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One business that has seen significant growth during the coronavirus pandemic is sales of alcoholic beverages. In New York state, restrictions on carry out and delivery of alcohol sales have been relaxed significantly during stay-at-home orders. But, easier access along with the stress of social isolation may lead to people having problems with alcohol.

Fox Run Vineyards

Another long standing summer event in the Finger Lakes has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This was to have been the 28th year that Fox Run Vineyards hosted its Glorious Garlic Festival. But, out of an abundance of caution and with the safety of their customers, vendors, and employees their top priority, the event has been cancelled for 2020 along with the annual Town Pants concert. Scott Osborn is president and co-owner of Fox Run Vineyards. He said they made the decision sooner rather than later so that none of the 13 to 14 thousand people who attend make plans that they have to cancel at the last minute. And, Osborn wanted to give the vendors plenty of notice.

Red Tail Ridge Winery

During the coronavirus pandemic, food insecurity has become a top of mind issue across the country. Food banks are facing unprecedented demand as the economy has ground to a halt. 

For one Finger Lakes winery, a commitment meeting the challenge of food insecurity has been a part of their business all along. Red Tail Ridge Winery on Seneca Lake produces around 9,000 cases annually. Their largest volume wine is an estate Riesling called Good Karma. The name is appropriate. For ten years, 10-percent of the profit from every bottle goes back to a food bank in the state where it’s sold.

This year’s Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance was to have been a celebration of the event’s 30th Anniversary. Now, the party will have to wait until 2021.


The City of Geneva is making changes to a grant program to provide support to small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.

NYS Homes and Community Renewal (NYS HCR) has approved a plan for the city to utilize a portion of its 2020 Microenterprise Assistance Program (MAP) to assist the businesses in the city who have been negatively impacted by stay-at-home orders. The new Small Business Disaster Grant Program will provide funding to pay operating expenses. Up to $10,000 be available over a 3 month period.

Finger Lakes Chef Samantha Buyskes
Dylan Buyskes

Finger Lakes chef Samantha Buyskes joined Morning Edition host Kelly Walker in studio to talk about some of the Fall fruits in the Finger Lakes and a new home for her donuts in Geneva.

Kelly Walker / Finger Lakes Public Radio


Several months ago, renown Finger Lakes chef Samantha Buyskes announced that she would be joining Three Brothers Winery and Estates in opening a new restaurant in Canandaigua. Opening any new restaurant is a considerable undertaking, so it came as something of a surprise when Buyskes and Three Brothers announced that they would first open a new restaurant on Linden Street in downtown Geneva in the space recently vacated by Cebo.

 

Kelly Walker / Finger Lakes Public Radio

A recent article in Rochester’s Democrat and Chronicle is just the latest signal that Geneva is developing a big reputation in the region as a culinary destination. Many of the restaurants in Geneva take advantage of the Finger Lakes’ agricultural bounty. When you sit down to a meal, you’re often no far from where some of the ingredients were grown. At four local restaurants, you might be dining on produce that was grown by the chef who prepared it.

Kelly Walker

Since the late 1990s, Peter Bell of Fox Run Vineyards has hosted a winetasting for his fellow Finger Lakes winemakers.

“I’ve always been interested and motivated to taste with other winemakers, my colleagues.” 

On this particular morning, the group is tasting tank samples of 2015 semi-dry Riesling, what Bell describes as works in progress.

“The best time to make some changes, of course, is before the wine goes into bottles. And that’s what’s going on right now.”