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Local gift baskets offer slice of Central New York

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Local gift baskets offer slice of Central New York
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It's a taste of Central New York in a gift basket and it has become a popular item this holiday season. As our Andy Mattison tells us, these localized gift baskets featuring the best of what the area has to offer are being shipped throughout the country.

OSWEGO, N.Y. -- At Ontario Orchards in Oswego, the shipments for this week are starting to pile up.

"We have about 30 to 40 orders that are in the pipeline that we're moving into boxes, packaging for our UPS driver to pick up," said Ontario Orchards Marketing Director Lisa Hollenbeck.

Among the items getting sent out include gift baskets filled with foods, spices and sauces from Central New York and across the state. The gift baskets are a collection of the best the area has to offer and have become a hit this holiday season.

"A lot of orders are people that are either from this area or they're people that have moved away and are originally from Central New York area and want just a taste of home away from home," said Hollenbeck.

The gift baskets are made in the back of the store and then either put on display or sent to shipping. The most popular gift basket has been the Dinosaur Barbecue one and with so many orders coming in from out-of-state on the internet, the staff has been very busy these last two weeks.

"We have been doing 15 to 30 baskets a day the last two weeks to get them out to shipping. We ship a lot to Florida, we ship a lot out west. We also do a lot of the breakfast baskets, which we ship a lot of Green Mountain coffees with our New Hope Mills pancake mixes," said Ontario Orchards Manager Kathy Ouellette.

Whether it's breakfast, lunch or dinner, these gift baskets cover all meals. They can even be custom made, allowing you to send a taste of home to your loved ones living far away.

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