume it's a not-for-profit. But no, Leah and Jonah ownand operate Soul Fire Farm as a family business. But they describe itas "very mission driven."
The Soul Fire Farm mission is "to dismantle the oppressive structuresthat misguide our food system." Jonah says they frequently askthemselves, "Are we being the agents of change that we want tobe?"
FOOD AS A MEDIUM FOR SOCIAL EQUITY Now in the third year of offering shares through Soul Fire Farm'sCommunity Supported Agriculture, the couple's deep love of growingstuff has worked magic in regenerating their farm's worn-out, heavyclay soil. But farming also serves a higher purpose for Leah andJonah. They are using food and agriculture as the nexus to reachpeople and bring about positive social transformation.
"Food can be a very powerful healing entity or it can be a drug," saysLeah. In her view what's for sale in the corner store - unhealthymanufactured food -- is "basically killing people and communities,crippling children's ability to learn and causing an epidemic ofdiabetes."
Leah and Jonah are very generous in the CSA shares they distribute.Each week members receive 10 to 14 different items -- theequivalent of a bushel of vegetables, plus a dozen eggs (or sproutsfor vegans). But it wouldn't be sufficient for them to provide CSAshares only to people who can afford to join on their own.
They believe that access to land and good food is a basic humanright. Toward that end they've set up their CSA in such a way thatthey can serve poor inner city neighborhoods -- Arbor Hill, West Hilland the South End in Albany and North Troy. Since they work withpeople who might not have other good sources of food, they aim fortheir CSA share to meet a family's complete dietary needs as far asvitamins, minerals and protein, though not carbohydrates as they'reoverabundant in the average diet.
Their CSA operates on a sliding scale somoderate and upper income memberssubsidize low-income shares. Thus CSAmembers with the means pay $30 a week($570 for the 20-week season), while lowincome members pay $22 a week or $432 aseason.
In addition, Soul Fire Farm accepts EBT(Electronic Benefit Transfer is the swipe cardthat replaced food stamps and may be theonly CSA in the region to do so.
"It's legally and logistically possible, but timeand paper work intensive," said Leah. They'reworking with the Northeast Organic FarmingAssociation to improve government policyand ameliorate the situation.
By providing the same food to peopleregardless of their means, Soul Fire Farmdeliberately goes a step further than foodpantries or soup kitchens. Another expressionof their social justice orientation involvesanalyzing how and why social conditionsdeny large groups of people access to goodfood. They also always include an articlehighlighting a food justice issue, which maybe local, national or even global, in theirweekly CSA newsletter.
This year they started working with theAlbany Food Justice Coalition, a networkinggroup of providers, neighborhood people andgovernment agencies trying to identify andovercome barriers to food access.
WORKING WITH YOUNG PEOPLEBesides good food, Soul Fire Farm createsfree educational programming for urbanyouth. When a group of teenagers come tothe farm, Jonah says, "They have a profoundexperience."
At the farm young people get their handsdirty in the gardens, cook up real foodtogether and take part in an activity to learnabout where they're situated in the foodsystem.
Fun is always on the agenda, too. Atlunchtime Leah and Jonah get everyonedancing in styles like hip-hop and African.There's also a trapeze to play on (Leah is anaerialist).
But what's special for youth at Soul Fire goesbeyond learning new skills andconsciousness raising or even having a blast.
"A lot of these young people don't experiencebeing addressed as fully capable humans,"Jonah said.
He recounted a comment made by theeducator at the Produce Project, a groupthey work with in Troy: 'Young people,especially black urban teenagers, are treatedas stupid and guilty, instead of as innocentand intelligent.' What a sad indictment ofour society!
Leah and Jonah use respect and solidarity asan antidote to this corrosive pattern. Theybelieve in human potential and areenergized by their work with teenagers.
"I love the 'aha moment' when they see theymatter and they connect with the earth,"says Leah, who works with young people asan environmental science and biologyteacher at Tech Valley High School inRensselaer. Despite her full-time off-farmjob, during the first year of their CSA, shewas the sole farmer producing for 15families.
Education takes various other forms at SoulFire Farm. Leah and Jonah have live-ininterns who work with them on the farm.They do lots of outreach, from tabling atevents to meeting with communityorganizations, and they also give talks, puton cooking demonstrations, and mentorbeginning farmers.
INTENSIVE GROWINGFOR SOIL FERTILITYAND BIODIVERSITY
ON AN UNLIKELY SITEEcological principles inform the way thatLeah and Jonah have chosen to farm. Theyuse methods that minimize their fossil fuelusage, prevent soil erosion and maximizebiological diversity. Their practices also buildhealthy, productive soil.
Soul Fire Farm is somewhat unique becausemost vegetable farmers grow on rich riverbottomland or other sorts of prime farmland.They started out with only six inches oftopsoil on top of clay. On my walking tour ofthe farm, we come upon newly openedground and I see the consistency of theunimproved soil with my own eyes.
The 73 acres that comprise Soul Fire Farm are1500 feet in elevation and were onceovergrazed by sheep and abandoned toforest. Jonah admits, "We chose communityover agricultural land."
Prior to moving to Grafton, the Penniman-Vitale-Wolffs lived on Grand Street inAlbany's Mansion neighborhood for fiveyears and formed lasting relationships withother families in the vibrant Albany FreeSchool community. The Free School owns a
camp a mile down the road and the PeacePagoda is also nearby.
Jonah and Leah say their farm is ademonstration that it's possible to grow anabundance of nutritious food on marginalland. They are proud to have turned theirheavy clay soil into a really great growingmedium. Their twice-yearly soil tests at theUniversity of Massachusetts show that theirsoil fertility is "phenomenal". And they saytheir gardens are high yielding and producevery high quality vegetables.
"We can feed a family for 20 weeks out of abed 100 feet long by 3 and a half feet wide,"Leah explains.
They grow crops by hand in permanent beds.Once established, the garden beds are nevertilled.
With under an acre of these neatly laid outbeds, they are able to amply supply upwardsof 50 CSA shares.
