Local Links – Upstate NY


Posting about “local links” in the Indianapolis area, Rhaya reminded us earlier this week that the “going local” concept goes beyond just the foods you eat. It means supporting your local businesses and organizations, getting involved in your own community and connecting with the people in it too. So, today, it’s my turn to feature some of my favorite local places and sites in the Albany, NY area. And remember, if you have some favorites of your own, where ever you may be, please let us know so we can spread the word.

Honest Weight Food Co-op – To me, HWFC is hands down one of the best places in the Albany area to find lots of locally grown food and support for our local businesses and organizations. Not only do they go the extra step to clearly label the source of their products, but they have a handy “100 mile” list too. Their bulk section is a great way to stock up for less (even better if you can re-use an old container) and I love to stop by the deli for a healthy meal during my lunch break. But, on top of all that, they have a busy calendar of free classes and workshops featuring people from our community like Massage Therapists, Reiki experts, and a Certified Wine Specialist who has been hosting a few fabulous wine and food pairing workshops lately.

Capital District Local FirstA non-profit organization in the Capital District of NY that strives to promote the locally owned, independent business community in the area. They host monthly meetings open to all and promote networking within the local business community.

Regional Farm and Food Project – Another non-profit organization, the RFFP mission is to promote sustainable agriculture and local food systems through grass roots organizing and public education. They have a phenonmenal directory of local farms, CSAs, restaurants, and farmer’s markets in addition to a long list of links related to their purpose. And I have to say that I already have their beautiful calendar hanging in my kitchen! In addition they are co-sponsoring an Eat Local Fair; Meet Your Farmer event next week. So, if you live in the area make sure you head to the Empire Plaza South Concourse next Tuesday, February 12 between 10-2 to meet your local farmers and get signed up for a CSA before they sell out!

Troy Waterfront Farmer’s Market – Another place I frequent to find fresh local food and outstanding local products throughout the year. With a very busy summer market and a hoppin’ indoor winter market, it’s incredibly easy and fun to connect with your local suppliers every week. And check out the recipes provided by some of the vendors.

Capital District Community Gardens – As non-profit community services organization, the Capital District Community Gardens is committed to helping local counties improve their neighborhoods through community gardening and urban greening programs. By working with local residents to turn vacant lots in the community into flourishing garden spaces and by making local healthy foods accessible to all through their Veggie Mobile program, the CDCG is helping to improve food security issues in our area.

Times Union Eat Local BlogJennifer Gish, a staff writer at the local paper, authors a fun blog about eating close to home, locally made products, and local food related events. It’s a great way to stay on top of what’s going on in the local food scene and may even inspire you to try a few new things like beets or spicy meslun.

The Capital Region 100 Mile Diet Challenge – Last, but certainly not least, this site is where our 100 mile diet challenge all started. Closely linked with the Regional Farm and Food Project listed above, this site may inspire you to join in for a day, a week, a month, (or even a year) next fall and is a wonderful place to help you find local sources of food during your challenge.

*The photo above was provided by our friend Renee at Almost Foodies, a local cooking club and host of the recent Soup Swap.

Posted in Going Local by Liz on February 8, 2008 | Permalink | 1 Comment

One thought on “Local Links – Upstate NY

  1. Please visit the cheese counter at the Coop, Gustav is my favorite cheesemonger!
    Kathleen Lisson

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