Something that’s “antique” is usually considered to be 100 years old, while being vintage is just 7 years old or more. We have a rich food history in the area, some of which is vintage and then some which could be considered antique! So let’s go with heritage. And we’re declaring these top foodie destinations in the Finger Lakes as part of the “Foodie Heritage Trail”.
So get on the road, and bring your appetite to these tasty places!
TOTAL TIME TO DO THE TRAIL: Day Trip
KEY EVENT: Naples Grape Festival, September 28-29, 2013
The Jell-O Gallery
In 1897, Pearle Wait, a carpenter in LeRoy, was putting up a cough remedy and laxative tea in his home. He experimented with gelatine and came up with a fruit flavored dessert which his wife, May, named Jell-O. The first four Jell-O flavors were orange, lemon, strawberry, and raspberry. Lime was introduced in 1930.
Ganondagan White Corn
Ganondagan Native American Historic Site is the home of the Iroquois White Project. When the French destroyed the town in 1687, they also destroyed over 500,000 bushels of white corn in the granary at Fort Hill. Ganondagan has just recently brought back white corn to the historic site. Visitors to Ganondagan can take home bags of whole corn, hand-roasted corn and corn flour.
Founded in 1878, The Genesee Brewing Company, based in Rochester, New York, is one of the largest and oldest continually operating breweries in the United States. The Brewery makes the Genesee line of beers, including the iconic Genesee, the refreshing Genny Light, and the original Genesee Cream Ale.
Naples Grape Pie
The small Finger Lakes town of Naples that has been producing grape pies since the 1950s. Naples sells more than 70,000 slices of grape pie a year and has declares itself the Grape Pie Capital of the World! Even the fire hydrants in Naples are purple! Since 1951, homemakers in this Finger Lakes town have been selling grape pies made from the grapes grown in their vineyards. Today, all roads leading into Naples, NY offer up some grape pie options.
In 1930, John and Walter Wegman opened Wegmans, a 20,000 square-foot Clinton Avenue (Rochester, NY) “showplace” store with cafeteria seating for 300. Today, the famous grocery store operates 81 stores and employs more than 44,000 people.
Red Jacket Orchards
Located in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of New York State along the rolling hills of Seneca Lake, Red Jacket was originally planted in 1917. Today, the orchard and juice company is managed by the second and third generation of the Nicholson family. Starting with Joe and Emily Nicholson, Sr. in 1958, RJO has spent over 50 years mastering the art and science of quality fresh fruit and juice production.
Arbor Hill Grapery
John and Katie Brahm continue 4 generations of traditions as owners of Arbor Hill, an award-winning producer of gourmet food products and wine. With a degree in Pomology from Cornell and a successful 23-year career at Widmer Wine Cellars, John started the gourmet food business in 1987 with the Brahm’s Wine Syrups. Arbor Hill now offers about 45-50 different gourmet foods as well as wine-based finishing sauces. Arbor Hill features a retail shop, wine cellar, and a restaurant in the 150-year old barn out back, Brew and Brats.
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