Besides vegetables, Soul Fire Farm offers anegg share and raises chickens for meat. Thelaying hens gets moved to new grass once aweek and the meat birds are moved daily ontheir five acres of pasture. (I wanted to buy adozen eggs, but Jonah said sometimes thedemand is great and sometimes it's hard tosave enough for the family!)
In addition, Leah and Jonah grow mushrooms in the woods and collectmaple sap for a friend's sugar shack. They have already put in differentkinds of small fruit for themselves and this year they will be addingmore plantings from seedless grapes to kiwi, and brambles toelderberries, plus fruit trees, nut hedges and perennial herbs.
FAR FROM NOVICESThough neither Leah nor Jonah grew up on a farm, they came to theirown farm project equipped with the benefit of years of agriculturalexperience.
Leah told me, "I've been farming since I was 15 years old. I was oneof the kids that the Food Project was trying to save."
The Food Project is a wildly successful Boston area organization thatuses agriculture as the vehicle for fostering leadership among urbanand suburban teenagers while also producing organic vegetables forlow income and more affluent residents.
Leah and Jonah, who met in college and have been together eversince, both worked several seasons at Many Hands Farm, a smalldiversified organic farm in Barre, Mass. Each of them later did a stintmanaging that farm. Jonah also gained significant experience at abiodynamic horse-powered farm in northern California and Leahworked at the Farm School.
In 2002 when Jonah was coordinating the citywide communitygardening program in Worcester, the two of them launched an urbanyouth agriculture program. A decade later it's still going strong,employing over 40 young people every year and training andsupporting them as leaders.
Closed Sundays in July and August
OTHER CHOICES IN ONE FARM'S STARTUPSoul Fire Farm has gotten its name on the map pretty quickly. There wasn't even goodaccess to the property until 2007 when they got a road built, and they only started farmingthere in 2011.
Five years ago Jonah broke ground for their timber-frame, straw bale, earth-plastered,passive solar house, which he designed and built. He used to make his livelihood with hiscompany, Hudson Valley Natural Building, but now he's cut back to limited consultationsand design work in order to farm.
Their beautiful home is integral to their food-based education and social justice work. Attimes they host 30 or 40 people for meals and gatherings.
Though their lives are informed by strong principles, Jonah and Leah are too pragmaticabout achieving their priorities to be purists. "Originally we were going to be off the grid[relying totally on solar power for electricity]. But we shelved that idea to maintain ourcommunity connections," Jonah reports.
Leah and Jonah understand sustainability as a threefold goal. Besides its ecological andsocial justice dimensions, there's financial viability. In that vein, Jonah offers this advice forbeginning farmers.
"Do not go into debt because then you don't have any choices," he says. Soul Fire Farmdebunks another myth as well: that the only way to farm is as a full time farmer. They havedone neither.
Instead the two have essentially been volunteers on their own land, developing their farmenterprise in alignment with their values. They plan to keep growing slowly, staying wellrooted in community, with the intention of being around for a long time.
Find out more about Soul Fire Farm at www.soulfirefarm.com or by calling Jonah at (518) 229-1339.
Jonah and Leah's deep commitment to hand-scale growing for a 50-member CSA requiresdifferent methods than both home gardenersand most commercial growers.They've come upwith systems that work for their soil and overallsituation, and they continue to experiment.
Even the way that they kill sod to prepare theground for planting is novel, through a processcalled sheet mulching. They refined the detailsby playing around with permutations of thebasic approach.
In the mid fall they spread a 2 to 3 inch layer ofcomposted manure they buy in directly on topof the sod. Next, they lay Kraft paper, whichthey buy in 6-foot wide rolls. Over the paperthey put about six inches of old hay. By springthe sod has decomposed and the compost hasbeen incorporated.They'll rake the hay into thepathways to ready the new bed for planting.
It's only at that initial stage that they apply alot of compost. Instead Leah and Jonah haverelied on mulch as their primary source ofnutrients. They cover their garden beds withhay when they put them to sleep for the winterand over time nutrient-rich organic soil anddecomposed hay accumulate in the paths.Theyfertilize the beds by depositing it on top.
Recently with the acquisition of a small tractorand a tiller, Jonah and Leah have mechanizedto a limited extent. They're using the tractor tomove high volume materials like compost, andthe tiller functions only to speed up openingnew ground. They also got a tractor implementcalled a bed former, which substitutes for thephysical labor of shoveling out the pathwaysevery year. Jonah says it's saving his back.
They also employ other strategies for enrichingtheir soil, like under-sowing soil-improving"green manure" crops - such as clovers, oats,buckwheat, field peas and vetch - under theirtaller crops.
At the end of the season they run their flock of80 laying hens chickens through the garden asa clean up crew. They eat bugs and cropresidues, hasten decomposition of organicmaterials and leave behind their manure.
Soul Fire Farm is evolving. Jonah posed aquestion they're striving to answer: "How canwe close the nutrient cycle?" The aim is toneed to bring in fewer off-farm inputs whilecontinuing to produce really good food.To thatend they've become interested in bio-nutrientfarming and sea minerals. Undoubtedly they'llarrive at some creative solutions to their quest.
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since many community investment vehicles are not insured so there's no safety net.I'd beremiss if I didn't also take this opportunity to stress the importance of supporting our localfarmers. While it may be too late to join a CSA for this summer, we're blessed with a number ofamazing farmer's markets. Buying as much of our food as possible locally is one of the mosteffective ways to foster a vibrant and resilient local economy. Fresher, safer, more nutritious andenergy efficient, locally sourced food represents a win-win for the environment and ourcommunities. This may not be exactly what the inscrutable Mr. Dylan had in mind butcommunity investing is truly about Bringing It All Back Home. Keep it local, keep the faith,and enjoy all of the bounty and beauty this area has to offer.Harry Moran helps socially conscious investors define and achieve their highest goals by aligning their money with their values.A 26-year veteran of the financial services profession, Mr. Moran has held the Certified Financial Planner designation since1991. He is a member of First Affirmative Financial Network, a national professional organization dedicated to meeting theneeds of the socially conscious investing community, and a member of the Impact Investing Division of Portfolio ResourcesAdvisor Group, a registered investment adviser. Mr. Moran can be reached directly at Sustainable Wealth Advisors firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-450-1755. Mention of specific securities, funds, or companies should not be considered an offeror a recommendation to buy or sell the security, fund, or company. To determine the suitability of any particular investment,please consult with your investment adviser. Remember, past performance is no guarantee of future results and no investmentstrategy can assure success. The opinions expressed are those of the author and may change without notice. Securities offeredthrough Portfolio Resources Group, Inc., member FINRA, SIPC, MSRB, SIFMA.
