Podcast: The Taste You Missed

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Vitality in the Valley 2024 featured a pre-event reception for exhibitors with fantastic food and drink from New York State’s Mohawk Valley. Two exhibitors took a break from the action to join FuzeHub’s Steve Melito for a podcast (and video) that provides a taste of what you may have missed in Herkimer.

Our first guest, Catharine Young, is the Executive Director for the Center of Excellence (COE) for Food and Agriculture at Cornell Agritech in western New York. Tune in to find out what the COE does and how it’s helping food and beverage startups to scale-up with offerings that include a food innovation lab for product development. You’ll also get a preview of a special announcement that’s sure to delight farmers in Washington County and the eastern part of the Empire State.

Our second guest, Tina Douglas of Old Homestead Farm, traveled to Vitality in the Valley along historic Route 20 from Richfield Springs, New York. Tina and her husband, who also runs Farm Boyz Construction, raise cattle and sell beef. You’ll also find pork, chicken, eggs, milk, barbeque sauces, seasonings, and rubs at their farm store. Tina brought two delicious roasts to the pre-event reception and shared her plans to add agriculture tourism and education to the family farm.

Listen to the podcast or watch the video to learn more, and don’t miss Vitality in the Valley at Herkimer College in Herkimer, New York in June 2025.


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