Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Winter Edition of the Farmers Market

The Winter Edition of the Farmers Market Forum, the quarterly newsletter of the Farmers Market Federation of NY, is now available on the web.

The link to the Winter 2011 Farmers Market Forum is  

Please feel free to make copies to distribute to the farmers and vendors in your market or direct anyone interested to the website to enroll in the email announcement of the newsletter.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Year is Winding Down...

As we approach the year end holiday season, we think of what has happened over the last year. Was it good? Was it eventful? Did you learn something new? What are you taking with you into the new year? Is 2012 going to become even better for you? Some people suggest that you don't even bother making New Year resolutions. I think that is a better way to look at it. Why disappoint yourself in the long run? Most of us cannot keep the usual ones we make; eat better, slow down, exercise more and so on. So why say it?

Why not create a more healthy outlook for yourself instead? Maybe you could set one or two mini goals to reach. When you reach them, then set a couple more and this way it is more realistic and less disappointing. That's just my opinion of course.

My mini goal will to be just get myself out in the public's eye more. Introduce myself. I think that is a good starting point for myself as my  new publication comes to fruition soon. It only makes sense to me. Send in your mini goals and we can publish your ideas online. Until then, Happy New Year!

Editor-in Chief,
Shelley D. Brienza

Sunday, December 11, 2011


"HOLIDAY" — Originally from Old English 'HOLY DAY' 

We are in the process of laying out the magazine now. Finally, we will have something in hand to show. The New Year should bring in some new memories. 

We know the power of the positive can give you an upbeat attitude and boost your spirits. Research showed in 2009 by the American Heart Association that women who expected good rather than bad lived longer. They were less likely to develop heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure or diabetes. Another study showed that what people thought was a bright outlook didn't just affect performance but the immune system as well. That means that increasing optimism and, conversely, decreasing pessimism has the potential to affect day - to - day interactions as well as general health and welfare. Those rose-colored glasses don't look so bad anymore, do they?

So smile! The holidays are coming and do something good for yourself, become your own gift of health!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Italian Wedding Soup

12 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Cook: 15 min.


  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons pepper, divided
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons garlic powder, divided
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 quarts chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh spinach
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

Italian Wedding Soup (continued)
2 of 2

Ingredients (continued)

  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1-1/4 cups cooked medium pasta shells


  • In a large bowl, combine the egg, cheese, bread crumbs, onion, 1/4 teaspoon salt,
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper and 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder. Crumble beef over mixture and
  • mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls.
  • In a Dutch oven, brown meatballs in small batches; drain. Add the broth, spinach,
  • onion powder, parsley and remaining salt, pepper and garlic powder; bring to a
  • boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Stir in pasta; heat through.
  • Yield: 12 servings (3 quarts).
Nutrition Facts: 1 cup equals 226 calories, 12 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 72 mg cholesterol, 942 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 20 g protein.
Courtesy: Taste of Home Magazine Online (I'm a subscriber.)


Giving experiences, rather than material goods, makes a difference. You can especially give a gift of yourself when you know the wants and needs of your gift recipient. Equally important, don't underestimate your own special skills and talents. One valuable aspect of giving a gift of yourself is that it is the perfect solution for those who "have everything."

quoted from:

Sunday, November 20, 2011


    • Leadership at major publishing houses continue to bicker over whether to charge for digital editions.  If your content has value, it should be paid for.  Allowing free access to digital editions for smart phones and tablets undermines the basic economic model for publishing.
    • 200 new magazines were launched in the first nine months of 2011 (up from 176 in 2010). 128 magazines folded over the same time frame (the same as in 2010).  Food and regional titles were the top two categories; Bridal magazines topped the list for closures.
    • Of the launches, 56 were B2B magazines, with the largest growth in business and industry.  There were 34 closures, with Nursing titles showing the largest decline.
    • A media survey conducted by Deloitte and released by United Business Media shows that since 2007, 80% of Americans preferred reading print magazines, even though the same information was available on-line.  They also identify print advertising as far more compelling and useful than its digital equivalent.
    • Print advertising revenue is up 2.1% for the first nine months of 2011, according to the Publisher’s Information Bureau.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Holiday Money or more.....