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from a bag or a can. Thankfully we live in an area where we have access to fresh local foods. Wehave weekly farmers markets and local orchards that provide the best possible food at great prices.
3. Move everyday! Many of us have sedentary jobs where we drive to work, sit all day at work,and then get home and sit for dinner. Finally we end this exhausting day by sitting on the sofa towatch our favorite program and fall asleep to do it the next day. Our bodies aren't designed to beso inactive. This is one of the many reasons why we have more arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, andobesity problems then we have ever had in history. 20 minutes per day, take time to walk aroundthe block, go to the gym, swim, and just move!
4. Be silent! Each day take some time in your hectic day to be quiet.Yoga is a great way to silenceyour thoughts while strengthening your core. Some of us choose to meditate, pray, take naps, read,etc Whichever you choose, know that our brains need a break from the constant stimulation ofeveryday life. Stress hormones are released when we are stimulated, even with positivestimulation. Give your brain a rest and allow those hormones to level out. You will feel this rightaway and your stress level with be reduced allowing your body to heal itself more efficiently andavoid those common ills you suffer from.
Take some time this week to evaluate your current philosophy of health. Make it congruent withyour goals of how you would like your future health to be. Keep in mind the statistics say thiscurrent generation is going to live past 100 years. Do you want to be like the average person over60 today that takes 6-9 different prescription medications per day? The patients that visit our officeconsult us so they don't end up like their parents, grandparents, etc They want to live a full,active, life to the end of their years. Do you? Join the 100 year lifestyle. We would love to help youlive a pro-active life for 100 plus years. Educate yourself! The resources are readily available. Visitwww.100yearlifestyle.com and our website at www.aacwellness.com. There you can stay in touchwith the latest workshops and seminars we will be holding in the community. We hope to see yousoon. As always, Be Well.Dr. Michael Quartararo has been a chiropractic wellness practitioner in Saratoga since 1993. He is the CEO and founderof AAC Family Wellness Centers, a Milton family and pediatric wellness center. He is a member of the New York StateChiropractic Council, International Chiropractic Council, International Pediatric Chiropractic Council and WorldChiropractic Alliance. Visit www.aacwellness.com or email email@example.com.
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thing, transition without rushing, and show up at the next activity ready to go. Even better, usesome of that time to do your check-in with yourself to figure out what you need before you getwrapped up in the chaos! Back to those days of being a new parent...How can you possibly findbalance and take care of yourself when the baby seems to need you 24/7? Stay tuned for thenext issue, Nurturing for New Moms.Jessica Davis MD practices in Stillwater NY as The New Mom's Family Doctor. She is board certified in Family Medicineand Integrative Medicine, and also practices Medical Acupuncture. For more information: www.jessicadavismd.com orcall 877-664-6116.
WELCOME TO THE 2013 LOCALLY GROWN GUIDEHere you'll find an amazing bounty of local food and otheragricultural products available at farms, grocery stores, restaurants,farmers' markets and retail outlets throughout the Capital/SaratogaRegion of New York. Whether you're planning your weeklyshopping...heading out for a great meal...or looking for that specialgift, we encourage you to visit one of the many farms or businessesfeatured here and show your support for the people who help keepour local economy strong and vibrant.
Why Buy Locally Produced Food? Fresh locally-grown food tastes really, REALLY good! Buying locally-grown food keeps money in the local economy,
supporting your neighbors Cooking with locally-grown food makes it easy to eat
nutritiously Buying locally-grown food connects you to farms and farmers Locally-grown food is an investment in our working landscape Locally-grown food can reduce energy demands through
decreased transportation distances and minimal packaging Local farmers carry on our region's food traditions, including
raising heirloom varieties of produce and livestock not commonly found in the commercial marketplace.
The area code for all phone numbers is 518, unless otherwise specified.
Saratoga Farmers MarketHigh Rock Park pavilion, High Rock Avenue, SaratogaSprings. Saturdays, 9am-1pm; Wednesdays, 3-6pm.www.saratogafarmersmarket.orgAt Saratoga Farmers' Market, now celebrating its 35th anniversary,you'll find fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs, poultry, milk, cheese,yogurt, baked goods, soaps, jams, honey, plants, flowers, herbs, andmore, including live music and special events. Come for the food,stay for the fun. Voted the state's Favorite Farmers Market in 2011and 2012. Market accepts EBT, WIC, and FMNP coupons.
Schenectady GreenmarketAround City Hall, Jay Street, Schenectady. Sundays, 10am-2pmwww.schenectadygreenmarket.comSchenectady Greenmarket connects farm and city to create aresponsible, sustainable food systemright in the heart ofdowntown. Each Sunday from 10am2pm, friends gather topurchase fresh local produce and artisan goods in a festivecommunity marketplace. Our outdoor market is located aroundSchenectady City Hall from May through October, with more thanseventy vendors who produce everything they sell. EBT, credit anddebit cards accepted.
Troy Waterfront Farmers MarketEvery Saturday, 9am-2pm on River Street. www.troymarket.orgMore than 70 local food growers, bakers, and artisans gather to offerthe freshest and finest! The 2013 Summer Season brings with it anew market - The Troy Twilight Farmers' Market (5pm to 8pm).This market is the last Friday of each month during Troy Night Out.Visit us on FB, twitter, and at troymarket.org
Warrensburgh Riverfront Farmers MarketFridays, 3-6pm, Memorial Day Weekend thru the end ofOctober (May 24 - October 25), Warrensburgh Mills HistoricDistrict Park, River Street, across from Curtis Lumber.www.adirondackharvest.orgLive Music. The best of the north country farms is available to youfrom May - October at The Warrensburgh Riverfront Farmers'Market, a "producer only" market, limiting sales to locally grown,raised and prepared products including produce, plants, cut flowers,dairy, poultry, meats maple syrup, honey, wine, preserves, bakedgoods and refreshments.
