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  1. Tina Rainey
    August 17, 2020 @ 11:18 am

    Chris, this Blog was thoroughly enjoyable to me. Being from California, we have none of those items available to us (unless there is some serious research to find them…and never fresh, like buying at Sauders). Since I have visited Pennsylvania and Upstate NY several times, I have tried all of the top 5 – except the cereal marshmallows and Chow Chow. Really liked Shoofly Pie, but Scrapple? As my girlfriend from PA said, “When you grow up with it, you Love it!” My answer is that for me, Scrapple was a once-in-a-lifetime taste. Never again! Kind of like Mexican food is for my friend – LOL! I am jealous of you having so many wonderful places to go to in Upstate NY. Maybe I will have to come back and visit again. In the meantime, thank you for inspiring us with off the beaten trail places to investigate. It’s always an adventure with you!

  2. Stephani Richards-Wilson
    August 22, 2020 @ 11:39 am

    Thank you, Chris, for your uplifting and memorable posts about upstate New York! Your commentaries and photos are really touching! I look forward to your next adventure and appreciate your efforts to share your discoveries about one of the most beautiful places in the world!

  3. J Bailey
    February 17, 2022 @ 8:59 am

    The only thing I don’t care for with the bulk package items is that they don’t have expiration dates. I bought a small package of dried thyme that was moldy smelling. I suppose with the high demand items like flour and sugar are fine. I won’t be buying herbs and spices from there again. I do enjoy walking around the store and getting fresh produce in season.

  4. Dwight Mengel
    November 20, 2022 @ 1:43 pm

    Regarding Shoo-Fly Pie. I recommend substituting maple syrup for molasses for a superior taste. It’s an Upstate NY version of shoo-fly pie my mom baked starting in the 1950s. I continued the tradition. Just try it in any recipe.

    Regarding apple dumplings. When you get the apple dumplings home microwave them until the apple is soft. Then break open the crust on top and insert vanilla ice cream. Very tasty.

    Good luck.