{weekend reading} LOCAL EDITION


SATURDAYS, 9am-1pm unless otherwise noted

Albany Central Avenue Farmers Market, Parking Lot of The Linda, 339 Central Avenue, 10-2pm.
Brunwick Farmers’ Market, Town Office Rd & Rt 7, Brunswick
Farmers Market at The Crossings, Colonie, Crossings Park of Colonie, Albany-Shaker Road across from Emerick Ln.
Delmar Farmers Market,
332 Kenwood Ave., Bethlehem Middle School, Delmar
Glens Falls Farmers Market
, South Street Community Park, Glens Falls , 8am – Noon
Saratoga Farmers Market
, High Rock Park Pavilions, High Rock Avenue
Troy Farmers Market, Riverfront Park


Schenectady Greenmarket, Outdoors around City Hall, Sundays 10-2pm


Empire State Plaza Market, 10am-2pm Weds & Fridays, Concourse Level at the bus turn across from McDonald’s, Albany.
Troy Farmers Market, Broadway Street, between 3rd & 4th Streets, Downtown Troy, 3-6pm
Saratoga Farmers Market, High Rock Avenue Pavilions, High Rock Ave, Downtown Saratoga Springs, 3-6pm


Clifton Park Farmers Market, St. George’s Church parking lot, 912 Rt 146, 2-5pm
CDPHP Farmers Market, Parking Lot, 500 Patroon Creek Boulevard, Albany, Thursdays 11:00am–1:30pm


FSC Swappers:SARATOGA, Wednesday, July 20th, 7:30-9:30pm, Common Thread Saratoga, 55 Beekman Street, Saratoga. RSVPing will be available July 1st.

FSC SWAPPERS: ALBANY in July 17th…. details coming soon and RSVPing will be available July 1st.

FSC DIY School:  Cheese making, Canning, Food Preservation, Bread Baking, ect….. Coming soon!


All Over Albany was super-cool and has a BIG post on all the You-Pick Strawberries in the area.

June 17-19th: St. Anthony’s Church in Schenectady will host its 81st annual Festa. There will be live music, family fun, cooking demos and Italian standards including cavatelli, tripe, minestra con fagioli, calamari, sausage and peppers, pizza and sweet treats. Whoa. I used to go to this as a kid EVERY year; fond memories.

June 18th: Saratoga Brewfest, 1-3pm (VIP), 3-7pm (GENERAL ADMISSION), Ellms Family Farm, 448 Charlton Road. Ballston Spa.

Father’s Day, June 19th: 12-4pm. Sundae on The Farm, Clear Echo Farm in Schuylerville. This is an outdoor celebration of farming; dairy farming specifically but there is lots to do for children including sundaes from Stewarts. We went last year and will again this year even though we can not take part in the ice cream part. There are always a variety of animals and tractors on display, games, and food. Saratoga County’s “Sundae on the Farm” is coordinated by the Saratoga County Agricultural Promotion Committee, and sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County, American Farmland Trust, Saratoga County Farm Bureau, and the Town of Saratoga with support from Farmland Protection Board.

June 26th: Farm Tour at Elihu Farm, 2-4pm, 654 Beadle Hill Road, Easton, call 753-7838 for directions. Tour this farm with lambs grazing green pasture and hens and heritage breed goslings wander freely. See a farm protected by the Agricultural Stewardship Association.

July 17th: Saratoga P.L.A.N. and Agricultural Stewardship Association bring their 2nd Annual Tour De Farm a 15 or 35 mile bike ride around the farmland and historic sites within the “viewshed” of Saratoga National Historical Park. Quoted from the press release “Why should I ride? The funds raised will go to land conservation in this special area of the upper Hudson Valley. Riders will learn about interesting farms and historical sites along the way that have been relatively unchanged since the 1777 Battle of Saratoga. There will also be a delicious picnic featuring local food and refreshments at the finish!” Reserve your spot here!

July 26th: 7:30-9:30pm Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living w/ Rachel Kaplan First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany, 405 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY

“Rachel Kaplan, author of “Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living”, will talk about her book and present on how to create your own urban homestead. Eager to start homesteading in your urban or suburban lot? Wondering how to fit anything into the small space you have? How to begin? This workshop is an opportunity to learn about the different elements that make up an urban homestead and how to put them together in whatever space you have. Ask questions about the limitations and opportunities of both your land and your lifestyle, and start putting the design elements together. This workshop will offer some basics in permaculture design, as well as some common sense how-to projects for the urban homestead. This workshop is experiential–come with your questions and ideas and expect to experiment with a variety of homesteading options.”

September 10 & 11, Washington County Cheese Tour, all day. From freshly made Chevre to ripened Camembert-style cheeses and aged Cheddar, the fifth annual Washington County Cheese Tour will delight palates and enthrall cheese lovers of every age. On Saturday and Sunday, September 10 and 11, 2011, five creative farmstead cheese makers in Washington County will open their farms to the public. On a self-guided tour, visitors will drive through lush, rolling hills and bucolic countryside using a special cheese lover’s passport and map. The only prerequisite is an appetite and interest in learning about and sampling award-winning local cheeses and enjoying the changing colors of our famed maple trees.

At each farm, guests will sample specially selected cheeses while experiencing first hand the region’s long-standing cheese making traditions reaching back to the nineteenth century. All are active farms, raising cows, sheep and goats that supply the milk for the cheese-making process. Participating farms include: 3-Corner Field Farm (Shushan, NY), Argyle Cheese Farmer (Argyle, NY), Consider Bardwell Farm (West Pawlet, VT), Longview Farm (Argyle, NY), and Sweet Spring Farm (Argyle, NY).

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