Additional listings:Altamont Farmers Market, Orsini Park, Altamont Train Station,Main Street and Maple Avenue, Altamont. Saturdays, 9am-1pm.Ballston Spa Farmers Market, Wiswall Park, Ballston Spa.Thursdays, 3-6pm; Saturdays, 9am-noon. www.ballston.orgBrunswick Farmers Market, Rt. 7 at the Town Office, Saturdays9am-1pm. Burnt Hills Farmers Market, Corner of Rt. 50 and Lakehill Road,Saturdays 9am-1pm.
Cambridge Farmers Market, CambridgeFreight Yard, Cambridge. Sundays, 10am-2pm.Clifton Park Farmers Market, St.George's Church, Rt. 146 Clifton Park. Thursdays 2-5pm July -October
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Capital District Farmers Market, 381 Broadway, Menands.Saturdays, 8am-1pm; Sundays noon-4pm. Wholesale Farmers Marketis held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The Saturday RetailMarket is from 9am-1pm. Central Avenue Farmers Market, 339 Central Avenue (theLinda/WAMC parking lot), Albany. Saturdays, 10am-1pm.Cohoes Farmers Market, parking lot next to Smith's Restaurant,Cohoes. Fridays, 4-7pm.Farmers Market at The Crossing, Crossings Park, 580 AlbanyShaker Road, Colonie. Saturdays, 9am-1pm. Delaware Area Neighborhood Farmers Market, St. James Church,391 Delaware Avenue, Albany. Tuesdays, 4-7pm.Delmar Farmers Market, First United Methodist Church, 428Kenwood Avenue, Delmar. Tuesdays, 2:30-6pm.Delmar Saturday Farmers Market, Bethlehem Central MiddleSchool, 322 Kenwood Avenue, Delmar. Saturdays, 9am-1pm.Downtown Albany Farmers Market, Tricentennial Park, Broadway,Albany. Thursdays, 11am-2pm.Canal Street Station Farmers Market, Canal Street Station RailroadVillage, 2100 Western Turnpike, Duanesburg, Wednesdays 4-7pm,Sundays noon-3pm.Empire State Plaza Farmers Market, north end of ESP opposite theCapitol, Albany. Wednesdays and Fridays, 10am-2pm.Fort Edward Farmers Market, Broadway Bowl parking lot, Rt. 4,Fort Edward. Fridays, 10am-1pm.Fort Plain Farmers Market, Legion Street lot, behind Haslett Park.Thursdays 4-7pm.Glens Falls Farmers Market, South Street Market Pavilion, GlensFalls. Saturdays, 8am-noon.Gloversville Farmers Market, Bleeker Square, pavilion behindChurch, Gloversville. Saturdays 8am-noon.Granville Farmers Market, Main Street, next to the old train station,Granville. Mondays, 2-5pm.Greenwich Farmers Market, 70 Main Street, Greenwich.Wednesdays, 3-6pm. www.seventymain.comHudson Falls Farmers Market, Sutherland Pet Store, 1161 DixAvenue, Hudson Falls. Tuesdays, 10am-1pm.Malta Farmers Market, Malta Community Center Rt. 9 MaltaTuesdays 3-6pm Middle Granville Farmers Market, Middle Granville Road,Granville. Mondays, 2-5pm.New Baltimore Farmers Market, Wyche Park, New Baltimore Road,New Baltimore. Saturdays, 9am-1pm.Prestwick Chase at Saratoga Farmers Market, 100 Saratoga Blvd.,Saratoga Springs. Mondays 3-6pm. Queensbury Farmers Market, Elks Lodge, 23 Cronin Road,Queensbury. Mondays, 3-6pm.Salem Farmers Market, Salem Village Park, Salem. Saturdays, 10am-1pm.Schenectady Farmers Market, in front of City Hall, Jay Street,Schenectady. Thursdays, 9am-2pm.Schenectady Union Street Farmers Market, In the Coldwell BankerPrime Properties parking lot at 1760 Union Street. Saturdays from9am-1pm from May till last Saturday in October.South Glens Falls Farmers Market, Village Park, Glens Falls.Mondays, 10am-1pm.
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State Campus Farmers Market, Harriman State Office CampusVendor Park. Thursdays, 10am-2pm.Voorheesville Farmers Market, 68 Maple Avenue (Rt. 85A),Voorheesville, Fridays 3-6pm. Accepts EBT.Waterford Farmers Market, Waterford Visitors Center, One TugboatAlley, Waterford. Sundays, 9am-2pm.Watervliet Farmers Market, Hudson Shores Park, Watervliet.Tuesdays, 2-5pm.
Adirondack Natural Foods63 Main Street, South Glens Falls, Saratoga County 793-0321Raw local honey, local grass fed beef, local chicken and pork, argylecheese farmer yogurt Battenkill milk & ice cream, local produce,personal care, gluten free and much more! We are "your connectionto the local farmer" Like us at facebook.com/adirondack whole foods
Cambridge Village Co-op1 West Main Street, Cambridge, Washington County 677-5731www.cambridgefoodcoop.comThe Cambridge Food Co-op has been serving the Battenkill Valleytowns with wholesome, affordable natural foods for over 31 years.Our store serves both members and the public, selling local organicproduce and products, like fresh cheeses and fresh baked whole-grainbreads. We carry a broad variety of delicious, natural, wholesome
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foods, wild fish and pasture-raised beef, aswell as a wide selection of gluten-freeproducts. Save by buying in bulk or case-lot pre-ordering. Open Mon - Sat 10 to 6,Thurs until 8 pm Sunday 11 to 2:30
Healthy Living Market and Caf3056 Rt. 50, Saratoga Springs, Saratoga County 306-4900www.healthylivingmarket.comAt Healthy Living we're proud to sell the freshest, finest food inSaratoga Springs! We work closely with local farms to bring ineverything from meat to dairy, produce to coffee, chocolate tomaple syrup, and more. Our goal is to serve Saratoga by sharing itsamazing bounty with the people and energizing everyone we meet!