Would you like to join our publishing family and earn an income 

while  remaining at home or in your spare time? Sacandaga 

Sun is  searching for that person who enjoys talking with 

others while earning a supplementary income. Email for more 


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Community Event: Wine and Chocolate Tasting

Wine and Chocolate Tasting November 4th, 2011 St. Pat's Masonic Lodge, Johnstown Tickets: $25 International Vintage Room: $50 Drink Wine. Eat Chocolate. Feed those in need. Join us for the 5th Annual Wine and Chocolate Tasting! (The largest in Upstate NY- and perhaps the whole state). · Fine New York Wines presented by The Women for New York State Wines- the official promoters of NY vineyards. · International Vintage Tasting Room: Featuring premium wines at least ($50/bottle) from throughout the world. (Additional cost) · Historic setting complete with candlelight. · All proceeds benefit NOAH, a free Community Meals Program. · Tickets on sale now and at the door.

Community Calendar Post: Albany Holistic Nurses Society, Inc.

Please join us as we Re-Connect.
We are hosting a “Heal the Healer” night on November 10th at 6:00p.m.

We will be meeting in the Conference Room (on the left by the Gift Shop) at  the main entrance of Ellis Health Center McClellan Campus (formerly St. Claire’s).

Please RSVP to Karen Johnson (518) 377-4537 or Heather A Loucks (518) 883-3811.

Please bring your membership dues and any information you want to share.

Blessings of Wellness from
Albany Holistic Nurses Society, Inc.
Heather A Loucks-Treasurer
511 Honeywell Corners Road
PO Box 1027
Broadalbin, NY 12025

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Comfort Foods

This is a great tasting recipe I got from aunt years ago..just made it tonight. Good for a cold night and healthy too. Let me know what you think. I didn't skin my chicken this time because it adds in more juices for flavor to me.

Chicken & Broccoli

Serves 6-8

3 or 4 chicken breasts split and skinned
2 packages of frozen broccoli, thawed, not cooked.
2 cans of cream of chicken soup
3/4 cup mayo
1/4 tsp. curry powder
3 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 cup crushed cracker crumbs
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Put broccoli in dish. Place chicken on top of broccoli. Mix soup, mayo, curry, and lemon juice together, stir together in separate bowl. Put this mixture on top of chicken and around broccoli somewhat. Sprinkle with cracker crumbs and then the cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour.

Enjoy! Delish!

Editor in Chief,
Shelley D Brienza

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Alternatives for Anxiety

Alternatives for Anxiety

By Shelley D Brienza

Researchers have explored a number of natural remedies as possible treatments for anxiety disorders, including panic disorder. Studies to date have concluded that two alternative therapies, in particular, have potential in the treatment of panic disorder.
·                                 Relaxation training. Relaxation techniques include deep breathing, yoga, meditation and progressive muscle relaxation, which is accomplished by tensing one muscle at a time, and then completely releasing the tension, until every muscle in the body is relaxed. Studies have found that these techniques may be as effective or nearly as effective as cognitive behavioral therapy for some people with panic disorder.
·                                 The nutritional supplement inositol. This oral supplement, which influences the action of serotonin, may reduce the frequency and severity of panic attacks.
Talk with your doctor before trying any natural therapies. These products can cause side effects and may interact with other medications. Your doctor can help determine if they are safe for you.*
In the upcoming months we will explore how the benefits of Yoga aid in the management of anxiety.

*March 25, 2010
© 1998-2011 Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (MFMER). All rights reserved. A single copy of these materials may be reprinted for noncommercial personal use only. "Mayo," "Mayo Clinic," "," "EmbodyHealth," "Enhance your life," and the triple-shield Mayo Clinic logo are trademarks of Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Raw Facts: Green Tea Extract

Green tea is an excellent source of antioxidants. Research suggests that the antioxidant compounds found in green tea may play a beneficial role in maintaining healthy skin, even in the presence of UV light from the sun. Consequently, green tea extract packed with antioxidants may be a helpful additon to your health regimen.

*These statements have not been approved by the FDA. Excerpt from "Vitamins and Supplements, Answers at Walgreen's" booklet 11ST4284-A

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Mohawk Harvest Food Co Op Store; It's all LOCAL and It's ALL GOOD!

