All posts tagged: upstate New York food

BEYOND ORGANIC: TO CERTIFY OR NOT TO CERTIFY? For Boomtown Table

In the 1970s, each of the United States determined organic standards based on regional limitations and production practices. But the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 claimed too much variability existed across state lines, and by 2000, the USDA had developed standardized national organic certification standards. Now, disparities many consumers aren’t aware of exist among the quality of (and ethics behind) organic food available through farmers markets, directly from farms, and from big chain grocers. Fast forward a quarter of a century to 2017, and we’re left wondering who those labeling and certifying regulations protect: is it the consumers, local farmers and small businesses, or big organic corporations? And at what cost? The big question for everyone today is whether to certify or not – and why? Photo by Steve Carter, Social Strategist for Boomtown Table FOR FARMERS PRACTICING ABOVE AND BEYOND ORGANIC STANDARDS, THEY SAY LITTLE MOTIVATING INCENTIVE EXISTS FOR THEM TO CERTIFY – AND OUR INTERVIEWEES AGREED: IF ANYONE SHOULD BE UPHELD TO CERTIFICATION STANDARDS, IT IS THE FARMERS USING GMOS AND PESTICIDES IN THEIR GROWING.  …

Countdown to Upstate Social Sessions 2016 On October 15th

In just under a week, on October 15th, Upstate Social Sessions 2016 will be underway. During last year’s debut, I had the fun opportunity to moderate the panel that featured a few food industry professionals killing it in the social media sector. I caught up with Upstate Social Sessions’ and Boomtown Table‘s co-founder and friend, Leah Stacy to get the dish on this year’s big day and hear about why food industry professionals should be there this weekend. Garden Eats: Why should food industry professionals attend Upstate Social Sessions this year? Upstate Social Sessions: These days, everyone has two things in common: social media and eating. (OK, maybe not really… But pretty close.) Social media platforms are free (or low cost), highly effective advertising tools for folks in the food industry. A restaurant’s social media can be utilized for everything from new menu announcements to daily specials. Food trucks can update their whereabouts. Products can share photos and quotes from customers. Branding, of course, is a big deal as well. We’ll be covering several topics …

Boomtown Table, Rochester New York’s New Online Food Culture Magazine

Being connected to my Rochester roots through every fiber of food culture feels good- entertaining, growing & helping people create healthy experiences through food… it’s all in my blood. So excited to be contributing as the west coast editor for Boomtown Table, a new online magazine featuring the stories of and conversations with restaurateurs, farmers and food enthusiasts in the region. Co-founders and friends Leah Stacy & Chuck Cerankosky, along with Boomtown’s agricultural editor Eric Houppert were interviewed on Connections, by Evan Dawson around the December 2015 launch to talk about what the site aims to feature to the region. If you caught the interview then you already know that Boomtown is not another food blog, but rather a place to cultivate community inspired discussions about it. At the new year, The Boomtown team, along with other regional food influencers shared their hopes and predictions for what’s to come in the Rochester & Finger Lakes food scene in 2016. If you have one to add or you’ve already experienced one coming to life, tell us …