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Business Still Delivering Baked Goods 60 Years Later

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This article, written by Philip A. Vanno, originally appeared in the November 13, 2015 edition of the Utica Observer Dispatch (News, 3A).

YORKVILLE – Looming large over the new crop of locally owned bakeries that have popped up recently and ushered in a resurgence in the consumption of artisan breads and baked goods are the heads of two giant cows on Oriskany Boulevard.

For the past 60 years, Holland Farms Bakery & Deli has been one of the area’s standard-bearers of homemade baked goods, spawning a dedicated legion of followers that flock to the village business on any given day in search of its famous jelly buns, half moons, coffee and tomato pie.

With new businesses such as Utica Bread and Bite Bakery and Café in Utica and Wicked Sweets in Yorkville joining the fray looking to put their mark on the area, Holland Farms co owner Marolyn Wilson said her business faces the future head on, armed with consistency, brand loyalty and family.

“The optimism in the Mohawk Valley is up 90 percent, and everyone is feeling good about the area,” Wilson said. “But you have to be willing to put the money in. We make everything from scratch and have become a destination for those who want a fresh product. That’s what differentiates us.”

While Cupcake’s and Chuckie’s bovine mugs have graced the establishment’s billboard since it opened in 1966 at its current location, Wilson’s father, John Piersma, established the business as Holland Farms Dairy Bar and Bakery in 1955 on the boulevard near the intersection of Main Street in New York Mills.

A second Holland Farms Bakery operated for a time during the late 1970sandearly 1980s at the current site of the Clinton Post Office, at about which time Wilson and her sister Suzanne Harrington took over the Yorkville operation and initiated more features such as freshly made deli items and a drive-thru window.

The family tradition continues with the recent addition of Harrington’s daughter Heather Portzeba as a co-owner, who plans to bring some of her own ideas into the fold eventually.

“I grew up working in the store while going to school,” Portzeba said. “But you really don’t get a true appreciation for how busy and complex the bakery and deli business can be until you’re here for the day-to-day operations. I have a new regard for the business and my mother and aunt (and) I’m grateful and excited to be apart of (it).”

Ron Topor has been along for the entire ride since Holland Farms took over its current site from the old Sal’s Barbecue. The 75-year-old Whitesboro man said he comes into the bakery and deli at least three times a week to buy everything from potato salad to doughnuts.

“I love the variety,” Topor said. “I can stop in here and walk out with a bunch of different things, and it’s all fresh and delicious. That’s a very unique thing.”

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Moons Over Hawaii!

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While Mohawk Valley native Scott Kirley loves living in Hawaii with his beautiful family these days, there are a few things from home he misses – friends, family – and Holland Farms half moons. Recently, a childhood friend decided to send him a dozen of the delectable treats, and Scott couldn’t have been happier.

“I was so glad to receive these treats,” Scott said. “I hadn’t had a half moon since 2006, the last time I was in New York.” He added that they definitely brought the taste of Utica directly to his tropical paradise. “The half moons were amazing – they tasted just like I remember.”

Scott’s story made us think, friends don’t let friends go without half moons! If you have friends or family who live out of the area and are missing Holland Farms half moons, don’t make them wait! Holland Farms can easily ship them anywhere in the United States, as well as to all APO and PPO addresses. (Scott received his just three days from ordering!) Just give us a call at 315-736-6044 and we’ll be happy to assist you!

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No Time to Cook? Holland Farms Can Help!

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When September rolls around, it means the kids are headed back to school and chances are, you’re busier than ever! Bringing your family together for a meal at the table – much less finding time to prepare it – is practically impossible. Fortunately, Holland Farms Bakery & Deli prepares a variety of hot meals every day, so you can leave the cooking to us! We offer a variety of ready-to-serve meals that are sure to please the entire family.

When you choose Holland Farms to help feed your busy family, you’ll be able to choose from a number of “comfort foods” like:

  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Meatloaf
  • Chicken and biscuits
  • Shepherd’s pie
  • Southern fried chicken
  • Turkey pot pie
  • Chicken alfredo with broccoli
  • Specialty soups

Our meals are made fresh from scratch daily, so you’re getting the same great food you’d make yourself – if only you had the time! And, when you call ahead to order, we’ll be happy to have everything ready for you when you get here. Or, if you want to pick it up after 3 p.m., feel free to use our drive-thru window (but ya gotta drive around!). Call us at 315-736-6044 to place your to-go order, and enjoy homemade deliciousness tonight!

