Press-Republican

February 19, 2013

Food from Farm to feature local products

JEFF MEYERS
Press-Republican

PLATTSBURGH — Area residents will have a chance to sample locally produced food during the upcoming Clinton County Food from the Farm event.

Chef David Allen from Latitude 44 Bistro will prepare a variety of dishes from local vegetables, meats and other North Country harvest delights at the event, set for March 2.

NEW FORMAT

“This year’s event is going to be a little different (from last year’s fair),” said Amy Ivy, executive director for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Clinton County.

In 2012, Cooperative Extension split the event into two sections: a smorgasbord of samples available in a farmers market atmosphere, followed by a sit-down dinner featuring locally grown products.

“We won’t be having the dinner this year,” said Ivy, who noted that more than 300 people attended last year’s event. 

“We’ll be having one big festival from 2 to 5 p.m., and Chef Allen will be cooking up a whole variety of dishes.”

Participants will be able to sample those dishes while visiting with area growers and farmers, who will also have products available for sale during the event.

The event will take place at the City of Plattsburgh Recreation Department gym, 52 U.S. Oval. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids ages 5 through 12, with a maximum of $30 per family.

“We’re hoping to keep it pretty affordable for everyone,” Ivy said.

Tickets are available in advance at http://cce.cornell.edu/clinton, at the extension office at 6064 Route 22 north of Plattsburgh, and they will also be available at the door.

TRAYS OF GOODIES

“Last year, we had 18 farms represented, and we’re hoping that we’ll have even more (this year),” she added. 

“It will be a great chance for people to meet with area growers.”

Buffet tables with Allen’s creations will be placed in one area of the gym, while a farmers-market setting will spread across the gym floor. Volunteers from Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener program will also be carrying around trays of goodies for folks to sample.

“The idea is to celebrate our locally produced food, as consumers have a chance to meet the people growing the food,” Ivy said.

EVEN IN WINTER

Products available for purchase will include maple syrup, jams and jellies, freezer meats, honey, cider and baked goods.  

Consumers will also have a chance to review Community Supported Agriculture programs (CSAs) offered by area farmers. Those allow consumers to purchase a package of local products and then pick up items on a weekly basis during the growing season.

“It’s been amazing,” Ivy said of the success of CSAs regionally. “They’re on the increase, and we’d like to see even more people getting involved.

“As growers realize they are able to sell their products locally, they will be able to produce more products,” she added.

The annual fair is scheduled at this time of year to remind people that locally grown products are available even during the long North Country winter, Ivy noted.

The event will also feature kid-friendly activities, nutritional programs and recipes for preparing local food products.

Email Jeff Meyers: jmeyers@pressrepublican.com

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