Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
Jessica A. Chittenden

December 19, 2008

Commissioner Offers Last Minute Gift Ideas: Think Local, Edible

New York’s Food and Beverages Make Great Gifts for the Holidays

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker today reminded New Yorkers to think local and edible for last minute gift ideas. The Pride of New York program is the State’s marketing program for food and agricultural products grown or processed in New York State, and can be used to help identify great gifts for the holiday season.

"New York State produces an abundance and variety of food and beverages," the Commissioner said. "These high-quality, locally made products make terrific gifts anytime of the year, especially for those that live out of state or for those who are tough to shop for because they have everything already. So if you are like me, and still have a couple last minute gifts to pick up, visit your local specialty food store, farm market or wine store and give a taste of New York this holiday season. Your gift will not only be well received, but supports New York’s agricultural community, as well as the local economy."

New York State has numerous award-winning wines, as well as locally crafted beers that can be packaged with a cork screw or glasses. Maple syrup is a special gift, as not all states produce maple syrup; couple that with a local pancake mix for cold winter monrings. New York also produces a lot of high quality dairy products and has many artisan cheeses available that can easily be paired with crackers, gourmet mustard or a cutting board for a quick and simple gift idea.

Like oranges and grapefruits are to Florida, New York apples make a terrific and healthy present for someone out of state. New York also has many specialty regional items that make unique gifts, such as Spiedes Sauce from Binghamton, Anchor Bar Wing Sauce from Buffalo, Dinosaur Barbeque Sauce from Syracuse, Rao’s Spaghetti Sauce from East Harlem or a Peppermint Pig from Saratoga Springs.

New York has an abundance of locally grown or made products that are all available for holiday gift giving from the more than 2,000 Pride of New York members. For other gift ideas, the Pride of New York program also offers gift baskets filled with an assortment of New York State products. You can find all these New York products and more at the Pride of New York website at

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