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Playing a Vital Role in the Apple Industry

By John T. Ryan The Forrence Orchards packing and distribution staff is #26 in our Peru Gazette series featuring people who make Peru a wonderful place to live. These are the people who inspect, pack, sell and ship approximately 500,000 bushels of Forrence’s beautiful apples each year. At 40 pounds a bushel, that’s 20 million […]

Mexican consulate visits St. Lawrence County, talks dairy farm workers | NCPR News

Source: Mexican consulate visits St. Lawrence County, talks dairy farm workers | NCPR News

Watertown Daily Times | North country’s Amish population continues to grow

Source: Watertown Daily Times | North country’s Amish population continues to grow

Babbie Museum – A Hands-On Successful Experience

By John T. Ryan Peru – Babbie Museum Volunteer Carol Rock presented an uplifting museum report to the Peru Town Board at its October 23rd meeting. Over the museum’s 83 days of operation in 2017 it entertained about 2,000 visitors. It enjoys the support from almost 50 local sponsors/donors and visitors give the museum 4.8 […]

Adirondack Life Article – From Jamaica to Peru – Adirondack Life

Source: Adirondack Life Article – From Jamaica to Peru – Adirondack Life Absolutely wonderful Adirondack Life story about the Jamaican apple pickers at Forrence Orchards. Another story appeared a few weeks ago in the New York Times. This story has additional information. It’s enjoyable to read.

Best of Luck Bob, Jim and Melvin

By John T. Ryan It was a day of mixed emotions today at Irwin’s Maplegrand Farms as the farm’s outstanding 170 cattle were auctioned. Trucks and trailers with license plates reading New York, Vermont, Ohio, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Quebec parked in the nearby field. Click here for more Peru Gazette auction photos.  Click here for […]

Here’s a Great Weekend Family Activity

Harvest Weekend October 7-8, 2017 109am-4pm 250 River Road, Peru, NY   12972   (518)643-8052   Sat. 1pm-4pm Suzanne & Shelby Moore bring their blind pup, Pepper and her book “Pepper Finds Her Way” for story time and book signing.   Sat/Sun – Mary Heald from Brooke Sylvan Spinners will be here to demonstrate flax […]

The Jamaican Apple Pickers of Upstate New York – NYTimes.com

Story about the Jamaicans at Forrence Orchards   Source: The Jamaican Apple Pickers of Upstate New York – NYTimes.com

The End of One Era and the Beginning of Another

By John T. Ryan Peru – October 14, 2017 will be a day of significant change for Bob, Jim and Melvin Irwin owners of Maplegrand Farm at 139 Jarvis Road. An auctioneer will sell the farm’s 170 cattle. A few days later when all the cattle are gone, the brothers will still be farmers, but […]

Concern grows on state’s farms – Times Union

Source: Concern grows on state’s farms – Times Union

A Growing & Successful Peru Business

L-R Jenna LaFountain, Michael Abair, Tim Sengenberger, Jonathon Kraus, Zachary Fleury, Kevin Compeau, Mike Contessa, Shawn Wallace, Eric Bever By John T. Ryan The staff at Champlain Valley Agronomics (CVA) is #16 in our Peru Gazette series featuring people who make Peru a wonderful place to live. They differ from almost all the other people […]

Jarvis Road is Open for Traffic

By John T. Ryan Peru – Construction of a new Jarvis Road Bridge began on June 12th. Today, following an inspection by Clinton County Highway Superintendent Al Rascoe, the bridge was opened for traffic. A John Deer tractor driven by Tyler Irwin was the first vehicle to cross the bridge. New Century Construction of Watervliet […]

Strictly Business – See how they grow

Feature Story on Rulfs Orchard Source: Strictly Business – See how they grow

A North Country Landmark

L-R Field Manager Richard Howard, Bakery Manager Riley Wilkins, Business Manager Shannon Rulfs, Office Manager Amanda Rulfs Whisher, Founder Bob Rulfs, Retail Manager Linda Hatch, Cashier Abbie Barber, Greenhouse/Produce Manager Jordan Bever Peru – Rulfs Orchard is #11 in our Peru Gazette series featuring the people who make Peru a great place to live. Opened […]

Hobby Farms Dominate Board Agenda

AGENDA – ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS, WEDNESDAY, August 16, 2017 @ 7:00 PM at ht Peru Town Hall CALL MEETING TO ORDER PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE ROLL CALL APPROVAL of June 21, 2017 and July 19, 2017 minutes OPEN FLOOR to public hearing APPLICATION: Appealing the Zoning Officer’s Decision: Z-2017-0023 Paul Hart, Jr Appealing the Zoning Officer’s Decision that […]

