local foods http://wrvo.org en Hard cider industry on tap to become next local food craze http://wrvo.org/post/hard-cider-industry-tap-become-next-local-food-craze <p>As families all over New York State enjoy holiday celebrations, sweet and hard ciders will undoubtedly be on the menu at many gatherings. The industry has expanded in recent years, and in New York, recent legislation could take the hard cider industry to greater heights.<br /><br />On a brisk fall Friday morning in Utica, the Nail Creek Pub has just opened for business. As the lunch crowd files in, they’ll have their choice of craft beers from New York state, but another product produced in their own backyard is beginning to make a splash. Just ask pub owner Chris Talgo.<br /> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 11:34:00 +0000 Ray Biggs 48987 at http://wrvo.org New York in the World: an old economic engine is new again http://wrvo.org/post/new-york-world-old-economic-engine-new-again <p></p><p>Back in the 1930s, when Finger Lakes resident Carl Mortensen was a kid, agriculture was his small town’s link to the rest of the state.</p><p>“New York City was full of horses,” Mortensen said. “They used horses for everything. And our big thing then was to put up oats, straw and hay and like that and ship it to New York City.”</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 10:34:00 +0000 Sidsel Overgaard 42904 at http://wrvo.org New York in the World: an old economic engine is new again Cuomo brings upstate wineries and downstate restaurants together http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-brings-upstate-wineries-and-downstate-restaurants-together <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo was in the Finger Lakes on Tuesday playing host to restaurant owners and chefs from New York City and around the state.<p>The latest in a string of initiatives aimed at promoting upstate produce, the event was designed to showcase the region’s wines and foster downstate partnerships.<p>Cuomo says increased emphasis on the region’s quality produce has been a long time coming. But it’s proving to be good for business.<p>“The state does have a new energy about it, you feel it all across the board in the business community, and you feel it all across upstate New York. Wed, 14 Aug 2013 11:18:32 +0000 Kate O'Connell 42599 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo brings upstate wineries and downstate restaurants together Craft distilleries make a comeback in upstate New York http://wrvo.org/post/craft-distilleries-make-comeback-upstate-new-york <p>As people increasingly stray from mass-produced products, demand is growing for locally produced food, wine and beer. Thu, 01 Aug 2013 11:31:56 +0000 Kate O'Connell 41953 at http://wrvo.org Craft distilleries make a comeback in upstate New York Connecting farmers to restaurants in Binghamton http://wrvo.org/post/connecting-farmers-restaurants-binghamton <p>In New York’s central region, there are hundreds of farms selling meat and produce directly to the public, and a Binghamton group is working to connect restaurants with those farms. The downtown Binghamton restaurant Lost Dog Café recently held a "Meet the Farmer" event. Sixty people attended a catered dinner in the back of the busy restaurant. Sat, 20 Apr 2013 12:33:00 +0000 Matt Richmond 36486 at http://wrvo.org Connecting farmers to restaurants in Binghamton Is it worth doing the leg work to track 'food miles'? http://wrvo.org/post/it-worth-doing-leg-work-track-food-miles <p>Here's a catchphrase someone who's been to a farmer's market is probably familiar with: "buy local." And for those who try and follow the mantra closely, you may also be familiar with "food miles," the notion of counting how far your strawberries traveled to land on top of your bowl of Cheerios. Fri, 29 Mar 2013 13:15:30 +0000 Ryan Delaney 35484 at http://wrvo.org Is it worth doing the leg work to track 'food miles'? Local food economy overcomes obstacles http://wrvo.org/post/local-food-economy-overcomes-obstacles <p>Recently, local food has been turning up on more grocery store shelves and restaurants in upstate New York. But the local food economy still faces challenges to bringing agricultural products from farm to table.</p><p> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 11:00:01 +0000 Joanna Richards 24929 at http://wrvo.org Local food economy overcomes obstacles