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Savor the Season

SAVOR THE SEASON: Forest Farmers acquires Parker’s Maple brand

LAKE PLACID — Three years ago, Mike Farrell left his job as director of Cornell University’s Uihlein Maple Forest, a 200-acre research and extension field station on Bear Cub Lane. Now he’s making big news working for the company he co-founded, The Forest Farmers. Based in Lyon ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: Try summer eats to beat the COVID blues

LAKE PLACID — Summer is the most exciting time to eat in Essex County, and more people are looking for locally produced food as the nation continues to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. Not only can consumers find locally grown and produced food that’s in season, but they can find it ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: New York maple production down slightly this year

LAKE PLACID — Maple production was down slightly this spring compared to 2019, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agriculture Statistics Service. Released on June 11, the maple production report shows that New York’s maple production decreased from 820,000 ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: Try my mother’s 3-bean salad this summer

If you stocked your pantry with an abundance of canned beans in the past few months, you may be looking for a fresh, cool way to bring those to the table in the summer season. You’ve added them to soups, stews, chili and more. What’s next? My mother’s 3-bean salad has always been a ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: Farmers, food producers not on pause

The coronavirus outbreak has dramatically altered how many people are living their lives, and that includes how they get their local food. At the Sugar House Creamery in Upper Jay, as the pandemic rages on, daily operations have changed little. The cows are still roaming the barns, still ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: Small town produce in Small Town Cultures

KEENE — Cori Deans started her business with a few recipes she enjoyed. Diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, the Lake Placid native said she decided to incorporate more fermented foods into her diet to try to flush out bad bacteria. What started as a lifestyle change snowballed into Small ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: One crop shop

WILMINGTON — Click on the online map on the Adirondack Harvest website, and you’ll find a new farm off the Springfield Road — a garlic farm. “Semi-retired” and looking for a way to make some extra money, Wilmington town board member and longtime resident Rarilee Conway decided to ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: Maple sugar house tour

LAKE PLACID — Since the New York State Maple Producers’ Association canceled New York State Maple Weekends — March 21-22 and March 28-29 — and the state government has issued public assembly restrictions and social distancing guidelines due to the coronavirus pandemic, residents and ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: Winter eats

SARANAC LAKE - Saranac Lake's Winter Farmers Market was abuzz with Christmas shoppers on Saturday, Dec. 21.Residents and guests intermingled around the lobby of the Hotel Saranac. They walked from one vendor to the next, sampling cheeses, smelling handmade soaps, and eyeing baskets filled with ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: Heaven Hill Farm known for its cows

LAKE PLACID - The cows came home to Heaven Hill Farm on June 28.It was a reunion of sorts. More than 75 people had lunch outside at the farm, basking the sunshine, hosted by Heidi Roland of the Uihlein Foundation. They were on a field trip from the American Jersey Cattle Association-National ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: Farm stay

LAKE PLACID - Some Essex County farmers are diversifying their offerings to increase revenue so they can keep their businesses going.Many have chosen to add more of what's called "value-added products." For a dairy farm, this could mean using harvested milk to make different types of cheese, or ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: The Good Bite uses local ingredients for meal kit service

LAKE PLACID - The savory smell of fresh chicken broth wafted from a tall silver pot in the far left corner of The Good Bite Kitchen at 2501 Main St.The light brown liquid bubbled quietly beneath dim hood lights as owner Kayte Billerman moved from one station to the next, moving aside jars of ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: New Essex County agriculture plan in the works

ELIZABETHTOWN - The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Essex County wants to map the needs of this county's farming community, and they need the public's help to do it.The CCE has commissioned a group of consultants to work with local farmers, consumers and business leaders on a strategic plan ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: Reber Rock Farm pivots strategy

ESSEX - At Reber Rock Farm, the leaves were just beginning to change Monday afternoon, Sept. 23 - the first day of fall and deep into the harvest season.In a small pasture by the farm stand, two horses shook their heads, blonde and brown hair flying upward. These rare Suffolk Punch colts - with ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: Moonstone Farm owners find balance

SARANAC LAKE - Dozens of birds wandered around Moonstone Farm and Forest Tuesday evening, Sept. 24, speeding around a pasture outside a small wooden coop and climbing to the top of a soil pile beside the property's 200-year-old farmhouse.Some of the chickens stomped through puddles filled with ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: Traveling macaron maker makes a Keene Valley visit

KEENE VALLEY - Margaret Waterhouse wanted a challenge.When the Davis, California, native started baking French macarons in high school, it wasn't because they were her favorite dessert. For her, the lure of the colorful, delicate meringue cookies was in their deceptive simplicity - and the ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: Fall is for apples and potatoes

The fall season brings apples to the great state of New York.The state fruit is grown in abundance throughout the Adirondack region and offers so many opportunities for experimentation in cooking.Use apples in pies, chutneys, baked goods, sauces, soups or just simply enjoy them in their ...