local food

  This Saturday, August 20th, Big Slide Brewery and Public House on Cascade Road in Lake Placid, New York will hold its grand opening party from noon to 8 p.m.

The event will include live music, locally sourced food, a mechanical bull, games and activities for kids and families, and, of course, great beer -- including a new Russian Imperial Stout, named "To Russia, with love" which has been aging in a decommissioned Atlas Missile silo for the last eight months.

The new establishment is a sister-brewery to the The Lake Placid Pub & Brewery which has been brewing excellent beer in the Adirondacks since 1996.

Our guest is Stu Ruttan, the General Manager of Big Slide Brewery and Public House.

If you’ve never thought of Washington County, NY as wine country, it’s time to start. In the last decade, intrepid enthusiasts have been planting vines and honing their vintner skills. Their hard work and dedication to craft have produced award winning wines and destination tasting rooms. It is where high quality comes at a reasonable price in a friendly atmosphere.

On November 14th from 2-6pm four local vineyards will gather at the Greenwich Free Library. The public is invited to taste their amazing variety of wines and choose your favorites for holiday meals, gift giving or to stock your cellar.

Local food and wine expert Josh London will walk folks through the basics of buying wine without fear. He joins us this morning along with Greenwich Free Library Director – Annie Miller.

  This year’s Saratoga PLAN Feast of the Fields benefit will take place Thursday, September 11, from 5:00 to 8:30 PM at Saratoga National Golf Club.

Continuing its nine-year tradition, Feast of the Fields pairs area restaurants and farms, in an effort to promote sustainable agriculture, support the regional economy, and provide greater awareness of conserving area farms and the importance of buying and eating locally raised food. The evening will also include musical entertainment, a silent auction and a reception honoring local residents who have contributed significantly to the Saratoga region's quality of life through conservation.

WAMC/Pat Bradley

The food service company Sodexo is pledging to buy more locally produced Vermont food for the colleges and schools it serves in the state.

    On Monday, August 18th at 7pm at The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, MA, Berkshire Grown presents Beyond Farm to Table: The Future of Food Dan Barber in conversation with Elizabeth Kolbert.

    The Shed and Ozawa Hall aren’t the only buildings Tanglewood has to offer.

The Tanglewood Grille is located just inside the Main Gate next to the Gift Shop. The Tanglewood Cafe is located between the Shed and the Lion's Gate. Both emphasize a farm-to-table, local menu dining right here at Tanglewood.

Tanglewood Executive Chef Joshua Ingraham joins us to tell us about the exciting food this amazing venue has to offer.

Feast of the Fields takes place this Thursday, September 19th, from 5:00 to 8:30 PM at Saratoga National Golf Club to benefit Saratoga PLAN.  

Continuing its eight-year tradition, Feast of the Fields pairs area restaurants and farms, in an effort to promote sustainable agriculture, support the regional economy, and provide greater awareness of conserving regional farms and the importance of buying and eating local. For the sixth straight year, Feast of the Fields will be set amid the beautiful grounds of Saratoga National Golf Club with spectacular views of 135 acres of forest and wetlands protected through a conservation easement held by Saratoga PLAN.

To tell us more, Saratoga PLAN Executive director Maria Trabka joins us with two farmers participating in the Feast of the Fields: Jan King of Kings Ransom Farm and King Brothers Dairy, and Joshua Rockwood of West Wind Acres.

    Summer is wrapping up, and the season is inching toward fall and harvest time. Which means - it is also time for the annual benefit for Berkshire Grown on Monday September 16th at 6:30 pm at Ski Butternut in Great Barrington, MA.

The Berkshire Grown Harvest Supper features delicious dishes prepared by local Berkshire Grown member chefs using fresh ingredients from local farms. The evening also includes a silent auction and a drawing for shopping sprees and gift certificates to Berkshire Grown member stores and restaurants.

To tell us more – we welcome: Daire Rooney, Chef at Allium Restaurant + Bar; Ted Dobson, farmer at Equinox Farm; Laura Meister, farmer at Farm Girl Farm; and Barbara Zheutlin, Executive Director of Berkshire Grown.

    

  Liz Neumark is the CEO and Founder of Great Performances, rated Zagat's Top Catering Company in New York City. Originally intended as a staffing service for women in the arts, Great Performances has evolved into one of the nation's most recognized and trendsetting catering companies.