Four Seasons Natural Foods Store & Cafe33 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs, Saratoga County 584-5670www.fourseasonsnaturalfoods.comCelebrating 25 years in business - since 1988, we have been servingour community with natural products and healthy fare in awholesome and fun setting. In our retail store, we offer a full arrayof natural foods groceries, organic produce, teas, coffees,supplements, personal care and aromatherapy. We carry manylocally produced items as well. Our cafe serves lunch and dinnerand is unique in the area. We offer hot and cold entrees, soups,salads, fresh breads and muffins, homemade desserts, teas, coffeesand cold beverages. Most dishes are vegan and all are vegetarian.
Green Grocer1505 Rt. 9 Halfmoon, Saratoga County, 383-1613,firstname.lastname@example.org www.thegreengrocer.comThe Green Grocer is committed to your health and well being. Not achain or franchise, but a real locally-owned and operated grocer -something of a rarity these days. Come in see what personal service isall about. We have all your vitamin and supplement needs, and ofcourse the best in organic produce and body care. Convenientlylocated on Rt. 9 in Halfmoon, we are just minutes away from whereyou are.
Honest Weight Food Co-op484 Central Avenue Albany, Albany County, 482-2667www.HonestWeight.coopMoving to our new location at 100 Watervliet Avenue in Albany June19th! Honest Weight Food Co-op is the Capital Region's onlycommunity-owned and operated-grocery store. Our mission is toprovide the community with affordable, high quality natural foodsand products for healthy living. Specializing in organic & locallygrown produce, bulk foods, natural groceries, local meats, gourmetcheese & specialty items, natural health and body care and muchmore! Open Mon-Fri 7am- 9pm, Sat-Sun: 8am-9pm
The Niskayuna Coop2227 Nott Street, Niskayuna, Schenectady County, 374-1362www.niskayunacoop.com Since 1943 the Niskayuna Co-Op has been serving the community.Your source for organic, gluten free products as well as Buckley Farmsrange eggs and grass fed beef. International deli featuring Co-Op instore roasted turkey. Memberships still only $5 and available onlineor from a friendly cashier. Buy, Eat, Live-Local!
Additional listings:Farmiemarket.com - An online farmers market delivering yourcustom order to your door weekly; produce, eggs, poultry, meat,herbs, teas, bakery, syrup, honey, wool and more.Glens Falls Food Co-op, 1338 Route 9, at exit N'way 17N, Moreau,Saratoga County inside the Rock Hill BakehouseMohawk Harvest Cooperative Market, 51 N Main Street,Gloversville, Fulton County, 706-0681, Open the public, with astrong local emphasis.Mildred's Meadows, 6560 Duanesburg Road, (Rt. 7), Duanesburg,Schenectady County, 518-231-2946. Offering locally grownproduce, horticulture, artisan food items and crafts.
Berle FarmBeechwood Road, Hoosick, Rensselaer County 686-3249www.berlefarm.comProprietor Beatrice Berle has been entirely dedicated to pursuing andexecuting the most environmental and healthful farming practicessince 1995. Now fully solar powered, Berle Farm is a blend of oldand new technologies. This beautiful farmstead produces hand-
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stirred artisan cheeses, yogurt, organic beef and seasonal farm goods..All cheeses are Aurora Certified Organic. All grains and grasses for thegoats and all the milk for pasteurized and raw milk cheese areproduced on the farm. Find our products at Honest Weight FoodCo-op, The Green Grocer, and the Cambridge Co-op. Ask for themby name!
Nettle Meadow Farm484 S. Johnsburg Road Warrensburg, Warren County, email@example.com www.nettlemeadow.comHappy Goats (and sheep) - Great Cheese! Nettle Meadow Farm is a50 acre goat and sheep dairy and cheese company in Thurman, NewYork just below Crane Mountain. The Farm was originally foundedin 1990 and is the home of over 300 goats, several dozen sheep anda variety of farm sanctuary animals. Nettle Meadow Farm is trulycommitted to the artisanal nature of each of our cheeses, the use ofnatural and organic ingredients, and the well-being of all our animals.The farm is normally open Thursday through Monday from 11am to3pm for cheese sales. Tours are given at 12 noon on Saturdays only.
Additional listings:Argyle Cheese Farmer, 990 Coach Rd., Argyle, NY 12809. 638-8966. Farmstead cheese & yogurt sold at the farm and the GlensFalls, Saratoga and Troy Farmers MarketsBattenkill Valley Creamery, 691 County Route 3, Salem,Washington County, 852-2923. Home delivery of milk and otherlocal foods in the Saratoga Springs area. Breese Hollow Dairy, 454 Breese Hollow Rd., Hoosick, RensselaerCounty. 518-686-4044. Organic, grass-based dairy permitted to sellfarm fresh raw milk. Homestead Artisans Enterprises, Ft. Edward, Washington County.638-8530, Makers of artisanal cows' milk cheeses, sold at theSaratoga Farmers Market.King Brothers Dairy, 311 King Road, Schuylerville, SaratogaCounty. Call 695-MILK. A local home delivery business.
Meadowbrook Dairy, RR 443, Clarksville,Albany County. 768-2451. Home andcommercial delivery in the Capital District.Willow Marsh Farm, 343 Hop City Rd,Ballston Spa, Saratoga County. 885-8731.Farm store selling, milk, farmstead cheese and Greek yogurt, beefveal and pork.
Adirondack Grazers CooperativeWe're a collection of 15 Family Farms working together to supplyWashington County's 100% grass fed beef locally and regionally.No hormones or feedlots, just safe healthy beef. Our farmers careabout their animals and their community and you can taste it in themeat. From our family farms to your family's table, please contact usfor a price list or more information: (518)638-8263. A variety offrozen packages are always available Mon-Sat 8am-5pm at NessleBrothers Meats 2945 County Rt 74 Greenwich, NY
Blakemore Farm110 County Rt 59A Buskirk, Washington County, 677-3677 Blakemore Farm grazes a herd of Belted Galloways followingManaged Intensive Grazing (MIG), know as rotational grazing.Cattle are grass-fed start to finish, without grain or added hormones.Belted Galloways are a heritage breed, generally lean due to extrainsulating hair. Our farm is Animal Welfare Approved (AWA).Primary sales are sides of beef, but individual cuts may be available.
