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Empire Brewing Company to make official New York State Fair beer

"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.

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Local ingredients, old world flavors: Tartine Bake Shop selling out at Cazenovia Farmers Market

She listens to opera at full volume when she cooks with chocolate, country music when she bakes pies and Adam Levine, the lead singer of pop-rock band Maroon 5, when she has a big order. Regardless of the music or what she’s baking, however, Sherri Miller always bakes barefoot at her 1830s cottage in the village. Although Miller is accustomed to baking pies, cakes and dinners through her two Cazenovia businesses, Profiteroles and Bon Appetite Kitchens, she has now started baking shortbread for her third and newest Cazenovia business — the Tartine Bake Shop.

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Yogurt Gone Wild presents a healthier version of frozen yogurt

When the Underwood siblings were growing up in the DeWitt area, one of their favorite things to do as a family was to visit the local TCBY frozen yogurt shop, located in the plaza across from Tops.

First annual ‘Taste of Manlius’ to benefit Manlius Historical Society

Proceeds will pay for renovations to the museum

Since 1976, the Manlius Historical Society has documented history happening in within the town of Manlius and villages of Fayetteville, Manlius and Minoa.

Side Hill Farmers expand and innovate

Larger retail location opens with more local products and interactive space

The 2014 culinary forecast is in: according to more than 1,000 chefs surveyed by the National Restaurant Association, locally sourced meats are the most sought-after food item in the country. The farm-to-table movement has energized chefs and consumers alike to demand more local, quality foods. Indeed, the most recent census shows farms selling directly to consumers increased sales by more than 300 percent since 1992, and are growing twice as fast as the country’s total agricultural sales.

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Brewster Inn offers new, farm-fresh menu

The Brewster Inn on Ledyard Avenue is known for its elegant cuisine and farm-fresh menu items, but owner Richard Hubbard has been taking actions in recent months that he hopes will enhance his restaurant’s already impressive reputation. To do this, he has recently unveiled a brand new menu, one that includes 20 new items, offered in half-size as well as full-size portions, and all farm fresh from Cazenovia as well as from some of the highest quality farms and purveyors around the world.

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Wellwood’s character education program serves up support

As part of Wellwood Middle School’s “Project: Pass It On” character education program, the school plans to donate about $2,100 to a local nonprofit organization.

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New Canastota brewery mixes local ingredients with local history

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.

Correction -- Taste of Cazenovia is scheduled for September, not June

CORRECTION -- In the Datebook section of the June 4 issue of the Cazenovia Republican, we erroneously stated that the 2014 Taste of Cazenovia was scheduled to be held Thursday, June 12, at Owera Vineyards. The event is actually scheduled to be held in early September. More details on the event will be forthcoming as the date draws closer.

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Side Hill Farmers to expand after an explosive first year in Manlius

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.”

Entries now open for the 175th Madison County Fair

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.

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Let them eat bread

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.

Fayetteville Farmers Market CNY to debut June 5

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.

Fayetteville Farmers Market CNY to debut June 5

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.

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Cazenovia Farmers Market to increase in vendor variety, quantity in 2014

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.