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September 11, 2011

Farm briefs: Sept. 11, 2011

Adirondack Harvest holds celebration

WESTPORT — Adirondack Harvest, the community-based farm and local food development and promotion program, is celebrating the fall harvest season with two major food events in Essex County on Saturday, Sept. 17.

Ben Wever Farm: Farmers, Friends and Food, 4:30 p.m. to evening, 444 Mountain View Drive, Willsboro, 963-7447. This farm, run by the Gillilland family and featuring grass-fed beef, poultry, eggs, honey and more, is presenting a farm tour and potluck dinner in the field and under the stars featuring food from local farmers and music. A farm tour begins at 4:30 p.m. with dinner at 6. The event is free and open to the public, but bring a dish to share and BYOB. Call 962-4810, Ext. 404, for more information or to RSVP. Reservations are appreciated.

Sugarbush Farm: Annual Pig Roast, 3 p.m. to evening, 40 Continental Drive, Schroon Lake, 532-9539. The Otruba family, owners of Sugarbush Farm, invite visitors to participate in their annual pig roast. At 3 p.m., join them for a farm tour, horse rides for the kids, horseshoes, lawn darts, badminton and volleyball. Dinner begins at 6 with a farm-fresh menu including pasture-raised pork and chicken, home-grown slaw, grilled potatoes, family recipe beans and other fresh vegetables. Admission is free, but space is limited so call for a reservation.

Adirondack Harvest Coordinator Laurie Davis said 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," she said.

Public urged to support relief effort

ALBANY — New York Farm Bureau is encouraging individuals interested in supporting the Tropical Storm Irene relief effort to contribute to organizations such as New York FarmNet and the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York.

New York FarmNet provides farm families with services to aid them in times of crisis.

To contribute, send monetary donations to NY Farm Net, 415 Warren Hall, Ithaca, NY, 14853-7801. To learn more about New York FarmNet, visit their website at

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