Mohawk Harvest has a mission to support local farmers and producers and to provide their members and the public (consumers) with the best LOCAL products available. 

Not only do they offer the above but they give back and that is something that we at Sacandaga Sun highly believe in. They have raised so far, $2000 to give to the flood victims of area farms. 

Where can you gain access to LOCAL foods and products at a reasonable price? Or build a network of LOCAL providers? Where can you help promote our communities and their well being and environmental concerns? Mohawk Harvest!

Not only do they support LOCAL economy sustainability by becoming a valuable resource while providing a sense of community, they educate you about nutrition through on-going educational outreach programs. And they actually go out into the farm fields and hand pick the produce they want in the store! I think that says a lot!

Why not consider joining the co op of Mohawk Harvest and enjoy the benefit of their member-owned store and help support the community in which we live. 

Your Editor-in-Chief,
Shelley D. Brienza

Visit here for more information:

Thursday, September 29, 2011

What is Holistic and How Does it Apply to You or Your Business?

The word Holistic (whole-istic) and its approach means considering the whole system, the whole you, rather than just concentrating on individual components. It means seeing that all life personal and business wise is connected and interdependent. Once we acknowledge that connection life changes for the better - for ourselves, for our communities and for our planet.  A holistic lifestyle today starts with connecting the thousands of like-minded people passionate about making a difference. If you care about good health, the environment, our communities and our future then you'll fit right in. 

Think about how your business might have some aspect that promotes good health for the environment. Do you sell biodegradable products? Do you offer Energy Star products? Do you promote recycling in the workplace? And the list goes on. You are who we want to talk to and learn more about. Become a sponsor of Sacandaga Sun today and share how you are being kind to our planet and communities.

Shelley Brienza

Grafton Peace Pagoda

Grafton Peace Pagoda
18th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, October 1, 2011 - 11:00 AM
Grafton, NY
This year we are welcoming over 30 Nipponzan Myohoji monks and nuns from
all over the world for the Grafton Anniversary Celebration and the Opening
Ceremony of the new temple at the New England Peace Pagoda in Leverett, MA.

All Are Warmly Welcome!
Buddhist Sacred Ceremony
Dennis Banks, Anishinabe Nation Native American Prayer
Interfaith Prayer
Music by Ai Yamaguchi from Japan with “No More Fukushima Song”
Round Dance by Six Nations
This year, in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, we have been
focusing on creating a world where children will not be exposed to the
reality of nuclear radiation from nuclear power and war. We pray for those
who have suffered in the wake of nuclear disasters in the past and for those
being affected now.  We pray for change so there will be no need for others
to suffer this way in the future. This is a turning point where consciousness
needs to be raised and we must choose to live more gently upon this earth.

Please join us for a potluck community meal after ceremonies.  Please bring
your favorite international foods (preferably vegetarian, organic and healthy).
For each person coming, please bring a dish to feed 10 people.  It may be cold. 
Please bring a coat and blanket.  Please arrive before 11:00 AM for best parking.
For more information please call the Peace Pagoda at (518) 658 - 9301
Nipponzan Myohoji - Grafton Peace Pagoda, 87 Crandall Road, Petersburg, NY 12138

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Fall Edition of the Farmers Market Forum Now Available

Subject: Fall Edition of the Farmers Market Forum Now Available
The Fall edition of the Farmers Market Forum, the quarterly newsletter of the Farmers Market Federation of NY, is now available on the web.

The link to the Fall 2011 Farmers Market Forum is  Please feel free to make copies to distribute to the farmers and vendors in your market or direct anyone interested to the website to enroll in the email announcement of the newsletter.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Harvest Season

Greetings from , Shelley.

Harvest season is the perfect time to explore the winding back roads of Fulton County and witness the farmers bringing in the fruits of the field. Make sure to leave time during your visit to experience the many fall festivals, craft fairs, or the unique country charm of our distinct cities, towns and villages.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Apples Top New "Dirty Dozen" List

For Immediate Release, June 13, 2011
Contact EWG Public Affairs: 202.667.6982
Alex Formuzis: or Sara Sciammacco:

EWG'S 2011 Shopper's Guide Helps Cut Consumer Pesticide Exposure

Apples Top New "Dirty Dozen" List

Washington, DC - Environmental Working Group has released the seventh edition of its Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce with updated information on 53 fruits and vegetables and their total pesticide loads. EWG highlights the worst offenders with its “Dirty Dozen” list and the cleanest conventional produce with its “Clean 15” list.

