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Cornwall Locavore Challenge!



CORNWALL, NY — The Cornwall Community Co-op invites anyone who would like to become a Locavore and participate with us in the Locavore Challenge for the month of September. To the best of our ability, we will eat food grown, raised or caught within 100 miles of Cornwall for the entire month. The Co-op will have information about the Locavore Challenge at the Co-op table at every Farmers Market. Stop by and get your Locavore Card punched and questions answered.

Let’s have some fun and promote health within Cornwall by eating locally all month long!

Food Sources include:

Community and start-your-own gardens.

Farmers markets, U-Pick farms, and roadside stands.

Local produce and locally produced foods at  grocery stores.


Why should you become a Locavore with us now?

Food that is transported long distances has a large carbon footprint and is not as fresh. Fresh food is healthier.

Eating locally helps support local farmers and the local economy.

Free participation in all workshops and events throughout the “Challenge”.



Sept 4    Kids Scavenger Hunt at the Market

Sept 7    Healthy Lunchbox demo at the Market

Sept 10  Movie, Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?, at Cornwall Library 5:45pm 

Sept 14  Pie Bake-Off. Drop off your pie at Farmers Market Co-op Table until 12:30pm. Judging at 1pm.

Sept 18  Farmers Panel Discussion at Two Alices, 7:30pm, with Edgwick Farm and Glynwood Farm.

Sept __  Canning Your Local Produce at Hudson St Café with Donna. (reservations limited)

Sept 22  Locavore Challenge Dinner at Hudson Street Café. Two seatings, 5p & 7:30p, $40, reserved seating. Reservations at Farmers Market Co-op Table.


Each Locavore will regulate themselves based on the honor system:

Check-in regularly on the Locavore Challenge Facebook page: Tell us how you are doing. Leave recipes and tips.

Pick up a Punch Card at the Co-op Table when you are at the Farmers Market and get your card punched each Wed and Sat in September when you buy locally at the Farmers Market. Six punches (1 punch for each Wed and Sat Market before the Challenge Dinner) will earn a prize from your Cornwall Community Co-op.

About the Cornwall Community Co-Op. Founded in 2008, the Cornwall Community Co-Op is an organization of more than 200 member-owner families from Cornwall and the surrounding area. In addition to managing the Cornwall Summer and Winter Farmers Markets, we conduct food-related and educational events.


Save the date! Locavore Challenge Dinner

The final Locavore Challenge Event will be a Dinner at Hudson Street Café on Sunday September 9th at 6:30. Please stop by our Co-op booth at the Wed and Sat Farmer’s Markets to get your tickets in advance. ALL tickets must be purchased in advance. It will be only $25 for one of Donna’s amazing meals created from only local ingredients and served Family Style. The 6:30 sitting is the only sitting. It will be BYOB.

And the winner is…

The Cornwall Community Co-op had their Sat. Farmer’s Market on the 4th of Aug. To celebrate their Locavore Challenge for the month of August they had a pie baking contest. The idea was to bake a pie using as many local ingredients as possible. Five pies were submitted: Liz Falcone with an apple pie, Lauren Grace with a Goat’s Cheese Custard pie, Judy Prina with a banana pie, Francie Schuster with a nectarine plum pie and Alice Quinn with a blueberry pie. The Judges were Rachel Scirbona, President of the Cornwall Co-op, Sam Olley from the Lucky Cow, Monica Pellegrino from Harvey and Pearl, and Katherine Clearwater from Jones Farm. They voted Francie Schuster with the nectarine plum pie as the winner. She won 2 tickets to the final event of the Locavore Challenge, a dinner at the Hudson Street Cafe. It will be at the end of August, with the exact date to be announced.

