August 23, 2008
Contact: Laurie Davis, Adirondack Harvest Coordinator, 518-962-4810 x404
Note: See attached info for event details

Celebrate Adirondack Harvest! Festivals, Farm Tours, Dinners & Events Regionwide Now through October

It’s time to celebrate the Adirondack Harvest! Activities include the August 31 First Annual Great Adirondack Rutabaga Festival and continue into October with farm tours, farmers’ markets, chef demonstrations, fresh food tastings, and unique events across the North Country.

Adirondack Harvest, the community-based farm and food development and promotion program, has provided funds to groups throughout the region for celebrations of the bountiful fall season farm harvest. This effort is made possible by a $50,000 grant to Adirondack Harvest from the Spaulding-Paolozzi Foundation, which supports agricultural development and ecological preservation among its interest areas.

Adirondack Harvest Coordinator Laurie Davis says, “This season-long Adirondack Harvest celebration provides consumers with opportunities to meet farmers, visit farms, taste products and become Adirondack Harvest members. Members receive special mailings, dinner invitations, and various premiums from an Adirondack Harvest apron to our Three Farms DVD, gift baskets and the Adirondack Harvest Cookbook with lots of great ideas for serving local foods.”

Davis adds, “Adirondack Harvest celebrations are also opportunities for farmers, chefs, and store managers to showcase their products and at the same time learn about the benefits and resources such as training programs and promotional materials that Adirondack Harvest can provide to help them sell more products.”

A full listing of events regionwide is online at www.adirondackharvest.com. Information is also available by calling Adirondack Harvest at 518-962-4810 x404. – END

Contact: Laurie Davis, Adirondack Harvest Coordinator, 518-962-4810 x404

Sunday, September 14, 1pm – Adirondack Harvest Farms Tour and Dinner – Cornell Cooperative Extension of Clinton County has organized a farms tour that includes Campbell’s Greenhouse in Saranac (1pm), Everett’s Orchard Store in Plattsburgh (2pm), Black Sheep Barn and Garden in West Chazy (3pm) and Conroy’s Organics in West Chazy (4pm tour and dinner). Call 518-561-7450 for transportation and dinner reservations or drive-it-yourself for tours.

September 6-14 - New I Love Local Food reusable shopping bags for sale - Cornell Cooperative Extension of Clinton County will have the new I Love Local Food reusable shopping bag for sale at cost at the Extension office at 6064 State Route 22 in Plattsburgh and at September 13 Adirondack Harvest Farms Tour sites. Info: 518-561-7450

Saturday, September 6-Sunday, September 14 - Adirondack Agricultural exhibits at Adirondack Historical Society Museum, Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm, Sundays 1-5pm. Mention Adirondack Harvest to get 2 admissions for price of 1; Court Street, Elizabethtown. Info: 518-873-6466.

Thursday, September 11, 5-9:00pm - Oil paintings & monumental sculpture exhibits, Crooked Brook Studios Art Farm, early 20th century farm with "bio-organic eruptions" of art appearing across farm landscape, RD2 Box 2364, Wadhams-Whallonsburg Rd., Westport (aka Sayre Rd./Cty. Rte. 55). Info: 518-962-4386.

Thursday, September 11, 11:30am to evening - Turtle Island Caf� Trail Farm-to-Restaurant Tour For each farm you visit your name will be entered into drawing for $30 gift certificate to Turtle Island Caf�. Make reservations by September 8 with 518-962-4810x404. Tour schedule is as follows:
• 11:30am Essex Farm, 2503 NYS Route 22, Essex, 963-4613. Mark and Kristin Kimball, year-round, full food, horse powered membership farm (CSA) on renovated tree farm near Lake Champlain; vegetables, meat, dairy...
• 1:30pm Carriage House Garden Center, 4002 NYS Rte. 22, Willsboro, 963-4330. McCauliffe family greenhouse business, bedding plants, perennials, herbs, nursery stock, composted manure, landscape design, hydro-seeding; fresh vegetables, salad greens, berries, Christmas trees and wreaths in season.
• 3:30pm Ben Wever Farm, 444 Mountain View Drive, Willsboro, 963-7447. Heart and Harvest of the Adirondacks. Working with previous owner - "senior agricultural consultant emeritus" Ben Wever, Gillilland family has given new life to old family farm, diversified operation specializing in grass-fed beef as well as other meats, vegetables, and honey.
• 5:30pm Turtle Island Caf� - Chef David Martin, a 1988 high honors graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, promotes use of products from local farms and small producers, 3790 Main St., Willsboro, 963-7417.