For New York dairy’s undocumented immigrant problem, some band aids but little reform | NCPR News

Source: For New York dairy’s undocumented immigrant problem, some band aids but little reform | NCPR News

Strictly Business – Where good things grow

Feature story on Francisco and Karen Gruendling Bouchard-Braun Source: Strictly Business – Where good things grow

It’s All in a Mind’s Eye

  By John T. Ryan Peru – The sign outside Richard Arnold’s Dashnaw Road shop reads “Peru Welding,” but the business’ compete name is Peru Welding and Machine and for good reason. Beginning in 1978, Arnold has been manufacturing a variety of machines ranging from wood boilers to hydraulic corral gates and bridge components. For […]

Bridge Progress Continues

Jarvis Road Bridge’s prestressed concrete beams are being installed today. The four 70 ft. beams each weigh 74,000 pounds. The cement encloses several steel rods. Thanks to the Peru Gazette reader who let us know about the presence of the huge crane.

Learning and Fun for People of All Ages

  2017 Hay & Grain Harvest/Antique Tractor Weekend at Babbie Rural & Farm Learning Museum August 19-20, 2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm at 250 River Road, Peru, NY   12972. (518) 643-8052   www.babbiemuseum.org Ongoing demonstrations include harvesting of hay and grain with antique farming equipment; the blacksmith shop and granary; soap making; spinning of flax into linen. Have the […]

Peru Agriculture Industry Continues to Grow

By John T. Ryan Peru -Motorists heading north on I-87 over the past several days may have noticed the large barn under construction at the Remillard Farm; it is large at 252 ft x110 ft.. The clear span pole barn is an extension of a barn constructed in 2006 giving the Remillards much more for […]

Crews battle massive barn fire in Beekmantown

Source: Crews battle massive barn fire in Beekmantown

Peru Dairy Farm Continues Tradition of Producing High Quality Milk

Dimock Farms Has Won Highest Milk Quality Award Every Year since 2004 PERU, NEW YORK: Dimock Farms has been committed to their cows and community by producing wholesome, high quality milk since 1971. Earlier this year, this family farm defended their title for the best overall quality milk for Region 11 in Northeastern NY for […]

Serving Peru For Almost 40 Years

L-R Mark White, Manager Bonnie St. Cyr, Polly Perky, Janice Krinke, Kati Burdick and Melissa Norman Apple Blossom Florist is #5 in our Peru Gazette photo series featuring staff members of local businesses and institutions. They are important people in making Peru a wonderful place to live. Located in Rulfs Orchard and Farm Market’s beautiful new […]

Bridge Construction to Begin on Monday

By John T. Ryan Peru – On Monday, June 12, 2017, motorists will find the Jarvis Road closed to thru-traffic as construction crews begin replacement of the bridge adjacent to the Irwin’s Maple Grand Farm. Clinton County Highway Superintendent Al Rascoe said the project is expected to take approximately 90 days. New Century Construction of […]

Adirondack Farms Supporting Peru’s Youth

  By John T. Ryan Peru – Jake Swyers of Adirondack Farms was at the controls of a small loader this morning at Laphams Mills Park as Field #3 infield was being transformed from a grass to a clay surface. Peru Youth Commission Vice-Chair Jennifer Madore explained, “In May 2015, Adirondack Farms volunteered the men […]

Here’s a Great Place to go Today

The Rulfs Orchard Farmstand Grand Opening is underway. (Saturday, May 6th) Special drawings and activities underway. The store is open until 7 p.m. WOKO is present till 1 p.m. Adults and kids are having a great time and the Apple Blossom Florist is fully staffed! Click here for more Peru Gazette photos 

Kids of All Ages Will Love this Place

The Babbie Rural & Farm Learning Museum has announced its Opening Weekend of the 2017 Season! May 13-14, 2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm at 250 River Road, Peru, NY   12972. (518) 643-8052   www.babbiemuseum.org Ongoing demonstrations include plowing and planting corn, small grains and potatoes with antique farming equipment; the blacksmith shop and granary. New […]

Champlain Valley BPW Seeking Candidates for Young Careerist Program

Champlain Valley Business and Professional Women have announced that applications are now being accepted for participation in the 2017 Virginia Allan Young Careerist Program to be held Tuesday May 2, 2017 at 5:30pm at Uno Pizzeria & Grill on Route 3 in Plattsburgh.

