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SOS: Much in March

March 17, 2013

Wow, there’s a lot going on in March. For those of you playing along at home, my juror number has been called, so I’m off to the courthouse Monday. My plan is to plea “no contest” and throw myself on the mercy of the court.

See? I’d make a horrible juror. With any luck they will send me home.

I take care of my civic duty in other ways. You know, like passing along valuable information that was sent to me by local area businesses in the form of press releases. And there are a bunch of them in this batch.

They are presented totally unedited and without commentary in roughly chronological order. But there are a couple in here that are really very interesting. Especially if you are eager to reduce your cholesterol, buy sustainably raised kosher meat, welcome the newest combatant to the local supermarket war, find a CSA, or eat an Easter brunch at a restaurant affiliated with The Chefs Consortium.

Okay. Here we go.

TAKE A TOUR OF THE MEDITERRANEAN…NO PASSPORT REQUIRED, FORK OPTIONAL
Mediterranean Diet store tours at Price Chopper for National Nutrition Month

WHAT
In celebration of National Nutrition Month, in-store registered dietitians will lead free shopping tours of local Price Choppers on the heart-healthy and delicious Mediterranean diet. Dietitians will help identify best food choices, aisle by aisle; fit in snacks and desserts; discover new and tasty foods that offer more nutrition and meet shopping budgets.

WHERE & WHEN
Bethlehem Price Chopper with tour guide/in-store dietitian Christa Valentine
1395 New Scotland Rd., Slingerlands
Monday, March 18, 9:00 am
Thursday, March 21, 6:00 pm
Saturday, March 23, 10:00 am
To register, please contact Christa at 518.698.1496.

Niskayuna Price Chopper with tour guide/in-store dietitian Dianne Fagan
442 Balltown Rd., Schenectady
Wednesday, March 20, 1:00 pm
Wednesday, March 27, 6:00 pm
Saturday, March 30, 10:00 am
To register, please contact Dianne at 518.366.0349.

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GOURMET SUSTAINABLE KOSHER MEAT  — SHIPPED FOR LESS THROUGH ALBANY BUYING CLUB FOR PASSOVER
Order by Wednesday, March 20th. Pick up your order on March 21th between 6:30-8pm at a private residence in Albany’s Buckingham Pond neighborhood.

The Brooklyn-based Grow and Behold Foods offers a full-line of OU-Glatt Kosher Pastured Beef, Chicken and Turkey available for purchase at www.growandbehold.com and shipped nationwide.

Products include: Beef Roasts, Steaks, Artisanal Sausages, Nitrate-Free Hot Dogs, Kosher Beef Bacon and Pastrami, Lamb Chops, Roasts, and Shanks; and a full line of chicken and turkey cuts including cutlets, wings, thighs, breast quarters, whole birds and more — see the full line-up here: www.growandbehold.com.

This is the chicken that James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Solomonov uses at his Philadelphia restaurant, Zahav, and the holiday brisket that Jewish chef and historian Joan Nathan heartily recommends.  Why?  We could tell you that it’s because our meat is delicious, flavorful, tender, juicy, and sustainably raised on small-family farms — but we invite you to try it for yourself and find out!

Grow and Behold is committed to offering outstanding customer service every step of the way, and to ensuring that you are thrilled with your order.  You can place your order at www.growandbehold.com, or contact us at info@growandbehold.com or 888-790-5781 if you have any questions.

We ship our products nationwide.  We offer periodic group order opportunities to bring your shipping costs down.  Visit our website for more information about our Albany Buying Club.  There are no order minimums.  Since the shipping cost for our Buying Clubs is calculated based on the total weight of all the orders, the more everyone orders, the less everyone pays for shipping.  Please tell your friends about us!
Pick-Up Locations

Place your order online by 6:30am Wednesday, March 20th.  Pick up your order on Thursday, March 21th between 6:30-8pm at a private residence in Albany.  Exact address will be sent to you in your receipt.  Please make every possible effort to pick up your order during the specified delivery times. Unclaimed orders cannot be held at pick-up locations overnight, and will be donated.

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Healthy Living Market and Café will open on Thursday, March 21 in Saratoga!

Saratoga Springs, NY – Healthy Living Market and Café will open its doors and warmly welcome in the Saratoga community on Thursday March 21, 2013. The health-focused and socially conscious market is located in a 35,000 square foot anchor location at the Wilton Mall, and will offer shoppers a one-stop destination for natural groceries, freshly prepared foods from its Café, cooking and education classes at The Learning Center, and a selection of wines at its wine shop, Divine Wines.

Healthy Living first announced its new location in February 2012, and over the last year became known in the area as a frequent presence at community events and festivals. Now the Market and Café is thrilled to return the favor and welcome in the community to its brand new location.