Analysts at EWG synthesized data collected from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration from 2000 to 2009. Produce is ranked based on a composite score, equally weighing six factors that reflect how many pesticides was found in testing of on each type of the produce and at what levels. Most samples are washed and peeled prior to being tested, so the rankings reflect the amounts of the chemicals likely present on the food when is it eaten.

Notable changes in the new guide included apples’ rank as the most contaminated produce, jumping three spots from last year to replace celery at the top of the “Dirty Dozen” list. According to USDA, pesticides showed up on 98 percent of the more than 700 apple samples tested.

Making an appearance in the guide for the first time is the herb cilantro, which had never been tested by USDA until now. The data showed 33 unapproved pesticides on 44 percent of the cilantro samples tested, which is the highest percentage of unapproved pesticides recorded on any item included in the guide since EWG started tracking the data in 1995.

Also appearing in the guide for the first time are green onions, cranberries and mushrooms. Mushrooms made the “Clean 15” list, while honeydew was the only item to drop off that list this year. Cherries dropped off the “Dirty Dozen” list, but lettuce, which has made the list in previous years, were back on.
“Though buying organic is always the best choice, we know that sometimes people do not have access to that produce or cannot afford it,” said EWG President Ken Cook. “Our guide helps consumers concerned about pesticides to make better choices among conventional produce, and lets them know which fruits and vegetables they may want to buy organic.”

Pesticides can be extremely toxic to human health and the environment. U.S. and international government agencies alike have linked pesticides to nervous system toxicity, cancer, hormone system disruption and IQ deficits among children.

"I really worry that pesticides on food are unhealthy for the tender, developing brains and bodies of young children," said Dr. Harvey Karp, MD, FAAP, creator of the book/DVD The Happiest Baby on the Block. "Parents don't realize they're often feeding their little ones fruits and veggies with the highest pesticide residues. Studies show even small amounts of these chemicals add up and can impair a child's health when they're exposed during the early, critical stages of their development. When pesticide sprayers have to bundle up in astronaut-like suits for protection, it's clear parents want to feed their families food containing as little of these toxic chemicals as possible."

"Pesticides, while designed specifically to kill certain organisms, are also associated with a host of very serious health problems in people, including neurological deficits, ADHD, endocrine system disruption and cancer," said Andrew Weil, MD, Founder and Director, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and a renowned medical expert on natural health and wellness. "My advice to consumers is to whenever possible avoid exposure to pesticides, including pesticide residues on food."

Consumers who choose five servings of fruits and vegetables a day from EWG's Clean 15 list rather than from the Dirty Dozen can lower the volume of pesticides they consume by 92 percent, according to EWG’s calculations. They will also eat fewer types of pesticides. Picking five servings of fruits and vegetables from the 12 most-contaminated products would result in consuming an average of 14 different pesticides a day. Choosing five servings from the 15 least contaminated fruits and vegetables would result in consuming fewer than two pesticides per day.

The health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure, and EWG strongly recommends that everyone follow USDA’s recommendation to eat five servings of fruits and vegetables every day. EWG’s Shopper’s Guide makes it easy to meet that goal while reducing your exposure to pesticides.

“Pesticides are toxic,” said Sonya Lunder, Senior Analyst at EWG. “They are designed to kill things and most are not good for you. The question is, how bad are they?”
EWG’s Shoppers Guide is available for fee as a PDF download at An iPhone app will be available in the near future. For a small donation, consumers can also have a version of the guide sent to them as a bag tag that can be attached to reusable shopping bags.

EWG is a nonprofit research organization based in Washington, DC that uses the power of information to protect human health and the environment.

Did You Know?

Did you know that you can choose to be clean and "green" through their "green up" program. They let you choose providers who generate electricity from renewable sources like wind, solar and hydroelectric. For more information visit: .

Did you know that over 10,000 customers Upstate let National Grid recycle their old refrigerators? They got their fridge picked up for free and collected a $30 reward. You can too, visit, .

