Transitioning To “Lesser” Localvore-ism
April 26, 2011, 5:57 pm
Filed under: Localvore, Newschannel 5 Reports

Today marks exactly one year since I swore off non-locally produced food and started my journey as a Localvore. It’s a bittersweet moment, both because I can’t believe how long it’s been and yet, I don’t want it to end.

So, it likely won’t. Or, not completely. I am planning to transition back to life without the 100% local mindset I’ve adopted… but I’d hardly say I’m going back to “non-Localvore.”

Some things that definitely won’t change:
— My shopping habits: co-ops and farmer’s markets will likely be solely frequented from now on
— My cooking manta: I’ve learned a lot about cooking seasonally for myself at home through this project and I will continue to do so year-round
— My stories! I’d still like to highlight the great people making local food and Localvore what it is, so don’t hesitate to continue contacting me at or on Twitter @WPTZJill

This is not the end!!! During my transition, we will soon be highlighting the “end” of this project on Newschannel Five. Stay tuned for more and happy local food-ing!


Counting down…
April 14, 2011, 2:05 pm
Filed under: Localvore, Need Feedback, Newschannel 5 Reports

It’s fast approaching: the end (I can’t believe it!) of my Localvore year.

The official end date for this project is actually April 26, my birthday — less than two weeks from now. However, I’ll “complete” the Localvore year on Newschannel Five in May with reports on the end of my year and looking foward.

I use quotes around “complete” because truly, I don’t want this to completely end. I’d like to continue learning about local food and incorporating it into my life, as well as telling stories about the people who make Localvore what it is. I’ll work on how I’ll continue to do that in the comings week and in the meanwhile, I will of course continue to blog as the wonderful Spring season begins!

That said, I continue to welcome ideas for great Localvore stories or places to explore. Thanks for continuing to read and tune in!

Learning How To Seed For Spring
April 1, 2011, 5:01 pm
Filed under: Gardening, Localvore, Newschannel 5 Reports

If you can’t tune in tonight, here’s a link to our great spring seeding story. It includes web extras with Samara Farm and High Mowing Seeds, plus it’s a great look at some green in the midst of this drizzly snow!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Tonight at 6: Spring has sprung!
April 1, 2011, 11:54 am
Filed under: Gardening, Localvore, Newschannel 5 Reports

Okay, so there’s snow outside… that doesn’t mean Spring isn’t here!

Tonight on Newschannel Five at Six, I start my very own garden seeding with Tom Stearns of High Mowing Seeds.

We’ll also show you how the planting season has begun inside greenhouses across our region. It’s not a joke, there really is some promise of green around here!

See you at Six!

Dear Gardners….
March 24, 2011, 5:41 pm
Filed under: Gardening, Localvore, Need Feedback, Newschannel 5 Reports

I’m looking for suggestions/pieces of advice for my patio garden this year.

Last year was my first stab at a small home garden and it went so-so… my tomato plants got a very small yield and the lettuce prospered, but I got exactly one very small radish and cucumbers were a bust.

This time around, I’m soliciting help from all sides. I’ll likely feature the start of the garden on Newschannel Five soon and I’m looking for tips I might include in the story — or even someone to be part of the story, if you can offer to be a “mentor” to my garden this year!

Advice? Post it here. Mentor? Let me know!

Happy Spring everyone!

Tonight on 5:30 Now: Harvesting in the Adirondacks


Tonight on WPTZ 5:30 Now, see how Clinton County and the Adirondacks are getting in on the local food movement. A tasty local meal that drew hundreds to Plattsburgh this weekend is just one way the area is working to show farmers that there is an interest in the year-round local food movement.

I’ll show you what they cooked up and how you can learn more about the Adirondack localvore movement, tonight at 5:30!

Localvore Update Fail
March 18, 2011, 6:15 pm
Filed under: Localvore, Need Feedback, Newschannel 5 Reports, Winter Localvore

Oh no, this has been my first week without multiple posts!!!

My apologies and my sincere hope that this is still reaching people and teaching about what it means to be a Localvore. I’m in the home stretch (1.5 mos left!) and with the home stretch, comes one of the harder seasons to get a variety of local produce.

Fortunately, I picked up my final winter farm share this week, complete with some delicious greens! Ah, 50 degree weather and fresh greens, I can feel spring around the corner already…

I’ll leave you all with the link to our Roots Restaurant story in Rutland, for those who haven’t seen it. In the meantime, any localvore stories I need to know about? I’d love ideas right about now!!

Roots Restaurant Puts Rutland Localvore On The Map

Tonight On WPTZ at Six: Rutland’s Roots
March 10, 2011, 12:53 pm
Filed under: Localvore, Newschannel 5 Reports

Tonight on Newschannel Five, we bring you Part 2 of our exploration into Rutland’s localvore scene. If you haven’t been yet (or perhaps haven’t been able to get in), there’s a new local restaurant in downtown Rutland that’s conveniently located right next to the co-op and the farmer’s market.

It’s called Roots and tonight, we take you inside.

See you at 6!

Forget the snow: check out Rutland!

Good morning, snow-covered Vermonters and New Yorkers!

While you likely (or hopefully) are spending this crazy snow day inside, here’s the piece we ran last week on Rutland’s winter farmer’s market, one of the only true 52-weeks-a-year markets in the region.

Stay tuned this week, when we take you to Rutland’s first all-local restaurant, where the demand is so high since it opened last month that even the farmers supplying the food need reservations!

Tonight on WPTZ: Extending the Market Season


If you’ve been dying for a hint of summer, we have it for you tonight on Newschannel Five at 5:57 sharp!

See how the city of Rutland is taking the lead when it comes to year-round local eating and the winter market — running a 52-week-a-year farmer’s market that is growing exponentially every year, even out-growing its current space.

If you’re interested in what you can get locally year-round, Rutland is your place! See you tonight at 5:57.