Buy Local!

When wIMG_5230e drive back to Lake Placid, we like to take the less-traveled paths, searching for the next interesting local place.

Last week, we stopped at Northern Orchard farm in Peru. Bought a lot of products straight from the farm, including strawberries, apples and syrup.

Moving further, we also stopped at the Asgaard farm to check their famous goat cheeses (see more on Asgaard here), and after picking a couple, we eventually stopped at Sugarhouse Creamery IMG_5228in Upper Jay, to salivate over their incredible cow cheeses.

Needless to say, we are foodies. But, more importantly, we like to buy local, supporting our local businesses and farmers. Where we shop, where we eat and have fun, all of it makes our community home. Several studies have shown that when you buy from an independent, locally owned business, rather than nationally owned businesses, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and farms continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community.

We also like to visit the local farmer markets, from Saranac Lake to Keene Valley and Lake Placid. Stopping there means selecting from the finest and the best local produce that money can buy. It also means meeting with the proud and kind farmers who waste no time explaining their production techniques. It’s fun talking to the folks that are growing the food we’re eating. They will give you the opportunity to taste their products as well.

Shopping at these local markets says we support local growers, productive use of the land and water, preservation of agricultural land, passing on the knowledge of the agriculture heritage to future generations and bolstering our rural economies. When you shop at the farmers market, everybody wins!

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One funny day at the Asgaard farm

kidding_day_flyer_2015Saturday was the Kidding Day at Asgaard farm. This is an annual tradition, started last year, where, from 10AM to 1PM, kids and parents can enjoy spring on the farm! Warm beverages and lunch were also provided. But the main treat was to meet the goats.

The farm has a productive herd of 44 milking goats, primarily Alpines with a handful of Nubians and Saanens in the mix. Each year the goats are bred in the fall and allowed to rest from mid December to the beginning of March. During the busy kidding season, all of the dams’ milk is heat-treated and fed back to the kids. Then, cheese making gradually begins in mid April, once the kids are ready to be weaned.

We had the chance to discuss with David Brunner and Rhonda Butler who acquired the farm in 1988. After working several years to restore the land and buildings, they put the farm back into production in 2003. What a great story!

And, since we believe in supporting local businesses, we ended up buying their incredible Ausable Valley Tomme and the tasty Adirondack Maple Syrup Fresh Chevre. Well, I could not resist the homemade goat milk Caramels either and we even bought a few handcrafted goat milk soaps.

A great initiative, and a great day at the farm!

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Sucking milk all at once

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