Erie Canal Brewing Company is the only local brewery to use 100 percent Madison County ingredients
In the 19th century, hops were the staple crop of Central New York; and Madison County was actually known as the “Hops Capital of the United States.” Prohibition, plus a killer hops fungus, decimated the county’s agricultural pride — but in recent years beer-making has made a comeback in CNY in general, and in Madison County in particular. Under state law, for a brewery to be deemed made in New York 20 percent of the hops and 20 percent of all other ingredients must be grown or produced within the state. There is a new brewery in Canastota, however, that not only gets most of its ingredients from a farm in Chittenango, but is the only brewery around that boasts a beer made from ingredients 100 percent grown in Madison County — Erie Canal Brewing Company.
UPDATE: East Road barn destroyed in Monday fire; fire crews called back Tuesday morning for re-ignition of flames
Firefighters from six Madison County fire departments battled a barn fire on East road in Cazenovia on Monday evening. A call came in to the Madison County 911 Center at 4:55 p.m. on June 2 from residence of 3975 East road with word their barn’s roof was on fire, Nick Enders, Chief of the Cazenovia Fire Department said.
It’s 10:30 a.m. on a Tuesday, and Side Hill Farmers Head Butcher Kevin McCann is still cutting pork chops. “I’m a little behind today,” McCann said, as he prepares the meat to be put on the top shelf of the glass display case for the day. “This morning I got caught up doing some research.”
It’s time to make plans to show off your prize winning creations. The Madison County Fair gave away more than $15,000 in prize money last year. Now is the time to make your claim to some cash. Entries are now being accepted, browse the class listings at madisoncountyfairny.com and click on the premium booklet tab to explore the endless possibilities for exhibiting.
Rise bread makers a hit in Cazenovia
Jasmeen Barnes, owner of Rise bread makers, simply cannot keep her bread in stock at the weekly Cazenovia Farmers Market. There have been two markets so far this season, and the shelves of Rise bread were bare within an hour at both. “That’s a pretty cool feeling,” said Barnes — especially since her business idea sprouted last fall, recipes were perfected during the winter, her baking facility was only finalized a few weeks ago and the May 10 farmers market was her first commercial outing.
The new Farmers Market - Fayetteville Farmers Market CNY - will be starting on June 5. There has been a growing interest in local foods and in ways to connect local farmers to consumers in the Fayetteville area.
Proposed laws a product of 2013 controversy between Owera Vineyards and East Lake Road neighbors
After months of work, the Cazenovia Town Board last week proposed two new local laws designed to maintain the public health, safety and welfare in the municipality — one to prevent and control excessive noise and one to establish procedures and requirements to hold special events. The impetus to create the two proposed laws arose from the controversy between Owera Vineyards and its East Lake Road neighbors last summer due to the winery’s summer events — about which the neighbors complained of excessive amplified music, among other things, and Owera received violation citations from the town.
On May 31, Hillcrest, Cazenovia’s historic Jephson Estate will host a cocktail party and silent auction from 5 to 7:30 p.m. to benefit CazCares, our local food pantry. Cazenovia-area residents will have the opportunity to tour the inside of Hillcrest thanks to the generosity of owners Brian and Linda Osborne.
The newest farmers market in Central New York area — The Fayetteville Farmers Market CNY — will be starting Thursday, June 5, and will run weekly every Thursday through October 30.
This Saturday marks the start of the 2014 Cazenovia Farmers market season, and patrons will have a wider variety of artisans and farmers to choose from than in previous years — including a number of vendors new to the Cazenovia market.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
To the editor: Dear friends and neighbors, The Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce has designated the upcoming week of May 4 through 10 as “Buy Local Week.” I would like to encourage everyone to make a special effort to get out and support our local businesses in honor of the event!
Two local craft beverage producers — and members of the Cazenovia Beverage Trail — recently brought back to Cazenovia multiple medals from the 14th Annual 2014 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. The Critz Farms Harvest Moon Cidery won silver medals for its Cherry Moon and Heritage Hops hard ciders, and a bronze medal for its Rippleton Original champagne-style hard cider; while Owera Vineyards won silver medals for its 2012 Frontenac Gris and its 2011 Cabernet Franc, and bronze medals for its 2012 Chardonnay and 2012 dry Reisling.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County’s Agricultural Economic Development Program is looking for local businesses in the Central New York region interested in sponsoring the county’s seventh annual Open Farm Day on July 26.
Madison County was one of three counties in Central New York to have been designated “disasters” due to losses caused by a freeze that occurred this winter, U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna announced Wednesday, April 9. A Secretarial disaster designation makes farm operators in both primary and contiguous counties eligible to be considered for an assistance from the Farm Service Agency (FSA) provided eligibility requirements are met. This assistance includes FSA emergency loans.
The Madison County Field Crops Meeting will be held on Friday, April 4, with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Empire Tractor, 2893 Route 20 East in Cazenovia. Lunch is provided, courtesy of Empire Tractor, and requires pre-registration. Please call Empire Tractor at 655-8146. Two and a half pesticide recertification credits will be given.