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July 24, 2012

Update (7/29): I received the following email from the Schenectady Greenmarket, “Our big event is now postponed — right now we are looking at January 6th…Sorry about that.”

When it rains it pours.

Yesterday I announced the giveaway of three local and sustainable egg and cheese sandwiches from All Good Bakers. Later today, Bob W. will be picking up his prize of local biodynamic vegetables and fresh, seasonal, local fruit. Next week it will be Steph W.’s turn.

And today, I’ve got a pair of tickets to a local food event that are worth forty bucks. Normally, I’d be there, but like the opening of Trader Joe’s it’s going to happen while I’m out of town. That’s bad news for me, and good news for you.

Let me tell you more about the event and what you have to do to make ‘em yours.

You may have seen the event mentioned on Sell Out Sunday. These tickets are to the Regional Culinary Adventure Showcase of Outstanding in the Arcade.

Proctors, the Schenectady Greenmarket and the Chefs Consortium are collaborating on this local food event on Saturday, August 4th. The program is focused on farm-to-table awareness and supporting our local farmers and food artisans, and is broken into two parts.

This sounds a lot like a farmers market but with more tasting and less shopping. Although items will be available for sale if there is something you love and want to bring home. A variety of vendors from across New York State will offer samples of their products and mini educational sessions.

Those who buy tickets to the dinner ($100) are treated to a cocktail hour on the Mainstage until 7:30 pm with a Farm to Table dinner following in the Arcade at 7:30 pm. The meal will be created and prepared from local producers by the members of the Chefs Consortium. Dinner will be served on one long, white-clothed table down the center of Proctors Arcade, which promises to be striking indeed.

Sponsored by Ellis Medicine
Proceeds support Schenectady Greenmarket and Proctors.
Tickets available from Proctors.

So how do you get the free pair of tickets to the Regional Culinary Adventure Showcase? Well, this is all about local food and farmers markets. So leave a comment with your favorite farmer, your favorite thing to buy from them, and the market where you typically visit them.

That’s three pieces of information. But there’s a catch. This can’t be something they produce. That means no perennial favorites like Buddhapesto or Puckers Pickles. Lloyd Spear’s honey is okay because that’s simply harvested. The Cheese Traveler doesn’t produce cheese, but somebody does so that’s out. Fluid dairy and eggs are fine. But chocolate milk and butter are not. Fish and meat are kosher.

I’m looking for your favorite ingredients, not your favorite products.

Here are some of my favorites to serve as an example:
– Witenagemot Farm, Potatoes, Troy
– Migliorelli Farm, Broccoli Rabe, Schenectady
– Our Farm, Carrots, Troy

To make sure the pair of tickets get mailed to the winner in time (yes, we need to rely on snail mail for fulfillment) the contest is going to be quick. Entries need to be in by 11:59 PM on Wednesday, July 25. The winner will be selected at random from all the properly completed entries.

Should you win, you’ll need to supply me with a mailing address.

Good luck. I’m looking forward to reading about your favorite local ingredients, from your favorite local farmers. Thanks for playing.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. July 24, 2012 12:30 pm

    Sweet Tree Farm, Grassfed Beef, Troy.

  2. Jenna C. permalink
    July 24, 2012 12:35 pm

    The Berry Patch, squash blossoms, Troy Waterfront Farmers’ Market

  3. Third Auntie permalink
    July 24, 2012 12:37 pm

    I have been buying mushrooms from Bulich’s farm for over 18 years at the Empire State Plaza market. They had cremini mushrooms before anyone else. I would try to be the first person at the stand because they did not have alot of these mushrooms in the early years. I would buy a mushroom basketful and grill the shroons with olive oil, garlic and rosemary. We were addicted to the meaty flavor that was more delicate than than their matured state as portabellas. The Bulich’s sell great fresh produce but their mushrooms are the best.

  4. July 24, 2012 1:49 pm

    Witenagemot’s tomatillos, tomatoes, potatoes, and garlic. And their hot peppers. And the “salsa mix” where they’d package up a bunch of everything you need for a good salsa for only $4.

  5. Colleen permalink
    July 24, 2012 3:23 pm

    I love the fish that is being sold by Fin, your fishmonger, at the farmers market at the Italian Community Center on Washington Ave. Ext on Sundays 9am – 1pm. My favorite so far was their artic char.

  6. Bill permalink
    July 24, 2012 3:26 pm

    Hi fussy Lil’ Blog

    I want to enter the drawing, but can’t remember the name of the farm that has delicious lettuces and swiss chard. Usually two women are at the stand. They are located on the right side of the musicians at the Schenectady Green Market. If anyone knows the farm, please let me know so I can enter the drawing for August 4th dinner.


  7. Megan permalink
    July 24, 2012 3:40 pm

    Lamb from Foster Sheep farm in Schuylerville. Pick up yarn AND lamb? Yes Please.

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