Friday, October 10, 2008

Fall Into Cambridge, NY Fall Into Cambridge, NY

Saturday, October 11: The downtown merchants will have a sidewalk sale - it is never too early to shop for Christmas! Look for street musicians and entertainers. Area residences are encouraged to clean out before the snow flies with a town wide tag & yard sale during the weekend.

They're not just for mashing, ya know!
Image provided by The Rice Mansion Inn

Sunday, October 12: The Cambridge Freight Yard will be smashed, mashed, fried and baked in celebration of the International Year of the Potato! Youth and adults are invited to come join the fun and participate in a Potato Olympics, a myriad of Potato Art and Science activities, as well as Potato storytelling and poetry.

Why focus on the Potato? The United Nations declared 2008 International Year of the Potato to raise awareness of the key role played by the "humble tuber" in agriculture, the economy and world food security. (See Believe it or not, the potato is the world's fourth biggest food crop behind maize, wheat and rice. Grown as long as 8000 years ago, potatoes are rich in carbohydrates, making them a good source of energy. In fact, the potato produces more nutritious food more quickly, on less land, and in harsher climates than any other major crop - up to 85 percent of the plant is edible human food, compared to around 50% in cereals. Potatoes offer valuable proteins, are rich in vitamin C and contain valuable potassium.

Celebratory activities will take place throughout October. Here's a brief schedule of events:

"Culinary Potato Celebration" at 12 noon at the Farmers' Market in Rail Road Park. Events that day will include a "Potato Swap" and "Potato Soup Contest". Bring your home-grown potatoes, information about the variety, types of soil you grew them in, when harvested, how stored and what kinds of cooking they are best suited to.

Potato Soup and Chowder Contest
. Cook up a batch of your tastiest potato soup to be judged. Entrees accepted at the Farmers' Market beginning at 10:00 am. Panel judging at 10:30 am and public tasting and judging at 11:00am. Prizes for judges winner and public winner.

For a full schedule of Fall events in the region go to

So you see, it's not just your every day spud!


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