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CNY Fresh : The Flavors of Central NY

CNY Fresh : The Flavors of Central NY | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

CNY Fresh, the Flavors of Central New York, puts a new image on local goods.

 

Farmers and producers will be able to label their products with the CNY Fresh logo at farmer's markets and in stores.

 

Eight Central New York counties are involved in the program, including Broome, Chenango, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego, and Schoharie Counties. Local officials said this new program will help build awareness of all the products the region has to offer.

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Farmers’ markets are more than just food

Farmers’ markets are more than just food | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Along with being a place where you can find everything from home-made sausage and locally grown vegetables to mouth-watering pies, Niagara’s farmers markets can also play a role as incubators of small business, can boost the region’s tourism and can help build healthy communities where people have more trust and where crime rates are lower, a new report from the Niagara Community Observatory at Brock University says.

 

The paper, by Doug Hagar, said the growth in farmers’ markets over the last several decades in North America may be due in reaction to today’s global trade, with people ‘re-embedding’ themselves and wishing for a sense of belonging and community.

 

Farmers’ markets allow smaller vendors to sell directly to consumers in a world where small operators typically don’t have access to supermarkets that may require large, minimum orders of products, Hagar said.

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The World's Most Amazing Country Store - The Fly Creek Cider Mill

The World's Most Amazing Country Store - The Fly Creek Cider Mill | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Once we arrived at the Mill, I realized I was in store for something much more than I bargained for. First of all, it’s over 100 years old which I always love. Coming from Florida, where nothing is really older than 1960, anything built at the turn of the century immediately is my favorite place ever. But more than that, they make all their own products. AND THERE ARE FREE SAMPLES EVERYWHERE.

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Agriculture Goes Local

Agriculture Goes Local | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

“The future is local,” said Narendra Varma, 43, a former manager at Microsoft who invested $2 million of his own money last year in a 58-acre project of small plots and new-farmer training near Portland, Ore. The first four farmers arrived this spring alongside Mr. Varma and his family, aiming to create an economy of scale — tiny players banded in collective organic clout. He had to interrupt a telephone interview to move some goats.

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Espalier Apple Tree Fence

Espalier Apple Tree Fence | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Espalier is the art of training trees, very often fruit trees, to grow on a flat plane. This technique not only creates an interesting plant structure – a ‘living sculpture’, but also is useful as a space saver for small space gardens. Trees trained in the espalier technique are trained against a flat wall, building, or against a free-standing structure.

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Why Heirloom? Why Not?

Why Heirloom? Why Not? | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it
I love the rare breeds. I love the colors, the personalities, the functional characteristics that make them special. I love something different, without having an exotic animal and the legal hassles that involves. I have no problem with someone keeping those if they can do so properly, but my “habitat” isn’t conducive to many animals, but is a habitat for rare breeds.
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Seasonal Chef: Rainbow Chard | Small Bites

Seasonal Chef: Rainbow Chard | Small Bites | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Well, it's happened .. the markets are officially overflowing with all things green - and I love it!

 

There seems to be a moment in June where this magic takes place. Every farm table has huge piles leafy greens. Multitudes of lettuce leaves, scallions, onions, spinach, kale, and bright beautiful chard. In particular: rainbow chard and the colors are just stunning.

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Top 10 Reasons to Buy Organic Foods

Top 10 Reasons to Buy Organic Foods | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

While I typically try to eat local, seasonal food, every once in a while I will crave something that isn’t in season here in Chicago.

 

So last week I stopped into Whole Foods to pick up a cucumber and grapes, and since those are two items on the “Dirty Dozen” list of produce with the most pesticides, I opted for organic.

 

Not really paying attention to the price, I was met with a bit of sticker shock when the cashier told me the damage: $9.29! For a bag of grapes and a cucumber!

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Decoding: Beef

Decoding: Beef | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Referencing what is available at the one closest to me, they sell what they label as 'All Natural Free Range Beef'. It is 'Certified Piedmontese' Beef to be exact. There is no claim this beef was 100% free ranged, so right off the bat, I question. Upon further research on the website for Piedmontese Beef, I find that this meat is never fed any animal by-products, emphasizing species appropriate/natural diets.

 

It also states they are raised without the use of routine antibiotics and without added growth hormones. Note - 'All Natural' as defined by the USDA means the beef contains no artificial ingredient or added color and is only minimally processed.

