PLATTSBURGH — In the North Country, locally produced food is available, even in the winter.
To prove it, Adirondack Harvest, a one-stop website for finding farms throughout the region, has teamed up with Cornell Co-operative Extension to put on the third annual Food from the Farm on Saturday, March 2 at the Plattsburgh City Gym.
Amy Ivy, executive director for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Clinton County, said past attendees will recognize many of the locally produced items, including meat, eggs, maple syrup, honey and local wine.
Some of the farmers participating in the event will have those items for sale, and some might even have storage vegetables on hand, products like kale and potatoes, which can be stored for long periods of time.
“The fact that we can have an event like this in March, the most challenging time of year for food production, shows how much we have in this region,” Ivy said. “It shows people the diversity of food they can have.”
A pre-season farmers market is just a small part of what Food from the Farm is all about, though.
Information is the driving force of the event, and it will be readily available.
Attendees will be able to get educated on things like gardening, nutrition and Community Supported Agriculture, a program some farmers offer that allows people to pay a set price for a weekly share of farm fresh products. It's like paying one lump sum for a year's grocery bill.
Ivy said CSAs have experienced an increased demand in the North Country, and that she wants more people to understand how they work.
She also explained that the underlying theme behind Food from the Farm is twofold—it gives people a chance to meet local farmers who produce a variety of different goods, and it also shows the farmers that there is a demand for locally produced food in the North Country.