High Point Farms for Sale: Are we losing farmland?

This report is a collaboration between WRFI Community Radio and Hot Potato Press: When I saw that the High Point Farms property on Route 96 near Trumansburg was for sale, a lot of thoughts flew through my head. For one thing, I had been a customer — they were one of the first small farms […]

Community mourns loss of Aung Htoo

Aung Htoo, Burmese refugee and Ithaca resident, died unexpectedly on June 4, 2017 at age 38. He is survived by his wife, Eh Say, and their three children, ages 16, 14, and 8. Aung was well-known in the food and farming community in Tompkins County, having worked at West Haven Farm, Finger Lakes Fresh greenhouses, and Emmy’s Organics. […]

Category: The Big Picture

Voices from Ithaca’s Farm to Plate Conference

In this photo, participants of the Ithaca’s first “Farm to Plate Conference” were learning how to grow mushrooms. It was just one of the many sessions offering participants a chance to “Unite to Create, Educate, and Celebrate a Sustainable and Just Local Food System.” The two-day conference was organized by the Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming, the […]

Category: The Big Picture

Reimagine a post-capitalistic world, says author Raj Patel

On Friday, author and professor Raj Patel spoke to more than 100 people during Ithaca’s first Farm to Plate Conference at The Space @ GreenStar. Just a few minutes in, he projected an image of Christopher Columbus on the screen with a quote, “I believe that there are many herbs and many trees that are worth much in Europe […]

Category: Food & Eating

Where are the cheapest groceries in Ithaca?

A friend and I recently did some comparison grocery shopping around Ithaca. We knew that stores had different reputations regarding cost, and we wanted to check our assumptions. This started out as a simple curiosity quest, not a scientific study. But it quickly became complicated. What products would we choose? Would we include local, organic, bulk, […]

Category: Food & Eating

Local Cooking Show: Dads Can Cook Too

Nathan Reimer is not just the tech support guru for Hot Potato Press, he’s also a local dad and creator of the live stream cooking show “Dads Can Cook Too.” Last week’s show demonstrated how to cook gluten-free White Bean and Hominy Chicken Chili. How does it work? Nathan says: “Every Sunday I’ll post a recipe […]

Category: The Big Picture

Refugee-run restaurant offers more than food

A Syracuse restaurant, “With Love,” is making headlines as an unusual eatery with an unusual mission. The Onondaga Community College-sponsored restaurant, “aims to give entrepreneurs—largely refugees and other immigrants, but also aspiring American-born people—a workspace and start-up funding to launch their own food businesses,” explains an article in Saveur Magazine. “It functions as a series of pop-ups: […]

No Snow Day for Farmers

This week we asked farmers around Tompkins County and New York State to tell us how they’ve handled last week’s unusual snowstorm. Aaron Munzer from Plowbreak Farm sent the photo above, taken inside a high tunnel as he and his partner Kara knocked snow off the structure. “It’s kind of like a really frigid jungle gym,” Aaron […]

Farmer finds unique solution to coyote kills

Just across the border in Pennsylvania, the owners of Glenfiddich Farm faced a problem: coyotes were killing their sheep. But the determined farmers discovered that a pair of donkeys could offer a solution. Read the article in Mountain Home Magazine. Photo by George Gentry. Source: NCTC Image Library