The Farmplate Blog

Spring is officially less than two weeks away, but it feels like much longer up here in New England. While you’re waiting for the precious early tastes of asparagus, ramps and fiddleheads, here’s a unique recipe to get you through the last of your cellared sweet potatoes.  Who knew that you could eat sweet potatoes raw? Unlike regular white potatoes, they’re completely edible and very tasty raw and you can make sweet potato noodles just like zucchini noodles - the snoodle is born! This makes them a great alternative to traditional pasta for those looking to reduce their grain or gluten intake, or those who just want to try something new. Top with some delicious vegan sage cream sauce...
Maple syrup is a New Englander's delicious answer to a local sweetener. Pair these gluten-free cookies with some hot cocoa for a tasty winter treat. GLUTEN-FREE MAPLE GINGER COOKIESfrom My Sweet Life and Justamere Tree Farm 2 Cups + 2 Tbs. almond flour1 tsp. baking soda1 tsp. ground cinnamon1/2 tsp. ground cloves3 tsp. ground ginger or fresh-grated organic ginger1/2 tsp. sea salt1 stick butter1/2 cup Justamere's Maple Sugar4 Tbs. crganic blackstrap molasses2 farm fresh eggs Preheat oven to 375°F. Whisk together flour, baking soda, ground cinnamon, ground cloves, ground ginger, maple sugar and sea salt and set aside. Cream together butter and molasses until light and fluffy and then...
Over 47 million United States citizens depend on the government-funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to survive. Families with children, elderly individuals with limited mobility, those suffering from debilitating illness or disease and those unable to find a job can purchase basic food with the funds from SNAP. It is essential, but the program is stuck in the past. For many SNAP participants, both affording and accessing fresh produce is a struggle. Stores that sell fresh produce aren’t always conveniently located. Often transportation to the stores takes too much time or money, is difficult due to physical or health-related issues, or is non-existent within communities...
Along with the rise in popularity of the farm-to-table movement, the number of microbreweries has skyrocketed across the country. According to the New York State Brewers Association, the number of microbreweries in New York state has increased from 38 in 2003 to 140 today. Your beer may be brewed locally, but have you ever thought about where that brewery got its ingredients? Most breweries have their hops shipped from the Pacific Northwest or Europe. Increasingly, breweries are seeking out local hops, and New York farmers are responding. "A decade ago, New York growers planted perhaps 5 acres of hops statewide, according to Cornell University's cooperative-extension division. Now, 140...
In 2002 the United States govenment took over the certification of organic farms. As a result, a group of farmers in New York's Hudson Valley came together to create the Certified Naturally Grown label which has grown to more than 700 farms in 47 states. "Many small farmers previously certified organic by an independent organization have declined to participate in the federal program. They voice a variety of objections: extensive record-keeping requirements; fees that can amount to 6 percent of a small farm's gross sales; and philosophical objections to joining a monolithic government-run program that also certifies huge operations that ship produce across the country." Executive director...