June 15, 2012

Local foods guide

The South Central Agriculture Team for Cornell Cooperative Extension has created a 2012 Guide to Foods Produced in the Southern Tier & Finger Lakes. I'm suprised it can fit into 32 pages, given the exploding number of local food options....

Posted by simon at 2:01 AM

September 3, 2011

Freeville shopping improves

Sungiva and I sometimes go out Saturday morning to look for horses and cows. I drive around Dryden, and she calls out when she sees the animals. Today, though, we spent a lot of time around Freeville, visiting some places...

Posted by simon at 4:21 PM

August 24, 2011

Free local lunch at the Dryden Cafe September 17th

The Dryden Community Garden just continues to amaze me: Get a free lunch at the Dryden Cafe! Dryden Community Garden sponsors a free lunch made of all local food, a meal you can make at home for $5.00 or less...

Posted by simon at 9:15 AM

November 4, 2010

Pies and gardening this weekend

If you'd like your local food in tasty "pick it up and buy it" form, stop by the Dryden bank on Saturday morning: The crisp, cool days of autumn have arrived, bringing with them the yearning for treats fresh from...

Posted by simon at 11:15 AM

August 28, 2010

More quick hits from the Ithaca Journal

It was a pretty quiet week for Dryden in the Journal. Harvestation, though, may be one of the best applications of technology to come out of Dryden in a while: Harvestation.com, a local online bulk buying marketplace which went live...

Posted by simon at 10:01 PM

November 30, 2009

Preserving food in Dryden

This morning's Ithaca Journal has a great article on canning and preserving food, including photos of cider-making at a home in the Town of Dryden. Katie Quinn-Jacobs has been working hard on this for years, and it's great to see...

Posted by simon at 7:42 AM

April 19, 2008

Food prices climbing

Today's Journal notices what the Cortland Standard noticed a few months ago: increasing grain prices are making it harder for local bakers and others who use lots of flour. There's also a more general piece on wheat prices and another...

Posted by simon at 7:38 AM

April 14, 2008

Awesome New York State Sauerkraut

Last week, I saw some sauerkraut in the Ludgate Farms vegetable case. It was marked local, and since we're eating locally, I figured it was worth a try despite the $5.69 pricetag for fifteen ounces. Over in Ghent, NY, Hawthorne...

Posted by simon at 8:01 AM

February 6, 2008

Local eating, local gardening, nearby talk

I've posted a report on the book review and reflections on our own local eating project that Angelika and I presented in Corning today over at An Hour a Day in the Garden....

Posted by simon at 10:31 PM

February 5, 2008

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

I probably should have posted on this earlier, but it's not precisely a Dryden story. Angelika and I will be giving a review of Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle tomorrow at noon in Corning, at the Corning--Southeast Steuben County Library....

Posted by simon at 8:59 AM

December 11, 2007

Local eating under the tree?

I mentioned the Dryden Courier as something to give yesterday, though it's not exactly a classic present you can put in a box under the Christmas tree. Today's idea could actually go under the tree, though it's also something I...

Posted by simon at 7:57 AM

November 26, 2007

Local food cookbook

Former Varna resident Beth Skwarecki has kept up her Sustainable Food Blog, and I'm happy to see that she's now finishing up a Local Food Pocket Cookbook. I'm still kind of going out to see what I can find, and...

Posted by simon at 6:16 PM

AIDS memorial quilt at TC3

This morning's Ithaca Journal reports in Briefly in Tompkins that part of the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display from Wednesday through the week in the TC3 Forum. World AIDS Day is December 1st, and there will be events...

Posted by simon at 12:28 PM

September 29, 2007

Grape pie

I haven't seen a lot of grape pie around Dryden, though maybe someone's making it. We were coming back from a wedding in Palmyra, north and west of here, and I took a detour on to Route 414, remembering that...

Posted by simon at 7:10 PM

September 7, 2007

Freezing corn

It was a tasty year for sweet corn, and we decided to extend the season a bit longer by freezing some corn. Angelika bought 26 ears yesterday, and we got a little under five pounds out of that. I also...

