It's time to celebrate the Adirondack Harvest!
Adirondack Harvest, the community-based farm and food development and promotion program, is celebrating the fall harvest season with several events.
Adirondack Harvest Coordinator Laurie Davis said, "This week-long Adirondack Harvest celebration provides consumers with opportunities to meet farmers, visit farms, taste products and become Adirondack Harvest members. Members receive our marketing and promotional support, quarterly newsletters, workshop invitations, and various premiums from an Adirondack Harvest apron to our Three Farms DVD, gift baskets and the Adirondack Harvest Cookbook with lots of great ideas for serving local foods."
Davis added, "Adirondack Harvest celebrations are also opportunities for farmers, chefs, and store managers to showcase their products and at the same time learn about the benefits and resources such as training programs and promotional materials that Adirondack Harvest can provide to help them sell more products."
Farm Tours on Saturday, September 12:
•Black Watch Farm from 9 am - 4 pm at 56 Elk Inn Rd., Port Henry. The phone is 546-3035. Come visit this 1860's civil war era farm located on 60 acres. Primarily a horse farm offering riding lessons Black Watch features Connemara ponies originally from Ireland. Their vegetables garden is laden with pumpkins, gourds & cornstalks. Delicious homemade jam for sale as well. A walk through this farm will bring you many photographic opportunities.
•Adirondack Heritage Hogs from 10 am - noon at 26 Clark Lane, Lewis. Adirondack Heritage Hogs currently has 20 pigs of varying ages, sex and breed including a litter of 5 that will be two weeks old at the time of the tour. They also have some pigs on pasture, and some in the woods as well as free range turkeys, laying hens and meat chickens. In addition they are nearing completion on a custom butcher facility and operate a sawmill on the premises.
• DaCy Meadow Farm from 10 am - 2 pm at 7103 Rte 9N, Westport. The phone number is 962-2350. The Johnston family at DaCy Meadow Farm raises British heritage livestock, sells natural pork and beef, and has an agricultural themed art gallery. They also host special events, business meetings, educational groups, and serve farm to table meals.
•Uihlein Maple Research Station, with the tour at 1 pm sharp until about 2:30 pm. at 157 Bear Cub Lane, Lake Placid. 523-9337. The core of the Cornell Sugar Maple Program, the Uihlein Field station's sugar bush of 4000 taps is used to demonstrate the merits of new technology and proper forest stewardship to visiting maple producers and landowners.
•Ben Wever Farm from 2 - 4 pm at 444 Mountain View Drive, Willsboro. The number is 963-7447. Heart and Harvest of the Adirondacks. Working with previous owner and "senior agricultural consultant emeritus" Ben Wever, the Gillilland family has given new life to an old family farm creating a diversified operation specializing in grassfed beef, pork, chicken, and turkeys. They also sell eggs and honey and have a picturesque farmscape scattered with beautiful horses.
•Crooked Brook Farm & Studios from 4 - 8 pm at 2364 Sayre Rd., Wadhams. The phone number is 962-4386. Come experience the famous Mongolian barbeque! Bring your own veggies and meat to throw on an original hand-forged grill. View oil paintings and monumental sculpture by Edward Cornell.
•The Adirondack History Center Museum on September 12 & 13, daily from 10 am to 5 pm. at Court Street, Elizabethtown. The telephone number is 873-6466. During a year filled with celebratory events, the 2009 Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Commission has inaugurated the state's first Heritage Weekend on September 12 and 13. Visitors are welcomed free, or at a reduced rate, to many museums, historical societies, and heritage areas in the Champlain Valley, the Hudson River Valley, and New York City. The Adirondack History Center Museum in Elizabethtown is offering free admission on Sunday, Sept. 13 for Heritage Weekend and in celebration of Harvest Festival week sponsored by Adirondack Harvest and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Essex County.
For further information on Heritage Weekend sites, visit the New York Heritage Weekend website www.heritageweekend.org.
• Cornell E.V. Baker Research Farm Tour will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 15 from 10 am - noon at 38 Farrell Road, Willsboro. The phone number is 963-7492. The Cornell University E.V. Baker Research Farm serves to connect Cornell University faculty with important agricultural issues facing northern NY farmers including best management practices for perennial forages, tillage and soil health interactions, wine grape variety evaluations, small grain variety trials and season extension using high tunnels and other studies.
• "A Taste of Essex County History" will take place on Saturday, Sept. 19 at the Crown Point State Historic Site and Campground in Crown Point. Part of a day-long celebration of the Crown Point Lake Champlain Quadricentennial event re-dedicating the Crown Point Monument & Rodin Sculpture. Adirondack Harvest will have an agricultural history display on site as well as a market devoted to serving local foods and offering farm fresh items for sale from Adirondack Harvest members.