The local food movement has been spreading across the country, connecting people to their food and their farmers. More and more people are realizing that having a connection to where their food comes from means investing in more than just that purchase. It's an investment in the future health of our entire planet and the physical health of the individual, as well as an investment in your own community. The Wild Center has been striving to promote that connection since we began. By using local farmers and businesses to provide food for students during our annual Youth Climate Summit, as well as hosting our summer Farmers Market, we are bridging the gap between the farmers who grow our food and our local residents.
The Tupper Lake Farmers' Market takes place in the white tent every Thursday from 10:00-2:00 beginning on June 9th. Our vendors show up every week with fresh local produce and beautiful hand crafted goods. Want to find out more about what they do? Check out each of their stories here.
What does it mean to be local and why do we support local farmers? Our Farmers drive between 5 and 85 minutes to come to The Wild Center Farmers' Market. Fortunately, most of our farmers live right here in the Adirondacks. By purchasing your produce and crafts locally, you're supporting their livelihood and your health!
The Adirondack Farmers' Market Cooperative is an Agricultural Cooperative that consists of eight Farmers' Market in the Adirondack Region. The farmers and crafters are from small, family operated farms or small home-based artisans producing hand-crafted items. Check out some of the AFMC's vendors, and learn about their various Farmers' Markets!
Kristin Kimball talks about her life as a small scale farmer from Essex, NY. Grab a copy of her book at The Wild Center Supply Co. or listen to her and her husband talk about what it means to run a small farm in the Adirondacks.
GardenShare is a locally led non-profit organization seeking to end hunger and strengthen food security in northern New York State. GardenShare's mission is to solve hunger in St. Lawrence County through policy advocacy work and by strengthening the food system to benefit all county residents.
For more resources, events and workshops check out this page.
Jeanne Nolan has been an organic gardener for over 20 years. In this inspiring book, she chronicles her life and how organic gardening has changed both her life as well as her community. She is now the founder of Organic Gardener Ltd., an organization dedicated to help others plant and maintain their own organic and sustainable garden. Check out our Wild Supply Co. to pick up your copy!
The owners of Essex Farm provide a glimpse into their lives and how they came to their unique calling. During The Wild Center's first-ever remote barncast, Kristin read excerpts from her book, "The Dirty Life." This webcast originally aired 9/15/11 directly from their barn in Essex, New York.
The Adirondack Harvest provides resources to connect locals to farm fresh foods and local products. Check out resources, farmers' market maps, current events and projects here.
Let's do something about food waste! Check out this video about how we can reduce our food waste and become more conscious consumers.
Each month we will feature a new and delicious recipe that incorporates foods that are in season! To jump start us into summer, for the month of May in New York State, mushrooms, asparagus and potatos are all in season! Why not try a delectable roasted potato recipe, and help do your part on living and eating seasonably and sustainably.
Eating locally grown food is fresh, sustainable and beneficial to you and your community! Instead of eating an apple that travelled thousands of miles to get to you, imagine heading to your local Farmers' Market and hand-picking a delicious apple that was grown in your own neighborhood. Our local farmers are always growing the best produce according to the season. For more information on how you can live a more sustainable and farmer-friendly lifestyle, check out what's in season in your area!
Yvona Fast is the author of the award-winning cookbook, Garden Gourmet: Fresh and Fabulous Meals from your North Country Garden, Farmers’ Market or CSA. Her weekly column, North Country Kitchen, offers a medley of nutritional information, historical facts, and easy, seasonal recipes that help the reader prepare wholesome family meals and achieve a healthy lifestyle. It has run in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and Lake Placid News since 2005! Her food articles have appeared in dozens of magazines and newspapers. For more info about her writing and her other two books, check out her website here.
Farm to School programs link schools with local farms. While programs vary one to another, they often include: school meals featuring local food, food and agriculture education in the classroom, school gardens, field trips to farms, and celebrations. Students learn about their local agriculture system and have better access to delicious local foods; farmers expand markets for their products; and local economies grow stronger.
Check out the link below for Cornell's Farm to School outreach programs and resources.
Want to start your own garden but think it might be a little tricky? Check out Cloudfarm, a new and innovative way to produce your own fresh food.
CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, is a great way to stay involved in your community and support local farmers. Different CSA's provide different fruits, veggies and meats, but by "subscribing" to these CSA's you are able to take home fresh, local and delicious food on a weekly or bi-weekly basis! Check out Local Harvest's website to find a CSA in your area, and support locally grown foods.