February Programs with The Center for Sustainability! Come Join US!

Field Trip to North Country Creamery, Snowy Grocery 


What: Trip to Sugar House Creamery Farm; Snowy Grocery Winter Farmers Market with the Smitty Sustainability Committee

When: February 14th, 2021  10 am to 1pm

Where: 10 am- Meet outside of the Post Office on campus

Why: Winter Farmers Market, Eat cheese! Visit Cows! check out this local farm and their covid safe winter farmers market. Feel free to order food from local farms ahead of time for pick up at Sugar House Creamery, see below for link to order form.  https://www.sugarhousecreamery.com/snowygrocery 

Limited Seating! *Sign up sheet is outside of the Center for Sustainability, Student Center 101 (office near the pool tables)



North Country Food Justice Summit, Two Day Virtual Conference 


What: North Country Food Justice Summit, Virtual Conference

When: February 24th and 25th (2 Day Virtual Conference, 9am to 4:30pm)

Where: Virtual Conference, check out https://www.craigardan.org/events/summit2021

Why: PSC Center for Sustainability will sponsor students wishing to attend the conference. Please contact Sustainability Coordinator/Faculty Member Kate Glenn kglenn@paulsmiths.edu to reserve your spot.

“Craigardan was a founding partner of the North Country Food Justice Working Group (FJWG) which was formed in 2017 with Racey Henderson of Essex Farm Institute, Zohar Gitlis of Adirondack Farm-2-School Initiative, and Tatiana Abatemarco of the University of Vermont.

The FJWG was a coalition of nonprofit and for-profit organizations, community members, local businesses, farmers and farm workers, and government agencies who came together to start the conversation about creating a more equitable food system in the North Country.

We wished to address our region’s unique issues of accessibility, inclusivity, nutrition, and justice from field to fork. We continue to accomplish this through creative partnerships, ongoing dialogue, and targeted programs, projects, and events such as the annual FEED BACK summit.

How do we create a fair food system? How do we build an equitable future for the North Country? And how do we move our region toward stronger and more accessible, inclusive, nutritious, and just systems for everyone?

These questions frame our annual summit and bring together community leaders, business owners, farmers, consumers, healthcare professionals, educators, students, and more to discuss advocacy, politics, programs, and grassroots organizing. Our goal is to bring creative, scholarly, and frontline perspectives together into dynamic conversation.”

Local Food All Winter Long- COVID Safe, Winter Farmers Market

By Ariah Mitchell, Outreach and Education Assistant, PSC Center for Sustainability.

Eating local food, tastes good, and is generally better for the local economy and the environment. Grocery stores are filled with products from all over the country and the world, which does no favors for the environment in terms of emissions from mass production and transport. It is beneficial to take advantage of the local farmer’s markets when possible, both to support your local economy but also to help reduce your carbon footprint. However, as warm weather turns to snow and ice in the north, having traditional farmers markets outdoors becomes problematic for vendors and those attending, particularly in below freezing temperatures. However, two local farmer’s markets step up to the challenge with an ingenious plan for keeping these valuable markets open despite the unfavorable temperatures and COVID-19 complications.

The Saranac Lake Farmer’s Market has made a transition to the Farmer’s Park-It. Instead of being held in the main square in Saranac Lake during the summer and moving to the Hotel Saranac in the winter, online ordering is available ahead of time, and orders are picked up Saturdays between 10 am and 12 pm on Academy Street behind Hotel Saranac. The grocery pickup is touch-free, and your favorite market vendors will be delivered directly to your car curbside. Order ahead today at the following link and get healthy and local foods and products in a safe and efficient manner. See below for link it order Saranac Lake “Farmers Park It” Order Form. Open for orders from Monday night to Thursday evening.


Another farmer’s market stocked with fresh, locally made foods during the winter is Sugar House Creamery’s Snowy Grocery. Another pre-order and pick up style service, the Snowy Grocery is the perfect way to get access to delicious raw and value-added local products that are all derived from local sources. The Snowy Grocery is open on Sundays from 10 am to 12 pm for pickup at Sugar House Creamery in Upper Jay. Order ahead at the following link by 6 pm on Thursday at the latest for a speedy Sunday pickup! https://www.sugarhousecreamery.com/snowygrocery

Support local and support the environment by shopping at these excellent winter farmer’s markets in the Adirondack area!