The From Scratch Club is a regular presence at local farmers markets. Submitted photo.
continued Davis started the food themed enterprise in 2010 after her son was diagnosed with multiple food allergies.
“Although I had considered myself a farmers market, CSA (consumer supported agriculture) member and pretty food savvy, I actually really didn’t know how to actually make 21 meals a week. There are so many common ingredients (that we can’t use), we needed to cook from scratch,” said Davis.
Her efforts have evolved into closing the “gap” between buying food and home cooking.
In the beginning, Davis gathered friends and formed a kind of coffee group for herself and other moms to discuss food and trade recipes. At that point it was “just kind of an outlet.”
From there, Davis set out to learn all she could about food and soaked up knowledge from everywhere possible. She started passing on that knowledge, along with recipes from the informal group, on fromscratchclub.com in2010.
Now the club is made up of about a dozen regular local contributors and several guest contributors. Local contributors hail everywhere from all over the Capital District. Topics range from food preservation to grass-fed beef and are written by farmers, chefs and food advocates.
“All of our contributors bring something new to the table. …Some people are looking for small-scale backyard gardening, some have full on farms or small homesteads. … We try to give a broad perspective on food,” she said.
From Scratch holds two food swaps every month (advance sign-up required on their website). A food swap works kind of like a minimarket/auction. Members bring homemade edible foods, drinks and items to trade with others who also bring their homemade creations. People set up their creations, browse and then trade with one another.
The club also offers a DIY (do it yourself) school, the FSC Academy.
The academy is a mobile school with classes in Albany, Troy and Schenectady. Davis said they’re “slightly borrowing commercial kitchens to teach classes” to offer Classes in a Bag.