Since Governor Cuomo signed a law last fall allowing distilleries to participate in farmers’ markets, Adirondack Distilling Company has enjoyed a brisk business at the local farmers markets in both Utica and Syracuse.
The markets, which have traditionally featured local fruit, produce, baked goods and dairy products, are now allowed to include products from local farm distilleries. Utica-based Adirondack Distilling Company is one of the first distilleries in Central New York to take part in this initiative.
“Farm distilleries and the agricultural sector play a major role in New York State’s economy,” Governor Cuomo said in a previous statement. “By easing restrictions on farm distilleries and permitting tastings and sales outside of their premises, we are giving these distilleries an equal chance to compete in the industry and a better opportunity to reach new customers and grow their businesses.”
At the Oneida County Public Market at Union Station and the CNY Regional Farmers Market in Syracuse, Adirondack Distilling Company has been selling their handcrafted Adirondack Vodka faster than anticipated.
“It’s as if people were waiting for us all along,” says Bruce Elwell, one of the founders of Adirondack Distilling. He feels that their vodka is a natural fit at the markets: “People coming to the markets are looking for fresh local products, made with fresh local ingredients. Our vodka is distilled in small batches from locally grown corn and then crystal filtered for purity using local Herkimer Diamonds. You can’t get more local than that”.
Jordan Karp, the master distiller also commented on another key factor of their success: “Many people in our area cannot tolerate gluten and are shopping for local gluten-free products. Our Adirondack Vodka is made with locally grown corn and is therefore naturally gluten free.”
With the season of farmers markets in full swing, you can expect the amount of produce, crafts and baked goods to keep increasing. Adirondack Distilling will be adding to their wares as well with the introduction of their new Adirondack Gin. Flavored with native Alpine Bilberries, Adirondack Gin will bring yet another taste of the Adirondacks to the farmers markets.
Adirondack Distilling Company is located at 601 Varick Street in Utica, N.Y. Throughout the summer, you can find them at the Union Station Farmers Market on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the Syracuse Farmers Market at the NYS Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.