KINGSTON FARMERS MARKET HOSTS COOKING DEMOS
KINGSTON — This Saturday, the Kingston Farmers’ Market will host cooking demonstrations by Slow Food Hudson Valley and Culinary Institute of America students, the music of David Michael Peters, face-painting with the Smile Factory and a presentation by the Forsyth Nature Center.
The Kingston Farmers’ Market has about 40 vendors offering fresh fruits and vegetables, organic and natural meats, an assortment of cheeses, wine, breads and other baked goods, honey, fresh-cut flowers and more. Shoppers can bring a recyclable bag or pick one up at the market.
The Kingston Farmers’ Market is located on Wall Street between Main & John Streets in the Historic Stockade District of uptown Kingston.
Shoppers can receive updates, recipes and coupons by signing up for the weekly newsletter on the Kingston Farmers’ Market website, www.kingstonfarmersmarket.org, or follow the Kingston Farmers’ Market on Facebook.
The market will continue, rain or shine, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday through Nov. 22.
Beyond Apples:Alternative Fruits for Sustainable Harvest/Organic Growing for Small Farms and Home Landscapes
Date: September 20, 2012
Location:Lee Reich’s “Farmden”: 387 Springtown Rd., New Paltz, NY, 12561 (Ulster County)
Walk through the private edible landscape of renowned author and orchardist Lee Reich and learn about the wide spectrum of fruits that can be grown sustainably with little or no input needed for pest control or pruning in USDA Hardiness Zone 5 (low temps of -20° F). Participants will also learn about uncommon fruits that have commercial potential for small farms because they are easy to grow organically and have unique flavors to appeal in niche and general markets. Lee will also discuss dual-purpose plants- plants that are ornamental and bear tasty fruits- for home landscapes.
Lee Reich began growing and studying fruit 40 years ago. Since that beginning, he has earned a doctorate in horticulture with a specialty in fruit growing, worked in fruit research for Cornell University and the USDA, and grown many kinds of fruits, from the common, such as apples and pears, to the uncommon, such as gumi and medlar. His “farmden” is a testing ground for sustainable fruit growing techniques, for studying cultivation and marketing of some uncommon fruits, and for providing an abundance of fruit to Lee’s household. Lee is the author of three books on fruit growing: Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden, Landscaping with Fruit, and Grow Fruit Naturally.
Supported by USDA Risk Management Agency, Education and Community Outreach Program.
Registration: Please register by calling Stephanie Backer-Bertsch at NOFA-NYat 585-271-1979 x 509, or by registering online at http://www.tinyurl.com/nofanyevents. Registration is FREE for NOFA-NY members and $15/ non-members.
A Series of Farm-to-Community Conversations
A Day in the Life of a Local Farmer
Friday, Febrary 24, 6:30-8:00pm, Accord Firehouse Find out from local farmers what it takes to work the land, grow crops and raise livestock that keep us happy and healthy. Chris Kelder of Kelder’s Farm, Deena Wade of Transition Marbletown and a group of local farmers will talk about the real-time world of farming right here in the Rondout Valley. Suggested donation: $5. The Accord Firehouse is at 22 Main Street (entry in rear).
Goodnight Irene: Lessons in Resilience
Friday, March 9, 6:30-8:00pm, Accord Firehouse Our region was walloped by Hurricanes Irene and Lee, and many of our local farms were hit hard. Find out from farmers how they have recovered and how we can help strengthen our local food resources for a secure future. Suggested donation: $5. The Accord Firehouse, 22 Main Street (entry in rear).
Food Landscape: Farmer, Food and Family
Friday, March 23, 6-7:30pm, Marbletown Elementary School Did you know that our valley has some of the best farmland in the United States and we are lucky to have a great variety of farmers? Come find out about the bounty outside your door. This evening is part of the “Breakfast for Dinner” event organized by the Marbletown Parent Teacher Friends and the Chefs Consortium. Join the fun with optional dinner prepared with local food, Zumba (r) workout for all ages, local food exhibits and farmers who will share with you how our local food is created. Kids are welcome! Suggested donation: $5. Dinner is $7 for adults, $4 for children, with reduced family pricing. Marbletown Elementary School is at 12 Pine Bush Road in Stone Ridge.