*courtesy of National Grid 9/11

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Join Us!!

The premiere edition of Sacandaga Sun is approaching us fast. Please consider becoming a part of this area's newest and only, holistic resource guide. Not only do we delve into the holistic arena, do we offer you ways to learn all about health, wellness, financial fitness, energy savings, places to visit, local history, better ways to live and so much more! We want you to participate. Contact us soon as the deadline is drawing near!

             Shelley Brienza

Talk to you soon!!

Shelley D. Brienza

Friday, August 26, 2011

Support Local Wellness Businesses

Here is another local business who works hard to offer us a chance to make empowered health care decisions. Visit Joan Sayer's website here:

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Foods That Help You Sleep Better

Mango Treat

4 oz. of low fat vanilla yogurt
1/2 c. mango sorbet
4 raspberries for garnish

Place yogurt in a bowl, top with sorbet. Garnish with raspberries.

Nutritional Value per serving:
189 Calories
5 g pro, 40 g carb, 1.7 g fat, 1 g sat fat, 0 mg chol, 1 g fiber, 76 mg sodium

Making Everyday Practices Work Harder For You

So you want to chose healthy foods for your family and yourself? Did you know that some simple everyday changes can add up to big health benefits? Try some of these nice additions to your health regimen.

~ Best bet for Garlic, High temperatures destroy garlics health properties. Allinase is garlics most important cancer fighting enzyme. and since most people cook their garlic, they're unwittingly destroying the nutritional value! does that mean that you have to eat raw garlic forever? Thankfully the answer is no. You can just preserve the nutritional value just by doing the following:

After chopping, let the crushed garlic stand for about 10 to 15 minutes before adding it to a sizzling pan. according to scientists at the National Cancer Institute, doing this allows the garlic to generate compounds that blunt the damaging effects of heat.

~Shaving nick? Try using lip balm to instantly stop the bleeding!

~How to open clogged sinuses in 30 seconds... Simply rub the "Yingxlang" accupressure point at the base of your intraoribital nerve. Finding this spot is easy. Just place your index finger on either side of your nose right next to the each nostril. Then press and rub the spot for 30 seconds. Doing so will clear your sinus cavity for up to an hour, says and MD at Columbus University of College Physicians and Surgeons.

~ For Women, How to boost your mood.... According to United Kingdoms Open Universitythey say that looking at a photo album will make you feel significantly better. I guess that would depend on what kind of pictures you were looking at too.

Good for us and the environment too

Zip-top bags are great, but sometimes you buy something in bulk and you're stuck with an unsealable bag. 

All you need to do is cut off the top of the bottle and take off the cap. Push the bag through the bottle neck, fold it over the edges, and twist the cap back on.

Now, your bag has an air and water tight seal, and you didn't have to waste the bag.

Be sure to send us your ideas on ways to help the environment or other useful household hints and wives tales

Monday, August 15, 2011

What is risk taking?

What is risk taking?

Risk Taking is Free
  • To laugh is to risk appearing the fool,
  • To weep is to risk appearing sentimental,
  • To reach out for another is to risk involvement,
  • To expose feelings is to risk exposing true self,
  • To place your ideas, your dreams before the crowd is to risk their loss,
  • To love is to risk not being loved in return,
  • To live is to risk dying,
  • To hope is to risk despair,
  • To try is to risk failure,
  • But risk must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
  • The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, and is nothing.
  • He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love, live.
  • Chained by his certitudes, he is a slave, he has forfeited freedom.
  • Only a person who risks - is free.
  • Author unknown

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Our Upcoming Issue

In celebration of the Harvest Moon Click here

A little nostalgia.....

Upcoming issue: Healthy Harvest & Organic Foods

The upcoming issue of Sacandaga Sun will be our Premiere edition. It will be a dedication of sorts to the Autumn season, its fresh crisp air, the leaves falling in their glorious colors and the warm yet cooler days gently approaching us. Autumn or Fall as many call it, including myself, is a favorite time of year for many next to Summertime. When you think of Fall time, you think apple pies, pumpkins, walks in the country, the harvest moon, or the first full moon after the autumnal equinox. Often, the Harvest moon seems to be bigger or brighter or more colorful than other full moons. So that is where we begin our first edition of Sacandaga Sun, enlightening people of the brighter or more colorful ways to live a healthier lifestyle.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Our History

Hello All-

Today I wanted to touch base on the History section of the magazine. We are working on putting together a page or two showcasing the local history of our towns/cities with pictures. Send in any pictures for consideration and also send in a SASE so I can return the pictures to you.