Duell Hollow Farm291 Duell Hollow Road, Buskirk, Washington County,701-8858 We are a family owned and operated farm. We raise all natural grassfed beef. Everything our cattle are fed is grown right here on ourfarm, they are not fed any additives or given hormones. We offer ourmeat in a variety of ways. You can buy just one package up to awhole cow. We offer home delivery.
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248 Line Road, Berne, Albany County, 872-1199 or 573-5949,frantzensscenicacres.com www.frantzensscenicacres.comUsing organic practices we raise your table vegetables, eggs, chicken,Heritage Turkey, goose, duck, rabbit, and Scottish Highland beef.Our animals are raised on pasture where they enjoy foraging andrunning around, while our ducks and geese enjoy swimming in apond. Purchase our products from our table at the Delmar SaturdayFarmers Market, Saratoga's new Spa City Farmers Market onSundays, New Covenant Presbyterian Church farmers market onTuesday afternoons or by appointment from the farm. Like us onFacebook!
Heather Ridge Farm and Bees Knees Cafe989 Broome Center Road Preston Hollow, 239-6234www.heather-ridge-farm.comWelcome to our solar-powered Farm Store and Bees Knees Caf!Great lunches right on the farm! Enjoy mountain views from shadedpicnic tables or eat inside our 1820s farmhouse. Serving our grassfedmeats and pastured poultry with local organic produce. AnimalWelfare Approved. Saturday-Sunday, 11am-3pm. Farm store openwith retail cuts. Catering available. Farm tours. Year-roundmeat/poultry CSA. We ship!
Horny Hill Farm3302 State Rt 196 Hartford, Washington County, 518-632-5590 Horneyhillfarm.comOur Scottish Highlander and Belted Galloway Cattle are raised in atraditional calf-cow operation on 110 acres of hillside pastures andforest. Stress free to wander the backland as nature intended - theylove foraging through brush! May to October we rotationally grazethe herd on a growing number of divided pastures. Cattle are outsideyear round and fed quality hay and haylage round bales in winter.100% Grass Fed - No Antibiotics - No hormones - Lots of Love!
Lewis Waite Farm 135 Lewis Lane, Greenwich, Washington County, 692-3120www.lewiswaitefarm.comWe are big believers in nature's way. We raise grass-fed, grass-finished beef and pastured pork on our hilltop 450 acre farmCertified Organic by NOFA-NY. Our cattle are rotationally grazed.Our pigs enjoy pasture and woods. The animals live healthy, happylives in scenic pastures. We raise our own food in our large garden.We love our rural way of life and enjoy the great scenery as much asour animals do. Find us at the Saratoga Farmers Market or on thefarm by appointment.
Elihu Farm654 Beadle Hill Road Valley Falls(Easton), Washington County753-7838, firstname.lastname@example.org A pastured life has been the best life for our livestock and poultrysince 1986. The sheep, lambs and poultry often graze 9 months ofthe year, and eat hay outside in winter. The geese are great grazersand are protective companions for the ducks. At fairs and festivalsour sheep, lambs and shorn wool have won many awards. Visit us atthe Saratoga Farmers' Market or at Elihu Farm.
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Long Lesson Farm444 Goosen-Regan Road Buskirk, 753-0356 www.longlessonangus.comLonglesson Farm is home to North Country Daylilies and Longlesson Angus. We raise all-naturalpurebred Angus beef on our 450 acres. Cows are rotationally grazed during the growing season andfed our own hay during the winter. We feed no grain. A grain-free diet is natural and beneficialto the cows, and also better for us, the consumer. We process our meat locally at USDA inspectedEagle Bridge Custom Meat and Smokehouse. Find our beef at Empire Plaza, The Crossings, Malta,and Cambridge Farmers Markets, at Max London's and Local Pub in Saratoga Springs, and 50South in Ballston Spa, or visit us at the farm for both beef and daylilies.
Mack Brin FarmsJulie Murray 578 Randall Road Ballston Spa, Saratoga County 528-1987,www.mackbrinfarms.com , FB and Twitter We are a family farm producing pasture-raised roaster chickens, free-range brown eggs, heritage meatrabbits, willow and hay. We believe in organic methods of pasture management & sustainablefarming techniques. We are the only conservation breeders of the highly endangered San ClementeIsland Goat in New York State. We are helping others all around the country interested in owningthese beautiful animals. We also sell pet Holland Lop bunnies to wonderful homes. Farm tours arealways welcome please make an appointment.
Mack Brook Farm312 McEachron Hill Rd., Argyle, Washington County 638-6187,email@example.com www.mackbrookfarm.comWe raise beef that we want to eat. We are passionate about a healthy lifestyle and a healthyenvironment so it is 100% grassfed and rotationally grazed. And, it is juicy, tender and delicious! Shopfor individual cuts of meat from our On-Farm store. We're here 7 days a week and after 5. Call us!
Mariaville Farm2978 Duanesburg Churches Road Delanson, SchenectadyCounty 518-864-5234 Farmfreshmeat@gmail.com www.mariavillefarm.comA diversified farm raising natural and grass fed meats. Black AngusBeef pork, lamb, and chickens raised on pasture. We are also growinggourmet mushrooms on logs(shiitake, oyster, and lions manes). Findus at the Troy Waterfront Market, Schenectady Greenmarket, SpaCity Market and Gade Farm, or Find us on facebook. CSA available.
Tilldale Farm22 Tilley Lane Just off Rt. 7, 1/2 mile east of Hoosick River BridgeHoosick, Rensselaer County 686-7779, firstname.lastname@example.orgThe Tilldale Family Farm was established in 1938 along thepicturesque Hoosick River. We raise 100% grassfed, heritage breedcattle and pasture-raised pork. We are NOFA Certified Organic,which assures you of quality and purity. Our primary goal is tonourish you with wholesome food. Come out to the farm and see foryourself, or find us at the Delmar Farmers Market and the newCheese Traveler shop at 540 Delaware Avenue in Albany.
