Monday, March 25, 2019

Adirondack Buyer Days Features New Local Products

The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) will present its 33rd annual Adirondack Buyer Days on March 25 and 26 at the Saratoga Springs City Center.

The event is the only wholesale trade show in New York State devoted to handmade and locally sourced artisan products. This year’s show will feature products created by nearly 100 artisans from northern New York and New England.

Marge and Dave Randles, owners of Argyle Cheese Farmer, will be among this year’s vendors. The Randles started their dairy products business at their family farmstead in Argyle, NY in 2007. Their team now sells products at three local farmers’ markets, their farm store in Argyle and its online store, retail stores in the capital district and to several distributors in the lower Hudson Valley and New York City. Milk in their products is sourced from their family farm and a neighboring farm.

Argyle Cheese Farmer’s newest product is “Cheesecake in a Jar.” The ready-to-eat dessert is frozen to maintain a six-month shelf life in retail shop freezers. Baked and packaged in eight-ounce jars, the treat is perfect for a single serving. The cheesecake’s main ingredients include award-winning Greek yogurt and Quark — an Eastern European cheese that is similar to cream cheese, but lower in fat.

The Cheesecake in a Jar will be among a variety of new products featured in the Adirondack Buyer Days “New Product Contest.” This year’s contest will include specialty foods, home furnishings, textiles, stationery, jewelry, pet products and more. Attending retailers vote on the best new products throughout the two-day show, and winners are announced following the event.

This year’s show will also feature two presentations by Danielle Delaini, Program Coordinator for the Center for Businesses in Transition partnership and Matthew Courtright, President and Chief Executive Officer for the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce, who also serves as a community liaison for the partnership. The Center launched in January 2019 to address the loss of area businesses by providing matchmaking services with potential buyers, access to planning tools and connections with existing services.

Delaini and Courtright will speak about the tools and resources the Center provides for northern New York businesses. The presentations will also highlight transitioning businesses in the North Country that may be of interest to attending artisans and retailers.

Buyers may place wholesale orders directly with vendors at the event. Cash and carry purchasing will be available with some vendors. Buyer registration is free.

The Saratoga Springs City Center is located at 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. For more information about Adirondack Buyer Days, contact ANCA’s Artisan Programs Coordinator Lauren Richard at lrichard@adirondack.org or (518) 892-6200.

Photo of Dave and Marge Randles, owners of Argyle Cheese Farmer provided by Argyle Cheese Farmer.

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