Local cooks at Farm 2 Fork Festival Saturday

SARANAC LAKE – The Farm 2 Fork Festival will be return to Riverside Park from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The theme of this year’s festival is “Slow Food, Long Life” and will again feature local “home cooks” using ingredients from the farmers market.

A $10 ticket will allow a taste at each of the eight stations, plus the Pickle Bar, hand-cranked ice cream and a drink at the Artisan Beverage Bar. Attendees can get a ticket for the “Locavore Grill” where Jason Brill and company will be serving up grilled sausages and Eat n’ Meet pulled pork sandwiches.

Guest speakers will take the stage beginning at 9 a.m., with local author, forager and fermentation expert Dana Fast demonstrating how to take that head of farmers’ market cabbage and turn it into delicious sauerkraut, a perfect side to the Harmony Hills Farmstead Pork Chop.

Rose Bartiss will talk about raising goats and nutritionist Amy Kohanski and Fledging Crow Farm’s and Heart Healthy New York’s Brittany Harris will also give talks about healthy food choices and cooking from farmers market shopping bag.

“This year’s Farm 2 Fork will be be better than ever,” Gail Brill, Adirondack Green Circle’s founding director, said. “This event not only educates, but enhances community spirit and support of local farmers.”

The mission of the Adirondack Green Circle is to advocate for the local farm community. The Adirondack Green Circle is a project of the Ausable Valley Grange. North Country Public Radio will be this year’s media sponsor. For up to the minute information on the Festival, visit “Farm 2 Fork Fest in Saranac Lake” on Facebook or email adkgreencircle@gmail.com

In the spring, the Green Circle passed their follow-up event “Chefs & Farmers: Taste of the Adirondacks” to the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. “Managing two successful events within a week of each other was pretty overwhelming for the Green Circle volunteers” says Brill.

This year’s event will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8 at the Harrietstown Town Hall.

For more information on that event visit www.saranaclake.com or “Chefs & Farmers: Taste the Adirondacks” on Facebook.