Category: Food & Eating

Tompkins County Free Food Listing

Announcement from Friendship Donations Network: Friendship Donations Network (FDN) provides produce, breads, desserts, dairy, deli, and groceries (if available) to the programs listed below. For a complete listing of food pantries and community meals in Tompkins County, please visit: (Updated July 1, 2015.) Monday – Friday: Loaves and Fishes. Free daily meals. All are […]

Category: Food & Eating

The end of blackcap raspberry season?

My garden is full of failures. But certain things thrive despite me and my ineptitude, and one of those things is the blackcap raspberry. When I had a fence installed around my backyard several years ago, the deer stayed out and plants –including the blackcap raspberry– unexpectedly showed up and began to grow. The plants […]

Category: Food & Eating, Q&A

A Finger Lakes Cider House Chat with Black Diamond Cider’s Ian Merwin

The farm Black Diamond Farm takes its name from a famous old locomotive—The Black Diamond Express—that once rumbled through our farm. For almost 30 years we have been growing rare and antique apple varieties, including American heirlooms like Golden Russet, Black Oxford, Hudson’s Gem, and Newtown Pippin, and European bittersweet apples like Kingston Black, Porter’s […]

Category: Food & Eating

Bite of Ithaca: A new culinary celebration

From Bite of Ithaca/ Downtown Ithaca Alliance: Bite of Ithaca is Tompkins County’s brand new celebration of all things culinary. June 30 – July 4, 2015 For 4 days in late June and early July, participating restaurants, bars, and eateries will team up to offer “bites” around town.  These bites will cost $5 and are […]

Category: Food & Eating

Blink and you’ll miss it…

Strawberry season is so short, you’ve got to get them while you can — see the list of u-pick strawberry farms below. And, if you pick more than you can enjoy fresh, here’s a great primer on how to freeze strawberries, from local food blogger Emma Frisch. From CCE-Tompkins: For your berry-picking pleasure, Cornell Cooperative […]

Category: Food & Eating

Classes: Compost with Confidence

Consider how our food grows and what happens to food waste when we’re done eating. Composting is a key step in the food chain. From CCE-TC: The Compost Education Program of Tompkins County Cooperative Extension is pleased to announce a free, monthly class series held at the Ithaca Farmers Market at Steamboat Landing. The “Compost […]

Category: Food & Eating

Free Summer Meals for Kids in Tompkins County

Written by Randi Lynn Quackenbush at the Food Bank of the Southern Tier: For a lot of families and children, summer time means fun in the sun, playing at the park, swimming at the lake, and long carefree days. Unfortunately for many children in our community, summer can also bring the fear of an empty […]

Category: Food & Eating

Brand-New Hancock Street Market Off To A Great Start

The Hancock Street Market celebrated its opening day on Thursday, June 4th. Ithaca Farmers’ Market is proud to present this brand-new market location, which will be open every Thursday at the same time, from 4 to 7 pm, through the end of October. The market features live music every week, and a variety of vendors offering fresh produce, […]