Food

Food

It’s not easy being green. But as one of our shoppers put it, it’s better for all of us. Camm Epstein arrived at the market to shop on a recent Saturday with a backpack. He filled his pack, and prepared for a one-mile walk home. “It’s good for me and the planet,” he said. As we join the nation in celebrating Earth Day, we recognize that while we are a source of healthy, locally grown food, being green should be…
Hello my Foodie Friends! Spring Break is just around the corner for many school students throughout the U.S. Most of the “warmer” parts of the world will be filled with families from all over the world.  Although Saratoga is not considered “tropical” it does draw many travelers throughout the year. We enjoy talking to many of our culinary guests and hearing about what can be eventful travels from afar.  Most recently, a couple from New Zealand shared a story about…
Lambs, lambs and more than 70 new lambs were born on our farm in Easton last month; we call it a lambalanche. As we watch those healthy lambs race through the barnyard, we celebrate our 31st year of raising sheep.  When we named our farm, Elihu Farm, we honored Elihu Gifford, a Revolutionary War patriot and the first person on our deed. We began with 43 acres and later added another parcel. Gifford’s cemetery will always look out on fields…
Hello my Foodie Friends. Among my “many talents” is the natural ability to tell a good story. Many of my stories are from my parents, relatives and siblings and are based on gatherings of family events that have occurred over the years. Getting the scoop on family stories is something we do beginning in our childhood and continues through our years with our own children. Family stories are a collection of tales about people, places, and events related to your…
Kohlrabi – that knobby looking, bulbous green vegetable – is beginning to gain a footing at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market. I first spotted this vegetable at a summer market up north several years ago. More recently, Paul Arnold of Pleasant Valley Farm gave me a crash course on this vegetable. Arnold, who is an amazing source of information on all things vegetable, described kohlrabi as a member of the Brassica family. That means it is related to cabbage, broccoli, and…
Hello my Foodie Friends. I love to tell this story this time of year especially now since our son Johnny just celebrated his 26th birthday this past week. This winter season has certainly been a tough one. The New England coast has been getting hit hard with multiple large snow storms along with the big one we just experienced. Our son Johnny lives in Boston and our daughter Aubrey goes to school in the Boston area. Each time the coast…
More often than not, spring arrives in Saratoga with snow. Temperatures still struggle to climb above freezing, and a warm cup of soup seems more soothing than a frozen fruit smoothie. Still, we know spring is coming as the snow starts to melt and the days lengthen. And with it comes a fresh start, an opportunity to reflect on lessons of the past alongside a chance to learn something new. In this spirit, the Saratoga Farmers’ Market will host its…
“I’ve always known inside that I’m Irish. Literally, I look like a leprechaun, there’s no denying it.” Ben Hillis, who owns Puckers’ Gourmet Pickles with his wife Kelley, made this statement with a laugh. But Irish-ness runs deep through his veins, giving him a sense of identity that he associates with values of hard work, humility, taking care of family, and savoring lovingly home-cooked meals slowly at a common table. “We’re the salt of the earth,” Hillis says. “No nobility…
My home state of Minnesota is known for a few things: SPAM, Prince, and hot dish. The beauty of “hot dish” is that one word: dish. Everything goes into a single dish. I love food, particularly the good food that we make with produce and meats and other goods from the Saratoga Farmers’ Market, where I spend nearly every Saturday. I do not love doing dishes. My wife Himanee is a good complement to my simple tastes - she believes…
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  • COURT  Michael C. Norton, 59, of Hadley, was sentenced Jan. 12 to 20 years-to-life after pleading to murder in the second-degree, in connection with the death of his wife at the couple’s home in Hadley in May 2017.  Alycia M. Andreadakis, 43, of Ballston Spa, was sentenced Jan. 12 to five years of probation, after pleading to felony burglary.  Erica M. Jukna, 35, of Mechanicville, pleaded Jan. 11 to felony DWI in Malta. Sentencing scheduled March 7.  Victor C. Mattson, 39, of Rotterdam, was sentenced Jan. 11 to 8 years state prison, after pleading to second degree robbery, a felony,…

Property Transactions

  • TOWN OF BALLSTON  1341 West High St., $335,000. James and Mary Schmitz sold property to Matthew and Devin Whalen.  5 Thomas Ave., $105,000. Equinox Properties LLC sold property to McConchie Properties LLC.  8 Roseland Blvd., $206,000. Herbert Gott (by Admin) sold property to Andrew and Amy Ferrone.  8 Willem Way, $135,000. Frank Volpe (by Atty) and Denise Volpe (Ind. And as Atty) sold property to Christopher Naughton and Donna Arini.  38 Forest Rd., $215,000. Aven Real Estate Enterprises LLC sold property to Craig Kincaid. Lot 14 MacKenna Ct., $427,116. John Paul Builders LLC sold property to Richard and Mary Leonard.…
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