White Clover Farm20 Graham Lane Argyle, 638-8263, email@example.comWhite Clover Farm is a 125 acre farm in Washington County, NewYork practicing responsible, humane, and environmentally soundlivestock management. We're small family farm that is committed toproviding our customers with healthful and delicious 100% grass fedand finished beef and pastured heritage breed pork. Chemicals orpesticides of any kind are NEVER used on our pastures. Our AnimalWelfare Approved herd of Belted Galloway and Angus cattle enjoysfresh air, sunshine, lush green grass, fresh water, a stress-free life andstunning views of Vermont's northern Taconic Range. Content andhappy cattle make for delicious and healthful meat.
Additional listings:Anderson Acres, 52 Western Ave., West Charlton, Saratoga County.882-6050 Angus beef vegetable and flower baskets. Farmstand on Rt.67 in Charlton Brookside Farm, 125 County Rt. 45, Argyle, Washington County. 638-8972 veal, beef, chicken and turkey sold at the Saratoga Farmers MarketCornell Farm, 292 Lower Pine Valley Road, Hoosick Falls,Rensselaer County 686-5545 Eggs and vegetables and floweringbaskets sold at the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market and theSchenectady Greenmarket. Dall Hollow Farm, 7047 St. Hwy 22, Granville, WashingtonCounty, 642-9059 USDA Processed lamb and 2 year old classicEnglish mutton as whole and half carcasses, and free range meatchickens and eggs.Free Bird Farm, 497 McKinley Road, Palatine Bridge, 673-8822.Certified organic produce and pasture-raised eggs and poultryavailable at regional farmer's markets and CSA.Foster Farm, 220 W. River Road, Schuylerville, Saratoga County695-3058. Pasture-raised sheep and poultry.Gordon Farms, 144 Beebe Road, Berne, Albany County 573-7732,Pasture-grazed beef
Healthy Living Market and Caf has beenworking with local farmers in Vermont foralmost 30 years, and NOW were excited to
meet and support farmers in the Saratoga Springs, NY area.Long before local was a buzz word, Katy Lesser, HealthyLivings founder, started small, buying from the BurlingtonFarmers Market to sell in her tiny health food store. NowHealthy Living employs over 200 people and the demand for localfood has taken off! Healthy Living has worked with farmers andfood producers for years, teaching them about packaging,pricing, building relationships and how to bring their products tomarket. Its a proud and happy collaboration!
Healthy Living staff regularly visit and volunteer at local farms inVermont, and now we're eagerly building those relationships inNY. We bring the best local produce, eggs, meat, cheese, dairyand so much more direct from local farms to our customers. Westrive to make farm-fresh products the star at Healthy Living, withregular in-store farmer and food producer demos, a terrificselection of locally grown produce and locally produced specialtyfoods, and even a local CSA pick-up. We are so proud to teamwith local agriculture!
If you are interested in learning more about how you can bringyour local products to Healthy Living, please email us firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (518) 306-4900.
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King Crest Farm, 831 Grooms Road, Rexford, Saratoga County371-5069. Various cuts of beef and pork.Lane Farm, LLC, 12362 Rt 22, Whitehall, Washington County,499-0229. Maple Hill Farm, 110 Ashdown Road, Ballston Lake, SaratogaCounty 399-4097. Hormone-free, grain-fed beef from polledHereford cattle.Nagimor Farm & Kennel, 165 Hite Road, Warnerville, SchoharieCounty 254-0021 Naturally raised beef, lamb, pork and chicken. Porter Ridge Farm, 7068 State Route 22, Hebron, WashingtonCounty, 802-379-3523. Pasture/woodland raised pork and chicken.All natural, no nitrate smoked pork.Padgett Farm, Salem, Washington County, 854-9035. Naturallyraised beef with no antibiotics, no steroids and no growth hormones. Saddled Duck Deer, 14 Whites Beach Road, Ballston Lake, SaratogaCounty. 399-4516. Farm-raised, antibiotic and hormone-free venisonand rabbit.Sap Bush Hollow Farm, 1314 West Fulton Road, Warnerville,Schoharie County, 234-2105. Grassfed/pastured beef, lamb, pork,gourmet sausages, poultry, eggs, Thanksgiving turkeys, honey, crafts. South Farms Longhorns, 1417 Peaceable St., Charlton, SaratogaCounty 882-1571. Grass fed Texas Longhorn Beef available at the farm.Sweet Tree Farm, 138 Karker Road, Carlisle, Schoharie County, 234-7422. Various cuts of grass-fed beef, pork and chicken.West Wind Acres, 2884 West Glenville Rd., West Charlton,Schenectady County. 361-3167. Raising grass fed beef, pasturedpoultry and pork
Denison Farm333 Buttermilk Falls Rd. Schaghticoke, Rensselaer County, 664-2510, Justine@denisonfarm.com www.denisonfarm.comRetail and wholesale market vegetables We are a communitysupported family farm in the Hudson Valley. We adhere to theorganic national standards by participating in NOFA's Farmer Pledgeand are certified through Certified Naturally Grown. Our CSAprovides 500 families a weekly share (22 weeks) of fresh vegetables,delivering to Albany, Clifton Park, Guilderland, Delmar, Niskayuna,Troy, Saratoga, and Round Lake. Shares can also be picked up at thefarm and at the Troy and Saratoga Farmers Markets where we sell eachSaturday from May through January.
Long Days Farm42 Durfee Road Buskirk, Washington County, 677-8128,email@example.com www.longdaysfarm.com Our small farm and stand are located in southern WashingtonCounty. We grow a wide variety of vegetables and berries, includingmany unusual varieties, using natural and sustainable practices. OurHeritage laying hens wander freely throughout our property andproduce fantastic eggs. In the fall, we sell pasture-raised broilers.Look for our painted signs on County Rt. 74 in South Cambridge, or,at the Farmers Markets at 70 Main in Greenwich Wednesdays 3 - 6,Salem Saturdays 10-1 and Cambridge Sundays 10-2.
