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Taste of Local Festival draws vendors, crowds

Harvey Runyon of Lake Placid and Sam Baldwin of Keene display their award-winning apple dessert at the Taste of Local festival in Elizabethtown Sept. 14.

Harvey Runyon of Lake Placid and Sam Baldwin of Keene display their award-winning apple dessert at the Taste of Local festival in Elizabethtown Sept. 14. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Thirteen vendors from around the region offered visitors to the Adirondack History Center Museum’s Taste of Local event Sept. 14.

The event, held for the second year at the Elizabethtown museum, marked the beginning of the Adirondack Harvest celebration, which will continue with events throughout the remainder of the month. It was a partnership between the museum, Adirondack Harvest and the Elizabethtown-Lewis Chamber of Commerce.

Vendors at the festival included Adirondack Grilling Pellets, Amazing Grace Vineyards, Black Watch Farm, Cookie Cup Cakery, DaCy Meadow Farm, Deer’s Head Restaurant, Domaine Champlain Orchards, Ernie’s Market, Everett’s Orchards, Reber Rock Farm, Rivermede Farm, Scott Sayward and Turtle Island.

Along with sampling food and services from local vendors, the festival also awarded prizes for its dessert contest, with Sam Baldwin and Harvey Runyon combining to bake an apple-themed dessert that won first place in the child division (ages up to 11) as well as being crowned the overall champion.

Frissie Reed placed first in the adult division, while Hannah Ives was first in the youth division (ages 12-18).

Throughout the day, music was performed by Upstanders, the duo of Sandra Weber and Dave Hodges who were joined by Mary-Nell Bockman.

Fall harvest celebrations through Adirondack Harvest continue with a Reber Rock farm tour from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19. Other events include:

•Sept. 21 and 22: Green Point Foods will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1888 NYS Rte. 73, Keene Valley (phone 576-9717). Luke and Leslie Ayers’ café/market provides the community with homemade food. Visit Green Point Foods on the Harvest Festival weekends to enjoy their specially created hot grilled sandwich made with Asgaard Farm cheese and fresh veggies from Juniper Hill Farm and Fledging Crow Farm on homemade bread.

•Saturday, Sept. 21: There will be a bulk farmers’ market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Route 22 in Willsboro, across from Johnny’s Smokehouse. Stop by this one-time market and stock up on ingredients for preserving the harvest. Farmers will be selling their overstock in bulk so you can fill your jars, freezers and root cellars.

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