Liz's commitment to supporting sustainable agriculture and good earth practices led her to establish Katchkie Farm, her sixty-acre organic farm in upstate New York, in 2007 - as well as providing fresh produce for catering events.

She speaks with Alan about her new book, Sylvia's Table: Fresh, Seasonal Recipes from Our Farm to Your Family.

Chef Ric Orlando
http://www.ricorlando.com

The Fourth of July is upon us, and today we’ve got a guest who is sure to have some suggestions on how to spice up your holiday cook outs and barbecues.

from your plate to your airwaves – today we’re pleased to welcome Chef Ric Orlando, chef-owner of New World Home Cooking Company in Saugerties, New York and Chef-Manager of New World Bistro Bar in Albany. WAMC's Patrick Donges hosts.

You can get more information on Chef Ric Orlando, New World Home Cooking, New World Bistro Bar, and recipes online at www.ricorlando.com.

On June 14 Farm Aid announced that its annual benefit concert will, for the first time, be held at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Today the concert lineup was announced: artists slated to perform include Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews. Additional artists include Jack Johnson, Amos Lee, Kacey Musgraves, and Toad the Wet Sprocket. 

  Michael Pollan’s new book, Cooked, follows the twists and turns of Pollan’s education in the kitchen. Organizing his journey around the four classical elements —fire, water, air, and earth—Pollan apprentices himself to a series of culinary experts to discover how these elements can transform the stuff of nature into delicious things to eat and drink.

    Elissa Altman is a James Beard Award-winning writer whose new book marries wit to warmth, and flavor to passion. Born and raised in New York to a food-phobic mother and food-fanatical father, Elissa was trained early on that fancy is always best. In fact, she devoted her life to all things gastronomical.

But love does strange things to people, and when Elissa met Susan — a small-town Connecticut Yankee with a devotion to simple living — it would change Elissa's relationship with food, and the people who taught her about it, forever. Her new book, Poor Man's Feast: A Love Story of Comfort, Desire, and the Art of Simple Cooking, is a universal tale of finding sustenance and peace in a world of excess and inauthenticity, and shows us how all our stories are inextricably bound up with what, and how, we feed ourselves and those we love.

    Berkshire Grown supports and promotes local agriculture as a vital part of the Berkshire community, economy and landscape.

They will feature a special slate of chefs for their March Maple Dinner on March 18 at Cranwell Resort in Lenox to celebrate the first harvest of the season. The dinner will benefit Berkshire Grown and Share the Bounty, which buys shares in local farms for food pantries.

The Sharon Springs Harvest Festival takes place this Saturday and Sunday in Sharon Springs, New York. The annual event, run by Beekman 1802, celebrates the magic of small town America with a Harvest Hop, a Harvest Feast, a Farmer’s Market and more!

Other books tell us how to live the good life—Making Home is about improving life with the real people around us and the resources we already have. While encouraging us to be more resilient in the face of hard times, author Sharon Astyk also points out the beauty, grace, and elegance that result, because getting the most out of everything we use is a way of transforming our lives into something much more fulfilling.

Barbara Zheutlin, Berkshire Grown Executive Director, and Andrew Morehouse, Executive Director of The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, join Ray in Studio A to talk about Berkshire Grown's Share the Bounty project and their 10th anniversary event - a lecture by the Nature Conservancy’s Frank Lowenstein titled “Climate Change and Local Agriculture,” followed by a party in honor of local farmers on Saturday, July 21, at 2:00pm at

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We head to the kitchen of The Old Inn on the Green in New Marlborough, MA to learn from Peter Platt how his establishment is using locally found and grown food in their menu. They participate in Berkshire Grown’s Farmed + Foraged program and events.

New Index Ranks Vermont Tops in Locally Grown Food

May 8, 2012

A new index ranks Vermont No. 1 in its commitment to raising and eating locally grown food.

The ranking is based on the number of farmers markets and community supported agriculture programs per state resident. In CSAs, customers pay a lump sum up front and receive weekly deliveries of produce during harvest seasons.

According to the Strolling of the Heifers Locavore Index, Vermont has 99 farmers markets and 164 CSAs for fewer than 622,000 people.

The other top states on the list are Iowa, Montana, Maine and Hawaii.