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Foraged Food — Chanterelle Vodka and Wild Watercress

mushroom vodka low resChanterelle Vodka
Taste the woods in an earthy shot of vodka. Pick or buy a scant handful chanterelles from your local forager, or as I did at the farmers market from a vendor, in this case Leslie Taft at Blue Moon Shrooms, who suggested I try this. Add to a small glass jar with a top. Cover with good quality but not distinctively flavored vodka. Freeze or refrigerate.

In the Wild
Is you live near a clean stream, make sure to look for wild watercress. Snip it and add to salads, sandwiches or munch on your way home.

Local food news

Farmers Market Surge
WASHINGTON, Oct, 2009 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the number of farmers markets in the United States is up more than 13 percent from a year ago. A recent update of the online Farmers Market Directory lists 5,274 markets nationwide, up from 4,685 reported in 2008.The regional beat

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Classes in the Albany region
Mushroomology, Homestead Cheese Making, Raw Milk and Home Cow Care, The Art and Science of Root Cellaring, The Art of Lacto Fermentation,Homestead Bread Making With Local and Heirloom Grains and more. Details and registration @ http://bit.ly/FARMandFOOD Please call with any questions 518.392.8545 or email gianni@gianniortiz.com

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