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Check out our listing on Agritourism World

Check out our listing on Agritourism World | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Agritourism World has a wealth of information on your favorite farms, and agricultural related attractions, stores, shops, riding stables and places to stay, not only in New York state, but literally, all around the world!

 

It's a valuable news source and a directory of businesses and farmers. It's for the interested public - and for anyone who wants to visit, to learn and to try something new and different.

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5 Reasons To Join Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

5 Reasons To Join Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

I first learned about CSA last year when I heard people talking about a CSA farm in our area. I was interested because I was trying to get my family and animals on an organic diet and an organic horsekeeping regimen and I was looking for ways to find organic produce. Beyond that I did not even know what the initials CSA stood for. When I contacted the farm, I discovered the time for buying shares had passed for the upcoming season. I did more research on the CSA movement so I would be ready for the next year.

 

CSA stands for community supported agriculture. Interested people pay for shares in the farm at the beginning of the year in February and March and then each week through late spring, summer and fall, you receive a share of the produce. CSA or community supported agriculture is an amazing vehicle for those who want to eat locally grown produce and support local farmers. We sent in our payment in March and received our first share in late April. All I can say after an incredible summer of beautiful produce is that CSA has been a huge success for our family.

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Who Grows Our Food: Margie Pikarsky, Bee Heaven Farm

Who Grows Our Food: Margie Pikarsky, Bee Heaven Farm | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it
Who Grows Our Food: Margie Pikarsky, Bee Heaven FarmHuffington Post (blog)Pikarsky wanted to get her produce directly to locals, but with a small farm and small yield, couldn't offer enough quantity each week to make it worthwhile.
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Farmers' Museum: A Window To The Future

Farmers' Museum: A Window To The Future | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

I had a magical time visiting The Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown, NY, a few weekends ago – thanks to the kind invite from my mother and her fiber art friends. Observing first-hand how rural craft traditions and slow methodologies in American history still have such resonance in contemporary making and slow fashion production.

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Getting By, Getting Ahead: Sustainability Challenge

Getting By, Getting Ahead: Sustainability Challenge | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Smith’s growing operation is a good example of what is happening across the Monadnock region. Situated away from any busy interstates, this rural corner of southwestern New Hampshire is relatively isolated. That’s created a strong sense of localism among residents.

 

The area is well known for its strong Buy Local movement, and its growing demand for locally sourced food. According to the latest Census of Agriculture, between 2002 and 2007, the number of farms in Cheshire and Hillsborough counties grew by about 30 percent. Most of those are small farms, and many of them are CSAs, like Smith’s.

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Working Oxen on the Farm Today | Cornell Small Farms Program

Working Oxen on the Farm Today | Cornell Small Farms Program | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

I never thought I would be learning to farm with oxen. I grew up in Chicago and I did not get to see the country all that often.

 

The only “Bulls” I knew of were a professional basketball team. After high school, I chose to go to college out in Iowa. It is interesting how a new place can influence your ideas. Well that summer, I decided to work on a farm.

 

I was curious, excited, and I felt free to explore my interests. But I had not gone so far as to think that I would want to become a farmer. That only came after I had worked on a few more farms. I make these statements today. But not too long ago, most people lived in the country, farmed the land, and had draft animals. If they heard me say this, they would probably look at me funny.

 

 

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Fairs urged to spotlight local ag | capitalpress.com

Fairs urged to spotlight local ag | capitalpress.com | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Small farm experts want fairs to get back to their roots as the center of their region's agriculture.

 

Penny Leff, who leads the University of California's Small Farm Program, and Diana Poluszak, of the state Department of Food and Agriculture, told a gathering here that fairs were mostly centered around agriculture for more than 100 years, before entertainment became more of the focus in the last 30 years or so.

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All Hail Kale

All Hail Kale | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

When it comes to leafy greens, there are some big players that tend to dominate our salads, soups, and suppers: romaine, baby spinach, and perhaps even a few “exotic” varieties like arugula.

 

With CSA deliveries and farmers markets well underway, we get to meet some new possibilities that can enhance (and dare I say, replace?) the regulars we so often lean toward. Nothing against romaine and spinach; they have many redeeming qualities, and are favorites for good reasons. Yet there are other leafy greens just as delicious, and with the bonus of adding significantly more vitamins and nutrients to your dishes.

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