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Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015

Student-produced maple syrup in stores and restaurants

imageBerkshire’s student-produced maple syrup gaining attention among retailers & restaurants

More retailers in the capital region are now carrying Berkshire maple syrup, produced by students at Berkshire Jr./Sr. High School, through a partnership with Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth.

Maple syrup production is one of Berkshire's vibrant Workforce Development Program enterprises and is growing rapidly as stores become interested in the pure maple syrup produced by students and staff in the program. Retailers appreciate the value of top-quality syrup that also plays a transformational role in students’ lives.

imageThe Honest Weight Food Coop in Albany, NY is among the latest to discover our syrup. Our students made their first delivery to the store recently. Giuseppe Marra, Floor Manager at the store (center in photo at right) said the Coop looks for quality products produced locally. “The students make a good product and we believe strongly in the program and what Berkshire is doing for kids,” said Marra. Also pictured (right in photo) is Greg Talamini, Grocery Associate at the store.

The students are always excited to see a product they helped produce being sold in stores and they enjoy working in the program. “I’ve been learning different skills since I started working for the Maple Syrup program,” says Jarius (left in photo above), a student at Berkshire Jr./Sr. High School. “The Workforce program helps me by keeping me busy. I look forward to doing interesting things every day, and I like making my own money!”

imageArea restaurants are also discovering Berkshire maple syrup. Nancy Holzman, the owner of Good Morning Café in Ballston Spa, NY provides the sweet syrup for her customers. Holzman is pictured at left with Berkshire alum, Tariq Johnson, a sophomore at the University at Albany.

Other stores in the state carrying Berkshire syrup include Taste of NY at Grand Central Terminal in New York City, Healthy Living Market & Café in Saratoga Springs, Hewitt’s Garden Center in East Greenbush, and Steepletop Store at Edna St. Vincent Millay Society in Austerlitz.

imageAccording to Joe Lawrence, Director of Workforce Development, Berkshire’s state-of-the-art evaporator, highly skilled staff, and enthusiastic students create a program that is ready to supply retailers throughout the region. “Our delicious syrup promises to satisfy thousands of pancake lovers. We’re delighted fine stores and restaurants are featuring our syrup,” said Lawrence.

Interested in carrying Berkshire Maple Syrup in your store or as a fundraiser?

Contact Joe Lawrence at 518-281-5270 or send an email to Joe.

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