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Tickets Now On Sale for the Fifth Annual Oswego County Harvest Dinner!

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Onions, apples, meats and more, all are grown right here in Oswego County! To celebrate the rich bounty of local food Oswego County produces Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County is holding the Fifth Annual Oswego County Harvest Dinner. The popular event will this year take place on Friday, October 3rd, at The American Foundry in Oswego, NY. The dinner will showcase the quality and diversity of agriculture in Oswego County by featuring food grown and sourced from local farmers and agriculture businesses.

The Oswego County Harvest Dinner will take place on Friday, October 3, 2014 at The American Foundry in Oswego, NY, starting at 6:15 pm. Tickets for the event are $35 for one or $65 for two and must be purchased ahead of time. Prepaid Reservations can be made by sending payment to CCE of Oswego County, Harvest Dinner, 3288 Main St., Mexico, NY 13114. No tickets will be sold at the door. As in the past the event is expected to sell out, so make your reservations now! Response Card pdf.

The evening will start with a social hour, including appetizers and a sampling of Oswego County beverages. Guests will be served a six-course meal showcasing the delicious and diverse agricultural products produced in Oswego County, followed by guest speaker Terry Ettinger. There will also be raffle baskets featuring Oswego County’s finest agricultural products and more. For more information on the Oswego County Harvest Dinner please call 315-963-7286 or e-mail LKW39@cornell.edu.

The guest speaker is horticulturist Terry Ettinger, the host of “Garden Journeys” on Time Warner Cable News. Ettinger manages the teaching and research greenhouse facilities at the SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry in Syracuse, where he also teaches plant propagation and delivers numerous guest lectures each academic year in landscape architecture, arboriculture, urban forestry, conservation biology, and environmental science. Ettinger has spoken to professional groups across North America. Originally from Illinois, his interest in horticulture is the product of time spent at his grandparent's northern Illinois farm where they raised hogs and grew corn, soybeans, oats and Christmas trees. Ettinger has also hosted his own radio call-in show and written numerous columns for newspapers.

Oswego County is a rural county, with a prosperous agricultural community.  The diversity of land allows for the growth of a variety of agricultural products including onions, apples, meat, cheese, wine, maple syrup, honey, berries, plums, peaches, and a wide variety of vegetables. Within the county there are at least seven local farmers markets, with one open almost every day of the week. The agricultural community in this county generates $47.6 million in annual revenue from 657 farms.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County provides equal program and employment opportunities. Their mission is to improve the quality of life for the community through education that is valuable to the lives of Oswego County residents. For more information please call 315-963-7286 or go online to www.thatscooperativeextension.org.

 

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Find Local Berries and Cherries!

The small fruit season is in full swing and Oswego County farmers are eager to help you find the freshest and sweetest berries and cherries around. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and cherries are all available locally and many farms have U-Pick options, where you can get out in the field or orchard and pick your own!

Lynnette Wright, the Agriculture Economic Development Specialist for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County stated “summer is a great time to enjoy the bounty of Oswego County agriculture! You can head to one of the many farmers markets, roadside stands or a U-Pick farms to pick your own fruit. Strawberry season will be winding down soon, but the cherry and blueberry seasons are almost here. Production of blueberries is really growing in Oswego County! According to the latest USDA Ag Census, we are now the second county in the state for blueberries.”

For a listing of the small fruit farms in Oswego County, head to the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County’s website at www.thatscooperativeextension.org.  If you would like more information on where to find local agricultural products, like fruits, vegetables, meats and cheeses, call CCE at 315.963.7286 for their Oswego County Harvest Guide.

Oswego County is a rural county, with a prosperous agricultural community.  The diversity of land allows for the growth of a variety of agricultural products including onions, apples, meat, cheese, wine, maple syrup, honey, berries, plums, peaches, and a wide variety of vegetables. Within the county there are at least seven local farmers markets, with one open almost every day of the week. The agricultural community in this county generates $47.6 million in annual revenue from 657 farms.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County provides equal program and employment opportunities. Their mission is to improve the quality of life for the community through education that is valuable to the lives of Oswego County residents. For more information please call 315-963-7286 or go online to www.thatscooperativeextension.org.

Click here for the Small Fruit Directory!

 

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Oswego County Harvest Dinner Successfully Showcases Locally Raised Foods
By:  Kelly M. Freihofer

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Upwards of 200 guests enjoyed a feast of locally raised foods at the Oswego County Harvest Dinner on Friday, October 18.  The dinner was held at The American Foundry in Oswego and the 2013 event proved to be as successful in showcasing Oswego County agriculture as it has been in the three preceding years.

The evening opened with appetizers and greetings from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County Executive Director Paul Forestiere who noted that the employees of Cooperative Extension are very much aware of the great things that Oswego County has to offer so, “We do this program for you.”  And, he added, “This event has become a gathering of friends.”

Forestiere recognized the dignitaries in attendance and, as throughout the evening, the 35 farmers who donated their harvest and agricultural products for the dinner were gratefully acknowledged.  “Farmers provide food for us three times a day,” notes Forestiere.  “If it weren’t for them, our lives would be significantly different.”

The appetizers included candied lady apples, chicken and sausage empanadas, tomato bruschetta, Cheddar cheese cubes, and assorted sweet breads. Apple cider was not overlooked for a seasonal beverage, served alongside local milk and cranberry juice.

