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

December 08, 2009

Farmers’ Markets Open For The Holidays In New York State

“Taste the Regions” Farm Stand at Columbus Circle Offers Regional Gift Boxes

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker today encouraged consumers to shop at farmers’ markets during the holiday season.  There are currently more than 60 farmers’ markets throughout the State operating during the holidays in both open-air and indoor locations, offering farm produce and other local food and agricultural products including specialty foods, holiday plants and fresh-cut Christmas trees.  At the Columbus Circle Holiday Market in New York City, a special “Taste the Regions of New York” Farm Stand is offering four different gift boxes with regionally produced specialty foods for the holidays.

“The holidays are a great time to support New York’s farmers and food producers by shopping locally and buying locally grown and produced goods,” the Commissioner said. “Many farmers’ markets across the State have extended their stay and are decorated for the holidays, offering a wide variety of locally made or produced products that can make appealing gifts or additions to your holiday feasts.  And now, for the first time, you can also purchase a New York regionally themed specialty food gift box online or at the Columbus Circle Holiday Market.  It doesn’t get anymore New York than that!”

This year, holiday shoppers will have more opportunities to buy local foods and horticultural items for the season as more farmers’ markets have extended their season beyond November to meet a growing demand for local products.  A list of the 2009 Holiday Farmers’ Markets in New York State can be found at

The Pride of New York “Taste the Regions of New York” Farm Stand will operate at the Columbus Circle Holiday Market at 59th Street and Central Park in New York City on December 9th, 16th, and 23rd from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  This special urban farm stand will offer NYC residents and tourists alike a unique opportunity to purchase gift boxes with a delectable selection of local specialty food items produced by small-scale producers in four regions of the State – the Hudson Valley, Long Island, the Adirondacks, and the Finger Lakes.  

Hudson Valley Gift Box:  Includes Beth’s Farm Kitchen Strawberry-Rhubarb Jam; Katchkie Farm Tomato Jam; Carillo’s Fire Roasted Salsa; Tierra Farms Seeds and Nuts; Hudson Valley Homestead Mustard; Micosta Green Supreme Salad Dressing; Renner’s Peach Chutney; Guyank Brand Hot Habano Cranberry Jelly; and Zaz Sweet Mustard – all produced in the Hudson Valley.  Products are assorted within boxes.

Long Island Gift Box:  Includes Martin Sidor Farm’s North Fork Potato Chips; Orient Farm Lavender Honey; A Taste of the North Fork’s Olive Merlot Tapenade; Paumanok Winery Pepper Grape Jelly; Old Field Vineyards Pinot Noir Mustard; and Let’s Go Nuts Pecans and Walnuts – all produced on Long Island.

Adirondacks Gift Box: Includes Ben Wever Farm Honey; Rivermede Farm Maple Glazed Walnuts; South Meadow Farm Sugarworks Maple Syrup; Surprenant Berry Farm Ubu Ale Garlic Pepper Jam; Underwood Herbs Mountain Man or Mountain Woman Chicory Root and Nettle Teas; Well Dressed Foods Apple Butter with Maple Syrup; Whitestone Farm Sheep Sticks (Jerky); and Bittersweet Farm Herb Chicken Soup Seasoning, all produced in the Adirondacks.

Finger Lakes Gift Boxes: There is a Breakfast box and a Dinner box that include Apple Hill Farm Apple Cider Molasses; Birkett Mills Cream of Buckwheat & Kasha; Chef Lerman Grape Pumpkin Spice Salad Dressing; Cherry Knoll Farm Blueberry Vinegar; Crackerman of Etna Apple Wafer & Cheese Cracker; Jay Freer’s Geneva Crabapple Sauce; Gold Oaks Food Smokey Maple Mustard; Hill ‘n’ Hollow Farm Gooseberry Vinegar and Rhubarb Chutney; Keuka Lake Coffee Roasters Pork and Poultry Rub; Knapp Farm Brambleberry Conserve; New Hope Mills Pancake Mixes; Waid’s Finger Lakes Wildflower Honey. Heavenly Cup Coffee Roasters Breakfast Blend – all produced in the Finger Lakes. The products are mixed and matched within the Breakfast and Dinner boxes.

Alison Clarke, President of the New York State Small-Scale Food Processors Association, said, “This is the first year we have offered these distinct regional gift boxes that are loaded with terrific food items, all produced in one of the four featured regions of New York State.  They make terrific gifts for those local and afar, giving a gift that truly gives back to the local economy by supporting local farmers and food processors.  We are thrilled with the excitement for these boxes and plan to expand this program next year to include more tourism regions of the State.”

The “Taste the Regions of New York” Farm Stand is a cooperative effort of the Department’s Pride of New York Program; the New York State Small-Scale Food Processors Association - whose members produce the value-added specialty foods and the regional gift boxes; and Urban Space Management, Inc., operator of the popular Columbus Circle Holiday Market.  For more information about the “Taste the Regions” gift boxes – and to purchase them online - visit For more information about the Columbus Circle Holiday Market visit


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