Thursday, April 14, 2011

Spring events!

Come out of hibernation and head out for a variety of happenings this spring. Whether you're a farmer, a foodie or just interested in learning more about agriculture the Catskills region, there's something coming up that will pique your interest.

Get to know the vendors at FOODSTOCK with this WJFF video.

Pot Luck Lunch and Cheese Sampling
Wednesday, April 20th, 10 am to 4 pm
1211 Kelso Road, East Meredith

Hobnob with New York State cheese makers and learn about the regulatory, production and sales challenges. Get the skinny on how fast cheese makers are growing in NYS! Presentation by Dave Barbano from Northeast Dairy Research Center at Cornell University on potential legislative changes involving raw milk cheeses and on milk chemistry research. Registrants are encouraged to bring food and cheese to share. Contact Nancy Taber Richards of Finger Lakes Farmstead Cheese Company at (607) 387-3108 or

Ground Up: Cultivating Sustainable Agriculture in the Catskills Region
Saturday, April 23, 12 pm
Delaware Community Center, 8 Creamery Road, Callicoon
Last spring, students and faculty from Columbia University collaborated with the Open Space Institute (OSI) and Catskill Mountainkeeper to assess the current state of agriculture in the Upper Delaware Valley. The resulting report will be shared at this event happening in conjunction with the final indoor farmers’ market of the season in Callicoon. The report presents case studies of six farmers who, through creative adjustments in both production and presentation, have constructed their own models—dynamic templates for resource protection and adaptation to changing markets.

The study concludes with a series of “what if?” scenarios: What if all available farmland in Sullivan County were in production? What if schools in Sullivan County all served local milk? As the report contemplates economic and other impacts of increased local government advocacy for farmers, the farmers believe, in the meantime, that consumers will continue to dictate the role local agricultural operations play in major metropolitan markets. Contact Emily Offen of OSI at or (212) 290-8200 ext. 306.

Value Added Food Classes
Each class runs from 5:30 to 8 pm
An ongoing series offered by SUNY Sullivan, Loch Sheldrake
Participants will meet regional entrepreneurs, gain access to materials on how to develop their own products and join a network that will participate in future field trips and related classes. Contact Kristin Geeslin at (845) 434-5750 x4382.

Launching and expanding a value-added food with Jill Padua of Jill’s Kitchen. Processing regulations with Paula Barber of NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets.

May 5th, First Presbyterian Church of Jeffersonville
Evaluating marketing channels with Trish Westenbroek of CCE-Sullivan County and distribution opportunities with Dan Young of Culinary Alliances.

Food & Wine Festival
Saturday, May 7th, 11 am to 4 pm
Admission is $20 with wine or $15 without wine
For tickets, call (845) 482-4141 or email
View registered participating businesses at WJFF's webpage. FOODSTOCK will feature
farmers, producers, specialty foods, distributors, restaurants and wineries offering their goods for sale and providing tastes for the expected hundreds of guests.

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