The market at the Wilton Mall will feature natural groceries, fresh organic and local produce, locally sourced meats and poultry, crusty artisan breads, a world of cheese, health and beauty products, a complete vitamin/supplement department, freshly prepared foods and a broad selection of microbrews and wine. The Café offers the option of dining in or taking out, and will include vegetarian and vegan options for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and a full Espresso and Juice Bar for a wide variety of coffee and tea drinks. The Learning Center will offer cooking demonstrations, hands-on cooking classes, and community lectures that focus on health and wellness. Healthy Living’s daily hours are 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

About Healthy Living Market and Cafe:
Founded in 1986 in South Burlington, Vermont, Healthy Living Market and Cafe has grown from a tiny shop with one employee, to Vermont’s largest natural and organic supermarket.  Family owned and operated by Katy Lesser; CEO, her son Eli Lesser-Goldsmith; acting COO, and daughter Nina Lesser-Goldsmith; director of the Healthy Living Learning Center, the company has grown from a tiny health food store to a full-service supermarket, Cafe and Learning Center, with a staff over 150.  From the beginning, the company forged relationships with local farmers, and has focused on Vermont agriculture, working with farmers to bring products to market.  Customer service, staff happiness and community outreach are major parts of the mission.

Now, Healthy Living Market and Café is thrilled to join the community of Saratoga, NY with a new location at the Wilton Mall, opening in March 2013.

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March 23 “CSA Fair” in Clifton Park to Feature Farm-to-Consumer Programs
Consumers can Buy a Season’s Worth of Fresh Local Food Direct from Area Farms

(Rochester, NY) — Make an investment in a local farm—get a season’s worth of fresh food.  It’s called Community Supported Agriculture (CSA).  At the upcoming CSA Fair in Clifton Park on March 23, consumers can learn about CSAs, meet local farmers, compare share options, and sign up for a farm share.  The Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA-NY) is hosting the March 23rd event from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library at 475 Moe Road in Clifton Park. Admission is free.

Farms from the region that will participate in the CSA Fair include:
9 Miles East
Fox Creek Farm
Quincy Farm
Denison Family Farm
The Alleged Farm
Fortsville Creek Farm
Raven Crest Botanicals
West Wind Acres
Gordon Farms
Farmer Jon’s

Seasonal Eating a Focus of CSA Programs
CSAs foster a sustainable food system by promoting seasonal eating. Every season has its own colors, textures and flavors. Cooks who capitalize on the treasures of each season are well rewarded. In June, a weekly CSA share might have sugar snap peas, mixed greens, colorful beets, radishes, and herbs like cilantro and basil.  It’s the season for bountiful salads.  In August, one might open the box to find colorful heirloom tomatoes, eggplant, garlic, onions, sweet and hot peppers, Swiss chard, and sunflowers.  Imagine fresh salsa, grilled vegetables, and stir-fries.  During fall harvest, winter squash, broccoli, cabbage, potatoes, Brussels, and leeks are plentiful.  Soups, roasted squash, and Thanksgiving sides are some of fall’s well-loved dishes.

CSA Experience Rewarding for Consumers and Farmers
Through involvement in a CSA, consumers gain a deeper appreciation of what is involved in producing food.  At the 2012 Albany CSA Fair, From Scratch Club interviewed many CSA farmers including Justine Denison from Denison Farm in Schaghticoke, NY.  Justine explained how CSAs impact shareholders, saying, “All of our members know that they can come out and we’re only a phone call away.  All they have to say is ‘Can we come out? I want to show my children where their food is coming from.’ And I encourage those children to pick a few things. Once they’ve put their hands in the ground and lift up that vegetable, they will probably eat it.”
If we are going to have a truly sustainable food system, farmers and consumers alike need to take a “shared risk” in food production. Farming is a risky business. If a farmer has to assume all the risk, he or she will be more likely to take “shortcuts”—like using toxic chemical fertilizers and GMOs—to remain competitive and productive. CSA members make a commitment to supporting their farmer whether there is a bountiful harvest or not.

Justine explains the relationship that develops saying “For most people, after a few weeks they really begin to view life in a different way. Their meals revolve around what’s going to be in their box, their children are excited about what’s going to be in their box, and that’s fabulous. I didn’t anticipate that when we were going to do the CSA. I just wanted to be on the same page, that we were in a relationship where we shared the risk and the bounty.”

For more information on the NOFA-NY CSA Fairs, visit www.nofany.org/csafair.

Background on NOFA-NY
NOFA-NY is a statewide organization of farmers, consumers, gardeners, and businesses committed to creating a regionally sustainable food and farm system that’s good for people and the planet.  We provide education, assistance, and support to regionally-based, sustainable farmers to help them flourish.  We educate consumers about the value in eating local, organic food and help consumers connect with farmers.  We work to make local, organic food available to all people.  We advocate policies that support a sustainable food and farm system.

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Easter Brunch Buffet @ New World Bistro Bar

Sunday, March 31st
(open early) 10AM-3PM

We’ll be serving house made brunch items including baked goods, cold salads, fresh fruit and hot entrees.  Gluten-free and vegan options available.

$25 adults/ $12 kids

call 518.694.0520 to reserve today!

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