There are a variety of things that the good people of the Finger Lakes produce, including lots of things you might not even think of! While I don’t have a whole lot, I do have some tried and true favorites, as well as some new things I’ve been enjoying recently. With that, I give you my winter favorites this year so far.
1. Piglip Black Currant Balm
Hailing from Ovid, which is on the eastern side of Seneca Lake, is Daring Drake Farm. Now, I had never even heard of the farm or their scrumptious lip balm until the day I bought this, on a fun shopping trip in the Ithaca Commons. It’s made of simple ingredients, including pork lard which gives it its “piglip” name. But don’t let that turn you off – it only tastes of yummy black currant and is extremely softening and hydrating – perfect for these chilly winter months.
2. Soul Full Cup Coffee
Who doesn’t love a warm cup of coffee on a snowy winter morning? I know I sure do! Soul Full Cup coffeehouse has had a few different locations throughout the years, but right now they’re settled into a nice spot on Corning’s Market Street. I don’t do well with too much caffeine at once – it makes me very shaky. Therefore, I usually opt for decaf, which is what I have here. It’s so smooth and delicious.
3. NOTE Fragrances Custom Perfume
If you have been reading the site recently, you’ll know I took a trip up to Hector a few weeks ago to visit NOTE Fragrances. I was able to create my own custom perfume using a wide variety of scents at my disposal, and it was SO much fun. I created a woodsy, fresh, citrus kind of scent that I think will work well in the summer as well as in the winter. I’ve been loving it and enjoy smelling the fragrance evolve throughout the day.
4. White Cat
Made from Niagara Grapes, White Cat is a sweet, light wine from Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards in Hector that goes perfect with sunshine and a warm ocean breeze. Why am I picking it for winter? Isn’t it obvious… I’m ready for summertime! (PS – isn’t this tiny bottle the cutest?!)
5. Yancey’s Fancy Cheese
I really don’t have enough good things to say about Yancey’s Fancy cheese. I’m not really sure if their headquarters counts as the Finger Lakes or not; they’re located in Corfu, which is up somewhere between Rochester and Buffalo. But either way, they’re loved in the area and close enough for me. Their cheese curds are amazing and the company is actually the biggest fresh cheese curd manufacturer on the east coast. Pretty cool! Their other hard cheese are so delicious too and I can’t get enough. They have varieties such as Peppadew Cheddar (pictured above), Strawberry Chardonnay Cheddar, Maple Cheddar, and Smoked Gouda. Yum.
What have you been loving this winter? Let me know in the comments!