Download Donna’s course, “Using Public Transit to Fuel Your Marketing Strategy” here. Between her former marketing and promotions positions at Dutchess County Tourism, at New York City Transit and her current position at Metro-North Railroad, Donna Haynes has nearly 20 years of experience with promotional partnership and leisure travel marketing in the public transportation industry. Tourism marketing, corporate sponsorship and sales promotions are just a few of the areas that are woven into her day…

Moore Street Market is the only remaining La Guardia-Era structure in New York City. Opened in 1941, this Brooklyn gem is integral to the fabric of East Williamsburg. The Market is characterized by deep-rooted Latino influences, ubiquitously seen in the Market’s cuisine and produce sold. Formerly managed by the Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation, the 15,000 square foot market is located within the bustling Graham Avenue shopping district in between the J and L subway lines….

Italian heritage, cuisine, and hospitality are overtly observed when walking throughout Arthur Avenue. Since October of 1940, the public market has remained fixed along Belmont’s main thoroughfare as an established culinary beacon situated within the Bronx’s impressive Little Italy district. The surrounding area was almost exclusively Italian in the early 20th century and upon opening day Arthur Avenue has been predominately occupied by Italian vendors. Today, once inside the boisterous space, the rich smells of…

La Marqueta was founded in 1936 to provide entrepreneurial opportunities for pushcart vendors. This market has been and continues to be an iconic East Harlem marketplace. Celebrate the vendors of this public market at the 2nd Annual Deck the Stalls Holiday Market. On December 8th in the Seaport District, and from December 13th – 15th at Essex Market, enjoy a special celebration of small businesses and local vendors that represent the unique cultures of New…

December is host to all kinds of festive holiday events and experiences across the region! Check out some of the great agritourism destinations and special events below and plan your weekend getaway or day trip to explore the fiery fall colors, crunchy leaves, seasonal eats, craft beverages and more before the temperatures drop. Happy traveling, EscapeMakers! November 29 – December 1: Basilica Farm & Flea Holiday Market (Hudson, NY) Head up to Hudson Thanksgiving Weekend…

Download Cari’s course, “Basics of Agritourism Legal, Liability & Insurance Risks” here. Cari Rincker is the owner of Rincker Law, PLLC, a national general practice law firm concentrating in food and agriculture law with offices in New York and Illinois. She is licensed to practice law in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Illinois and Washington D.C. She is a prolific writer and blogger on a myriad of food and agriculture law topics and has been recognized…

For more local trip ideas, checkout http://www.discovercentralnj.com Holiday trips in the family car while growing up in the 1970s often featured my mother leading the family in singing “Over the River and through the Woods,” a holiday poem and song written by a prominent abolitionist in 1844. It goes this way: “Over the river, and through the woods, To Grandmother’s house we go; the horse knows the way to carry the sleigh through the white…

This past spring, the US Department of Agriculture released results from the 2017 Farm Census, which is taken every five years. For the first time, the survey allowed farming families to list more than one “principal” farmer. Couples who own farms no longer must designate one person—usually a husband—as the principal farmer. As a result, women as a percent of farmers has risen by 26% nationwide and by 36% in New Jersey. Some of this…

Download Debbie’s course, “Creating Farm, Winery & Craft Beverage Trail Overnight Packages” here. From the creation of the first private chef service in her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio to owning and operating a bed and breakfast for the last 13 years, Debbie Meritsky has cultivated a working knowledge of the local food movement and continues to promote her small family farms to locals and tourists alike. Through her experience, Debbie has developed extensive knowledge in the…

Download Jennifer’s course, “Rallying Your Resources for Group, Corporate & Motorcoach Business” here. Jennifer Ackerson, President of ALON Marketing Group, is a 25+ year veteran of the travel industry with direct experience working in all tourism business categories. Jennifer has an excellent understanding of group visitation and the tourism dynamic. This expertise results in a high level of successful strategic tourism business development for both tourism suppliers and destinations in the domestic and international group markets. In…