SACKETS HARBOR Touting home-grown products and a good cause, 90 vendors lined the Madison Barracks polo field on Saturday to sell their Made in New York wares.
Buy local, said Michael W. Campbell, the managing agent for the village housing development where the event was held. This money stays in your backyard. The impact on the economy is much greater than buying at chain stores, he said.
The event raised money for Meals on Wheels, which delivers 350 meals per week to the elderly and disabled in the greater Watertown area, Mr. Campbell said. Last year, the event raised around $10,000 for the organization. Mr. Campbell said he expected it would raise the same amount this year.
In its second year, the Made in New York Festival roughly doubled in size, Mr. Campbell said. A stream of visitors paid the $20 entrance fee on a sunny Saturday afternoon, filing in after a soggy morning. It attracted 45 vendors last year.
Daniel A. Beasley and his wife, Ruth, were among the vendors last year, and returned this year. The owners of SweeTrees Maple Products, Cicero, said the event has grown quite a bit. They decided to forgo their typical Saturday farmers market in Central New York to attend the north country festival.
Syrup isnt the only use for maple, they said. Lollipops, fudge, jam, spicy maple-coated peanuts, snow cones even cotton candy had a maple twist at the Beasley tent.
You can tell him its very good, Joyce Reno, a Massena resident who was eating the cotton candy, said as the Beasleys were being interviewed about their products.
Not everybody knows that New York farmers make great products, Mr. Beasley said.
A lot of people dont realize how much good stuff is made in New York. New York syrup is as good as Vermont syrup. Vermont might not agree, but, Mr. Beasley said with a shrug.
Other vendors included wine shops with free wine tastings; spice rubs, a mustard salesman and a vendor who sold different varieties of jams, all of which touted their New York origins.
Its a must, said Anita Harvell, the Sackets Harbor Chamber of Commerce president. In order to survive and thrive, we need to support our own industries.