What IS Stollen, Anyway?

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Every year during the holiday season, Holland Farms Bakery & Deli offers customers our take on the traditional German bread-like cake, stollen. We think you’ll find that our delicious stollen is a far cry from the original recipe from the 1400s – which consisted of flour, oats, water and… turnip oil!

The reason original stollen had to be made with turnip oil was because in medieval Saxony, bakers were not allowed to use butter during the Advent season. It was not until 1490 that the ban on butter during Advent was lifted (for the royal family only).

Stollen certainly has changed over the years, and while most people are used to the traditional German Christstollen, other cultures feature a similar cake, such as the Dutch Kerststol or the Italian panettone. Holland Farms’ stollen is a sweet delight, filled with fruits and spices, and drizzled with icing. So stop into Holland Farms today and enjoy a traditional taste of the holidays.

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Holland Farms Goes “Dutch Treat” for the Holidays

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If you’re looking for a delicious, traditional treat this holiday season, then look no further than Holland Farms Bakery & Deli. On top of our numerous other holiday baked goods, we offer Dutch almond sticks and Dutch almond letters – a family favorite from our table to yours.

While we’re keeping our recipe a secret, we can tell you that our Dutch treats feature a puffy, flaky pastry crust wrapped around a sweet almond paste filling. Our Dutch letters are the equivalent of three of our Dutch sticks, and can be shaped into any letter you wish.

And, people keep coming back for our Dutch treats year after year – we have at least 10 customers from all around the country who call us each year to get their orders in early. And what’s more, we ship! Yes, Dutch sticks and Dutch letters are perfectly shippable, and make for a delectable delivery to the friends and family on your list who have everything. Just be sure to get your orders in by December 16, so that we can ship your Dutch treats in time for Christmas!

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Too Many Holiday Treats? Have a Holland Farms Salad!

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If you’re worried about eating less-than-healthy this holiday season, Holland Farms can help you get some of those veggies that you need every day, with our variety of green salads. When you stop into the Holland Farms deli, we’ll be more than happy to serve you one of our nutritious, tasty salads, prepared fresh daily.

Choose from our great salad selections:

  • Tossed Salad
  • Chicken Caesar
  • Southwestern
  • Greek
  • Spinach and Grapes
  • Apple, Walnut and Raisin
  • Tomato and Mozzarella

Our salads are a temptation you won’t have to resist – stop into Holland Farms and enjoy a healthy dose of deliciousness today!

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Pie Time at Holland Farms!

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At Holland Farms Bakery & Deli, all of our baked goods including pies are baked fresh every day. So while it might be easier for us to pop a commercially prepared frozen pie in our oven, that will never happen at Holland Farms. That’s because we pride ourselves in providing you baked goods like you remember your grandma making – and our pies are no exception.

Make sure you place your orders for holidays pies today – give us a call at 736-6044 and one of our friendly staff will be more than happy to assist you!

During the holiday season, we offer a wide variety of both fruit and cream pies, and we always use real fruit filling and real whipped cream – no skimping. So you’ll be able to serve your family and guests a pie that tastes just like homemade.

Our fruit pies for the holidays come in the following varieties:

  • Apple
  • Dutch Apple
  • Blueberry
  • Cherry
  • Raspberry
  • Pumpkin
  • Mince

Prefer cream pies? We’re sure to have your favorite kind for Thanksgiving:

  • Chocolate
  • Coconut
  • Banana
  • Strawberry
  • Lemon
  • Lemon Meringue
  • Pumpkin Cream
  • Boston Cream
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Fantastic Feasts This Thanksgiving – Get Yours at Holland Farms

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At Holland Farms, we take pride in helping you simplify your life. So whether you need some help with the fixings or with baked goods this Thanksgiving, or you’d like a complete meal, we can assist you in serving up the tastiest holiday feast ever.

Our “Thanksgiving Trimmings” menu includes:

  • Turkey Gravy: $2.50 pt. or $5.00 qt.
  • Stuffing: $2.50
  • Mashed Potatoes: $2.59
  • Broth: $2.29
  • Turkey Pot Pies: White meat and veggie – $4.55 or White meat and gravy – $4.95

Or, take it easy this year and serve up a complete turkey or ham dinner from Holland Farms.