Variance Request and Public Hearing on Zoning Board Agenda

AGENDA – ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS, WEDNESDAY, March 15, 2017 @ 7:00 PM TOWN OF PERU CALL MEETING TO ORDER PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE ROLL CALL APPROVAL of January 18, 2017 minutes. OPEN FLOOR to public hearing APPLICATION: Use Variance & Area Variance: Z-2017-018 Nicholas Zagrodzki Use Variance & Area Variance- 8 Oakdale Dr. Peru, NY 12972 Continuation […]

Coyotes In and Around Peru

By John T. Ryan Peru – Oftentimes the most interesting part of a Peru Town Board meeting comes up under “Other Business” when Counselor Brandy McDonald reports on what’s going on in and about town. At the Monday, February 13th meeting his subject was coyotes. McDonald reported that about seventy coyotes have been shot in […]

NNY Corn and Soybean Disease Survey Alerts Growers to New Arrivals

A Message from the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program Northern New York. Two soybean diseases not previously confirmed in Northern New York crops were identified in 2016 by the annual corn and soybean disease survey and assessment funded by the farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural Development Program. The proactive disease assessment program helps protect the […]

Planning Board’s March 8th Agenda

AGENDA Planning Board, WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 @ 7:00 PM TOWN OF PERU CALL MEETING TO ORDER PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE ROLL CALL APPROVAL of February 8, 2017 minutes. OPEN FLOOR to public hearing APPLICATIONS: 1. 2-Lot Subdivision with SEQR: P-2017-001 Forrence Orchards Inc. 2-Lot Subdivision 2731 Rt. 22 Peru, NY 12972 ANY FURTHER BUSINESS: CEO […]

Public Invited to Regional Economic Development Council Meeting

What: A public meeting of the North Country Regional Economic Development Council (NCREDC). The region is composed of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. Who: The NCREDC is co-chaired by Garry Douglas, President of the North Country Chamber of Commerce, and Tony Collins, President of Clarkson University. All individuals, businesses, organizations, […]

Research Explores Birch Syrup Production for Maple Sugarmakers

Lake Placid, NY; February 8, 2017. The farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural Development Program has posted the results of a project exploring opportunities for regional maple sugarmakers to produce birch syrup at www.nnyagdev.org. Four sugarhouses participated in the 2015-2016 birch syrup project; one each in Clinton, Essex, Franklin and Jefferson counties. ‘All species of birch […]

“Global Warming Has Come to the North Country”

The Alice T. Miner Museum Presents Climate Change in the North Country – A Talk by Dr. Curt Stager Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. Chazy, N.Y.—The Alice T. Miner Museum is pleased to announce that Dr. Curt Stager, professor of natural sciences at Paul Smith’s College, will speak on the regional impact of climate change […]

St. Lawrence and Clinton County Farmers Chosen as NYS Farm Bureau Leaders

NEW YORK FARM BUREAU NAMES NEW PRESIDENT AND DISTRICT 7 DIRECTOR During the New York Farm Bureau State Annual Meeting in December, voting delegates elected David Fisher, a dairy farmer from St. Lawrence County as the new president of the organization. Fisher and his family have operated Mapleview Dairy in Madrid for four generations. David […]

Guatemalan workers on North Country farm tell Trump, “look into your heart” | NCPR News

Source: Guatemalan workers on North Country farm tell Trump, “look into your heart” | NCPR News

If Trump builds a wall, will there be anybody to milk the North Country’s cows? | NCPR News

Source: If Trump builds a wall, will there be anybody to milk the North Country’s cows? | NCPR News

A Virtual Tour Through the History of Beer and Brewing

The Alice T. Miner Museum Presents Brewing Up History Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. Chazy, N.Y.—Beer is one of humankind’s oldest beverages. Some of the earliest known writings deal with beer and brewing, and archaeological evidence of beer production dating to ca. 3500 BCE has been found in the Middle East. Today’s craft […]

Attempting to Minimize Environmental Impact

  By John T. Ryan Peru – Dairy farming has undergone a worldwide revolutionary change over the past half-century including here in Peru. Manure disposal is the change most evident to local residents. Huge trucks and spreaders transport manure on rural roads to distant fields and when the manure is spread the odor can be […]

Tickets Available for Taste of the North Country

The North Country Chamber of Commerce invites you to the most delicious events of the year. Taste of the North Country will be held on November 17th at the SUNY Field House. This event combines an amazing Food/Beverage Tasting experience with an incredible auction. The Auction preview begins at 5:00, followed by the Silent Auction […]

Cheese and Beer Tasting Friday Night at the Library

Together with the North Country Creamery Livingood’s will be hosting an evening of beer and cheese tasting at the Peru Free Library on Friday November 4, 2016 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm. 6, 5oz samples of Livingood’s beers (TBD) alongside cheese boards featuring North Country Creamery’s cheeses. Matt from Livingood’s and Ashlee from North Country Creamery […]

