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The Lake Placid Farmers' Market is a tradition that locals and visitors alike have embraced long term. The farm to table movement has brought even more interest to the market lately. Many regional farms and producers are represented each week on Wednesdays from late-June to mid-October.  Located in the St. Agnes parking lot — just a quick walk from downtown, plan to swing through and grab all the ingredients needed to create the perfect picnic lunch or gourmet dinner.  A cruise through the many tents set up for the market each week will take you past the most beautiful... continue reading
 
Frequently when I eat lunch at The Good Bite Kitchen, someone comes in, takes a look at the menu, realizes it's all vegetarian, and then leaves. Some people who do so are apologetic and some are embarrassed, but restaurant owner Kayte Billerman says she's OK with people leaving if they're not interested in her food. She's not trying to force anyone to eat anything they don't like!  But those who stop in and give it a try might just be surprised with how satisfied they are with their sans-meat meal. Kayte pays a lot of attention to making sure each dish is balanced with... continue reading
 
I'm usually covered in mud when I visit the ADK Cafe, but the mountains on the restaurant's walls assure me that's OK. I remember when I discovered the cozy Keene cafe almost four years ago. It was August, Anna and I were newly married, and we had just finished a grueling hike up Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge. When good days turn bad We had followed the steep and exposed ridge trail up the 4,627-foot Giant under blue skies, then taken the right turn that's one-tenth of a mile from the summit to head toward Rocky. The trail descends the side of Giant in a staggering plunge that... continue reading
 
Underrated Activities When we think of the Adirondacks we often think of all the awesome outdoor activities. So, this week, we decided to focus on the more lesser-known or underrated activities that are available.  Living in the Lake Placid Region I feel like I'm pretty well-rounded: I make my way outside to enjoy nature at minimum a few days a week; I can shop on Main Street or grab dinner at one of our many restaurants whenever the mood strikes; I take in as many of the free music and cultural events as my schedule allows. I am always on the go.  And that, my friends, is exactly what... continue reading
 
On Pins & Needles My mind is somewhat blown. I mean, you know how it is, right? You have a preconceived notion about something (in this particular case, Acupuncture), and then you find out you are pretty close to being totally wrong. Like if there were 10 parts to a puzzle, you could maybe place one; you can't even find all four corners.  Luckily, I try to remain very open-minded to new experiences. Especially ones where I think I know what I am getting into, even when that knowledge involves little needles being inserted into my very anemic skin. So, of... continue reading
 
Stay Green, Play Green Eco-Friendly Lodging Take a tour of the "Green" award winning Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort, 2015 Good Earthkeeping Award Winner for both New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association (NYSH&TA) (in 2015 & 2009) and in the small property category by the American Hotel & Lodging Assn. (AH&LA) (announced April 2015).View the slideshow above to see all they've done to grow green.  Farm to Fork In Lake Placid you will find a number of restaurants work directly with local farms. A local favorite is Liquids and Solids where you will find that almost... continue reading
 
            Over the past month, my time in the field has been marked by stopping along the trail for a quick snack.  It began with wild strawberries hiding under the low, green leaves along the ground.  Soon berries were hanging from every bush and tree and I have been happy to take part in their bounty.             A few weeks ago my coworkers and I descended upon a patch of black raspberries (perhaps my favorite, and not particularly common around here), greedily consuming them as if we hadn’t eaten anything for days.  Red raspberries too have been out and I check out the patch next to my... continue reading
 
Going to a pumpkin patch and corn maze is a different way to celebrate autumn. There is no age limit on that particular type of fun. On Pellerin Road in Plattsburgh, Country Dreams Farm has a corn maze with twists and turns around the various trails with signs misleading participants along the way. The horse and wagon ride is free to the corn maze or pumpkin patch. You can even just go along for the ride if you wish. Besides the corn maze there is a children's area with a corn kernel box (rather like a sandbox) and petting zoo with draft horses, miniature donkeys, goats... continue reading
 
I love visiting farms (and Farmers’ Markets) and am always amazed by the love and dedication that people put into growing my food. My children still get excited about seeing animals and often make requests for us to bring a few home. Though farm animals are not part of our future, gardening is. Our small garden grows enough to sample fresh grown goodies so we have to supplement. Our trip to the Babbie Rural and Farm Learning Museum in Peru was not only an educational experience but filled with activity and, of course, animals. My daughter took frequent trips to visit the hens, horses and... continue reading
 
Farmers Markets are the epitome of local food, and they are opening all over the North Country. Adirondack Harvest's annual tally of regional markets now tops out at 62. That's up over 25% from last year and nearly 40% from 2010. Increasing the size and number of markets is a tricky mix of supply and demand, but both sides have had amazing forward momentum over the past decade. More consumers are demanding local food and more farmers have stepped up to provide that food. Why do we love the markets so much? They are more than just a place to shop; they're an experience for all your... continue reading
 

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