It still feels like deep winter, spring is a ways off and the soil in the gardens is pretty well frozen solid. Are you dreaming of fresh, local food in abundance?
What is to be found in the North Country on the back side of the farming calendar? Locavores can rise to this challenge once again with Cooperative Extension’s Food from the Farm event.
This is the fourth year we’ve turned to our list of regional farmers and processors, hired a chef dedicated to cooking with local ingredients and organized a display area to educate and excite the community. It’s been such a huge hit, we vowed to make this an annual event — yet there is always room for improvement.
Are you ready for the 2014 event? As in past years, Food from the Farm will include producers in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties, offering a diverse array of products, and we pretty well fill the gymnasium at the Plattsburgh Oval. You can sign up for CSAs and purchase overwintered storage crops and possibly spring greens grown under cover. There are informational tables as well as prepared food from some of the commercially licensed producers.
What’s available locally late-winter? All types of meat: beef, pork, lamb, chevon (goat), bison, chicken, turkey. Then there are all the things that store well: honey, maple products, cheese and value-added items like wine, jams, jellies and other condiments. Our hardy North Country hens continue to lay, so eggs are plentiful.
Local vegetables include squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, celeriac, carrots, beets, garlic and herbs (dried, frozen and fresh). And don’t forget that we are blessed with wonderful local orchards and vineyards so we have apples, cider and hard cider and wine.
The event is scheduled for 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 1. Tickets are $5 for ages 5 and up, under 5 is free and there’s a $20 maximum per family. The tickets are available at Cornell Cooperative Extension in Clinton County (6064 State Route 22) or at the door. For more information, call 561-7450 or email Amy Ivy at firstname.lastname@example.org.