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Savor the Season

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. ...

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 ...