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Farm 2 Fork Fest, Hobofest set for Sept. 1-2 in Saranac Lake

Crackin' Foxy plays at a previous Hobofest.

Crackin' Foxy plays at a previous Hobofest. By Tim Baker

— Labor Day weekend will be filled with a celebration of local food and down-to-earth music in Saranac Lake with the second annual Farm 2 Fork Festival and fourth annual Hobofest.

The Farm 2 Fork Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1 at Riverside Park along with the Saranac Lake Farmers’ Market. This will be a celebration of small farms and local food presented by the Adirondack Green Circle and the Ausable Valley Grange.

The festival will include a tasting of food prepared by home cooks using featured produce from local farmers. The theme of this year’s festival is “Stretching Your Farmer’s Market Dollar.” The $10 ticket allows a taste at each of the 8 cook stations, the Pickle Bar, a taste of hand-cranked Ice Cream, a drink at the Artisan Beverage Bar, and a sample of fresh-pressed cider.

This year’s festival will also include four workshops: “Tools for Homesteading” by Paul Smiths professor Brett McLeod; “Rendering Misunderstood Lard” with Sara Burke from Atlas Hoofed It Farm and nutritionist Martha Pichard Palmer; “Stocking Your Shelves with Homemade Tea,” offered by “wild edible” expert Pat Banker; and “Preserving Your Bounty,” with chef Tom Morris of Alegria Restaurant.

Plus, there will be free lost arts workshops, children’s activities, farm animals and music and dancing by Soma Beats and Wuluba Drummers.

Tickets will be available at the event and at the Saranac Lake Farmers Market. For information, call 891-0182.

On Aug. 31, the night before the Farm 2 Fork Festival, Maryland chicken farmer Carole Morison will give a talk entitled “From Industrial Farming to Pasture Raised: Progressing the Local Food Movement” at 7pm in the Harrietstown Town Hall. Carole was featured in the Oscar nominated documentary film “Food, Inc.” and she is now working with Animal Welfare Approved to promote humane farming practices. Animal Welfare Approved will have a booth at the Festival and Carole will speak briefly at 10:30 am.

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