June 26, 2013

Editorial: Fresh from fields to table

Food trends across the nation are all about freshness, and that makes the North Country an opportune place to live.

You can’t get any fresher than eating food that was picked from a field just miles away, as opposed to produce that is harvested across the country — or world — and trucked or flown in.

People who live in the heart of New York City or some other metropolis must envy our ability to purchase produce just picked by neighbors.

The options for buying North Country produce are plentiful. Some chain grocery stores sell local food, especially corn and eggs, but look for signs or labels that say specifically that it comes from an area producer. Stores like Pray’s in Plattsburgh, Conroy’s in Beekmantown and many other markets offer homegrown produce and local meat.

During the summer, stands outside area farms offer food choices straight from the field, often with signs telling customers to serve themselves and leave cash. We doubt that happens in urban areas.

One of the best choices for locally produced food products is the farmers market, and those abound in this region.

Many of the markets are already open or will be soon. In fact, today is opening day for the farmers market in Port Henry and for the Wednesday session of the Plattsburgh Farmers and Crafters Market, which has already been operating on Saturdays.

To make your shopping easier, here is a list of some of the farmers markets around the region and when they are open:

Chateaugay: Route 374, lawn of the Hollywood Inn, Route 374, Saturdays through Aug. 31.

Chazy: Amazing Grace Vineyard and Winery, 9839 Route 9, first and third Sundays, July 7 through Sept. 15.

Elizabethtown: Behind Adirondack Center Museum, Fridays through Oct. 11.

Keene: Route 73, Marcy Airfield, Sundays through Oct. 13.

Keeseville: Behind the library in the park, Wednesdays through Aug. 28.

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