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The Institute for Rural Vitality Presents First Annual Empire State Entrepreneurship Expo

The First Annual Empire State Entrepreneur Expo, presented by the Institute for Rural Vitality at SUNY Cobleskill, was held May 12, featuring 25 regional vendors showcasing more than 85 products ranging from beverages to dairy products, meats to maple, and more. The Institute welcomed over 100 attendees to campus to taste, try, and buy the products.

Distributors were also invited to attend the event, giving producers the opportunity to explore possible partnerships and reach a wider customer base. Guests were able to rate their favorite products, with awards presented to the most exceptional producers at the conclusion of the event.

Best in Show: Bee Hollow Farm

Best Beverage Product: B-Blossom Catering

Best Confectionary Product: Vêsucré

Best Dairy Product: SUNY Cobleskill Dairy Processing Center

Best Fruit Product: B & B Well

Best Grain Product: New Moon Farmstead

Best Health and Beauty Product: B & B Well

Best Honey Product: Bee Hollow Farm

Best Maple Product: Fieldridge Farms

Best Meat Product: Old Homestead Farm & Beers and Steers Tavern

Best Technology Product: GrownBy

Best Vegetable Product: B-Blossom Catering

The Institute for Rural Vitality would like to thank SUNY Cobleskill for its support as well as President Marion A. Terenzio and Provost Dr. Susan J. Zimmermann for their personal support of the event. Additionally, the Institute would like to thank Richard Ball, Commissioner of New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, for his support and attendance.


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