Emerald ash borer and elite chefs both traveling North
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A few interesting farm and food reads to keep you occupied this weekend…
State regulators have worked with the logging industry to consolidate a ban on transporting ash wood to include most of New York, with the notable exception of the Adirondacks and the North Country. The decision is part of the effort to stop the spread of the emerald ash borer, which threatens to destroy some 7% of all of New York's forests, according to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.
Here's a story I did a few years ago about the purple boxes designed as ash borer alerts.
Eric Carlson, executive director of the Empire State Forest Products Association, had an ominous quote for the Associated Press:
"It's unfortunate that the pest is moving faster than the scientists expected," Carlson said, noting that all the states around New York now have confirmed infestations.
Meanwhile, a pest of a different kind… No, just kidding.
The New York Times has a story about the exploding culinary elite meets locavore scene in the Hudson Valley. Check this out:
Here in Hudson, off intensely gentrified Warren Street, Mr. Pelaccio and his wife, Jori Jayne Emde, have just opened Fish and Game, a restaurant that is also a fever dream of luxury and rural kitsch, blending elements of Chez Panisse, Trader Vic’s, Dwell magazine and a yard sale at an Italian hunting lodge. Ms. Jayne concocts infusions for cocktails from the herbs they grow on their nearby farm; Mr. Pelaccio and his co-chef, Kevin Pomplun, are studying how to stretch the harvest into the winter, making pickles and jams like sour cherry-coriander.
I know nothing about 90% of those cultural/culinary references. But it sounds delicious, right?
Have a great weekend!
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