Farm Briefs

May 6, 2012

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Wine, cider tour offered at six locations

PLATTSBURGH — The regional commercial wine and cider makers come together a few times a year to provide the public with special days and promotions to encourage everyone to enjoy the unique flavor of the North Country.

For the Mother's Day weekend, six locations will offer wine and cider tastings and specials for mom at each tasting room. Designated drivers are encouraged.

The following locations are participating in this special Mother's Day Wine and Cider Tour:

Amazing Grace Vineyard and Winery, 9839 Route 9 Chazy, 215-4044,

The Champlain Wine Co., 8 City Hall Place, Plattsburgh, 564-0064,

Everett Orchard, 1945 Military Turnpike Plattsburgh, 563-2438,

Hid-In-Pines Vineyard, 456 Soper St. Morrisonville, 643-0006,

Stone House Vineyard, 73 Blair Rd., Mooers, 493-5971,

Vesco Ridge Vineyards, 165 Stratton Hill Rd., West Chazy, 846-8544,

For more information and a flyer, visit or call The Champlain Wine Co. at 564-0064.

Cornell Small Dairy Team offers resources

PLATTSBURGH — The Cornell Small Dairy Team has released a series of six new resources to help small dairy farms. The team, whose members include farmers and Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) educators, received a grant from the Cornell Small Farms Program in 2011 to provide new educational resources and tools to small-dairy producers.

"Small dairies have borne the brunt of the exodus of dairy farms from New York State. The goal of the project was to provide resources for dairies looking to adapt to ever-changing market factors," said Fay Benson, leader for the team.

The new resources and tools include:

Financial benchmarks for small dairies: Helps dairies identify the strengths and weaknesses of their farms compared to other farms of similar size in New York State.

Off-farm processing start-up fact sheet: Suggests first steps for dairy farmers considering adding direct sales of value-added dairy products to their business mix.

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