Bruschetta is one of my favorite appetizers, so I was delighted when I came across this recipe. The bruschetta salad helps you reach your goal of making half your plate fruits and vegetables, and you can also boost your whole grain intake using whole grain croutons! Pair this salad with a he…

One of the MyPlate recommendations is to make half of your grains whole grains, which we usually do by using whole wheat bread, brown rice, or whole wheat pasta as staple foods in our dishes. Another great way to add in some whole grain foods to your diet is through snacks! These baked torti…

In the weeks before Christmas, friends of a friend told me about a bobcat sighting they had, while hiking on a trail in southern Essex County. And, not long after that, a very dear friend of mine who lives in the same area sent me a couple of photographs she’d taken of a mound and scratch ma…

Happy New Year! As we begin the new year we tend to look back on the year we just had and oftentimes people tend to make New Year’s resolutions. These resolutions can range from a multitude of things such as getting in shape, trying something new and meeting new people. Although these resolu…

ARLINGTON, VA. — The end of 2020 is a little brighter for students from Iowa State University, St. George’s University, State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill, Oklahoma State University, and South Central College as they take home scholarships for be…

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When I ask people what they think are the two cheapest, cleanest, safest, most environmentally friendly, and most reliable energy technologies available today, the answer I receive is almost always wind and solar. But the correct answers; conservation and efficiency; have nothing to do with …

A mistletoe is a flowering plant (angiosperm) which, although capable of growing independently, is almost always parasitic or, more specifically, partially or hemi-parasitic. Mistletoes grow on the branches of host trees and shrubs, sending out roots that tap into their hosts’ vascular syste…

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As the countdown to Christmas begins, we start to decorate our houses, do last minute shopping and of course our holiday baking! One of my favorite things about the holiday season is all of the sweet treats. As you plan to bake your pies, cookies, candies and other goodies this season, I wou…

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency reminds farmers and ranchers to apply for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2) by Dec. 11. This program provides direct relief to producers facing market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19.

The USDA recommends switching up the types of proteins you consume on a day to day basis. Today, we’re going to focus on black beans, an awesome plant protein that is packed full of fiber! This chili recipe is quick and easy to make, can be frozen and enjoyed at a later date, and will fill y…

Today is Small Business Saturday! Did you know that Small Business Saturday was created by American Express back in 2010 to support small businesses? By supporting small businesses, people like me and you can ensure that our beloved businesses in our own hometown stay open and flourish.

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They’ve been in the headlines since last December: Giant Murder Hornets Arrive in North America; Murder Hornet Nest Found in Washington State; A Sting that Can Kill.

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Did you know that the state fruit of New York is the apple? There are dozens of apple varieties in New York, which all provide a unique flavor.

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Looking for a sweet snack that doubles as a good source of fiber? This pumpkin pudding can fill you up without costing you too many calories. This snack is easy to make and tastes just like a pumpkin pie

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New York is the nation’s second-largest apple producing state. With more than 10 million trees, our roughly 600 commercial apple growers produce, on average, 29.5 million bushels of apples annually. And they grow more varieties than producers in any other state –– among them: McIntosh (the n…

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One of my favorite ways to prepare potatoes is to roast them. Roasting gives them a nice crispy texture on the outside, with a soft inside. The rosemary and salt combination provides a burst of flavor and will keep you wanting more.

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Are you looking for a dish that is balanced and covers the protein, vegetables, dairy and grains for a meal? Look no further. These stuffed peppers with turkey and vegetables provide lean protein, delicious vegetables, low-fat or fat-free cheese, and a whole grain.

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Couscous is an amazing option that counts towards the “grain” portion of your plate. You can find couscous in both whole wheat or refined forms, rice or pasta aisle.

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Do you love the fall weather as much as I do? With autumn here, it brings changing leaves, hot coffee, apple cider donuts, and pumpkin spice smells.