Friday, September 12, 9:00am to 1:00pm, Elizabethtown Farmers' Market - Free samples of seasonal fruits & vegetables and dip for dunking at one of the oldest Essex County markets. Peruse selections of vegetables, flowers, baked goods, crafts, Elizabethtown. Info: 518-293-7877

Friday, September 12, 10-11:30am Cornell E.V.Baker Research Farm Tour – Farm connects Cornell University faculty with important agricultural issues facing Northern NY farmers, including best management practices for perennial forages, tillage and soil health interactions, wine grape variety evaluations, small grain variety trials and season extension using high tunnels… 38 Farrell Road, Willsboro. Info: 518-963-7492.

Saturday, September 13, 11:30am to evening, Deers Head Inn Trail Farm-to-Restaurant Tour - For each farm you visit your name will be entered into drawing for $30 gift certificate to The Deers Head Inn. Make reservations by September 10 with 518-962-4810x404. Tour schedule is as follows:
• 11:30am Ledgetop Orchards, 177 Lake Road, Crown Point, 597-9512. Jessica Chevalier raises bedding plants & vegetables. Hear about the farm's evolution from an orchard to vegetable farm and its survival through hail and floods.
• 1:30pm Swamp Sparrow Organic Farm, 143 Napper Rd., Westport, 962-8449. Kim McLaughlin and Jo-Ann Floridia have reinvigorated the old Marsh dairy farm, producing certified organic vegetables and milk marketed under Organic Valley Cooperative label with 700+ farms across America.
• 3:30pm DaCy Meadow Farm, 7103 Rte 9N, Westport, 962-2350. Dave and Cynthia Johnston family, DaCy Meadow farmstand carries locally produced items and their own grass-fed beef, plus art gallery featuring local artists.
• 5:30pm The Deers Head Inn, 7552 Court Street, Elizabethtown, 873-6514. Relatively new eatery continues 200-year tradition of hospitality. Chef Matt Baldwin, a vocal local foods proponent & longtime supporter of region's farmers, offers selection from fall menu including Autumn Bisque, Blackberry Cheesecake

Sunday, September 14, 9:30am-2pm, Keene Farmers' Market – 6th Annual Pie Baking Contest benefits Keene Food Pantry, open to pie donations, contest pies should arrive no later than 9am. Awards in three categories, donate to food pantry to receive a slices of the pies; Marcy Field in Keene Valley. Info: 518-561-7167.

Saturday-Sunday, September 6-7, 1-3 pm – Adirondack Alps Cooking Classes at Hohmeyers’ Lodge on Lake Clear, 6319 State Route 30, Lake Clear, NY. Info: www.lodgeonlakeclear.com, 518-891-1489.