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New Minglewood Farm99 County Rt 52 Greenwich, Washington County, 692-8579,firstname.lastname@example.org www.newminglewoodfarm.comNew Minglewood Farm, your source for fresh, local, specialtyproduce. All our products are certified organic by NOFA-NYCertified Organic, LLC. We pride ourselves on producing the highestquality 'hand crafted' food possible. Find us any Saturday at theSaratoga Springs Farmers' Market, from May through October. Weoffer the only Certified Organic vegetables at the market. Specializingin greens, sprouts, and heirloom tomatoes
9 Mile East Farm136 Goff Road Schuylerville, Saratoga County, 514-8106,Gordon@9mileseast.com www.9mileseast.com9 Miles East Farm is dedicated to making it easy for busy people toenjoy local food. Subscribers receive weekly meals made withvegetables and herb grown on the farm and prepared in a commercialcatering kitchen. The spring 2013 season is sold out, but there are stilla few slots available for summer and fall. Visit www.9MilesEast.comto see how easy it can be to enjoy local food.
Additional listings:Adirondack Aquaponics, 38 Conclingville Road, Hadley, SaratogaCounty. 696-4400. Fresh local and natural tilapia, salad greens andherbsBlack Horse Farms, Rt 9W, Coxsackie, 943-9324. Seasonal cutflowers and vegetables.Country Garden, 3712 Consaul Road, Schenectady, 346-1996.Seasonal fruits and vegetables, pick-your-own berry patches.Freebird Farm, 497 McKinley Road, Palatine Bridge, 673-8822.Garlic.Fox Creek Farm, Fox Creek Farm Road, Schoharie, 873-2375.Organic garlic.George's Farm, 240 Wade Road, Latham, 785-4210. Variousseasonal vegetables.Glenville Berry Farm, 653 Swaggertown Road, Scotia, 399-3549.Vegetables, berries and melons.Happenchance Farm, 396 County Rt. 68, Eagle Bridge WashingtonCounty 686-0750. Certified Organic family farm growing vegetables,flowers, strawberries, vegetable & herb transplants.Kilpatrick Family Farm, 9778 State Route 22, Middle Granville,Washington County. Vegetables available year round through areafarmer's markets and a (CSA) in Glens Falls and SaratogaKrug Farm, 65 Everett Road, Albany, 482-5406. Greenhouseproducts, sweet corn and vegetables.OAFP Farm Stand, 296 Town Office Rd., Brunswuick, RensselaerCounty. 279- 9721, Growers of heirloom vegetables, berries andsalad greensOreshan Farms, Rt 9, Latham, 785-0217 Seasonal vegetables &sweet corn.Our Family's Harvest, 245 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands, 768-2344. Retail outlet for Stanton's Feura Bush Farms seasonal produce.Paper Dragon Farms, 4683 Rt 9, Corinth, 893-0726. Organicvegetables, tomatoes and pumpkins.
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Pigliavento Farm, 3535 E. Lydius Street, Schenectady, 356-9188.Seasonal produce.Quincy Farm, Easton, Washington County, 290-0296: Naturally-grown veggies for Ballston Spa CSA and local farmers' markets.Riordan Family Farm, 264 Diamond Point Rd., Lake George,Warren County., 623-9712. U-pick vegetables and CSA shares forthe Lake George area.Slack Hollow Farm, 177 Gilchrist Road, Argyle, 638-6125. Organicseasonal vegetables.Soul Fire Farm, 1972 NY Route 2, Petersburgh, Rensselaer County,(518) 229-1339. Produce, eggs, and meat.Underwood's Shushan Valley Hydro Farm, 588 Juniper SwampRd., Shushan, Washington County, 518-854-9564. Hydroponictomatoes and herbs.
Gardenworks Farm LLC1055 Route 30 Salem, 518-854-3250www.Gardenworksfarm.com e-Gardenworks1@verizon.netWe are a specialty crop farm with a greenhouse and a marketplace oflocal farm groceries and specialty items. We have U-Pick Blueberriesand Raspberries and grow squashes, pumpkins and flowers. Ourrenovated dairy barn offers local honey, cheese, maple syrup andorganic vegetables from our farm and neighboring farms. Localhandcrafts, dried floral designs and art compliment the farm productswith a barn gallery featuring Washington County artists. Open:Monday-Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 11-5 from April to Dec 27. Wehost tours, food samplings and special events.
Lakeside Farms Country Store & Garden Center336 Schauber Road Ballston Lake, Saratoga County 399-8359www.lakesidefarmscidermill.comWe welcome you to slow down and relax. Stop by and browsethrough our country store full of specialty items and gifts. Lakesidefeatures an on premise bakery, deli, farm fresh produce, cheddarcheeses, maple syrups, honey, molasses, and the original apple ciderdonut. Breakfast and Lunch served daily.
Saratoga Apple1174 Rt 29 Schuylerville, Saratoga County, 695-3131www.saratogaapple.com At our farm market we sell a wide variety of apples, cider, fresh bakedgoods, and produce. We also stock an assortment of local, natural, andhealthy food and gifts. Pick Your Own apples in September andOctober. We grow our apples with great care, using low-spraytechniques and micronutrient fertilization. Find us at the majorregional farmers markets!
Shaker Shed Farm Market945 Watervliet Shaker Road Colonie, Albany County 869-3662,email@example.com www.shakershedfarm.comAt the Shaker Shed Farm Market the greenhouses are full of beddingplants, Proven Winners plants, hanging baskets, perennials, herbs,rose bushes, and vegetable plants. Some local produce is coming out,
The restaurant industry is a hugeconsumer of food, so when there is anopportunity to source menu ingredientslocally, those purchases can make apretty big impact in the local economy,and keep small, local farms inproduction. But it can be hard for therestaurateurs to do it on their own somuch of their food buying is restrictedto what their distributors will provide.For example, the big national foodservice trucks travel thousands of milesto bring restaurants lettuce fromCalifornia, when there may very well belocal options within 50 miles. Theproblem