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News about the Meat Locker in downtown Ithaca!

Posted by Taryn Hubbard on September 24, 2014 at 11:00am

Tomatoes anybody?

Posted by Natalie friend on August 12, 2014 at 4:38pm

Mason - Our Mascot

Posted by Mark Norton on April 23, 2014 at 7:33am — 5 Comments

Meet the Members: IthacaNancy

Posted by Alison F on February 9, 2013 at 12:00pm

Meet the Members: Rachel Firak

Posted by Katie Quinn-Jacobs on January 15, 2013 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments





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Fall is for Nuts!

It's that time of year for chestnuts and roasting fires.  On one of our fairest fall days, nut lovers from around Tompkins County attended the "Nut Bonanza" at Twisted Tree Farm in Spencer.  Hands on activities, nut nursery items and information on nut growing and processing were on display.

Hazelnuts, chestnuts, walnuts and heartnuts grow well here in our Hardiness Zone 5 area and complement fruit plantings in the home orchard.

Roasting chestnuts is easy, but take care when scoring the nuts prior to roasting them.  They can roll under your knife.

Chestnuts by: Twisted Tree Farm

Photo by: Katie Quinn-Jacobs

Latest Activity

Todd Etchison replied to Todd Etchison's discussion Canner for Sale in the group Canning
"Just wanted folks to know that the canner found a good home."
Larry Donahue replied to Todd Etchison's discussion Canner for Sale in the group Canning
"Great canner! I love my 30 qt. I was hoping this one would be smaller, looking for a 10 qt."
Sep 29
Todd Etchison added a discussion to the group Canning

Canner for Sale

Just wanted folks to know that I have a craigs list posting for an All American Canner Model 921 for sale.  It has never been used.  We bought it but too big for our stove for canning.  Looking to get $175.00 for it.    See More
Sep 29
Todd Etchison joined Katie Quinn-Jacobs's group


Canning topics: water bath, pressure canning, supplies, etc.
Sep 29
Todd Etchison posted a status
"Have not been on the site in awhile but wanted to alert folks that I have a never been used All American Canner model 921 for sale for $175"
Sep 29
Profile IconNandi Cohen, Surik Mehrabyan, Peggy Haine and 5 more joined IthaCan
Sep 10
Ruth Williams replied to Olivia Hall's discussion Water kefir 2F doesn't fizz in the group Fermentation
"Hi Olivia, Mine never takes that long, especially in warmer weather. Have you used molasses and/or a dried fig for minerals? That seems to make mine really happy and active. About 1/8 t of unsulphered black strap.  That may explain why…"
Aug 28
Olivia Hall added a discussion to the group Fermentation

Water kefir 2F doesn't fizz

I'm new to water kefir. I've tried a 2F in Grolsch bottles, but it doesn't get fizzy, at least not after 3-4 days. Any ideas what I could be doing wrong?I let 1F go for the full 48 hours, but it still tastes pretty sweet to me (so I imagine there's enough sugar left for 2F?). I've tried leaving 2F plain or adding blueberries or candied ginger (some of my go-tos for kombucha 2F). No luck so far.Thanks!See More
Aug 27
Olivia Hall joined Katie Quinn-Jacobs's group


Discuss fermentation techniques, preferences, resources and gizmos here.
Aug 27
Paul Stewart Lausell is now a member of IthaCan
May 11
Profile Iconanna McCown and Kelda joined IthaCan
May 5
IthacaNancy replied to Anne Marie Whelan's discussion Chicken sitter? in the group Livestock
"Hi Anne, we might be able to help. Can you let us know the dates and address off line ? My email is nnorton 'at' Mac 'dot' com. Nancy"
Jan 7
Anne Marie Whelan added a discussion to the group Livestock

Chicken sitter?

Would anyone be interested in or know of someone who might be willing to check in on our chickens while we’re away on vacation in February for 10 days? We have 7 chickens in Ithaca, which generally each lay an egg every day. Dropping by to gather eggs and refill feeder and water every couple days or so is all that is needed. You can keep all the eggs!See More
Dec 26, 2014
Jennifer Maffett posted a status
"I made juice with a steam juicer (apple, aronia, & grape) then canned it in boiling bath. Any concerns with canning straight juice?"
Dec 18, 2014
Jennifer Maffett posted a status
"I'm interested in renting space/time in a production kitchen to make products to sell. Anyone know where? Liability issues? Where to start??"
Dec 18, 2014
Elizabeth Gabriel replied to Elizabeth Gabriel's discussion Frozen soil, harvest or not to harvest? in the group Cellaring
"Thanks all. We have two dogs around so rodents don't come too close to the garden, but good to know! I've decided (partially out of laziness :) and partially out of too many other winter-prep things to do on a warm day) to leave the crops…"
Nov 24, 2014

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IthaCan's Mission

IthaCan was created to help the people of Tompkins County, NY, meet up with others in our area who are interested in preserving food at home. You don't have to be an expert to get started, just have a willingness to learn and connect with like-minded people. The fun takes care of itself once you jump in.

Preserving food at home is important, because it...
• Is critical to the development of the local foodshed
• Builds community resiliency
• Encourages household self-reliance
• Can contribute significantly to individual efforts to lower carbon footprints
• Is a wonderful way to network with others, to learn and share.


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