Wednesday-Sunday, September 10-14 - 6-6:30 pm free harvest cooking demonstrations prior to dinner service at Hohmeyers’ Lodge on Lake Clear, 6319 State Route 30, Lake Clear, NY – Chef Cathy Hohmeyer will serve a special Old World Style Harvest Dinner Menu complete with local beef, pork, and lamb; potatoes; salads, and strudel with organic apples and peaches - a whole, 100-mile menu of local products. Everything from stroganoff and soups to sauerbraten will be prepared with organic and local foods. Info: 518-891-1489, www.lodgeonlakeclear.com

August 28, 3-6pm, Long Lake Farmers' Market, Long Lake Pavilion, Long Lake, NY - display of Adirondack Harvest materials with photos of local members such as Neil McGovern of the Inn at Speculator, maple producer Dave McComb, and Ann Miller of Indian Lake Restaurant. Info: 518-548-6191

September 9, 8:30am, Indian Lake, NY - Roll out for Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce will provide an explanation of Adirondack Harvest and what it has the potential to do for the local tourist-based economy. Info: 518-548-6191

September 9, 6pm, Speculator, NY - Roll out for Speculator Region Chamber of Commerce will provide an explanation of Adirondack Harvest and what it has the potential to do for the local tourist-based economy. Info: 518-548-6191

September 11, 3-6pm, Speculator Farmers' Market, Speculator Farmers’ Market, Speculator Pavilion, Speculator, NY - display of Adirondack Harvest materials with photos of local members, such as Neil McGovern of the Inn at Speculator, maple producer Dave McComb, and Ann Miller of Indian Lake Restaurant. Info: 518-548-6191

October 4, 10am-4pm Fall Fest, Speculator Pavilion, Speculator, NY Adirondack Harvest display booth and solicitation of members. Info: 518-548-6191

Monday, September 15, 3:30pm, Monday Neighborhood Farmers’ Market, 203 N. Hamilton Street, Watertown – Celebrity chef Lori Wells of Caf� Mira in Adams will offer a cooking demonstration using the freshest fall produce and with the assistance of her 10-year-old daughter Madison Wells. Info: 315-788-8450

September Mondays, 2-6pm; Saturdays, 8:30am-2pm; October Saturdays, 9am-1pm - Lowville Farmers Market - Mondays are Mini-Market days; the first Saturday of the month is Customer Appreciation Day with free beverages and door prizes donated by vendors with produce, meats, maple, baked goods…The market accepts WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program food coupons; Lewis County Fairgrounds Forest Park Pavilion, Lowville. Info: 315-376-5270

September 20, 4th Annual Cream Cheese Festival, Lowville downtown – World’s largest cheesecake, contests, entertainment, artists, Children’s Discovery Park, raffles…benefits local churches’ food pantries. Kraft Foods in Lowville is the largest cream cheese manufacturing plan in the world. Info: 315-376-8688

September 29-October 5 – NY Harvest for NY Kids Week activities at county schools Info: 315-376-5270

October 4, 11am-4pm, Lowville Dairy Producers Cooperative, 7396 Utica Blvd. (Route 12), Lowville, next to the giant cow! This stop is part of the Lewis County Chamber of Commerce Fall Foliage Tour and you know at the farmer-owned and operated Lowville Dairy Producers retail store they’ve “got good cheese” and cheese curd made with local milk, maple products, Croghan bologna, and many locally made goodies. Watch for details on a local restaurant serving a meal with local products. Info: 315-376-5270, 376-3921

Saturday, September 27, 10:30am-5pm – Harvest Festival, Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County Learning Farm, Canton – Farmers’ market, foods, activities, pet the farm animals: sheep, goats, pig, beef calve; tractor safety, hay rides, sorghum sudangrass maze, pick & paint pumpkins, dog agility class, NY State Police Child Safe, fire safety house, Dairy Princess and Maple Queen. Info: 315-379-9192

Saturday-Sunday-Monday, October 11-13 – 1st Annual Thurman Farm Tour and Harvest Dinner at The Grist Mill on Schroon Lake – On Saturday and Sunday learn about local agriculture at farms throughout the Town of Thurman. On Monday, enjoy dinner a event organized by Cornell Cooperative Extension and the local Adirondack Harvest Committee at The Grist Mill on The Schroon, 100 River Street, Warrensburg. The mill dates to 1824; the dinner at this landmark restaurant will feature freshly harvested produce and other farm products from Warren County farms. Info: 518-623-3291, 518-668-4881
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