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Gourmet Christmas Gift BasketsDateline Canandaigua – The fall has arrived, and with it the annual grape harvest and crush in New York’s wine country. Tons of ripe grapes of many varieties and colors are picked and delivered to wineries in all regions—Long Island, the Hudson Valley, Finger Lakes, Niagara Escarpment, Lake Erie, and Thousand Islands. There’s no better time to celebrate New York’s bounty of fine wine than October.

Throughout the month, more than 115 restaurants and 150 wine stores throughout New York State will be celebrating New York Wine Month by offering their customers hundreds of fine New York wines from over 30 wineries.

“October is the perfect month for celebrating New York wines,” said Jim Trezise, President of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation which is orchestrating the month-long promotion. “The 2007 vintage was the best in many years, and most of the wines are now available. It’s also prime time to visit wine country, combining the excitement of the harvest and crush with the beautiful fall colors.”

The promotion extends throughout the state except in New York City, where a separate “New York Wines & Dines” promotion is taking place. The major markets include Long Island, the Hudson Valley and greater Albany area, Syracuse and Utica, Rochester, Buffalo, North Country and the southern tier (Ithaca, Corning, Elmira). New York Wine Month Website


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Local residents and are given a tour of the Atunyote golf course and facility. They got a close up look at the Championship trophy which is a replica of a statue named “Allies in War, Partners in Peace.” Allies in War is a nearly 20 feet bronze statue which depicts the alliance between the U.S.A. and the Oneida Indian Nation. The Oneida’s fought alongside the American rebels in many of the battles in the Revolutionary War. In 1777 a band of Oneidas walked over 400 miles from the Central New York area to Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. They helped feed the starving soldiers and Polly Cooper, an Oneida women in the statue, taught the soldiers to cook corn beans and squash.

Oskanondonha, also known as Skenandoah, on the right of the statue, was the main negotiator for the Nation and the primary reason the Nation sided with the American rebels.

George Washington is also in the statue and he holds a two-row wampum belt and agreed that the Americans and Indians would not interfere in each others’ internal affairs after the alliance.


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September 27, 2008 – Join Pride of New York Producer Wendy Smith of SchoolHouse Kitchen for a focused tasting of their award winning mustard, chutney and salad dressing. This featured sampling is in addition to the Mill’s daily sampling of over 40 different foods. Recipes and promotions are available. Sampling hours are 10:00 – 4:00.


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Thanks for the mention of the Mill at the Upstate New York Stuff blog. They have a really nice picture of the Trenton Falls in the blog. 

From the post:  . . . Makes me want to go to Fly Creek Cider Mill in Fly Creek and get some fresh cider, some Macintosh apples and cheese. The sweet tartness of Macs with a piece of sharp cheddar is just incredible. The apples in NY are very good and we have quite a few orchards just in our area. It’s also getting to be time to bake apple pies, apple cake, make chunky applesauce and just make the house smell warm and inviting. View the full post

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Here’s a new testimonial I found in a blog down on the Gulf Coast. Another person who makes it a habit to visit Fly Creek Cider Mill every time she visits New York.

“. . . One thing I’m looking forward to when we visit upstate New York in a few days, is the Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard. This place has been a popular attraction for years and hasn’t changed in the least since we have been visiting there . . .” Visit the Clapboard Cottage blog

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16 oz Medium shell pasta
16 oz Frozen peas, thawed
1 med. Cucumber; halved and sliced thin
1 Sm. Red onion, chopped
1 c. Ranch salad dressing

Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and rinse in cold water. In large bowl #chill 2 hours. Stir when ready to serve. Variation: may substitute your choice of salad dressing.

Contributors: Rebekka Croft (Sondra Croft’s Granddaughter)


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Wal-Mart is showing its support for the Pride of New York program and the bounty of the harvest season through as one-week display of foods grown locally in New York. From now until September 22, 2008 Wal-Marts in New York will display local produce and products which will also include promotional material supporting the Pride of New York.

A Wal-Mart spokesperson commented that Wal-Mart has always supported buy local campaigns and that this is not just a short term project.

From the New York Ag Connetion Website: “For the seventh year in a row, Wal-Mart supercenters in the State of New York will showcase fresh farm produce grown by New York farmers. This year 52 stores will highlight New York items by using special signage that boasts the Pride of New York logo, making it easy for customers to recognize which produce and products are locally grown or made.”

About Pride of New York: The Pride of New York Program was developed to promote and support the sale of agricultural products grown and food products processed within New York State. The Program’s growing membership now includes farmers and processors, retailers, distributors, restaurants and related culinary and support associations all working together to bring you wholesome, quality New York State products.

 


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