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Chefs, farmers gather to boost local food use

— Area farmers and chefs gathered recently to discuss ways of promoting the use of more local foods, particularly in restaurants of the region.

The event, held Oct. 24 at The Farmhouse Restaurant at Top O’ the World Resort, also celebrated the first national Food Day to promote healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way.

The gathering was by Kimberly Feeney, farmer-owner of the Farmhouse, and presented by Adirondack Harvest, an organization dedicated to connecting local farmers to their communities and regional markets. Farmers and chefs from Hamilton, Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties attended the gathering, sharing needs and concerns.

Among those attending were Laura McDermott, representing the Capital District Vegetable and Small Fruit Program; Charles Jones, Chef and Culinary Arts Chair at the Southern Adirondack Educational Center; Fred Cole, General Manager of the Capital District Cooperative; Jim DeWaard from the American Culinary Federation; and Jennifer Baumstein, local business owner and newsletter author for Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York. Adirondack Harvest regional official Teresa Whalen welcomed the group, explaining the function of Adirondack Harvest.

Kevin London, chef-owner of The Farmhouse, offered a selection of breakfast fare including vegetables grown on the premises and locally sourced eggs and cheeses.

“Much information was gained; and valuable new relationships were formed,” Whalen said of the gathering.

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