Posted by simon at 12:31 PM

September 6, 2007

Buying American

It's a little ways distant from my eating local project, but buying American (New York Times, registration required) seems to be returning to public consciousness. The article is from the fashion section, so it's a bit wackier than usual: "Made...

Posted by simon at 6:20 PM

September 4, 2007

Your local Marco Polo

Weird title, isn't it. It's actually the name of a weirder store I've thought about for a while, and written about elsewhere. I'm not sure it's my idea - someone else may have suggested it - but I wish there...

Posted by simon at 8:42 AM

August 27, 2007

More local (food) discussion

I mentioned some skepticism about local food from the market-oriented side of the world. Lately I've been encountering more skepticism about local food and broader relocalization from a different set of critics. On the Sustainable Tompkins mailing list, a New...

Posted by simon at 5:53 PM

August 22, 2007

Local beer, not quite

There's an article in this morning's Journal that illustrates some of the problems I've run into when thinking about what "local" food means. The Ithaca Beer Company, whose products I've always enjoyed, is going to build a silo to store...

Posted by simon at 9:31 PM

Eating sustainably

I was happy to see a new blog spring up in Dryden, one that reinforces probably the most important part of my eating locally project: the Sustainable Food Blog. Varna resident Beth Skwarecki has written a lot about food at...

Posted by simon at 8:51 PM

Vegetables across the road

I wrote earlier about The Orchid Place's building a garden for squash. They've had a sign up for a few weeks, advertising veggies for sale, and over the past few weeks I've gotten to try a few tomatoes, cucumbers, and...

Posted by simon at 5:04 PM

August 20, 2007

Moving down the food (processing) chain

This month, it seems like I can get most of my basic food needs around Tompkins County. It's a great time to Buy Local: Taste the Difference!, as a current campaign would have it. This weekend they had a Farm...

Posted by simon at 7:00 AM

August 15, 2007

Local eating generates a bit of heat

Living in Dryden has thankfully been a place where cranky comments - apart from my own - are rare. I didn't expect that my local eating project would generate complaints, especially relative to some of the political positions I've taken,...

Posted by simon at 9:10 AM

August 8, 2007

Bridges and food

This morning's Ithaca Journal reads a bit like an echo of this blog last night. I worried about 13's bridge over Fall Creek, and there are reports on how the state has diverted money from the highway fund for years...

Posted by simon at 12:40 PM

August 7, 2007

Starting eating local

We decided back in June to start eating locally in August. We let our supplies dwindle coming up to the end of the month, though my being in the land of Burgerville didn't help with that. We gave away our...

Posted by simon at 8:06 PM

August 4, 2007

Where to donate food?

As part of the transition to eating locally, I went through our cupboards and pulled out unopened food to give away. I'd like to give it to a food pantry, preferably a local one like the Dryden Kitchen Cupboard or...

Posted by simon at 7:10 PM

July 10, 2007

Black caps

Strawberry season is ending, but there are other opportunities to enjoy. My parents' house in Corning had a row of arborvitae with a steep slope behind. It wasn't every year, but many years there were great black raspberries back there....

Posted by simon at 1:00 PM

July 9, 2007

Currant power

We're trying to finish off foods that weren't produced locally this month, and last night I created something strange. I had leftover pork from my mother's 4th of July dinner, with some juice, and thought I'd use it to finish...

Posted by simon at 8:21 AM

July 2, 2007

Garlic scapes

Part of eating locally is trying the strange things that appear in the garden. Angelika planted garlic around her apple trees last year, and at least one variety is producing 'scapes', a sort of curled flowering stem. Garlic scapes growing....

Posted by simon at 8:46 AM

June 28, 2007

Eat local

Last week, I wrote about how our food supplies don't necessarily connect to our neighborhoods. I also wrote a bit earlier on the possibilities we'd open by looking locally, and I'd like to push further that direction. Tomatoes on their...

Posted by simon at 7:33 AM