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Purifying Maple: This week on New York NOW

Mar 20, 2015
maple tree with plastic tap and tube
Jenna Flanagan / Innovation Trail

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Maple syrup and pancakes go hand in hand on the average breakfast table. People slather their pancakes with butter and then just pour the syrup on top but here at Madava Farms in rural Dutchess County, the people at Crown Maple are hoping to change the way we think about this all natural sweetener while providing the purest product possible.

Madava Farms COO, Tyge Rugenstein,

Farmers helping farmers in the Catskills: New York NOW

Aug 26, 2014

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To the rest of the world New York is a city, an urban jungle of towering skyscrapers and international culture. But north of the city, New York, the state, is a vast array agricultural enterprises. Farming is and has always been integral to the state economy and a group of young farmers in Catskills are working together to help each other sustain their new businesses.

Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Local markets often provide a setting for refugee and immigrant-owned businesses to flourish. The Westside Bazaar is a multicultural marketplace in Buffalo that showcases food, merchandise and crafts made by people from a range of ethnic backgrounds.

Pou Ma is the owner of a gift shop at the Bazaar. She came to the United States from China several years ago when her husband was offered a job in Buffalo. Today, Ma is building her business around selling a range of items hand-crafted by family and friends.

Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

One small Niagara Falls business owner is taking her sweet treats and positive attitude nationwide. It doesn’t matter whether Owner of Niagara’s Honeymoon Sweets Marry Ann Hess is shaking hands with celebrities, molding chocolates or cutting hair, she’s gushing about western New York.

“I’m just a barber that made candy on the side for friends, now they’re calling me the first lady of chocolate in California,” said Hess.

Ashley Hassett / WBFO

It costs about $2 billion a year to deal with the country’s homeless animals. A pet pharmacy in western New York plans to share 100% of its net profit with some of the nation’s 5,000 animal shelters.

“Every year in the United States five to seven million pets are surrendered or turned over to shelters, roughly 60 to 70% of them never find a home. As a veterinarian I’ve walked in shelters, volunteered my time, when you see those faces and you see those tails wagging, and some are so happy and some are so scared it cannot help, but make an impact on what I felt I could do as a veterinarian,” says Dr. Glenn Buckley.

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