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Celebrate Fall with a Harvest Moon from Holland Farms

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Around this time of year, the leaves on the trees begin to change, and there is a new crispness in the air that lets us know that summer is on its way out, and winter is just around the corner. To celebrate this change of seasons, and to bring the fall colors from the landscape to you, Holland Farms has designated September as Harvest Moon Month.

During September, our delicious Holland Farms half moons take on new, exciting colors as beautiful as the falling leaves. But right along with the changing of the leaves and the Harvest moon up in the sky, come our very special half moon cookie edition – Harvest Moons.

Our Harvest Moons are dressed in their autumnal best, donning colors of red, orange, yellow and green – perfect for the fall season. (But we promise you they still have the same great taste as our traditional chocolate/vanilla frosted half moon cookies!) And, like always, our Harvest Moons are made fresh from scratch daily right in our bakery – so you’ll always get a cookie that tastes delicious.

Do you have friends or family who live out of the area and are missing the changing of the leaves – and Holland Farms half moons? Holland Farms can easily ship them anywhere in the United States, as well as to all APO and PPO addresses. Just give us a call at 315-736-6044 and we’ll be happy to assist you!

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Planning a Summer Party? Holland Farms Can Help!

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Summer has arrived, and that means party season is right around the corner, too. If you’re planning a grad party, anniversary party or even a wedding, Holland Farms can help take care of your catering needs. We offer a full catering menu, including our convenient Party-To-Go.

When you order our Party-To-Go package, you’ll get everything you need to make your party a smash hit! The package includes:

  • Our “famous” potato salad
  • Macaroni salad
  • Tossed salad
  • Baked ziti or eggplant parmesan
  • Baked beans or scalloped potatoes
  • White Mountain rolls
  • Your choice of two meats – sausage & peppers, southern style chicken, meatballs, meat & cheese platter, or whole roasted ham, beef or turkey.

If our Party-To-Go package isn’t exactly what you want, we’re happy to custom-design a menu for you. For more information on our catering services, call us today at 315-736-6044. One of our deli specialists will be happy to make your party memorable – and delicious!

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Make Your Wedding Day Spectacular with a Cake from Holland Farms

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Your wedding day is special – you’ve planned it to reflect your personality, from the dress to the invitations to the venue. Holland Farms cakes have been served at weddings all over central New York for decades, and we’d love the opportunity to help make your wedding perfect, too.

When you order your wedding cake from Holland Farms, you will talk with one of our cake decorators or with an experienced clerk, who can help you design the wedding cake of your dreams. You can choose from a photo book of cakes we have done in the past, or you can bring in a picture, photo, or sketch of the cake you want and we will do our best to duplicate it.

We’ll help you to design a cake that will complement your wedding decor, and one of our experienced staff members will assemble your cake at your reception site – ready for you and your guests to enjoy.

We are able to do up to three wedding cakes each weekend. If your wedding is at a busy time of year, reserve your space now. A deposit of one-half the total cost is required when ordering a wedding cake. This deposit is refundable up to one week before the wedding. All wedding cakes must be paid for at least one week before the wedding. While we prefer to deliver within a 20-mile radius of Holland Farms, delivery beyond the 20-mile limit is possible and will be priced accordingly.

Let Holland Farms help make your wedding special by creating the cake of your dreams. Call us at 315-736-6044 today and ask to speak to one of our decorators, or stop in! We’ll be happy to help you.

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June is Cake Month at Holland Farms

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Nothing says you care like a beautifully decorated cake, and at Holland Farms Bakery & Deli, our cakes are extra special. That’s because they are never commercially prepared – like all of our baked goods, everything from the batter to the frosting are made from scratch in the Holland Farms kitchens.

Do you have a special graduate you’d like to celebrate this month? A Holland Farms cake is the perfect way. We can customize the cake so that it is a beautiful, meaningful addition to your graduate’s party. And of course our cakes are simply delicious, so you know your graduation cake will be a hit with the guest of honor and everyone else!

