Clean Slate Farm
Tina McPherson and SalsaCuse

Tina McPherson and SalsaCuse

April 19, 2020

After getting a degree in hotel/restaurant management and working in her parents restaurant, Tina McPherson took a right turn and ended up with her own business. On this episode we talk about how she started SalsaCuse twelve years ago and some of the things she learned along the way.

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Debbe Titus and the Halfmoon Bakery & Bistro

Debbe Titus and the Halfmoon Bakery & Bistro

March 30, 2020

Debbe Titus and I talk about her bakery and bistro in Jamesville, NY. Known widely for the gluten free options she offers we talk about other baked goods she offers and The Little Cake Artist, Kaleigh Ligoci, and her exceptional cakes and pastries.

We also talk about how the COVID virus is impacting her business and other small food businesses and restaurants.

Find Halfmoon on Facebook @thehalfmoonbakery or Instagram @halfmoonbakeryandbistro, and The Little Cake Arist @thelittlecakeartist on Facebook and Instagram

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Thinking way outside the take out box with Provisions by Pure restaurant

Thinking way outside the take out box with Provisions by Pure restaurant

March 30, 2020

It's no secret that restaurants, notoriously low profit businesses, have been closed to all but take out food service during this pandemic. Restaurant owners are taking a major economic hit, cooks are facing reduced or no hours, servers are facing no hours at all. In addition, banquets are being cancelled removing another form of income for restaurants. Many aren't closing completely so they can at least keep the doors open for when this is over. 15.3 million people work in the restaurant business. Many more in the companies who supply them. This is an industry hard hit.

What's one restaurant doing to stay open during this crisis? Thinking way outside of the box...the take out box. Listen as Chef Luke Houghton and Chef Sarah Hassler talk about what they are doing and how they are responding with a virtual four course dinner....take out style...in three cities!

Visit Provisions by Pure on FaceBook to see more information and sign up for your virtual dinner.

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Making Maple Syrup - Dutch Hill Maple with Nate Williams

Making Maple Syrup - Dutch Hill Maple with Nate Williams

January 18, 2020

You may not be thinking about maple syrup in January but Nate Williams of Dutch Hill Maple is. Long before spring Nate is in the woods string tubing and hanging taps getting ready for the flow of maple sap. Dutch Hill has won Grand Champion Maple Syrup three consecutive years at the New York State Fair.

In this episode I sat down with Nate to talk about how he taps the tree, hangs the lines, and makes maple syrup. Learn how he reduces the water content and boils the sap into different grades of syrup. There is a lot to know about maple syrup and how it is made and Nate tells all.

Dutch Hill began when Dave Williams tapped 15 trees in Tully, New York. Nate now taps over 7500 trees to bring us incredible tasting syrup. So good we use it in our Clean Slate Farm maple-balsamic vinegar available at our web site or in selected retail outlets in central New York.

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5 of the Top 10 Cottage Food Business Mistakes with David Crabill

5 of the Top 10 Cottage Food Business Mistakes with David Crabill

November 3, 2019

Did you ever think of starting a food business from your home? A great chocolate chip cookie everyone says you should sell? Maybe that killer cheese cake friends are always wanting. It's called a Cottage Food Business and every state has different laws on what you can make and sell. Do your homework!

 

In this interview with David Crabill, the smarts behind Forrager, a site for Cottage Food Laws, we talk about five of his top 10 mistakes you should avoid if you plan on starting that business. Get the whole list at Forrager, David Crabill's website for Cottage Food Law.

 

Cornell University's Food Venture Center also has an information packed site for those wanting to start a food business.

 

Visit our website Clean Slate Farm where you can purchase our small batch blended balsamic vinegar, spice blend, and miracle hand cream. We'll have our product at several CNY food shows in the coming weeks. Here are two you may be interested in:

Sky Armory Night Market A great evening of food and crafts and music in downtown Syracuse, NY.

Buy Local Bash...In its tenth year of supporting local entrepreneurs and food producers. Held at the Regional Market in Syracuse, NY.

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Visit our website Clean Slate Farm where you can purchase our small batch blended balsamic vinegar, spice blend, and miracle hand cream.

Watch our videos on our YouTube channel at Clean Slate Farm. Cooking, gardeng, beekeeping and DIY!

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Nostalgia Chocolate with Tyler Cagwin

Nostalgia Chocolate with Tyler Cagwin

October 15, 2019

Tyler Cagwin is on a mission to create great chocolate....from scratch. It's called Bean to Bar, which means Tyler goes to incredible lengths  in making chocolate. He sources beans from all over the world. Did you know it takes three four days before the chocolate is ready for you to enjoy? Is it good? You bet it is. Go find some and get chewin'!

Visit Nostalgia Chocolate to learn more about Tyler and his great chocolate and follow him on Instagram. @nostalgiachocolates.

Sky Armory Night Market information. A great evening of food and crafts and music.

Buy Local Bash...In its tenth year of supporting local entrepreneurs and food producers. Held at the Regional Market in Syracuse, NY.

