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…

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Lactose intolerance occurs because of the body’s inability to digest the naturally occurring lactose, a milk carbohydrate (aka the sugar found in milk and milk products). It’s important to note that this is different from a milk allergy – a milk allergy is the body’s immune system response t…

We ended June Dairy Month by celebrating a baby born in June. I delivered a baby basket full of baby items such as shampoo, diapers, clothes and toys to Brittany and Curtis Helm of Bangor, who had a baby boy named Brayden Jay Helm on June 17. He weighed 5 pounds 11 ounces. It was great to me…

Cauliflower is an incredibly versatile vegetable. Cauliflower can be mashed to mimic mashed potatoes, grated to have a texture similar to rice, prepared to use as an alternative to pizza crust, and now with this recipe, baked to resemble a tater tot with fewer calories.

I love cherries! Especially sweet cherries. They’re delicious fresh, high in fiber and loaded with vitamins, minerals, and beneficial antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, which may lower your risk of developing certain cancers, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and/or obesity.

One of our main goals as 4-H educators is to help foster the youth’s interests in a positive way that can help lead the youth to a career path they will excel in. It is my great honor to join these long term 4-H members in celebrating their achievements throughout their time in Franklin County 4-H.

The spotted wing drosophila (SWD), Drosophila suzukii, is a vinegar or fruit fly native to Southeast Asia. It’s been in Hawaii since the 1980s and was first detected in North America in 2008 in California. In 2010, it was discovered in Florida, the Carolinas, Michigan and Utah; eventually tu…

A free three-part webinar series discussing the identification, safety recommendations, historical usage and sustainability of wild edibles will be available both as a recorded series or a live presentation by Cornell Cooperative Extension educators Pat Banker, John Bowe and MB Mitchumon Thu…

We have a small herd of Nigerian dwarf goats. They are a breed of dairy goats that originated in Africa and are a lot smaller than the other dairy breeds.

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the amount of municipal solid waste (MSW) generated in this country in 2017 (the most recent information available) was 267.8 million tons. That’s the equivalent of just over 4.5 pounds of waste per person per day.

Carrots can prepared in a ton of different ways and can make for a quick and healthy snack, or a delicious side dish for your favorite meal.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Franklin County (CCE) would like to provide a response and some additional context to an article recently published on our behalf, titled “Rethinking meat – from farm to table,” published in these pages on May 30 and in subsequent Facebook posts. The article …

Hello, my name is Amy Gokey and on June 5, I was crowned the 2020-2021 Franklin County dairy princess. I am the 16-year-old daughter of Steve and Marsha Gokey and I live in Burke on my family’s 350-cow dairy farm, where I feed calves. In the fall I will be a senior at Franklin Academy High S…

Gardens are being tilled, planned, and planted with the promise of an abundance of fresh veggies. Taking advantage of the beautiful, soft soil, the rapidly growing, dreaded weeds appear en mass.

The Wonders Of Washington (WOW) trip for 4-H youth in Franklin and Clinton counties that had been scheduled for October has been rescheduled to March 17-20, 2021.

We are always looking for healthy side dishes to bring to the table, and this week, we have a yummy Spanish cauliflower. This dish is low in calories, easy to prepare, and will keep you feeling full.

The COVID-19 pandemic is imposing many changes on our lives, creating a “new normal.” The situation is also creating an opportunity for positive changes, including in what we eat.

Atherosclerosis, a dangerous condition where fats build up and clog arteries, can potentially cause heart disease and stroke. Above all, eating a balance of foods that are as close to their natural state as possible is a strong first step toward retaining the heath of your arteries. Read bel…

Among the many difficult decisions the local Extension Associations have had to face together, today they share one that is especially difficult. It is with a heavy heart that Extension, after a very thorough review, has decided to close their residential camp programs at 4-H Camp Overlook.

NORTH BANGOR –– The Northern New York Agricultural Development Program has posted the results of a project collecting and analyzing data from the first two years of operation of the St. Lawrence Valley Produce Auction at 58 Martin Road in North Bangor. This auction is the northernmost produc…

Dandelions (Taraxacum officinale) are probably the most recognized of all broadleaf “weeds.” Many people consider them a curse; a plant that can establish quickly, by seed, in a well-kept lawn and become extremely difficult to eradicate. Homeowners and groundskeepers spend tremendous amounts…

Our livestock learning camps have also been changed to either later dates in the fall or to single-day clinics that we are hoping will be able to be held in July.

Did you know that the average American drinks up to 630 pounds of milk each year? Well, now you do.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has defined a high-fiber food to equal five grams of fiber per serving. A good source of fiber equals 2.5 grams to 4.9 grams of fiber per serving. Adults need 20–30 grams of fiber each day for good health.

Butter has been around for over 4,000 years. The discovery of it is said to have been a mistake.

Although we have an abundance of food available in the United States, the past few weeks and the coming months have and will demonstrate that our food system is only as strong as the weakest link.