Here is her winning recipe:

Recipe for Nectarine Plum Pie
(a 9 inch single-crust pie)

2 ½ cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon sugar (optional)
1 cup (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
¼ to ½ cup ice water

1 egg
2 Tablespoons flour
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup melted butter
3 nectarines (or peaches)
2 plums (or blueberries, blackberries or raspberries)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line pie plate with dough. Combine and blend well egg, flour, sugar and butter. Place halves of the fruit, cut side up, or slice the fruit and arrange it. Pour the egg mixture over the fruit. Bake 15 minutes at 400 degrees, then reduce the heat to 300 degrees and bake about 50 minutes longer. Serve warm or cold garnished with whipped cream.

To make pie dough. Put flour, salt, and sugar in the bowl of a food processor. All ingredients should be cold. Add the pieces of butter and process for approximately 10 seconds, or until the mixture resembles coarse meal. To mix by hand, combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Using a pastry blender or two table knives, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal.

Turn the dough out onto a large piece of plastic wrap. Grasping the ends of the plastic wrap with your hands press the dough into a flat circle with your fists. This makes rolling easier. Wrap the dough in the plastic and chill for at least an hour.

Lightly butter pie shell. Roll out your dough and trim it in the pie plate. Chill the pastry-lined pan until ready to use. Unbaked pastry shells can be refrigerated up to a day wrapped in plastic or frozen if need longer storage.

LOCAVORE resources (books, dvds)

Visit the Cornwall Public Library for these resources:

Resource list created by Janine Bixler


  • Green DVD Library: Learn to Live a Greener Life Living Series (2010)
  • Ingredients Bates & Neuwirth (2011)
  • Locavore Local Diet—Healthy Planet   Canode & Gilespie (2009)
  • The Truth About Organic Food: What You Find Out Will Help You Getoff (2007)


  • Locavore Way: Discover and Enjoy the Pleasures of Locally Grown Food  Cotler (2009)
  • The Locavore’s Kitchen: A cook’s Guide to Seasonal Eating and Preserving Suszko (2011)
  • The Locavore’s Handbook: The Busy Person’s Guide to Eating Local on a BudgetMeredith (2010)
  • The Locavore’s Dilemma: In Praise of the 10,000-mile Diet Desrochers & Shimizu (2012)
  • Foraged Flavor: Finding Fabulous Ingredients in Your Backyard or Farmer’s Market, with 84 Recipes Wong & Leroux (2012)
  • The Heirlooom Life Gardener: The Baker Creek Way of Growing Your Won Food Easily and Naturally Gettle& Gettle (2011)
  • We Sure Can! How Jams and Pickles are Reviving the Lure and Lore of Local Food Hood (2011)
  • Fair Food: Growing a Healthy, Sustainable Food System for All  Hesterman (2011)
  • The Edible Front Yard: The Mow-less, Grow-more Plan for a Beautiful, Bountiful GardenSoler& Summa (2001)
  • Ripe from Around Here: A Vegan Guide to Local and Sustainable Eating  Steele (2010)
  • Edible: A Celebration of Local Foods Ryder (2010)
  • Animal, vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life Kingsolver (2007)


  •  Eat Green  AV2/Weigl (2011)
  • Going Organic: A Healthy Guide to Making the Switch Rau (2012)
  • Growing and Eating Green : Careers in Farming, Producing, and Marketing Food Owen (2010)
  • Planting the Seed: A Guide to Gardening  Winckler (2002)
  • Reducing Your Carbon Footprint in the Kitchen Hall (2009)

Locavore Event- Movie Night @ 2 Alice’s tonight!

Locavore Challenge Event open to all!

Movie Night at 2 Alice’s tonight @8:15pm
Documentary: Locavore- Local Diet,Healthy Planet

Locavore is an inspiring new documentary about the inevitable return to the local diet. Less than a generation ago human beings worldwide traveled less than 10 miles to obtain the majority of the food they ate. Today the average conventionally grown vegetable has traveled more than 1500 miles by the time it has reached your pantry. Our food today is over processed, stale, and lacks nutrition. This new film, featuring some of the neo-pioneers of the Locavore movement will educate, inspire, and revitalize bringing health to our bodies AND our communities.