Public Information Meetings on Proposed Rulemaking to Amend Lake Champlain Drainage Basin Regulations

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will hold two Public Information Meetings on October 13, 2016 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on the proposed nYS rulemaking to amend Part 830 of Title 6 of the Codes, Rules, and Regulations of the State of New York to upgrade the […]

Farmstands – Another Peru Asset

By John T. Ryan Peru – Thanks to health research and business trends locally produced and fresh fruits and vegetables are more popular than ever. Peru residents are little spoiled because we have two excellent family-owned and operated farmstands, Rulfs and Northern Orchards. Rulfs has been in the news since the September 28th opening of […]

A Great Time to Visit the Babbie Museum – Next Weekend

HARVEST WEEKEND: October 15-16, 2016 – Hours 10am-4pm $1.00 off admission if you bring a nonperishable item for the Interfaith Foodshelf. Demonstrations of corn harvest, granary, hit and miss engines and blacksmith shop. Let the kids make a corn husk doll, play pumpkin tic- tac toe, paint a pumpkin, try their luck at a coin […]

A Historial Moment in Peru’s History

This afternoon is a historical moment in Peru’s history as the Rulfs’ Farmstand staff is moving merchandise and equipment into a beautiful new building. Yesterday afternoon and this morning the Peru Gazette photographed the old farmstead. Since its opening in 1953 hundreds of Peru’s young people and adults have worked in this building and thousands […]

Local orchards seeing smaller apples this fall – Sun Community News & Printing

PLATTSBURGH — The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, but it might fall off sooner than normal. Source: Local orchards seeing smaller apples this fall – Sun Community News & Printing

Like Robots? Horses? Bluegrass Music? Cooking?

Register Now for Cornell Cooperative Extension After School or 4-H Club Programs Northern New York. The Cornell Cooperative Extension associations in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties are inviting youth, ages 5 to 19, to register for fun learning activities through After School programs and 4-H clubs. The new year for the […]

Corn Harvest Underway

Peru’s farmers began harvesting cow corn this week. This morning seven Adirondack Farms trucks were hauling corn from a field along the Military Turnpike to Adirondack’s Brown Road farm. The massive 10-row, 775 horsepower forage harvester will chop 100 acres or more daily daily. The harvest will take about 30 work days.

New York Today: Empire State of Dairy – The New York Times

Wednesday: Prize-winning milk and cheese at the State Fair, snakes on a train, and Gene Wilder’s New York. Source: New York Today: Empire State of Dairy – The New York Times

Not a Pretty Picture

Three hail storms earlier this summer severely damaged apples in several Peru Orchards. This McIntosh apple photo was taken this morning. The apples will be sold for processing into apple sauce or juice. The price will be a fraction of the normal Grade A price.

Home Town Cable Visits the Babbie Museum

Click to see Calvin Castine’s August 20th interview and tour 

Great Progress on Rulfs’ Farm Stand – August 17, 2016

Opening is only a few weeks away. The Peru Gazette will keep you advised! 

Hay & Grain Harvest and Antique Tractor Weekend

HAY AND GRAIN HARVEST AND ANTIQUE TRACTOR WEEKEND:  August 20 – 21 – Hours 10am-4pm Grab the family and come for a fun day at Babbie Museum.  Watching harvesting of buckwheat & oats with antique equipment; try your hand using the hayfork to lift hay to the loft; watch a real blacksmith at work; help […]

Essex County Fair announces schedule – Sun Community News & Printing

WESTPORT — It’s late-July, and the Essex County Fair is primed for takeoff. Source: Essex County Fair announces schedule – Sun Community News & Printing

Workers Compensation rates are rising – Times Union

The state Department of Financial Services has approved an average 9.3 percent increase in workers’ compensation insurance rates starting in October, highlighting an issue that the state’s business community has long hurt New York’s competitiveness but which employee advocates say is still plagued with problems for the injured. Among the reasons for the approval by […]

Local blueberry growers hope for bumper crop – Sun Community News & Printing

AU SABLE FORKS — Local producers have their fingers crossed for a bumper crop of blueberries this summer. Source: Local blueberry growers hope for bumper crop – Sun Community News & Printing

Meet Your Farmer

Cornell Cooperative Extension and Adirondack Harvest are sponsoring Meet Your Farmer on Saturday, July 16 from 10:00-2:00. Several local farms in Clinton County will be opening their doors and encouraging the public to come see their operations. The farms will be holding tours and/or farm activities at 11am, 12pm, and 1pm and will answer questions […]

Saranac Green Market opens Sunday – Sun Community News & Printing

SARANAC — School’s out, farmers are in. Source: Saranac Green Market opens Sunday – Sun Community News & Printing

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