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According to Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, 37,227,000 Americans, of which 11,174,000 are children, are currently grappling with hunger. In other words, more than 11% of Americans are, at this moment, food insecure (lacking reliable access to a suf…

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Local 4-H member Adyson Miller, was recently crowned the 2020-21 New York state Guernsey princess at the New York Guernsey Golden Showcase held in Cortland.

Here in the North Country, our growing season is coming to its end. The first killing frosts have already hit the higher elevations, making it time to harvest all the tender plants and prepare vegetable garden beds for winter.

We’re always looking for new ways to prepare the same vegetables. These zesty orange carrots provide a colorful burst of flavor that will leave you craving more. The combination of honey, orange, and cinnamon makes for a delicious and nutritious side dish.

The Chateaugay Adventurers 4-H Club has been very busy over the course of this summer. Even though we have been apart, we still have been working hard on making sure we make the best of this year.

It’s starting to feel very much like fall around here. Days are getting shorter, leaves are changing color, temperatures are cooler (some of us have already seen a frost or two; even a freeze), air conditioners are silent, pumpkin-spiced food and beverages are available at several coffee sho…

It’s that time of year again –– corn harvesting season is here! There are many methods by which farmers harvest their corn. These various harvest methods result in various forms of corn. The forms of corn include high moisture shelled corn, snaplage, dried ear corn and corn silage.

As the days get colder and the daylight time shortens, soup season approaches.

Adding more vegetables to your diet is part of a healthy lifestyle. This quick and easy recipe for a broccoli-cauliflower salad recipe includes dried cranberries, cheddar cheese, bacon bits, red onion and a homemade dressing.

4-H and county fairs are as much a part of Americana as country songs and denim jeans. 4-H youth work on a host of hands-on projects, gardens, community service programs, raising and training animals of all sorts, and a slew of science discovery programs throughout the year –– all with the h…

LEWIS –– Adirondack Harvest and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Essex County are excited to announce this year’s Free Range Adirondack Harvest Festival. By this we mean exploding beyond our traditional festival at the Essex County Fairgrounds and scattering the fun throughout the community …

The 2020 growing season has brought plenty of stress and challenges. I guess this is keeping with the general tone that 2020 has taken on, right?

September has begun and it is the start of school for many people. Going back to school means all sorts of things, such as waking up early, doing homework, studying for quizzes and exams, participating in sports, and many other activities. But what about dairy? How does dairy fit into a busy…

Puffball is the generic name for a large group of mushrooms with similar characteristics. They come in many sizes and are usually spherical or globular in shape.

Kale is a polarizing vegetable, people either love it or hate it.

We all have favorite ingredients or ways of preparing food that have been passed down through our families. But some of those ingredients and methods may not always be the best for you.

With gardens reaching their peak of productiveness, the amount of fresh produce abounds. Spaghetti squash, delicious on its own, is made even better with tomatoes and zucchini.

Eggplants are a wonderful vegetable that are not only tasty, but high in fiber and low in calories.

You may have heard that farmers are stewards of their land, but what does that really mean and how does it impact you?

I love the summer. It’s the time of year when animals are most active; when the sun is warm and plants of all kinds are thriving; and when the first harvests start to ripen.

In March, when Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed the ‘New York State on PAUSE’ executive order, which mandated that all nonessential businesses in New York state had to close, farmers markets were exempted as essential retail businesses and, as such, allowed to open or remain open.

In a normal summer, 4-H Camp Overlook in Mountain View sees over 800 campers come through its red gates. Generations of North Country families can credit Overlook with learning how to swim, for lifelong friendships and outdoor skills. While our programs change annually, the spirit of making …

During the summertime, I always try to use the kitchen appliances as little as possible. During a hot summer day, starting up the oven or stove creates way too much heat in the household for my liking.

I’ve heard it said that, “You can’t call yourself a local until you’ve been to the Franklin County Fair.” It’s the area’s longest-running tradition and one of the oldest county fairs in New York state. Unfortunately, there won’t be a Franklin County Fair this year. In fact, there won’t be an…