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Savor the Season

SAVOR THE SEASON: Quebec native makes traditional French-Canadian meat pies

SARANAC LAKE - Many Tri-Lakes residents of French-Canadian ancestry know about the tourtiere - a traditional double-crusted meat pie of the Christmas season that originated in Quebec. And one Saranac Lake woman - Sylvie Nelson - was busy this week making them for her family and friends.For a ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: Alpaca fleece makes cozy clothing

JAY - The Alpaca Shoppe in this hamlet doubles as the Rosenblum Chiropractic office.About 15 years ago, Seth and Trudy Rosenblum stumbled upon a craft fair in Saratoga. One of the vendors featured alpacas. When the couple got closer, an alpaca kissed Seth."That was the end of it," Trudy said. ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: Keeseville Farmacy creates a tiny oasis in local food desert

KEESEVILLE - A now empty building on Front Street was once home to a Tops grocery store. At one point, it was a Mac's Market. At another time, it was a Grand Union. Today, this hamlet of a little more than 1,800 residents hasn't had a grocery store for about five years despite being surrounded ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: Farm-to-table menu at Big Slide Brewery

LAKE PLACID - Big Slide Brewery & Public House opened in the summer of 2016. It's owned by the same company as the Lake Placid Pub & Brewery on Mirror Lake Drive. However, owner Chris Ericson didn't want Big Slide to be just a second location. It's a little bit more ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: There is something joyful about holiday cookies

Today there is an infinite digital library of recipes, tips, tricks, creative twists and spins on all things sweet and savory for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert.I enjoy the inspiration and have tried many new dishes and ingredients about which I might never have known. It's a trial and ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: Celebrating the Adirondack harvest

WESTPORT - When it comes to the term "autumn eats," most of the people the Lake Placid News interviewed at the third annual Adirondack Harvest Festival turned to locally grown cucurbits or gourds."Squash, pumpkins," said Cynthia Johnston, the former Keene Central School superintendent who ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: Local food panel discusses issues

WESTPORT - How do you reach mainstream shoppers and turn them on to locally produced food?That was just one of the questions posed to a panel of four people in the Essex County agriculture community as they sat down Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Adirondack Harvest Festival to talk about the current ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: The Iroquois gave us much more than corn, beans and squash

ONCHIOTA - There are several snap bean plants growing up green poles outside the Six Nations Indian Museum. It's part of an exhibit on the Three Sisters:"Reflected in this panel are the feminine identifications traditionally assigned by the Iroquois to the life sustainers: corn, beans and ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: NY maple producers have a record year

LAKE PLACID - New York state remains the second largest maple producer in the United States after hitting a 74-year record this year, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.In a July 6 press release, Cuomo said New York's maple industry has grown by nearly 50 percent in the last five years."The maple ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: NY remains an agricultural powerhouse in certain sectors

Even though it's ranked the 27th agricultural producing state in America, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, New York remains a leading producer of food in the country.In 2017, the top 10 agricultural producing states, as far as cash receipts, in descending order, were California, ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: Summers brings Peace Corps passion to ag education

WESTPORT - Carly Summers isn't a farmer. She's not a social worker, a community development director or a teacher. Yet she takes on all these roles as the agriculture resource educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension in Essex County.She calls it a "super varied job," kind of like being in the ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: Hub on the Hill helps farmers, food producers

ESSEX - The Hub on the Hill here at 545 Middle Road is much more than a commercial kitchen."It's best described as a facility where we share resources, including a shared-use commercial kitchen, a retail market, a distribution and delivery service, cold storage, dry storage and information ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: Making sheep’s milk yogurt at Blue Pepper Farm in Jay

JAY - Tyler Eaton's family has owned land in The Glen at the top of Styles Brook since the 1920s. Now this Northwood School teacher and his wife, Shannon, own a 46-acre farm on the Hazen Road.They are part of the agriculture community in Essex County that has grown within the past 20 years. ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: Students taught respect during turkey, chicken harvests

LAKE PLACID - North Country School ninth-grade student Anja Martin stepped over the powered-down electric fence with her two hands cupping a pile of chicken scratch feed. She walked into the center of the pen and began sprinkling the feed on the ground. Dozens of chickens bolted toward the dirt ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: New York state plays important role in U.S. bean industry

LAKE PLACID - The Lake Placid News crop of the season is beans - one of the Three Sisters along with corn and squash, as the native Iroquois tribes called their life sustainers.The Iroquois grew 13 varieties of beans: bush beans, wampum, purple kidney, marrowfat, string, cornstalk, cranberry, ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: 3 stops on Essex County Cheese Tour Oct. 7

LAKE PLACID - The annual Essex County Cheese Tour - featuring stops at three local creameries - will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7.Residents and visitors will have the opportunity to take this self-guided tour around the county - from the Sugar House Creamery in Upper Jay to ...

SAVOR THE SEASON: Farmers, consumers connect at local farmers markets

KEENE - Helen and Joe Todora had two must haves on their shopping list Sunday, Sept. 16. - tomatoes and bread.The two are from Jay, and they said they try to visit the Keene farmers market every weekend in the summer and fall. The produce is a big draw for the Todoras."Whenever we can buy ...