Mohawk Valley Trading Company - Honey - Maple Syrup - Beeswax Candles

  (Utica, New York)
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Chef Tom Colicchio on Mohawk Valley Trading Company Honey

The Mohawk Valley Trading Company (MVTC) offers the highest quality organic and unprocessed natural products we can produce. Our raw honey and maple syrup is used and endorsed by two of by the world’s most recognized chefs: Bobby Flay recommends our maple syrup and Tom Colicchio recommends our honey. Not only does Tom say our honey is one of his “Personal Pantry Essentials” and “Favorite Gifts” but he also keeps “a jar of the stuff on my desk at all times.”

Tom recently added three more of our honeys to his collection and here is what he has to say about them:

I’ve already shared some of Mohawk Valley Trading Company’s truly extraordinary raw honeys with you and I know many of you have become coverts. So, I’m adding three more of their honeys to my collection:

Tulip Poplar-Black Locust Honey
This honey is derived from the nectars of the Tulip Poplar and Black Locust tree blossoms, which bloom around the same time of the year.

Summer Wildflower Honey
Collected from a range of flowers blooming wild throughout the summer season; Wildflower honey, also known as polyfloral honey, is derived from the nectar of numerous species of flowers or blossoms. The taste, aroma and flavor will vary from season to season, depending on what flowers are dominant at the time the nectar is collected.

Goldenrod Honey
Derived from the pure nectar of wild goldenrod. When Goldenrod is the major nectar source of a honey you get a honey that is golden, spicy, and mildly pungent tasting.

The three varieties are subtly different from each other: the tulip poplar & black locust honey is the deepest, richest, and most powerfully floral of the bunch, the goldenrod honey is clean and mildly spicy, and the summer wildflower honey fits somewhere in the middle, varying based on the particular range of nectars collected for a given batch.

Think about using these thick, complex honeys on yogurt, as a substitute for granulated sugar when baking, or just smeared onto toast. Personally? I also eat good honey plain, with a spoon. But no matter how you use them, these honeys will be a real star. They’re head and shoulders above the mass-market stuff you buy in the supermarket.

Cook Often, Eat Well,


Hoodie - Hooded Sweatshirt Giveaway 2

When it got down to 30 the other night, we had to break out the hoodies and that reminded us that it was time to team up with Crooked Brook again to sponsor another hoodie giveaway. Hooded sweatshirts were popular with people who worked outdoors, way before they became fashionable and were called hoodies.


(Image for example only. Brand, color, gender and size to be determined)

These giveaways are first quality, blank hoodies from Crooked Brook’s inventory. The brand, color, gender and size of the hoodie will be determined by what they have in stock at the time the winner is announced. Crooked Brook will try their best to send winner’s a hoodie as close to their request as possible.

Hopefully, for the next giveaway we can offer printed or custom embroidered hoodies.

The winner will be chosen randomly, from those who post a comment with an answer to this question;

What color, gender and size hoodie would you like to win?

Terms & Conditions:

You must be 18 years or older to win.
Contest ends midnight (Eastern Standard Time) 05/06/12.
Winner will be chosen randomly and contacted by email.
Winner will have 48 hours to reply or a new winner will be chosen.
Crooked Brook will ship the prize to the winner within 30 days of contest end.
Physical address required for shipping; no PO boxes, US recipients only residing in one of the 48 contiguous states.

The origin of the hoodie goes back to the Middle Ages when the standard trappings for monks was a long tunic or robe with a cowl. The hooded sweatshirt as we know it today, was invented in the United States by Champion (an apparel manufacturer specializing in sportswear) in the 1930s and the word hoodie or hoody started to appear in popular culture in the 1990s.

Today, almost every major apparel brand offers a line of hoodies. Some high-end brands offer hoodies in high-performance fabrics, knitted silk, merino wool or other fabrics. With all of the different brands, styles, profiles, fabrics and colors of hoodies to choose from, it can be a bit overwhelming.

Whatever you do don’t buy cheap hooded sweatshirts; they are thin, ill fitting, lose their color, shape and shrink excessively after the first wash.

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