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2009 Reader’s Choice Local Hero Award Winners

In Cooking Fresh, From the Land, Liquid Assets on March 23, 2009 at 2:59 pm



We are thrilled to announce the 2009 Edible Communities Reader’s Choice Local Hero Award winners for the Edible Buffalo community.  The winners are:

Beverage Artisan – Tim Herzog, Flying Bison Brewery
Food Artisan – Patrick Lango, White Cow Dairy
Chef/Restaurant – Mark Hutchinson, Hutch’s Restaurant
Farmer/Farm– Oles Family Farm, Promised Land CSA
Non-Profit OrganizationFood Bank of WNY

Please join us in celebrating our Local Heroes who have helped propel the local food movement forward in Western New York.  You can read all about our winners and the great work they do in the spring issue of Edible Buffalo available now.

You can now find edible Buffalo at all Western New York Wegman’s stores – check us out in the produce department!   For a complete listing of where to find us, visit here.

Protecting Farmland Workshop – Purchasing Development Rights

In From the Land on March 16, 2009 at 7:02 am



If you care about local food, you should be a champion of protecting local farmland.  There are several non-profit agencies in WNY dedicated to protecting farmland including American Farmland Trust, the Western New York Land Conservancy and Cornell Cooperative Extension. 


American Farmland Trust is a national nonprofit membership organization dedicated to stopping the loss of productive farmland while promoting sound stewardship of the land, and availability of healthy, locally grown foods.   And the Western New York Land Conservancy is a not-for-profit land trust that protects over 4,200 acres of land including a large number of working farms, scenic vistas, forested lands, wetlands, fragile natural ecosystems and lakefront shorelines across the eight counties of Western New York. 


These three groups are sponsoring an upcoming workshop on purchasing development rights.  This workshop is designed for community leaders, farmers, grant writers, town planners, town attorneys, appraisers and anyone with an interest in farmland protection in our region.  The workshop provides a comprehensive review of the process for creating successful Purchase of Development Rights projects and programs in your community.


The presenters are Patricia Szarpa, Executive Director of the Western New York Land Conservancy, Diane Held, American Farmland Trust, Western New York Field Representative and Jason Engel, Grants Manager for New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.


When:  Wednesday, March 18, 2009,  7:00 – 9:00 pm

Where:  Niagara County Cornell Cooperative Extension Building,  4487 Lake Avenue

Lockport, NY


If you are interested in attending this important workshop, please RSVP to the Western New York Land Conservancy at 716.687.1225 or

Heirloom Seedlings at Urban Roots

In Edible Traditions, From the Land, Urban Ag on March 2, 2009 at 8:00 am



Radiator Charlie’s Mortgage Lifter, Beam’s Yellow Pear, Big Zebra, Paul Robeson….No, I did not just describe a financial guru, a type of pear, an animal you would see at the zoo or someone’s father.  Those are actually the name of heirloom varieties of tomatoes.  Urban Roots  just announced the arrival of their heirloom seedlings whose selection this year includes those tomato varieties mentioned above.  

Heirloom is one of those words that has creeped back into people’s food vocabulary in recent years for many reasons.  While there is no clear cut definition for heirloom when it is used to describe plants, there is no denying their delicious, aromatic taste.   I guess the most basic definition is that heirloom refers to those vegetable or fruit seedlings that were in existence before the end of WWII (1945).  This marked the beginning of large farmers and industrialized farms using more and more hybrid seeds.  In essence a true heirloom is a cultivar that has been nurtured, selected, and handed down from one family member to another for many generations and not crossed with any other “breed”.  They must be open-pollinated varieties that were bred and stabilized using traditional breeding practices (no GMO’s allowed!).

Teaming up with Thorpe’s Family Organic Farm,  Urban Roots is offering a variety of heirloom seedlings this season including eggplant and sweet and hot peppers.  The seedlings are $1.99 each and well worth the money.  Engage your inner gardener this season and plant some heirloom vegetables!

Albany Giving Grant Money For Community Gardens

In Cooking Fresh, Feeding the Community, From the Land on February 16, 2009 at 7:15 am
Massachusetts Avenue Project - Growing Green Garden

Massachusetts Avenue Project - Growing Green Garden


Community gardens are popping up all over the city of Buffalo.  I hear about a new one at least once a week.  Some are member-driven ventures while others are being constructed as a means to serve neighborhoods with limited or no access to fresh food.  Regardless of their objective, there is no denying that community gardens are a vital component to neighborhood revitalization and more importantly, provide communities with fresh, healthy food.  

Even Albany gets it. The NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets just announced a grant program which provides funding for community gardens in designated urban areas, Buffalo being one them. 

 “Community gardens are important assets for people who live in our cities, as they provide open space and access to healthy, nutritious food. As New York faces this economic crisis, the ability of Department of Agriculture and Markets to provide support to help garden programs expand is more critical now than ever before, said Governor David A. Paterson.

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For Those Who Still Have Obama Fever….Something Mighty Tasty!

In Cooking Fresh, Edible Confections, Edible Traditions, From the Land on January 23, 2009 at 8:22 am



It looks like our own White Cow Dairy got on the Obama bandwagon with their latest incarnation, Mocha Bama Pudding.  I admit, I haven’t tasted this one yet but if it is anything like their chocolate pudding, run (don’t walk) to the Lexington Co-op or to the Winter Market on Elmwood at the Presbyterian Church at Lafayette & Elmwood (Every Sat from 9am-1pm) or if you are out in the East Concord area go to the East Concord General Store on Rt. 240 to get yourself a little jar (or two or three or four…) of mocha-heaven.

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Pocket O’Sushi

In Cooking Fresh, Edible Traditions, From the Land, From the Sea, The Eco-Chef, Uncategorized on January 6, 2009 at 9:51 pm
California Roll

California Roll


I like guides, particularly the pocket-variety.  I can carry them in my purse, refer to them as needed and even share information with friends.   Needless to say I was beyond happy when I recieved  my new  issue of edible BOSTON (yes, I am in the enviable club of edible publishers, one of the perks is getting every edible publication delivered to my door).  Well, this issue was shrink wrapped as it had a “pocket sushi guide” enclosed.  Yippee!!  Read the rest of this entry »