Our cakes come in a variety of popular flavors. Choose from:

  • White
  • Chocolate
  • Carrot
  • Canoli
  • Rum
  • Red Velvet

We can also fill our cakes – choose Bavarian cream, raspberry, strawberry, lemon or chocolate pudding. And, top it all off with either our buttercream or whipped cream frosting! Or if you’d prefer, we make delicious half moon and chocolate chip cookie cakes, too. And, we’ll decorate your cake just the way you want it, whether it’s for a graduation or other occasions like anniversaries, birthdays – you name it, we’ll make it.

So give Holland Farms a call today at (315) 736-6044, and find out how we can make any occasion more memorable with one of our delectable cakes!

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Graduation Party? Holland Farms Can Make it Stress-Free!

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Graduation season is right around the corner, too, and if you’re planning a graduation party for your favorite scholar, Holland Farms can help take care of your catering needs. We offer a full catering menu, including our convenient Party-To-Go package.

When you order our Party-To-Go package, you’ll get everything you need to make your party a smash hit! The package includes:

  • Our “famous” potato salad
  • Macaroni salad
  • Tossed salad
  • Baked ziti or eggplant parmesan
  • Baked beans or scalloped potatoes
  • White Mountain rolls
  • Your choice of two meats – sausage & peppers, southern style chicken, meatballs, meat & cheese platter, or whole roasted ham, beef or turkey.

Of course, at Holland Farms Bakery & Deli, we’re always happy to customize for you. So, if our Party-To-Go package isn’t exactly what you want, we’ll be delighted to create a personalized menu for your grad party. For more information on our catering services, call us today at 315-736-6044. One of our deli specialists will be happy to make your party memorable – and delicious!

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Need a Graduation Cake? Holland Farms is at the Head of the Class!

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We know your favorite graduate is special to you, and you want their party to be perfect. At Holland Farms Bakery & Deli, we think our cakes are special, too. That’s because they are never commercially prepared – like all of our baked goods, everything from the batter to the frosting is made from scratch in the Holland Farms kitchen. So when you’re planning your party, don’t forget to order your graduate’s cake from us. It’ll make it special!

Our cakes come in a variety of popular flavors. Choose from:

  • White
  • Chocolate
  • Carrot
  • Canoli
  • Rum
  • Red Velvet

We can also fill our cakes – choose Bavarian cream, raspberry, strawberry, lemon or chocolate pudding. And, top it all off with our buttercream, cream cheese or whipped cream frosting! And, we’ll decorate your cake just the way you want it – with your graduate’s favorite or school colors and a graduation cap – so that it’s perfect!

So give Holland Farms a call today at (315) 736-6044 and find out how we can make your graduation party – and any occasion – more memorable with one of our delicious cakes!

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May is for Muffins (and Cupcakes) at Holland Farms

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In recent years, the unassuming petite treats – cupcakes and muffins – have taken the spotlight. It seems that just about everyone loves them, and why not? They’re perfectly sized and can be personalized in virtually endless ways. That’s why Holland Farms Bakery & Deli has made May “Muffin and Cupcake Month”!

When you stop into Holland Farms, you’ll find many delectable varieties of muffins and cupcakes – there’s sure to be something to suit your sweet tooth. Choose from muffins made from scratch daily in the following varieties:

  • Pumpkin
  • Raspberry Swirl
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Apple Cinnamon
  • Corn
  • Blueberry
  • Bran

Maybe you’re more of a cupcake person… no problem! You’ll enjoy delicious cupcakes made from the same homemade batter we use for our signature cakes – white, chocolate, carrot, red velvet – frosted with our buttercream, whipped cream or cream cheese frosting.

And, we’re whipping up special muffins for every day of the week. You’ll be able to choose from:

  • Monday – Strawberry cream cheese
  • Tuesday – Jalapeno corn
  • Wednesday – Pineapple orange
  • Thursday – Lemon poppy seed
  • Friday – Chocolate peanut butter cream cheese
  • Saturday – Craisin raisin
  • Sunday – Pistachio

Don’t miss out on muffins and cupcakes, all throughout the month of May – stop in to Holland Farms Bakery & Deli for a petite sweet treat today!

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