It's time to celebrate the Adirondack Harvest!
Adirondack Harvest, the community-based farm and local food development and promotion program, is celebrating the fall harvest season with five major food events in Essex County. Adirondack Harvest Coordinator Laurie Davis says, "These Adirondack Harvest celebrations provide consumers with opportunities to meet farmers, visit farms, taste products and become Adirondack Harvest members. Members receive our marketing and promotional support, quarterly newsletters, workshop invitations, and various premiums from Adirondack Harvest hats and aprons to our Three Farms DVD, Small Farm Rising DVD, gift baskets and the Adirondack Harvest Cookbook with lots of great ideas for serving local foods."
Saturday, September 15th:
A Taste of Local. 11:00am to 2:30pm. Adirondack History Center Museum, 7590 Court Street, Elizabethtown.
As a kick-off to Adirondack Harvest's Festival Week, the Museum is hosting a new food festival: A Taste of Local. Restaurants will showcase their favorite appetizers, entrees, desserts or other items featuring local foods. An apple dessert cooking contest is open to the public. The museum will be open with no admission fee. Other fun activities include petting zoo, balloons, music, demonstrations and information booths. No admission fee to the festival, however $1 tickets will be sold for purchase of samples at food booths. Prices for food samples will vary by restaurant. For more information contact the Museum at 873-6466 or visit http://www.adkhistorycenter.org.
Ben Wever Farm: "Farmers, Friends & Food". 4:00pm to evening. 444 Mountain View Drive, Willsboro.
This Adirondack Harvest member farm, run by the Gillilland family and featuring grass-fed beef, poultry, lamb, trout, eggs, honey and more, is presenting a farm tour and potluck dinner, in the field and under the stars, featuring food from local farms. Farm tour begins at 4:00, dinner at 5:00. Bring a dish to share, get a "Brigadoon" CSA membership. BYOB. Call 963-7447 or 962-4810 x404 for more information or to RSVP. Reservations appreciated.
Sunday, September 16th:
Forest and Farm. 9:00am to 12:00pm. DaCy Meadow Farm, 7103 NYS Rte. 9N, Westport.
Hike on forest trails and enjoy a localvore brunch with food harvested in the fields alongside the forest. Elizabeth Lee, naturalist and outdoor educator will introduce the 150 acre setting with a brief tour of the forest trails that surround DaCy Meadow Farm, an Adirondack Harvest member. The trails include mixed hardwoods, lovely fern glens, grassy marshes and brookside footpaths. The Hoisington Brook serves as a corridor from Lake Champlain to upstream habitats for all kinds of wildlife. Brunch will follow, provided by DaCy Meadow Farm including a variety of quiches using fresh eggs, sausage, bacon, ham and vegetables, Dogwood Bread Company products and desserts warm from the oven. All beverages are included and vegetarian items are available. $45 per person fee (portion to benefit Adirondack Harvest). To register: Contact Elizabeth Lee, Outdoor Guide, firstname.lastname@example.org. 518.962.4756
Saturday, September 22nd:
Sugarbush Farm Annual Pig Roast. 1:00pm to TBD, pig roast, 3:30 meal. Sugarbush Farm, 40 Continental Drive, Schroon Lake.
Come buy a CSA membership at this Adirondack Harvest member farm for one night and see what delicious, farm-fresh Berkshire Pork is all about! Membership fee is refundable with dish to share. Horse rides, farm tour, raffles, horseshoes, playground for kids, campfire. Call 532-9539 to RSVP (please!) or for more info.
Sunday, September 23rd:
Fifth Annual Great Adirondack Rutabaga Festival. 9:00am to 1:00pm. Marcy Field, Keene.
Sponsored by Adirondack Harvest, the Adirondack Farmers Market Cooperative, the Town of Keene and The Fallen Arch. Rutabaga 5K Fun Run at 9:00am. Live music by The Greenbeans, High Peaks Hula Hoop championship, World class chefs serving free samples of amazing rutabaga dishes, coronation of the 2012 Rutabaga King and Queen, Fetch-a-'baga contest for dogs, Mr. 'Bagahead decorating contest for kids, Penelope the Clown, displays and educational exhibits. Come and be part of the Rutabaga Revolution! Admission to food tent $5 ($15 family max.) Pre-register for the Fun Run by calling Laurie Davis at 962-4810 x404, visit Active.com, or get a registration form from our webpage www.adirondackharvest.com/rutabaga.html.