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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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Say Cheese! October is Cheesecake Month at Holland Farms!

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Since 1955, Holland Farms Bakery & Deli has been making delicious cheesecakes. And all throughout October, we’re offering all of our incredible varieties at a special price. This month, take $1 off our 6″ and 8″ sizes, and 50¢ off individual cheesecakes.

At Holland Farms, we know all of our customers are different. That’s why we make many different kinds of cheesecake to suit a wide array of tastes. You can choose from:

  • Traditional
  • Chocolate
  • Caramel
  • Swirl

Top any of these with cherries, strawberries or blueberries. Does your family all have different tastes when it comes to cheesecake? We also sell our cheesecakes by the slice, so you’ll be able to keep everyone happy!

And, when you stop by Holland Farms this month, you’ll be able to sample our cheesecake for free! Samples will be available daily, so be sure to ask for one when you come in for a jelly bun and a delicious cup of coffee!

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“Fall” Into Comfort Foods at Holland Farms

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Fall is a time when the kids are headed back to school, and chances are, your schedule is more hectic than ever. Getting the family together for dinner – much less finding time to prepare a wholesome meal – is practically impossible. Luckily, Holland Farms Bakery & Deli prepares a variety of hot meals every day, so you don’t have to. And this fall, you’ll find a number of delicious choices that are sure to please your busy family.

We’ve added some great new menu items to our already extensive line of hot lunches, including:

  • Southern fried chicken
  • Phyllo rolls (sausage and southwestern)
  • Chicken alfredo with broccoli
  • Specialty soups (French onion, cream of broccoli and more)

In addition, you can always enjoy many other “comfort foods”, like macaroni and cheese, meatloaf, chicken and biscuits, and shepherd’s pie. 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 goodness tonight!

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Shine On, Harvest Moons!

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At Holland Farms Bakery & Deli, one of our favorite bakery items is a Utica tradition – half moons. Our delicious halfmoon cookies are made fresh from scratch daily, and as you know we have a wide variety – traditional, chocolate frosting on a chocolate bottom, vanilla frosting on a vanilla bottom, raspberry coconut, carrot – you name it, we’ve got it. But in September, 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 autumn best, donning colors of red, orange, yellow and green – perfect for the fall season. 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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“Stop & Go” at Holland Farms

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Is your idea of donut delight chocolate frosted, vanilla-topped goodness? Or do you prefer your donut draped in vanilla frosting with a generous dollop of jelly on top? Or can you simply not decide between either, because you love them both the same? If headlights, stoplights or both are the donuts that help your day get started on a sweet note, then you should visit us here at Holland Farms Bakery and Deli, because we bake them up fresh, from scratch, each and every day just for you!

And August is “Stop and Go” Month here, in honor of our headlights and stoplights. And did we mention that all throughout the month, these delicious donuts are on sale? So you don’t have to choose between the two – you can pick up both varieties! And while you’re here, why not grab some headlights and stoplights to share with friends, family and co-workers? They’re sure to appreciate your thoughtfulness and the yummy goodness!

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Southern BBQ is Made Simple at Holland Farms!

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At Holland Farms Bakery & Deli, you trust us to provide you with delicious baked goods and fresh, tasty deli items every day. You know us for our jelly buns, half moons, super salads and amazing cakes… but did you know we could also provide you with the delectable taste of a down-home barbeque?

We have amazingly good barbeque meats available daily. You can choose from high-quality pork, beef, ham or turkey, which we’ve shaved and smothered in tangy barbeque sauce. And, you can choose either a barbeque sandwich served on one of our homemade hard rolls, or you can buy it by the pound to take home for dinner. Planning a party? Let us know in advance, and we can prepare as much barbeque, and as many hard rolls, as you need. Just call (315) 736-6044 and we’ll be more than happy to help.

But a good southern barbeque just isn’t complete without the baked beans, and we have some of the best in town right here at Holland Farms. Ramon uses an old family recipe that is both sweet and savory, and is simply delicious. You can purchase our baked beans at the deli in one- or two-pound containers, or you can special order as many pounds as you like.

Come on down to Holland Farms Bakery & Deli for southern barbeque made simple!

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That’s A Lotta Potato Salad!

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You might think we’re exaggerating when we tell you Holland Farms Deli & Bakery sold a ton of potato salad over the Fourth of July weekend… but actually, we’re being modest. In 2011, we sold 2500 pounds – that’s a ton and a quarter! We thought it might be fun to compare that amount of potato salad to other things that have a similar weight, and here’s what we found:

  • The American bison
  • The average walrus
  • A Mini Cooper
  • About seven average-sized Sumo wrestlers
  • A Cessna 172 aircraft

So as you can see, 2500 pounds of potato salad is a LOT! But of course, we couldn’t have done it without you – many thanks for making our potato salad “famous” – we appreciate it!

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July’s for Pies at Holland Farms

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At Holland Farms Bakery & Deli, all of our baked goods 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.

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 come in the following varieties:

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

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

  • Chocolate
  • Coconut
  • Banana
  • Strawberry
  • Lemon
  • Boston Cream
  • Lemon Meringue

And all throughout the month of July, all of the pies we’ve listed here are $1 off, every day. So don’t miss out – pick up a delicious Holland Farms pie (or two… or three…) for your next family picnic or gathering. We’re sure everyone will appreciate it!

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