New pest troubles farmers

In 2013, Aaron Munzer led an educational tour around his farm, Plowbreak Farm near Trumansburg, NY when someone from Cornell Cooperative Extension looked at his crops and told him, “You might have Swede Midge.” Munzer had never heard of the pest, which was new to upstate New York. Later that Fall, his broccoli plants grew […]

Recent Food & Farm Biz Headlines

Recent food and farm business headlines from Ithaca, Tompkins County, and NYS From the Ithaca Voice: Ithaca native to continue Shortstop Deli legacy as new owner ‘Dos Amigos’ from Cornell launch traditional Mexican food truck Changes expected at Moosewood — due to Keega Ventures acquisition   From the Ithaca Journal: New head cheese maker at […]

Memorial service to honor organic farmer

Robin Sue Ostfeld, of Blue Heron Farm, died on August 26. A service to honor her will be held on Thursday, September 10th at 5pm at the Ithaca Farmers Market. According to her obituary, she was an organic farmer and agricultural research collaborator who died on the farm she and her husband, Llywolaf Johns, established […]

Historic Family Farm for Sale, Cortland County, NY

Historic Family Farm for Sale, Cortland County, NY Unique opportunity to purchase a historic 5 BR farmhouse on 75 acres of fields, pastures and woods in the beautiful rural farming community of Freetown, NY. The farm has remained in the same family for 140 years. Land offers 360 degrees of spectacular rural views and is […]

Redbyrd, fly on! The story behind Redbyrd Orchard Cider

…from Eric Shatt and Deva Maas cidermakers, orchardists, parents and collaborators @ Finger Lakes Cider House The Orchard In 2003 we started our vision for Redbyrd Cider by planting an orchard high on a hill top near Burdett .  We planted on one acre over 30 varieties of heirloom,  and European cider apple varieties on […]

¡Bici-Cocina! South American Cuisine Bike Food Cart

In a new twist on the food truck trend, ¡Bici-Cocina! is quite literally a bicycle kitchen. It’s the only South American cuisine eatery in Ithaca, the only bike food cart in Ithaca — and possibly in all of NYS. Recently cofounder Sam Bosco reached out to Hot Potato Press to tell us a bit about […]

An Introduction to Steve Selin, cider maker and the rest for South Hill Cider

By Steve Selin, for Finger Lakes Cider House July 23, 2015 Steve Selin is the main force behind South Hill Cider. He does every aspect of the work from fermentation to apple hunter and orchardist, to bookkeeper and delivery boy. Steve has no shortage of hats to wear as a family man and an active musician and luthier.  […]

Jobs available at Inns of Aurora

Announcement from Inns of Aurora: Are you looking for a great job where you can add your signature to the organization? If so, we have got the job for you! The Aurora Inn, built in 1833, underwent a multi-million dollar restoration and reopened in 2003. The Aurora Inn, along with several other recently restored properties, […]

A Year in Orchards: early Summer thinning

Posted here and at Finger Lakes Cider House Written by Chris Negronida- bartender at FL Cider House, Orchardist at West Haven Farm and Black Diamond Farm/Cider. The apples are sizing up nicely and many of the trees are showing a good crop.  The sun has already left a red blush on many of the small apples, […]

Carrot Cash aims to support local food business

Silas at Crooked Carrot Community Supported Kitchen reached out to Hot Potato Press to tell us a bit about a new program he’s starting, called Carrot Cash, and we had questions for him. Q: First of all, what is Crooked Carrot all about? Crooked Carrot is a local foods business in Ithaca, NY, preserving healthy, […]