Showing posts with label local foods. Show all posts
Showing posts with label local foods. Show all posts

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Isn't she lovely? The produce of our weekly Malta Ridge CSA

We are lucky to live in an area  where a few farms and small rural agri-businesses are still surviving, despite tremendous development pressures.  Just up the road from us is Malta Ridge Orchard and Gardens.  This spring, I bought a CSA share from them, or more precisely, a half-share.  CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. When you become a member of a CSA, you are purchasing a “share” of the fruits and vegetables from a local farmer.  (Malta Ridge also sells egg and chicken shares, but I just bought the produce option.)

In addition to being close and convenient for us, Malta Ridge offers lots of choices, which makes their CSA program work well for me. Because they also have a farm store, I can pop in on "my" day and choose from among the fruits and vegetables on offer. For my half-share, I can take home eight items per week.  "One item" may be designated as three tomatoes, for example, or a bunch of carrots.

So what did I take home this week? 

  1. A large head of lettuce.
  2. A bunch of carrots.
  3. A bunch of radishes.
  4. Two onions.
  5. Three tomatoes.
  6. A head of cauliflower.
  7. Two yellow summer squash.
  8.  A pint of blueberries.
Plus, I still have a few potatoes, sweet potatoes and onions left from last week.

This is week four of my (half) share, which will run until the first week of November. It has taken me a couple of trips to the farm to work out a smooth routine, but I have it all down pat now. 

I carry the produce home in my market baskets, wash and trim things like the carrots, then add the trimmings to my compost bin. The baskets get a quick wash and I am all set until next week. 

Malta Ridge is in the process of selling its development rights, with the help of grants from New York State, Saratoga County, and the Town of Malta. This means the owners are ensuring that someone will always and forever be able to have a farm on those 132 acres. That is quite a blessing for those of us who live near by. 

Fresh, local, healthy, delicious, and forever a farm. What's not to like?

Find the Malta Ridge Orchard and Gardens store at 107 Van Aernem Rd. in Malta. They are off Malta Avenue, near Route 9, not far from Northway Exit 13. Their telephone number is 518 229-1255. They also have a Facebook page.

Want a few other suggestions for Saratoga and Washington County farm-related business you should check out? These are a few of my favorites.

Smith Orchard Bake Shop  (You will never bake another pie.)
4561 Jockey Street
Ballston Spa, NY 12020

Battenkill milk - sold in many places locally. Check their website. It's really good.

And did you know?  ALL of Stewart's milk, ice cream, and eggs are produced locally, from local farms. 

Please comment and share your favorites, too. Let's support our local farms and orchards!


Saturday, November 9, 2013

Hoppy in Clifton Park

The Handsome Husband and I checked out the tasting room at the Shmaltz Brewing Company in Clifton Park (NY) this afternoon.  As you can see, it didn't take me long to get comfy.

The tasting room is a cheerful place and it was doing a good business this chilly November Saturday afternoon.

 This new, state-of-the-art brewery opened this past July.

You can buy beer there, of course, but also plenty of other Shmaltz  stuff.

The tasting room has a variety of places to sit and relax. It is also well-stocked with decks of cards and board games. A few folks were playing cards when we arrived.

If you didn't  know this new brewery was there, it is unlikely you would stumble upon it by accident. There are no obvious signs visible from the road or parking lot.

It isn't until you get right to the door that you get confirmation that this is the right place.

But the beer is cold and delicious and for the young and hip like the HH* and myself, it was a pleasant place to relax for a little while.

Tours of the brewery are also available when the tasting room is open. If you like craft beers, you should try these. Delicious with lots of shtick. Be prepared to chuckle.

Find their website here.

*HH=Handsome Husband


Friday, September 20, 2013

Feast of the Fields, 2013,

In support of land conservation in Saratoga County through Saratoga PLAN.
The Handsome Husband (AKA Bob Conner, L) with master baker Matt Funiciello, of Rock Hill Bakehouse, R.

Doc Scanlon's Hot 4
Mogie, Hank, and Buzz, our dinner companions for the evening.

Fun? Yes!
Food? Wonderful!
Music? Excellent!
Company? Couldn't be better. Much silliness.
Weather? Perfect, complete with a full moon rising.
This event sells out so watch for your chance to buy 2014 tickets next summer and snap them up early. Good, locally-grown and prepared food for a good cause. What could be better?

Sunday, August 12, 2012

For the beauty of the earth

Our church service and picnic was held today at the Armer family farm near Ballston Spa.  Lots of good folks gathered to worship and later shared burgers and garden-fresh bounty: ripe tomatoes, sweet corn, cukes, chocolate zucchini cake, all wonderful.

The children climbed the ancient orchard trees and admired the plump Hereford cattle, the turkeys, the handsome Belgian draft horses. It was a lovely day.

For the beauty of the earth, For the glory of the skies; For the love which from our birth, Over and around us lies; Lord of all, to Thee we raise This, our hymn of grateful praise.

Peace be with you.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

At the Ballston Spa Winter Farmers' Market

I love going to the local farmers' markets on Saturday morning, when I can remember to get myself up and out for them. This year, our village market is going to try to keep going through the winter by opening once a month in the cooperative extension building. In nearby Saratoga Springs, they have a somewhat larger market that is open every Saturday in winter
Upstate New York has a short growing season, but there were still some good eats to find at today's market in Ballston Spa. Here's where my money went this morning:
  • Mr. Martel of Blue Moon Sharpening Service put a new edge on three of my favorite old kitchen knives. With turkey-carving season upon us, I try to get my knives professionally sharpened around this time of year.
  • For produce, I chose some lovely baby lettuces, a small acorn squash (along with a free recipe for Apple Filled Squash) and two varieties of potatoes, one with gold flesh and some Adirondack Blues. I love the name.
  • Baked goods, from three different vendors, included a chocolate almond zucchini dessert bread, oatmeal chocolate chip cookies (proceeds to go for the young seller's college fund - how could I not?) a whole wheat crisp bread, and a seasoned French bread made with local and organic ingredients.
  • I also bought a homemade asiago cheese, artichoke, and spinach dip, intended to be served warmed.

So supper tonight will be a hearty chicken soup, starting with some leftover chicken, to which I will add some vegetables and my newly purchased local potatoes. I will serve it with the locally made French bread and warmed cheese spread, with a choice of one of the chocolaty things for dessert. And tomorrow, maybe I will try that apple filled squash recipe... Yum!