We have a local teacher who is working with us on putting together these pages and will be writing a variety of articles to compliment them. This is something that people love to see or read about. It is missed in our community and it often can bring back memories good of long ago.

Won't you please consider becoming a part of these pages? If you'd like to become a sponsor of the History pages, we have special rates for just that and you will become a contributor to our magazine with the opportunity to submit historical articles of your choosing to become printed and direct mailed from Fulton Co. to the Capital District region.

We'd love to have you! Visit us on Face Book under Sacandaga Sun to contact us or email me directly at:

Thank you and have a blessed day!

Your Editor in Chief,
Shelley D. Brienza

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Harvest Time!

Autumnal Equinox
Sep 22 2010 11:09 PM EDT

More Natural Helpful Hints; Coffee filters .... Who knew!


Coffee  filters .... Who knew!   And you can buy 1,000 at the Dollar Tree for almost nothing even the large ones.

1. Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the  microwave. Coffee filters make excellent covers. 

2. Clean windows, mirrors, and chrome...  Coffee filters are lint-free so they'll leave windows sparkling.

3.  Protect China by separating your good dishes with a coffee filter between each dish.

4.  Filter broken cork from wine.  If you break the cork when opening a wine  bottle, filter the wine through a coffee filter.

5.  Protect a cast-iron skillet.  Place a coffee filter in the  skillet to absorb moisture and prevent rust.

6.  Apply shoe polish.  Ball up a lint-free coffee filter. 

7.  Recycle frying oil.  After frying, strain oil through a sieve  lined with a coffee filter.

8.  Weigh chopped foods.  Place chopped ingredients in a coffee filter on a  kitchen scale.

9.  Hold tacos.  Coffee filters make convenient wrappers for messy foods.

10.  Stop the soil from leaking out of a plant pot.  Line a plant  pot with a coffee filter to prevent the soil from going through  the drainage holes.

11..  Prevent a Popsicle from dripping.  Poke one or two holes as  needed in a coffee filter.

12.  Do you think we used expensive strips to wax eyebrows?  Use  strips of coffee filters..

13.  Put a few in a plate and put your fried bacon, French fries, chicken  fingers, etc on them.  It soaks out all the grease. 

14.  Keep in the bathroom.  They make great "razor nick  fixers."

15.   As a sewing backing.  Use a filter as an easy-to-tear backing for embroidering or appliqueing soft fabrics.

16.  Put baking soda into a coffee filter and insert into shoes or a closet to absorb or prevent odors.

17.  Use them to strain soup stock and to tie fresh herbs in to put in soups and stews.

18.  Use a coffee filter to prevent spilling when you add fluids to your car.

19.  Use them as a spoon rest while cooking and clean up small counter spills.

20.  Can use to hold dry ingredients when baking or when cutting a piece of fruit or veggies..  Saves on having extra bowls to wash.

21.  Use them to wrap Christmas ornaments for storage.

22.  Use them to remove fingernail polish when out of cotton balls.

23.  Use them to sprout seeds..  Simply dampen the coffee filter, place seeds inside, fold it and place it into a plastic baggie until they sprout.

24. Use coffee filters as blotting paper for pressed flowers.  Place the flowers between two coffee filters and put the coffee filters in  phone book..

25.  Use as a disposable "snack bowl" for popcorn, chips, etc.


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Summer edition of the Farmers Market Forum

The Summer edition of the Farmers Market Forum, the quarterly newsletter of the Farmers Market Federation of NY, is now available on the web.

The link to the Summer 2011 Farmers Market Forum is
Please feel free to make copies to distribute to the farmers and vendors in your market or direct anyone interested to the website to enroll in the email announcement of the newsletter.

The Summer edition of the Farmers Market Forum is brought to you in partnership with the NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets’ Pride of New York program.  Visit their website at

Also sponsoring the Summer edition is Johnny’s Seeds.  Visit for a full catalog.