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Fellow gardeners who grow their own garlic may be confronting an annual conundrum right around now. The harvest is here, with lovely bulbs to dry and eat. But some has to be saved to plant in the fall for next year’s crop. Eat or plant? Doing...
Last week I blogged about Ottawa’s newest pro team, the Redblacks. As best I can tell, that name has nothing to do with the type of controversy associated with teams like the Washington Redskins. (Although one reader pointed out on a Facebook...
So here we are. Glorious summer is here and it’s time for cookouts, barbecues and picnics.  If you’re hosting a crowd for the holiday, you’ve probably already got your menu planned. But what to bring if you’re invited to...
I don’t follow directions well. I didn’t tell NCPR this at my interview last spring, but I’m coming clean: when I’m in the kitchen, I do as I please. While cooking is about improvisation, baking is more like chemistry, and I...
Happy summer, all! This week marked the solstice and the official start to the BEST SEASON OF THE YEAR for food. Our office kitchen for the last few days has been full of strawberries, and our own Ellen Rocco has already made up her first batch of...

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Aug 19, 2014 — Sotiris Lymperopoulos left a good job in Athens to collect wild sea greens for upscale restaurants. Food startups like his may be able to generate thousands of new jobs in post-crisis Greece.
Aug 18, 2014 — For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try a burger, Roman-Style. At M Burger, that means two grilled cheese sandwiches replace the bun.
Aug 18, 2014 — A survey by Feeding America, a network of U.S. food banks, found that one-quarter of all U.S. military households used a food pantry in 2013. But service members are often reluctant to seek such help.
Aug 18, 2014 — Demand for specialty and artisanal foods is booming, and new entrepreneurs want to get in on the action. Incubators can provide shared commercial kitchen space and tips on sales and distribution.
Aug 17, 2014 — Invasive fish like snakeheads and Asian carp are threatening to wipe out aquatic ecosystems across the U.S. So chefs and environmental agencies are encouraging their communities to eat them up.
 

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Local Flavors: Todd Moe keeps it homegrown in this series focused on eating locally, and on sustainable agriculture and gardening.
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Watertown Schools Fight Hunger with "Empty Bowls"
the "Empty Bowls" program, which began sixteen years ago in Michigan and has grown nationwide in scope. 1,700 clay bowls that were made over the last few months at schools in Jefferson County will raise thousands of dollars for hunger relief.
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The New Potsdam Co-op Bakery
The Potsdam Food Coop's new wood-fired brick oven is producing crunchy, chewy sourdough and wholewheat breads. Todd Moe talks with the Coop's baker, Chris Affrey.

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Paul Smith's College Opens Palm Restaurant

Governor Pataki traveled to Paul Smiths College on Friday to help open a scaled-down version of the "upscale" Palm restaurant. The Wally Ganzi Jr. Restaurant Training Center will give the college's culinary arts students the experience of working in a fine dining restaurant. As Chris Knight reports, the new facility is the latest accomplishment for Paul Smith's, which was recently named one of the 25 hottest colleges in the country.  Go to full article

Local Farm-to-Cafeteria Movement Grows

The state university campuses in Canton and Potsdam, St. Lawrence University, and Massena Central School District are among the hundreds of schools across the country that buy food locally. They buy fresh produce, bison meat, maple syrup, soybean oil, honey, even sunflowers from local farmers. The local effort used to be called the Farm-to-School Support Project. It sprang up three years ago in St Lawrence County. Now it has a new name--the North Country Grown Cooperative--a new delivery van and, thanks to a $3,000 grant, a new collection and distribution center at the Cornell Cooperative Extension facility on Rt. 68. Gregory Warner spoke with manager Sue Rau (RAOW) - she and her husband Andy Soutar had just returned from delivering the day's produce to SUNY Potsdam. The customers are satisfied, she said. In fact, they want more.

Sue Rau says she's always looking for growers, even if you're not part of the cooperative. Interested farmers can call her at 315-769-5061.  Go to full article

School Cafeterias Embrace Local Food

Food More and more schools, universities and other institutions with cafeterias are by-passing processed foods from multi-national corporations. Instead, they're buying food from local farmers. Advocates say locally-grown fruits and vegetables are fresher. They say the food tastes better, and they're finding kids sometimes ask for apples and tomatoes instead of candy and chips. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Julie Grant reports.  Go to full article
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Adirondack Growers Celebrate Harvest Season

A coalition of farmers, businesses and communities in the Adirondacks is doing its part to promote locally grown products. "Adirondack Harvest" began about 5 years ago as an...  Go to full article
Bear canister. (photo: Wildlife Conservation Society)

New High Peaks Rule Requires Bear-proof Containers

A new regulation that will require the use of bear-proof food containers in part of the Adirondack High Peaks region took effect yesterday. Ed Reed, wildlife biologist with...  Go to full article

Niche Markets Work for NY Farms

New York farmers got some positive news. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York, in Buffalo released a report saying that so-called 'value-added' products have given a boon to...  Go to full article

Senate Vote Could Close Thrift Stores, Neighborhood Centers

The House has slashed over half the funding for an anti-poverty fund called the Community Services Block Grant. The money funds neighborhood centers around the country....  Go to full article

The Subtle Rewards of the Vegetable Garden

Gardeners are a passionate group. Flowers reward their attentive growers with visual delight, and fragrance. The payback for vegetable gardeners can be harder to appreciate; ...  Go to full article

Burlington's "Chew Chew Fest" Celebrates 20 years

Vermont's annual feeding frenzy gets underway Friday morning (11 am) in Burlington's Waterfront Park. The Green Mountain Chew Chew Food Festival is celebrating its 20th...  Go to full article

Commentary: Four Old Men Eat Tomatoes on a Porch

There comes a moment every spring when the sun is so warm it takes you back to summer memories. Commentator Paul Willcott, who has roots in Texas, has been watching the...  Go to full article

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