New York Farm Bureau and the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH) are recognizing “National Farm Safety and Health Week” which runs Sept. 21 to 27. The theme this year is “Safety Counts: Protecting What Matters.” It serves as an important reminder for the nearly 36,000 farms in the state that strive to provide a safe workplace environment for their family members and employees.
Grand opening event set for this Saturday
This Saturday, Cazenovia’s first farm brewery and tasting room will open to the public for tastings and tours. Henneberg Brewing Co., owned by John and Maria Henneberg and located on their 97-acre farm in New Woodstock, received its final site plan approval last week from the Cazenovia Town Planning Board after more than one year of work.
Empire Brewing Co. farmstead brewery in Cazenovia also receives funding
When Side Hill first opened its doors in the plaza behind Sno Top last July, there were three employees and a lot of meat — and that was about it. But over the last year, it has expanded to include almost a dozen employees and numerous varieties of meats, vegetables and prepared foods. And now, thanks to a nearly $200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the co-op can expand even more.
ZBA also rules winery event tent is not a building and therefore cannot run events past approved hours
Owera Vineyards’ three-season event tent is not an indoor building, as the winery owners claim, but an outdoor facility; and all events held at the winery — whether in the tent or not — must abide by the prescribed hours of operation as approved by the town planning board in 2012, hours which are enforceable by the town. This was the decision of the Town Zoning Board of Appeals, issued Monday, Aug. 25, at the ZBA’s regular monthly meeting, in response to an appeal by Owera seeking to overturn a town zoning enforcement officer determination concerning allowable facility events.
Every year, the Onondaga County Department of Health begins surveillance and control of the mosquito population in May. They monitor more than 20 traps across the county, testing mosquitoes for West Nile and EEE. EEE was identified in the Cicero Wildlife Management area in early July which prompted an aerial spraying on July 22 after obtaining the necessary approval from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. This helped to reduce the mosquito count, but with the recent wet-weather, additional spraying throughout the neighborhoods surrounding the management area was authorized and the truck spraying occurred Aug. 17. This will continue to be monitored by the department of health.
Side Hill Farmers, Kriemhild Dairy Farms also receive funding
Empire Brewing Co.’s farmstead brewery in Cazenovia — slated to open in spring 2015 — last week received a federal boost to its ongoing creation with the award of a $200,000 USDA rural development program grant. The money will be used toward the brewing, marketing and bottling of the company’s new line of craft beer containing ingredients from its Cazenovia farm.
Route 20 hotel, Owera Vineyards and Route 20 agri-tourism business all make the cut
The Central New York Regional Economic Development Council last Friday recommended three dozen business projects as top priority for $26.6 million in state funding as a way to bolster the region’s economic growth — and three of those projects, worth nearly $1.5 million, are either in or have direct ties to Cazenovia. There are also two major projects just down the road from Cazenovia in Hamilton.
The Cherry Valley Country Spinners and Fiber Artists of Cazenovia will be competing at the New York State Fair this year in the annual Sheep-to-Shawl contest. On Sunday, Aug. 31, five teams of five members each, all from New York state, will prepare, spin, ply and weave a whole sheep's fleece into a full length shawl in the space of four-and-a-half hours.
Skanda Equine will hold its Goat Daze fundraising event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at its farm at 4000 Mosley Road in Cazenovia. Activities will include running with the goats, an elf and troll house building workshop, a fishing derby for kids, a bouncy house, live music, face painting, a goat mask station and lots of animals to love.
Owera wins three medals at state fair, Wine Spectator magazine recognizes local restaurants
Wine producers and wine purveyors in Cazenovia have a history of receiving recognition and awards for their high quality products — and the trend shows no signs of stopping. In recent weeks, Cazenovia’s only winery received three medals at the 2014 New York State Fair and two village restaurants were recognized by Wine Spectator magazine for the quality of their wine lists.
Central New York is well-known for its hops and grape industries, and the beer and wine that comes from it, but is not as well recognized for its production of spirits. The Empire State is known, however, for its corn; and every Saturday morning at the Cazenovia Farmers Market, patrons can sample a new, local product made from 100 percent New York corn — hand-crafted vodka, gin, white whiskey and bourbon from the Adirondack Distilling Company.
More sponsors, increased participants scheduled for this year’s annual event
The gourmand, the oenophile, the epicurean, the zymurgist — whatever the label for people who love good food and drink, they all will be happy on Sept. 9, when the annual Taste of Cazenovia event returns. This year, for the first time ever, the event will be held at the Willow Bank Yacht Club.
Meadowood Farms has two new additions to its awards collection, after its “Ledyard” and “Strawbridge” sheep’s milk cheeses last week received honors at the 2014 America Cheese Society annual competition in Sacramento, Calif.
"State Fair Showstopper Ale" to premiere at state fair on Aug. 21
The Great New York State Fair will launch its own fair-branded line of New York-brewed craft beer, known as “State Fair Showstopper Ale,” in time for the fair's kickoff on Aug. 21 — and the ale will be made in part from New York hops and barley products and brewed by Empire Brewing Company of Syracuse.
Zoning board hears further arguments in Owera codes enforcement appeal, says decision will come in August
After listening to an hour of legal arguments and public comments concerning Owera Vineyards’ appeal of code enforcement decisions regarding winery operations, the town Zoning Board of Appeals Monday closed its public hearing on the issue and declared it would make a decision in the case by its August meeting.