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"Researching Your House History" Two-Part Program at Historical Society

"Researching Your House History" Two-Part Program at Historical Society

A popular program, “Researching Your House History,” will be presented by Cynthia Van Ness, MLS, the Historical Society’s Director of Library and Archives and a research expert. It will take place on Saturday, October 8, and will feature a talk to which all are welcome, plus an optional, exclusive hands-on workshop.

The first part of the program is a lecture, in the museum's auditorium, where Van Ness will speak about the museum research library’s resources, the specific tools that are available, and give tips for how to research a property in which you are interested.

No pre-registration is required for this part of the program; admission is $5 members/$7 non-members, which covers general admission for lecture alone.

Farmers & Artisans Can Quench Your Thirst for Locally Produced Cider

Farmers & Artisans Can Quench Your Thirst for Locally Produced Cider

For decades, families living across Western New York considered the cider press at the Williamsville Water Mill a must stop during the fall season. In many households, the quest for farm-fresh apple cider became an annual tradition passed down from generation to generation.

And even though cider operations ceased nearly a decade ago at the mill, some uninformed visitors still show up each autumn, only to learn that while their memories are still vivid, the mill is no longer producing cider. While some of those travelers drive away disappointed, the lucky ones stop at Farmers & Artisans to inquire about the mill and happily stumble upon the new best source for apple cider in all of Western New York! 

Farmers & Artisans Supports WNY’s College Community

Farmers & Artisans Supports WNY’s College Community

Farmers & Artisans, a unique Williamsville store offering consumers a personal connection to local family farms, is reaching out to the local college community. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Wednesday through November 16, Farmers & Artisans will take part in the University at Buffalo North Campus Farmers Market in the Capen Hall overhang.

“We are bringing apples, pears and fruit juices from Blackman Farm, other local in-season fruits, all-natural bakery items made with organic New York state flour and other local ingredients, and yogurts and dairy from local dairies,” according to Julie

Blackman of Farmers & Artisans. “Meat items will also be available by pre-ordering at the market or at Farmers & Artisans.”

Farmers & Artisans to Host Author and Chef Jake Brach

Farmers & Artisans to Host Author and Chef Jake Brach

Chef Jake Brach, regional culinary manager for Rich Products and author of the book “The Sustainable Chef — Cooking with the Farmers of New York State,” will be signing copies of his book from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, August 25, at Farmers & Artisans, 78 East Spring St., Williamsville. Guests that evening will also be treated to food demonstrations and will have an opportunity to sample recipes featured in Brach’s book.

In “The Sustainable Chef,” Brach tells the story of eight small family farms, sharing recipes from each and highlighting beautiful photos from around the state. The book would make a great gift for any cooking or food enthusiast. 

Back to School: National Sandwich Month Recipes

Back to School: National Sandwich Month Recipes

August 10, 2011, the end of summer in Western New York is nearing. The kids are headed back to school in less than a month. You're starting to think about what to pack in the kids lunch bags and boxes. You're dreading the added expenses to your grocery shopping budget. How do you keep the kids full and fed on a budget, but still feed them good food? Give these recipes a try! You may never purchase store-bought peanut butter or jelly again.

Homemade peanut butter recipe

Peach freezer jam recipe

Strawberry freezer jam recipe

Ten dollar dinners: Greek Pita Wraps, Avgolemono and Rice Pudding Recipes

Ten dollar dinners: Greek Pita Wraps, Avgolemono and Rice Pudding Recipes

There are lots of great Greek restaurants in Western New York. We enjoy the food at the Royal Restaurant on Sheridan and Military in Tonawanda. They have great food, great service and their prices aren't too bad. But sometimes, money is tight and we find ourselves at home craving a Greek food and no money to go out to dinner.

National Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Front Porch Day 2011

National Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Front Porch Day 2011

National Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day is on Monday August 8, 2011. Have you ever heard of this celebration? I hadn't, but growing up with a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who grew bushels and bushels of zucchini, I was aware of those big paper bags of zucchini that got left on neighbors' front porches every August and September. What I did not know is that there is an entire day (or night, if you're really sneaky) devoted to leaving the abundance of zucchini we grow on our neighbors front porches!

What do you do if you wake up tomorrow morning and find a big paper sack filled with zucchini on your front porch? You can make many things, and then send your neighbor a thank you note for all the free zucchini you got to enjoy.

Zucchini bread recipe