Bad news for the Mohawk Valley: The Foodshed Buying Club is closed for business.
The Foodshed was a member club which allowed participants to pick up purchases from local farms at designated drop off locations. It promoted “buy local” and offered vegetables, grains, meats from many local farms which did not use pesticides on crops and raised the animals on grass feed.
The reason for the Foodshed folding is a drastic decline in membership and quite possibly, the decline was due to the many other options buyers have to purchase local foods. Source: Observer-Dispatch, 12/28/12.
Among alternative source options in the Utica area for fresh farm products are the following:
1. Utica Loaves and Fishes: Buying as a group to save money.
2. Tom’s Natural Food: (315) 853-6360
16 College St, Ste 1, Clinton, NY 13323
3. Oneida County Public Market: Located in the heart of Downtown Utica. Open Saturdays throughout the summer and into holiday season. Fresh and unique products and a festival-like atmosphere of entertainment, art and fun for the entire family.
Of course there are many additional options if you enjoy shopping at Farmers Markets.
1. Herkimer Farmers Market: Open Every Thursday, 10am-2pm In the parking lot of Herb Philipson’s in Herkimer. Fresh local fruits, vegetables, grass fed meat, dairy, eggs, and artisan baked goods. The Market accepts food stamps.
2. The Clapsaddle Farm Ilion Farmers Market: Year round farmers market with baked goods, eggs, beef, pork, jams, jellys and more.
When you explore the local markets this time of year, make sure to pick up fresh cauliflower or rather Cauli-POWER. Choose bright colored heads of green and purple to perk up your plate. One cup of cooked cauliflower will give your body a full day’s vitamin C. Colored varieties offer vitamin A for vision and anthocyanins for sharp memory.
Cauliflower and Carrot Casserole
To serve 6
• 1 cups carrots, chopped, cooked and pureed.
• 1 medium head of cauliflower, cooked and pureed.
• 2 spring onions, chopped
• 1 TBS SmartBalance or Promise Healthy Heart (use butter if you wish)- melted
• 1 TBS all purpose flour
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 1/4 tsp black pepper
• 1 TBS honey mustard
• 1/2 cup 2% milk
• 1/2 cup shredded cheese (or a few cheese slices such as Swiss)
• 1/3 cup crushed Ritz Crackers
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Mix the cooked and pureed carrots with the onions and melted fat (SmartBalance or other)
Mix the flour, salt, pepper and add to the carrot – onion mix. Blend until incorporated.
Add the mustard and milk to the above mixture and turn into a casserole dish. Top with
cheese and then the cracker crumbs.
Bake for 30 minutes.
Healthy, nutritious, carb-craving satisfaction.
117 calories. Total fat=6.4 grams. Cholesterol=14.7 mg. Sodium=304 mg. Potassium=102 mg. Carbohydrates=9.1 g (Fiber=1.4g and Sugars=2.1g). Protein=6 grams.