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Visit our website Clean Slate Farm where you can purchase our small batch blended balsamic vinegar, spice blend, and miracle hand cream.

For cooking, beekeeping, gardening, and DIY videos see our YouTube channel at Clean Slate Farm.

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Creekside Meadows Farm, Tricia Park

Creekside Meadows Farm, Tricia Park

September 26, 2019
If you've never had pasture raised beef and pork just do it. You won't believe the taste. If you love bacon....you'll hit the Fort Knox of flavor. It's out-of-control delicious.
 
Tricia Park, her husband (both military veterans), and son run Creekside Meadows Farm, a small farm in upstate New York. Started 20+ years ago it has been a learning experience for all of them. On the arrival of their first small heard of cattle she said, "It has to be profitable or it we don't do it." Listening to her it sounds like they figured it out with some help along the way and a lot of perseverance. 
 
Tricia tells us about her farm and its offerings as a CSA and how the farm grew and became a viable business allowing them to do what they love and have a life as well. Make no mistake about it, Tricia made sure the financial and business ends were in place for the farm while her husband and son managed multiple farm operations....and I've seen her in the fields as well. It should come as no surprise the farm is run well as both Tricia and Matt are military veterans. They know how to get things done...and they are always smiling. I think they like what they do.
 
Tricia shared some resources for Military Vets and women who wish to farm. 
 
"Farm-ops" is the veteran focused part of Cornell Small Farms.  Dean Koyanagi is the head and veterans interested in farming can look them up at: smallfarms.cornell.edu/projects/farm-ops/
 
If you are a veteran and looking for help starting a farm visit Farmer Veteran Coalition.  www.farmvetco.org
 
Tricia's main farm business training came from www.holisticmanagement.org The program was Whole farm planning for Beginning Women farmers.

 Visit Creekside Meadows, an all pasture raised farm, at Creekside Meadows Farm, and on Facebook and Instagram. 

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Visit our website Clean Slate Farm where you can purchase our small batch blended balsamic vinegar, spice blend, and miracle hand cream.

For cooking, beekeeping, gardening, and DIY videos see our YouTube channel at Clean Slate Farm.

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Syracuse Salt Company with Dave Iannicello

Syracuse Salt Company with Dave Iannicello

August 22, 2019

Syracuse, New York was once known worldwide for salt. Now, it doesn't make sense that a city in the middle of New York state would be known for salt but there is a huge brine aquifer hundreds of feet under central New York. The natural springs were first utilized for salt production in 1788 with the help of the Onondaga People in building the first salt works. 

Production of salt ended around the early 1900s but for the first time in 100 years Dave Iannicello and his daughter Libby are making salt from the brine. Listen as Dave tells us about Syracuse Salt Company and the process of making salt from brine.

Find Syracuse Salt here.

For the history of salt in central New York visit this link. Salt Museum

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Visit our website Clean Slate Farm where you can purchase our small batch blended balsamic vinegar, spice blend, and miracle hand cream.

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Meet the Farmer, a day at the Cazenovia Farm Market

Meet the Farmer, a day at the Cazenovia Farm Market

July 5, 2019

In this show we talk to our fellow vendors at the Cazenovia, NY Farm Market. If you've never been to a small farm market you should make the effort. You'll find great, local food with a chance to get to know where your food comes from. Buying from a local farmer you are directly supporting a family and a way of life. The produce is fresh picked, the baked goods are delicious, and the meats are always humanely raised and treated with love and care.

Here's a list of our fellow vendors.

  • Empire Buffalo Bison meat
  • Fojo Beans  Sustainable, fair trade coffee
  • Frosty Morning Farm @frostymorningfarm (Facebook) Seeds, botanicals, and plants
  • My Inspiration @myinspiration (Facebook) Terrific gluten free baked goods
  • Harleys Barkery Dog treats (Jessie and Gromit love them!) 
  • Jake's Cheese Raw milk gouda from Jake the cheesemaker
  • Fenner Alps Fiber Farm  Fine goat hair wool and knitted items @fenneralpsfiberfarm (Facebook)
  • Mountain Grown Farm  Non-Certified organic vegetables and wine grapes
  • Seven Trees Dairy Goats  Amazingly good goat cheeses  @7treesdairygoats (Facebook)
  • Navarino Orchard  Apples, berries, and pies at a beautiful hilltop orchard. U-Pick or they pick

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Starting a small food based business, Marty Butts

Starting a small food based business, Marty Butts

April 13, 2019
If you've ever thought about starting a small food based business you're not alone. In this episode I talk with Martin Butts of Small Potatoes, a foodpreneur consultant. Marty gives some information on starting out right to improve your chances of success. Marty gives seminars throughout the country on starting, marketing, and running a small food business.
 
Small Potatoes on Facebook.
Forrager.com for national Cottage Laws
Information on B-Corporations from Wikipedia
 
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Visit our new, improved website Clean Slate Farm where you can purchase our small batch blended balsamic vinegar, spice blend, and miracle hand cream.