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2015 Fall Harvest Event
The 2015 Farm to School Fall Harvest Event was held at Petrova Elementary on October 2, 2015. Highlights of the event included: St. Bernard's showcasing their garden, Bloomingdale students offering recently harvested potatoes and beet samples, the North Country School showing people how flour is produced and created stamps from various fruit, and Petrova students providing garden tours and teaching people how to plant. Lake Placid High School Environmental Club did face-painting, students from Tupper Lake High School shared their complete binder recycling programs, and the Saranac Lake Environmental Club helped students make vegetable art. The Saranac Lake Spanish Club shared their recent Farm to School Field Trip/Cooking experience. Bunny Goodwin and several Keene students were present representing Keene and sharing some valuable resources that have helped propel them.
Many local organizations also had representation. Cornell Cooperative Extension had Mike Farrell teaching about Maple Syrup, the Wild Center had Jen Kretser talking about maple, ANCA's Josh Bakelaar show casing his mushroom's. Wynde-Kate Reese from Green Goddess offered tasting of a vegetable, soup and dessert while people voted if they would eat them for lunch.
Entertainment was provided by Laurie McIntosh, aka. Story Laurie, from the Catskill Mountains. She worked with and performed with students from Keene thanks to the help of Bunny Goodwin. Her songs grew to include all attendee's with “Shoo-Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy” and a boogie-in-your-socks romp through “The Hokey Pokey”.
Chef Kevin McCarthy from Paul Smith's, Ruth Pino from Saranac Lake and John Roe from the Franklin-Essex BOCES worked in the kitchen with students to provide a full Farm to Table meal for attendee's. The meal featured items including, Pulled Pork, Sweet Potato and Black Beans Quesadilla w/ Corn and Tomato Salsa, Parsnip and Apple Soup and Beet Cake. The food came from Atlas Hoofed It Farm, Fledging Crow Farm, Juniper Hill Farm and Rulf's orchard. The food was well received by patrons going through the cafeteria line.