With our turkey dinner, you’ll get:

  • 3 lbs. Turkey Breast
  • 5 lbs. Real Mashed Potatoes
  • 5 lbs. Homemade Dressing
  • 1 qt. Homemade Gravy
  • 3 lbs. Vegetable
  • 1 can Cranberry Sauce
  • 1 doz. Fresh Baked Rolls
  • 1 Apple or Pumpkin Pie

This feast feeds six to eight people, and costs $69.99.

If you prefer ham, we also offer a complete ham dinner. With this feast, you’ll get:

  • 4 lbs. Ham
  • 5 lbs. Yams
  • 3 lbs. Coleslaw
  • 3 lbs. Peas
  • 1 can Cranberry Sauce
  • 1 doz. Fresh Baked Rolls
  • 1 8″ Cake

The ham dinner serves six to eight people, and costs $66.00.

To place an order for all things Thanksgiving, contact Holland Farms at 736-6044 today!

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Ramon Zayas – Our Master Baker

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You might not realized that behind-the-scenes at Holland Farms Bakery & Deli, a world-famous baker is busy preparing the delicious pastries, donuts, breads and cakes for the day. But every day Ramon Zayas, production manager at Holland Farms does just that. Ramon has garnered fame for being in the Guinness Book of World Records for the world’s largest jelly donut – baked on January 21, 1993 and weighing 1.7 tons – but his top priority is serving the people of the Mohawk Valley the very best in baked goods.

Ramon, who formerly owned Donato’s Bakery in Utica, has worked at Holland Farms for the last 17 years. He has been a baker for 37 years, and lends this experience to his role at Holland Farms. “I do pretty much everything in the bakery here,” Ramon said, adding that he oversees the entire bakery, buys supplies, maintains inventory, and trains and cross-trains new employees.

Ramon is also active on a national level, serving as past president for the New York Bakers Association, as a board member for the Retail Bakers of America, and serving as current president for the New York Bakers’ Association.

But it is at Holland Farms that Ramon is most at home. “I absolutely love the people here,” Ramon said. “The staff is hard-working and conscientious, and the volume of baked goods we produce every day is phenomenal,” he said. “It’s a good feeling to be able to serve people.”

Ramon said that even after all these years; he still loves to eat sweets every day. And although he’s world-renowned for his famous jelly buns, he is especially proud of his cheesecake recipe. “It’s a real New York cheesecake. I went to Queens to learn the recipe – pure cream cheese from top to bottom. It’s delicious!”

A native of the Utica area, Ramon and his wife of 34 years have five children and five grandchildren.

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Holland Farms Spotlight: Dorothy Holmes

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If you’ve ever stopped into Holland Farms in the afternoon, chances are you’ve met Dorothy Holmes. Dorothy has been serving up delicious Holland Farms coffee for more than eight years – always with a smile.

Dorothy worked in an office for 36 years before coming to Holland Farms – a departure for which she was both apprehensive and excited. “I had worked in corporate America all my life, and when I decided to look for a part-time job, I figured I’d be working in an office,” Dorothy said. She found herself applying for a position at Holland Farms, and was quickly won over by the personalities of the owners. “Marolyn and Suzanne were so friendly and nice when I applied, they won me over,” she said.

At first, working at Holland Farms was very different for Dorothy, who had limited customer contact in her previous employment. “I spoke with people mainly over the phone and by computer,” she said. Dorothy soon realized that she enjoyed the daily personal contact with the Holland Farms patrons. “We get a lot of repeat customers in the afternoon. I’ve gotten to know them and look forward to seeing them every day.”

When faced with revealing her favorite menu item from Holland Farms, Dorothy said she has too many to choose just one. “I’m a dessert person. I love chocolate, so I love the cream puffs, the brownies, the half moons… it’s a long, long list.”

Even sweeter than the baked goods, though, is the working environment, according to Dorothy. “The employers are great to work for, and I enjoy our customers. It’s very friendly here.” As an example, Dorothy mentioned the very special birthday she was surprised with last December. “When I showed up at work, Marolyn and Suzanne had a tiara and a cake for my 80th birthday, as well as signs in all the windows. It was such a surprise, and so thoughtful.”

Dorothy, who is a widow with four children and three grandsons, said that her secret for a happy life is keeping active. In her spare time, she loves travel, especially by bus. She also enjoys theater, and has seen The Phantom of the Opera three times. She is looking forward to an upcoming bus trip to NYC, where she will see Sister Act on Broadway and will visit the 9/11 Memorial.

