September 1, 2013

Farm briefs: Sept. 1, 2013


Families to experience a Day on the Farm 

PLATTSBURGH — The Clinton County Farm Bureau is holding its second annual Day on the Farm Sept. 7 at Adirondack Farms, 193 Brown Rd., Peru.

Adirondack Farms is a dairy farm that milks approximately 2,100 cows a day. It was established in 1996. A Day on the Farm starts at 11 a.m. and goes until 3 p.m. with entertainment and educational activities happening throughout the day including Mccadam and Cabot cheese samples, farm tours, agriculture exhibits, hay-ride tours every half hour to explain how a modern dairy farm operates, a lineup of machinery used to help a modern-day farm operate, a children’s activity center with coloring and activity books, local vendors, a bouncy house for the kids, maple tastings and treats, a local vendor raffle and a BBQ lunch.

Tony LaPierre, president of the Clinton County Farm Bureau, said Farm Bureau “is excited and proud to have the opportunity to showcase modern agriculture to the public.”

Admission to the day is a $5 donation for adults and kids are free. All proceeds will benefit the Clinton County Farm Bureau. While enjoying the activities and learning about what it takes to operate a modern-day farm, families are encouraged to stop by the Farm Bureau booth to become a regular or supporting member.

For more information about a Day on the Farm, e-mail

July milk production shows increase

ALBANY — New York dairy herds produced 1,125 million pounds of milk during July, according to Blair Smith, state statistician of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Field Office. This is up 1.1 percent from a year earlier.

Dairy farmers in the Empire State received an average of $20.30 per hundredweight of milk sold during July, down 30 cents from June but up $2.90 from July a year ago.

Milk production in the 23 major states during July totaled 15.7 billion pounds, up 1.2 percent from July 2012. June revised production, at 15.8 billion pounds, was up 1.7 percent from June 2012. The June revision represented an increase of 1 million pounds or less than 0.1 percent from last month’s preliminary production estimate.

Spicing up dinner a topicat Homesteading Fair

LOWVILLE — Jean O’Toole of the New York Beef Industry Council will have tips and recipes to share at the Sept. 7 Homesteading Fair in Lowville.

For example, the Mama Mia beef rub developed by the council contains no salt; the Cutting Edge rub is suggested for making tasty tacos, fajitas and Mexican meatloaf. 

The day-long fair at the Lewis County Fairgrounds offers 45-minute workshops on food and gardening, backyard poultry, small livestock, maple/forestry, live horsepower and sustainable energy.

For advance tickets and more information, visit or call Cornell Cooperative Extension of Lewis County at 315-376-5270.

First Taste NY location up and running on thruway

ALBANY — The New Baltimore Service Area on the New York State Thruway is now the first location in the state to offer Taste NY products year round. Additional locations will soon open at other Thruway service areas in Western and Central New York.

“With thousands of motorists traveling along I-87 every day, the New Baltimore Service Area was an easy pick for the first location to offer Taste NY products year-round,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. “The Taste NY initiative is designed to highlight the tremendous products that are grown and produced right here in New York State, and doing so along major sources of travel is sure to grow the list of loyal consumers and support the state’s agriculture, culinary and tourism industries.”

In his 2013 State of the State address, Cuomo announced the launch of New York’s largest tourism campaign in decades. Taste NY is a key component of the nearly $60 million plan to grow New York industries, create jobs and attract even more visitors to the Empire State while promoting New York grown or produced products.

The Thruway’s selection of Taste NY products is available for purchase inside the plaza’s Travel Mart convenience store.

The goods that are currently available include products from McCadam Cheese in Franklin County, the New York State Maple Producers and the New York Apple Association.

The New Baltimore Service Area’s Travel Mart is open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. The travel plaza is located at milepost 127 on I-87 and is accessible to both northbound and southbound motorists.

Stewart’s Shops garners award for best milk

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Stewart’s Shops was recently named best milk in New York state by Cornell University’s Department of Food Science, earning a perfect score for a second time.

The distinction was awarded at the New York State Fair during its Dairy Day events.

The award is part of Cornell’s New York State Milk Quality Improvement Program. Since Cornell first began its awards program in 1997, there have only been four perfect scores from eligible plants, two of which have now been earned by Stewart’s Shops. The other perfect score was awarded in 2007. Stewart’s milk also took first place (gold) in 2005 and 2008.

Stewart’s Shops processes milk at its facility in Greenfield Center. That milk is produced by more than 30 dairy farmers from Saratoga, Rensselaer and Washington counties and is on Stewart’s store shelves within 48 hours of leaving the farm, the statement said.

“As a family- and employee-owned company, we all take pride in an award like this,” Stewart’s President Gary Dake said. “We care for our milk every step of the way. From our local farms to our own dairy, everyone strives to provide our customers fresh, high-quality milk that we can now say is the best in the state.”

The university collected samples from New York state plants between July 2012 and July 2013. The samples of whole milk, 2 percent, 1 percent and skim milk were scored on criteria ranging from bacteria counts, flavor and butterfat content.

Stewart’s milk can be found in a number of products sold in its shops, including buttermilk, eggnog, half and half and heavy cream.

Stewart’s milk is also a key ingredient in the World’s Best Ice Cream, as awarded by the World Dairy Expo earlier this month. Blueberry Patch, a Greek frozen yogurt, earned the first-place honor in the frozen yogurt category, while Stewart’s ice cream flavors Dark Chocolate and Crumbs Along the Mohawk also won awards in their respective categories.