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Menands market marks 80 years

Outlet serves as buy local point for wholesale and retail buyers

Since it first opened in 1933, the Capital District Cooperative, Inc. has traveled a road of changes. With the rising “buy local” movement, the Menands-based farmers market is celebrating its 80th anniversary with a bigger presence than ever.

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Honest Weight settles into new, larger location

New services, same philosophy at co-op’s redesigned store on Watervliet Avenue

On Wednesday, June 19, the Honest Weight Food Co-Op opened its brand new doors to 2,500 customers at 100 Watervliet Ave.

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Growing green habits

Family-friendly Go Green Day to feature recycling, demos, good eats

Go Green Day 2013 will be held Saturday, April 27, at Farnsworth Middle School in Guilderland. Several area groups worked together to create the educational event and recycling drop off, along with opportunities to donate a variety of items to local causes and organizations.

POV: Look for the ‘36’ in the dairy aisle

This Point of View column appeared in the March 27, 2013, edition of the Colonie Spotlight.

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Cornell Cooperative awarded grant for health program

The Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Schenectady County was awarded an $189,500 grant Wednesday, Feb. 13, to support its “Health Shares: Doctors Prescribing Healthy Local Produce to At-Risk, Low Income Families” initiative.

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Outside the box

Unique chocolate treats offer break from Valentine’s Day tradition

While chocolate is often seen as a can’t-fail Valentines gift, the traditional heart-shaped box of sweets might strike some as clichéd. But for those looking to stray from convention will be met with a sweet surprise at Capital District candy shops.

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May the best mac win

Mac-n-Cheese Bowl to benefit appetites, food bank

One of America’s favorite comfort foods will take over the Albany Marriott ballroom on Saturday for the fourth annual Mac-n-Cheese Bowl.

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Who’s the Cake Boss?

Reality show star draws a crowd at Nisky book signing

A line stretched throughout a local grocery store on Friday, Nov. 30, as fans of Buddy Valastro, star of the TLC reality show “Cake Boss,” clamored for books, cakes and a chance to meet the big-time baker.

Dave and Buster’s coming to Crossgates Mall

Mall managements hopes new business will draw crowds

After years of courting entertainment options to fill vacant space within Crossgates Mall, officials recently announced that a Dave and Busters will be coming to the shopping center.

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Greenmarket expands indoor space

Key Hall hosts larger prepared foods selection and more programs

Winter’s chill forces the Schenectady Greenmarket indoors every year, but patrons will find more offerings in a larger space this season.

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A taste of the East in Elsmere

Tea House Asian Bistro opens in former Friendly’s building

Jim Zheng has always wanted to own an authentic Asian teahouse and now his dream is becoming a reality.

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Southern-style barbecue, by the books

Rotterdam family opens restaurant featuring slow-cooked, southern food

Not too long ago, Rotterdam resident Dave Borst, couldn’t tell you what goes into a dry rub or barbecue sauce. Today, he’d invite you to try his own concoctions at his family-owned restaurant North Country BBQ in Rotterdam.

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Fired up over food

Cooking Channel features Elsmere firefighter in upcoming episode

Delmar Resident Christopher Massie will be featured on The Cooking Channel's new show "My Grandmother's Raviolis" hosted by Comedian Mo Rocca.

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Pork protesters visit Glenmont

Mercy for Animals pickets against Wal-Mart's practices

Members of a national animal rights organization made their way to Glenmont in late September to protest the alleged abuse of pigs by Wal-Mart pork suppliers.

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Foodies scuttle to Joe’s Crab Shack

Patrons start lining up night before at Latham’s newest eatery

Hundreds of hungry, crab-loving customers waited outside for hours at the grand opening of Joe’s Crab Shack on Monday, Sept. 10, in Latham.