It is a film about the return to local food or “Locavorism”. Featuring farmers, families, and respected authorities and neo-pioneers in the movement, Locavore will educate, inspire, and create some food for thought. (Pun intended!)

Zucchini Fritter Recipe

Zucchini Fritters
Adapted a bit from a few different recipes.  Almost 100% locavore, most ingredients can be found at the farmers market.  Flour from Wild Hive Farm.

Yield: About 10 2 1/2 inch fritters

Yield: About 10 2 1/2 inch fritters

1 minced or grated garlic clove
1 pound (about 2 medium) zucchini
1-2 teaspoon coarse or Kosher salt, plus extra to taste
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 Tablespoons of thinly grated red onion
1-2 Tablespoons of chopped parsley
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
Olive or another oil of your choice, for frying

To serve (topping)
dollop sour cream or plain, full-fat yogurt
Pinches of salt  (not optional must salt after frying!)

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Have a baking sheet ready.

Trim ends off zucchini and grate them either on the large holes of a box grater or, if you have one, using the thin shredding blade of a Japanese mandoline.  Japanese mandoline is my favorite, and you can grate the onion with this as well.

Immediately put shredded zucchini into a bowl and stir in the onion and eggs. Stir in 1/2 cup of flour, salt, minced garlic , fresh ground black pepper, and parsley(If the batter gets too thin from the liquid in the zucchini, add about 1-2 tablespoons of flour.)

Heat a large (10 to 12-inch) saute pan over medium heat and add 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil. When the oil is hot but not smoking, lower the heat to medium-low and drop heaping spoons of batter into the pan. Cook the pancakes about 2 minutes on each side, until golden browned. Sprinkle salt on fritter.  Drain briefly on a papertowel then place the pancakes on a sheet pan and keep warm in the oven. Wipe out the pan with a dry paper towel, add more oil to the pan if needed, and continue to fry the pancakes until all the batter is used. The pancakes can stay warm in the oven for up to 30 minutes. Serve hot. I like to make sure that the fritters have at least 10 minutes in the oven to finish setting.


Artisan Market and Locavore Pie Contest Today

Today is the 1st Saturday of the month. IT’S ANOTHER FARMERS MARKET DAY in Cornwall! That means more local food to add to our fridges for the challenge!

We also have our second event today at the market, the judging of the best locally sourced baked pie. Hope to see you there, with a pie, or at least admiring them!

Come to the market from 11-3 and Pie Drop off at noon for judging and results!

Cornwall Locavore Challenge 2012



First of its kind for our community 31-Day Eat Local Challenge


The Cornwall Community Co-op invites all its members and anyone who would like to become a locavore, to participate with us in the Locavore Challenge for the month of August. We will start dishing it up “100-mile style” for the entire month. Let’s have some fun and promote health within Cornwall by eating locally all month long. All you have to do is sign up to be a locavore, and it’s FREE for all current members! All participants, or locavores will be dared to limit their diets to food grown, raised or caught within 100 miles of Cornwall.

Sources include:

  • community and start-your-own gardens.
  • farmers’ markets, U-Pick farms, and roadside stands.
  • local produce and locally produced foods at grocery stores.
  • restaurants participating in the “challenge” with 100% locavore-approved menu options.

Why should you become a locavore with us now?

  • Food that is transported long distances is not as fresh. Fresh food is healthier!
  • Eating locally helps support local farmers and the local economy.
  • You will receive one free recyclable grocery tote.
  • Free participation in all workshops, events and tours throughout the “challenge”. **These include an evening with Guy Jones at 2 Alices on August 1st, a movie night, a pie contest, food demonstrations and more…**
  • Invitation to the Finale Party at Hudson Street Cafe.

A MONTH LONG OF FUN AND HEALTH! Registration is going on now! Each locavore will be regulating themselves based on the honor system, and will be asked to check-in regularly on the Facebook page.