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Posted 2/21/2013 by Linda Wegner

Local Food Products Featured in Annual


Products from Palatine Valley Dairy Cheese in Nelliston, Fariello’s Confectionery in Amsterdam, Rulison Honey Farms in the Town of Florida and Smith’s Orchard Bake Shop in Charlton are featured in the 2013 4-H spring product sale in Fulton and Montgomery Counties. Proceeds from the sale benefit 4-H Youth Development programming in the two-county region.  “All of the money realized from this annual sale remains in Fulton and Montgomery Counties to help make 4-H activities and programs available, affordable and accessible for local youth.  No dollars are sent to the state or national organization,” explains Linda Wegner, 4-H Youth Development Program Leader for Fulton and Montgomery Counties.  “The 4-H local food sale is a major fund-raising effort for 4-H members and local 4-H youth programming outreach.”

Ten selections of cheese products including gift boxes, single eight ounce bars of flavored cheddar, and cheese curd are offered in addition to eight varieties of fruit pies available in regular or sugar-free versions.  Solid dark chocolate, milk chocolate and white chocolate bunnies as well as milk chocolate quarter pound chocolate candy blocks and bunny tracks – chocolate covered raisins are also being sold. Two clover honey products are also offered as part of the food product selection for the 2013 sale.  All food products must be pre-ordered and paid for no later than March 6th.

4-H members and volunteers will collect payment from each customer at the time the order is placed.  Cheese, pies, honey and candy will be delivered March 21st in time for Easter and spring holidays.

Individuals interested in supporting local 4-H youth development programs by ordering cheese, pies, honey or candy may place an order with a local 4-H member or adult volunteer or by calling the 4-H office at Cornell Cooperative Extension, 518-673-5525 x 113 or x 114. Orders may also be placed in person at the Extension office at 50 East Main Street, Canajoharie, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday until March 6th.  Product sale information and an order sheet are available at www.ccefm.com

A New York State study concluded that 4-H club membership makes a difference in the development of positive assets in youth including educational aspiration, desire to help others, school grades, self-esteem, decision-making, interaction and communication with others, and the ability to make friends.  Youth may become 4-H members in one of three ways: 1) Start a neighborhood club with at least 5 youth and 2 adults, 2) Join an existing club that may be nearby, 3) Join as a 4-H Independent Member with a parent/guardian or other adult as a mentor.  2012-2013 program year member enrollment for individuals new to 4-H is open until June 1st.

For information about 4-H membership or starting a new 4-H club, call Georgia at 518-673-5525 x 113 or email gad23@cornell.edu.

Cornell Cooperative Extension in Fulton and Montgomery Counties offers equal program and employment opportunities.

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