As the six-course meal was served, course by course, it was introduced in detail – giving special note to where the ingredients originated.  A special tip of the hat was given to the Oswego County BOCES culinary arts department for their hours of prep work for the dinner. In addition, BOCES horticulture department was acknowledged for their decorative skills on the entrance topiaries. 

The dinner menu was orchestrated by American Foundry Head Chef Eugene Batrak, with culinary contributions from Red Sun Fire Roasting Co.’s Executive Chef, Peter Belmonte.             

The first course for the evening was a creamy, yet light, butternut/autumn cup squash soup.  This was followed by an autumn apple salad with fresh greens, carrots, and onions, topped with a spiced maple balsamic vinaigrette. 

Next the third course of apple cider braised beef was served, with two sides; sweetcorn/ green pepper succotash and potatoes with herbs.

A vegetarian course was next, in the form of leek and Swiss cheese quiche.  Next to the tables came plates filled with lamb kabobs with yogurt sauce. 

Last, but not least, the dessert course arrived – strawberry-rhubarb shortcake with blueberry syrup and real whipped cream.

Course after course, guests at the harvest dinner experienced foods produced in their own county.  This experience provided the perfect lead into the guest speaker for the evening – Chris Fesko. 

Lynnette Wright, the Agriculture Economic Development Specialist for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County and coordinator of the event introduced Fesko as a farmer, educator, award-winning video producer and owner of ‘On the Farm Discovery Center’ in Skaneateles, NY.  She has spoken nationally and internationally and has been featured in Woman’s Day magazine.

Fesko began by encouraging the practice of buying local, and eating local – as the guests just had. 
To expand the concept of eating local, Fesko encouraged everyone to read labels and to wonder about expiration dates – specifically how a packaged item, such as pudding, could possibly be considered ‘good’ a number of years after it was produced.

Fesko also encouraged everyone to wonder about the labels themselves – considering such advertisements as “100 percent natural” and “vegetarian-fed” on an egg carton.  To really think about what the wording actually means and apply some common sense to them, don’t just buy into the latest fad.

Next Fesko took time to bring the imaginations of her listeners into the cornfield to learn about the interesting, fascinating, typically unknown, and quite entertaining experience of the pollination of sweet corn.

To close, Fesko left a very pleased audience with these words of wisdom, “You are what you eat.  You are what you touch.  You are what you breathe.”

Drawings for the numerous donated baskets and items were raffled off.  Sponsors were recognized, the chefs were applauded, and the evening drew to close. 

“What we are really trying to do here is showcase what you can do with Oswego County food,” sums up Forestiere.  All said, Cornell Cooperative Extension Oswego County did a fine job doing just that.

 

 

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Oswego County Harvest Guide is Available Online!

The second edition of the Oswego County Harvest Guide is now available online! Scroll down to start finding the freshest, locally grown food! If you would prefer a hard copy of the brochure, please call us at 315.963.7286 to have one mailed to you or look for it libraries, chambers of commerce and other businesses around Oswego County.

The completion of the new Harvest Guide was the first project of the newly hired Agriculture Economic Development Specialist, Lynnette Wright. She explains “the Oswego County Harvest Guide is a directory and map of Oswego County farms and where consumers can buy fresh, local food and agricultural products including fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs and maple syrup.” Wright continued “If you’re interested in learning more about where your food comes from there is no better way than to visit a farm and learn first-hand from the farmer!”

Use the Oswego County Harvest Guide to discover all the opportunities Oswego County Agriculture has to offer and unearth all the fresh and local harvest products available throughout the year. This guide will help you make plans to visit an agricultural producer in Oswego County. You can support and learn about local agriculture in a number of ways, including: touring a farm; picking your own fruit, pumpkins or Christmas tree; shopping at a farm stand; or buying local products at a farmers market. The Oswego County Harvest Guide contains over 50 local farms, ready to answer your questions and stocked with products grown and raised locally, in your backyard, Oswego County.
 
The Harvest Guide is brought to you by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County and your neighboring farmers with the support of the Oswego County Legislature.

To obtain a copy of the Oswego County Harvest Guide, contact Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County, 3288 Main St., Mexico, NY 13114, telephone 315-963-7286 or e-mail: lkw39@cornell.edu.

     
Now Available in Print & Online!    
Oswego County Harvest Guide  

There are 2 ways to search the Harvest Guide Online:
1. Search listings by Category & Farm Name

2. Search based on map location

Discover all the opportunities Oswego County Agriculture has to offer and unearth all the fresh and local harvest products available throughout the year. Use this guide to help you make plans to visit an agricultural producer in Oswego County.

Support & learn about local agriculture by:
  • touring a farm or shopping at a farmers stand
  • picking your own fruit, pumpkins or Christmas tree
  • buying local products at a farmers market

The Oswego County Harvest Guide contains over 50 local farms, ready to answer your questions and stocked with products grown and raised locally, in your backyard, Oswego County.

Brought to you by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County and your neighborhood farmers with the support of the Oswego County Legislature.

To obtain a copy of the Oswego County Harvest Guide,
call or stop by our office:
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County
3288 Main St.
Mexico, NY 13114
Ph: 315-963-7286

There are 2 ways to search the Harvest Guide Online:
1. Search listings by Category & Farm Name

2. Search based on map location

 

 

     
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