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Savor the Season

SAVOR THE SEASON: Celebrating Adirondack summer eats

LAKE PLACID - Summer is the most exciting time to eat in Essex County. Not only can consumers find locally grown food in season, but they can find it nearby at farmers markets, grocery stores and restaurants.There is also a tradition of food at summer festivals, whether it's the Essex County ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: Beyond the harvest

LAKE PLACID - When it comes to agriculture in Essex County, growing the food and raising the animals for meat - or milk and eggs - comes first. The harvest. Then comes the wide variety of value-added products.Meghan Brooks is the farm to school educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension of ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: Historic Cornell Uihlein Farm to close

LAKE PLACID - After 59 years, the Uihlein Farm of Cornell University on Bear Cub Lane will shut down, effective June 30, 2020, according to Farm Manager Chris Nobles.The closure decision was made in March."We are currently growing out our last greenhouse crops this growing season," he said. ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: Goat farming in the Adirondacks

AuSABLE FORKS - They don't eat tin cans.In fact, goats are actually picky eaters, according to Asgaard Farm & Dairy co-owner Rhonda Butler."They like good grass. They like to eat things in the woods like bark off the tree and bushy limbs," she said. "The idea that they'll just eat old ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: Meet Kirsten Liebl, a flower farmer in Essex

ESSEX - When local agriculture is mentioned during a conversation, many people automatically think about the food they can buy at farmers markets. They rarely think about flowers that are locally grown, cut and sold.But Kirsten Liebl, garden manager and floral designer at the 170-acre Echo Farm ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: I Love BBQ & Music Festival returns to Lake Placid July 5-7

LAKE PLACID - Planning continues for the annual I Love BBQ and Music Festival, set for July 5-7 at the Olympic Speedskating Oval, but some of the competitions are not yet finalized.The festival is a fundraiser for the Shipman Youth Center and features barbecue teams from the U.S. and Canada ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: US maple syrup production up despite shorter season

MONTPELIER, Vt. - U.S. maple syrup production increased slightly this year, even though the sap-collecting season was shorter than last year's, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.The country produced 4.2 million gallons of the pancake topper, up 1% from 2018.Vermont, the country's ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: Savor the season with rhubarb and cucumbers from the garden

Summer's bounty is surely one to savor. The brimming abundance of all things fresh from your own garden or from overflowing tables and baskets at markets sparks creativity.Each year I find myself with more rhubarb than our family can possibly consume. So we typically give some away and then ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: Adirondack cuisine trails remain in infancy

KEESEVILLE - More than eight months after the state of New York launched six new cuisine trails in the Adirondack region, those trails remain in development.Local, regional and state officials unveiled these intangible tethers between local farms, food and drink producers and restaurants around ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: LPES highlights healthy living with hydroponic gardens

LAKE PLACID - The Lake Placid Elementary School is putting a spotlight on healthy eating and sustainable living with an expanded gardening initiative.Three vertical hydroponic gardens were installed at the school last month.The Tower Garden systems, when lit, look like something out of the ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: Retired, the Johnstons keep evolving at DaCy Meadow Farm

WESTPORT - Early Monday morning, June 17, retired Keene Central School Superintendent Cynthia Ford-Johnston sat at the family-style table in her farm-to-table restaurant at DaCy Meadow Farm, sipping coffee, when a rooster crowed in the yard."This is what retirement looks like," she said. "Seven ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: Spring eats

LAKE PLACID - When it comes to spring eats, we tend to focus on maple syrup. Just look at this issue of the Lake Placid News; we've chosen to give our readers multiple stories based on the maple sugaring season.That's because - in our haste for warmer weather as we try to shake off winter's ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: Maple Weekends start this week

LAKE PLACID - Only a handful of maple producers in the Tri-Lakes region will be opening their doors to visitors this week and next week for New York's Maple Weekends, yet there are more than 180 locations throughout the state participating this year.The New York State Maple Producers ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: Black Rooster Maple

KEENE - The machine for converting sap into maple syrup is massive, intricate and shiny. The evaporator looks like a chrome locomotive with all its levers, knobs and vapor stacks protruding through the barn's roof. Pretty soon, it will be filled with thousands of gallons of sap, and the base ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: Lake Placid fifth-graders celebrate Pi Day by making pies

LAKE PLACID - People around the world marked Pi Day - Thursday, March 14 - by making pies, eating them, and sharing photos of them on social media channels such as Facebook and Instagram. Lake Placid Elementary School fifth-graders joined in the celebration by making pies from scratch at the ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: Chefs, meet your local farmers

LAKE PLACID - Carly Summers is playing the role of matchmaker. As the agriculture resource educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension in Essex County, she's trying to get chefs and food/drink producers together.Sponsored by Adirondack Harvest, a program of CCE, the Farm to Chef Meet & ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: Juniper Hill Farm grows food year-round

WADHAMS - Six days before the Vernal Equinox, lettuce plants in the Juniper Hill Farm greenhouse were already several inches tall.On Thursday, March 14, the day the Lake Placid News visited the farm off Route 10, temperatures peaked in the 50s and thaw gave way to deep mud puddles. Owner Adam ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: Old-timer tells of making maple syrup in the 19th century

(The following letter was found in the Lake Placid News archives from the April 17, 1931 issue.)M. S. Wallace, out of his 60 years of experience as a maker of maple sugar and syrup, gives a resume of his memories of the maple sugar industry. The following is a letter recently received from Mr. ...