Field & Fork Network is proud to announce that we’ll be providing some fun activities and educational programming on a monthly basis through the summer at the Farmers Market at the Williamsville Mill through the generous sponsorship of Lexington Co-operative Market.
Field & Fork Network is a non-profit organization located in the Western New York area. Together with our partners we are working to stimulate a local food network.
The mission of the Field & Fork Network is to provide the building blocks to create a local food network in the eight counties of Western New York. By bringing food producers (farmers & artisans) and food buyers together through outreach and education, we hope to create a practical economic engine for local, sustainable agriculture and to provide our region with access to fresh, healthy food.
Many of you know us from our very successful Farmer-Chef Conference, which was sold out last February with over 130 attendees. We’re working on the 2010 conference, but today we’d like to invite you to come visit us over the summer at the Williamsville Market. The schedule is noted below. For more information on what Field & Fork Network is up to, stay tuned to our website where you’ll find announcements, links and Buy Local Resources.
Saturday, July 25th: Ask the Chef
Curious about Kohlrabi? Suspicious of Celeriac? Baffled by Beets? Executive Chef Bruce Wieszala will be on-hand to share his passion, skills and knowledge of all things vegetable. We’ll offer recipes, samples and the opportunity to ask the chef any questions you may have about any of the market’s offerings. Chef Wieszala has recently returned to Buffalo after working in many of Atlanta’s finest restaurants, including: Emeril’s, The James Beard award-winning JOËL, Woodfire Grill, The 5-star Mobile-rated Seeger’s, and James Beard-nominated Restaurant Eugene. He has even appeared on a The Food Network on a few occasions, and is now at Williamsville’s own Verbena Grille, Western New York’s newest dining destination. There guests are offered a warm and welcoming fine dining experience with a seasonally inspired menu featuring fresh, locally produced ingredients when available.
Saturday, August 29th : All About Heirlooms
Ever wonder why the ugliest tomatoes taste the best? Do you really understand what the term ‘heirloom tomato’ means? Richard Price (aka The Tomato Man) is WNY’s only registered Seed Saver with the renowned Seed Savers Exchange. In addition to his integral role as a staffer at Urban Roots, he owns Faerie Garden Seeds, providing fantastic strains of tomatoes and other heirloom varieties of produce to avid gardeners all over WNY. The Tomato Man’s passion and understanding of the movement towards preserving varieties is inspiring. Come join us as we learn about a rainbow of heirloom tomatoes and how to properly save their seeds.
Saturday, September 26th: Fun & Farms
Join us for our first Farmer Tan conference and other fun. We’ll also have a variety of information available on subjects like: the local food movement, sustainable farming, CSAs, heirloom varieties and heritage breeds.
Saturday, October 24th: Apples, Apples, Apples
Fortune or Idared? Macoun or Jonamac? With New York State being the second largest producer of apples in the country, we should be enjoying the unique aspects of each of our homegrown varieties. Discover the difference the taste, texture and uses of our many NY State apples.
Field & Fork Network is also pleased to be sponsoring this fall’s Chef-to-Farm tour. Last year’s tour was a major success, bringing 27 local chefs to four area farms. The majority of the chefs on that trip have since built close relationships with at least one area farmer, bettering their business and the product that they work with and serve to their customers. If you are a chef, please consider joining us. If you are not a chef, not to worry, Edible Buffalo is sponsoring a Foodie-to-Farm tour available for everyday folks curious about local agriculture and where their food comes from. Visit wwww.FeedYourSoulBuffalo.com for tickets and details.