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Baltimore Woods honors chefs and farmers with flood relief for Southern Tier

envIRONmental CHEF homegrown event produces benefits beyond Baltimore Woods

— Baltimore Woods Nature Center has announced that it will make a major donation to assist Southern Tier Farmers affected by September’s floods. The donation is as outgrowth of Baltimore Woods’ successful envIRONmental CHEF event which celebrated local foods and was supported by farmers throughout the region.

“It was humbling to have such abundance on the tables and know that less than 100 miles away farmers were wiped out by the floods. We wanted to do something,” said Patty Weisse, executive director of the nature center.

This coming Sunday, Oct. 16, Lisa Bloodnick, a farmer in Appalachin, N.Y., is having an event to raise funds for the Southern Tier farmers devastated by September’s floods. Baltimore Woods, in honor of the volunteer chefs, farmers and local food producers that were so generous with their abundance felt called to pay the debt forward and made a $500 contribution towards the event at Bloodnick’s farm.

Over 60 farms and local food producers from the Central New York region contributed their products to display the cornucopia of local food for four chefs to cook off at Baltimore Woods Sept. 18 Environmental Chef event. The sell-out event, held in honor of Jean Graham, was a celebration of local food and cuisine.

Two cook-offs pitched local chefs Alicyn Hart from Circa, Steve Landon – Executive Farm to Table Chef, Ellen Leahy from BC and Joelle Mollinger from Joelle’s Bistro in two head-to-head challenges to make delectable dishes with CNY’s bounty for the audience to taste and judge.

According to Weisse, “As one of our contributing farmers said to me at the market, ‘That could have so easily have been us.’ We honor the farmers, chefs, and local food enthusiasts like Jennifer Baskerville Burrows as well as our sponsors: Upstate Medical Center, Clear Channel Radio, St Josephs Health Center, Dr Konstantin Frank’s Winery, Middle Ages Brewery, and C&S with this donation.”

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