April 2020
Have you altered your business model because of the COVID-19 pandemic and if so how? Are you a farm or store who is offering curbside pickup or home deliveries? Are you increasing your CSA shares due to growing demand? We want to help you promote your business to the communities who need you! Please update your profile page or contact us with your information so we can share it.
We’ve made some very important changes to the Adirondack Harvest website recently which make it much easier for shoppers to find businesses offering online ordering, delivery, and curb-side pickup. Take a minute to update your Adirondack Harvest page profile to make sure all of these new functions are complete and correct.
           These new functions are now described on the COVID-19 page in order to make it simple for consumers to connect with the many local food businesses responding so quickly and compassionately during this crisis. We also are launching of a community newsletter, which will go out approximately weekly during the crisis and highlight blog articles and related content.
NYS Guidance During COVID-19
While New York State’s efforts to mitigate the impacts of Coronavirus (COVID-19) continue, the state and our agricultural community are working together to keep agricultural products moving, our communities and families fed, and our animals cared for.
The Department of Ag & Markets is continuing to monitor developments related to COVID-19, and they will continue to update their page as new information becomes available. For the latest guidance please visit this page https://agriculture.ny.gov/coronavirus
Scroll to the bottom of the page for general agriculture and farmers market specific guidance.
      W e are pleased to announce that Mary Godnick has joined the Adirondack Harvest Team and has made all of these amazing website changes happen. She will work as Digital Editor, funded through a DEC Smart Growth Grant, creating new content and functionality for the website and working with marketing and promotion. Mary currently also works for the Adirondack Council and Essex Farm Institute where she manages digital communication to help people advocate for conservation issues and farms in the Adirondacks. She previously worked at a digital marketing agency that specializes in improving Google rankings, influencer marketing and writing blog content. Mary lives in Westport and grows veggies at DaCy Meadow Farm.
Member Announcements & Profiles
Harmony Hills Farmstead
Harmony Hills Farmstead is doing deliveries to Tupper Lake, Saranac Lake, and Lake Placid every Wednesday - home delivery only - Stay Home-Stay Safe! We have beef, pork, chicken, and eggs available - Just email with any/all questions: harmonyhillsfarmstead@northnet.org or call/text (518) 483-7961.
Rare Farm
Hopeful signs of spring from Rarilee Conway, Adirondack Harvest member and owner of Rare Farm specializing in garlic. Read more about Rarilee's and her business in this recent Lake Placid News article https://www.lakeplacidnews.com/news/local-news/2020/03/26/savor-the-season-one-crop-shop/
Pine Cone Mercantile & North Woods Bread Co.
At Pine Cone Mercantile & North Woods Bread Co., our Farm Store and Bakery are open for business Friday/ Saturday/ Sunday, (11am-4pm), for pre-order curbside pick-up ONLY ! We continue to bake on-site fresh bread & baked goods, as well as offering local meats/ cheeses/ organic produce/ frozen prepared foods & soups, and much more. For a full product list, see our facebook page ( www.facebook.com/pineconemercantile ), email us at Pineconemercantile@verizon.net, or call us at 518-532-0220
Mohawk Valley Trading Company
The Mohawk Valley Trading Company is offering a 10% discount on all Buckwheat Pillows from 4/1/20 thru 4/30/20.
About Buckwheat:
Buckwheat is not a type of wheat at all; it is a flowering plant from the family Polygonaceae and a relative of rhubarb. Buckwheat was domesticated around 6000 BC and was one of the first crops introduced to North America by European settlers. It was an important crop in the U.S. until the demand declined in the 1960's. Today, it is primarily grown in Northern states such as New York.
Buckwheat is grown commercially for many reasons; it is ideal for short growing seasons in areas with low soil fertility and it is used as a cover crop because it grows quickly and thickly which prevents weed growth.
Buckwheat is also valuable as honey bee forage resulting in buckwheat honey, a popular monofloral honey with a deep, dark brown color, strong, pungent, molasses like earthy flavor that is high in mineral content and antioxidant compounds.
Buckwheat seeds are harvested and used to make food products such as groats (kasha), livestock and poultry feed or turned into flour which is used as an alternative to wheat flour; the seeds do not contain gluten and are often used as a substitute for people with celiac disease or another form of gluten intolerance. Two popular uses for buckwheat flour are buckwheat pancakes and soba noodles ("soba" is the Japanese word for buckwheat).
The final use for buckwheat involves the hulls, or seed casings that are cleaned, usually by roasting and used as stuffing for buckwheat meditation cushions (zafu) and pillows. The Japanese word for buckwheat hulls is "sobakawa" (also called sobagara) hence the name “ Sobakawa Pillows”.

You can buy Mohawk Valley Trading Company Buckwheat Pillows on Amazon or at:
Fort Schuyler Trading Company
North Utica Shopping Center
50 Auert Ave.
Utica, N.Y. 13502-2326
Phone: 315-733-1043
Smart Marketing
A marketing newsletter that reviews elements critical to successful marketing in the food and agricultural industry. Past articles are available at http://dyson.cornell.edu/outreach/smart-marketing-newsletter .
News Briefs
Events, Classes, Workshops
See all the Adirondack Harvest events by visiting our website! Click here to go directly to the events page and read about upcoming events.

You can now submit events directly to our website.
First, make sure you are logged in - this is to prevent random spam submissions. Then, visit the events page above and find the purple "button" on the right that says "Submit your own event to the calendar". Enter your event, and after we receive it we'll review and post on the events page. Help us to promote you! We cannot track down everyone's events.
Cornell Small Farms Program
Cornell's Small Farms Program has a wealth of information for beginning and seasoned farmers. There are online classes being held much of the year. Visit their course site https://smallfarms.cornell.edu/online-courses/ and find something useful for your business!

Have a suggestion for a link? Let us know! Contact the main office (see below)
Adirondack Harvest members will automatically receive an email notification a week before their annual renewal date and for a few weeks afterwards if needed. If members have questions concerning their membership they should contact the main office (see "Contact Information" below).
New businesses and friends may apply for membership and current members may renew their membership online at adirondackharvest.com/membership/
Members are always welcome to pay for more than one year at a time and avoid the annual reminders!
Contact Information
Main Office: 518-962-4810 or email Laurie at lsd22@cornell.edu or Carly at cfs82@cornell.edu
Essex County Chapter: Contact Dan Rivera at 518-524-1931 or adkfarmerdan@gmail.com
Clinton County Chapter: Contact Jane Desotelle at 518-563-4777 or underwoodherbs@gmail.com
Franklin County Chapter: Contact Roger Hastings at 518-529-6665 or hastingssheep@gmail.com
Southern Chapter (Hamilton, Warren, Fulton, Herkimer, Saratoga & Washington Counties): Contact Teresa
Whalen at 518-466-5497 or taawhalen@yahoo.com
Western Chapter (Jefferson, St. Lawrence & Lewis) Contact Jeff Van Arsdale at 315-376-3621 or
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