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Holland Farms Spotlight – Maureen Dingle

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Preparing one meal a day for a family can sometimes seem like a daunting task – imagine overseeing two kitchens that produce several hundreds of pounds of food a day! That’s just a day in the life for Holland Farms Bakery & Deli Kitchen Manager Maureen Dingle, though. She oversees both the salad kitchen and hot foods kitchen at Holland Farms – a role she has played for almost a decade.

Maureen, who generally oversees a staff of three during the winter and six throughout the summer months, is responsible for the production of all the cooked menu items at Holland Farms – from their famous potato salad to their amazing barbeque. If it’s on the menu, it’s there because Maureen has worked to make sure the Holland Farms kitchens are operating smoothly and efficiently.

“I like the fact that here, we’re allowed to work independently,” Maureen said. “We’re allowed to manage our departments the way we know will work best.” Maureen said that the enjoyable working environment is one of the main reasons she’s worked at Holland Farms for the last eight years. “It’s very easy to work here,” she said.

Of course, one of the great things about working for Holland Farms is the food – both from the bakery and the deli. “I’d have to say my favorite dish from the Holland Farms kitchen is our chicken riggies,” Maureen said, adding that jelly buns are her favorite baked good, with banana rolls coming in a close second. “If you haven’t tried our banana rolls, you really have to – they’re delicious!”

A lifelong resident of the Mohawk Valley, Maureen currently lives in Ilion. She has two adult children, six grandchildren, and one on the way. In her spare time, she enjoys painting. “I’m an artist on the side,” she said, adding that she likes to paint nature scenes, children, and murals for her grandchildren.

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Holland Farms Spotlight: Gail Ann Sfeir

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For 17 years, Gail Ann Sfeir has been providing smiles – and delicious dishes – to the patrons of Holland Farms Bakery & Deli. In her role as Deli Sales Manager, Gail Ann is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the deli, including ordering deli meats, training new employees and making sure that all aspects of the deli are in tip-top shape.

“What we provide to our customers here at Holland Farms are homemade products that we’re proud to serve every day,” Gail Ann said. “Everything is scratch-baked and made fresh. Customers sometimes ask things like, ‘Are these real mashed potatoes?’ Of course they’re real! We believe fresh is best.”

Gail Ann resides in Sauquoit with her husband of 40 years. They have three grown daughters, as well as three granddaughters. Prior to joining Holland Farms, Gail Ann owned and operated a meat market and deli with her husband. This experience allowed her to bring immeasurable knowledge to the table in her role as Deli Sales Manager.

In addition, her love of cooking has also assisted her in her role. “Utica Greens are my real specialty,” she said. “Holland Farms is the place to come for traditional Utica dishes, like greens, tomato pie, riggies and, of course, half moons.” In fact, of all the delectable offerings at Holland Farms, half moons are among Gail Ann’s favorites. “You can’t beat our chocolate-on-chocolate half moons,” she said. “They’re the best!”

But it isn’t just the sweets and Italian-inspired dishes that have kept Gail Ann at Holland Farms for more than a decade and a half. “The employers here are easy to work for and very compassionate, and we always have a lot of fun together,” Gail Ann said. “And we have so many loyal customers that I have gotten to know over the years. Being able to provide them with quality products, and giving them a smile to go along with it, really makes my day!”

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You’ll Be “Goblin” Up Our Pumpkin Treats

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When you visit Holland Farms Bakery & Deli this October, be on the lookout for all of our great fall-inspired goodies, sure to please all the ghosts, goblins and ghouls in your life, big and small. Every October, we bake everyone’s favorite fall fruit – the pumpkin – into many of our popular bakery items. Don’t miss our limited-time muffins in pumpkin, pumpkin nut, and pumpkin chocolate chip varieties.

And, what goes better with a crisp, cold glass of cider (or a hot cup of Holland Farms coffee) than a delectable pumpkin donut? We also make cider and sour cream donuts this time of year, so why not try all three? We also have a variety of donut holes available, too. Are you more of a pie person? You can also choose our homemade pumpkin pie, plain or topped with real whipped cream.

Jack-o-lanterns are popping up everywhere here, too. Holland Farms offers specialty Halloween cakes as well as pumpkin-face cookie cakes and pumpkin-face cookies, which are perfect for kids’ parties at school and at home. Just give us a call at 315-736-6044 to place your order, and we’ll be more than happy to make your Halloween festivities nothing short of “spooktacular”!

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