On the shelves: Adirondack frauds

The Adirondack Park is marked in green. Adirondack Maple Farms is at the bottom, a 15-mile drive from the Adirondacks.

The Adirondack Park is marked in green. Adirondack Maple Farms is at the bottom, a 15-mile drive from the Adirondacks.

When I visit some of my Montgomery County farm sources, I often pass a maple syrup manufacturer in the town of Mohawk, near Fonda.

The name? Adirondack Maple Farms.

I shake my head when I see it. It’s great marketing (and great syrup). But those of us up here know it’s harvested and produced in the Mohawk Valley, well outside the Adirondack Park.

It’s not the only Adirondack geographic fraud.

Adirondack-brand pickled beets and pickles. From the Adirondacks? Uh, no.

Adirondack Provisions pickled beets, pickles and garlic. From the Adirondacks? Uh, no.

These pickled beets, pickles and garlic cloves bear an Adirondack General Provisions label. I can’t find much about the company, but the address is the same address as Saratoga Sweets in Halfmoon, just east of Clifton Park.

Head up the Northway, and you’ll be past Great Escape before you’re in the Adirondacks. Distance? About 40 miles.

Adirondack candles. From the Adirondacks? Uh, no. Photo from Pintrest.

Adirondack candles. From the Adirondacks? Uh, no. Photo from Pintrest.

Here’s another. The Adirondack Candle Company is listed as being in Ballston Lake, technically right around Glenville and Schenectady. Again, nowhere close.

To get to the Adirondacks from there, you’d might as well had to camp. Distance to the Adirondacks? About 25 miles.

Anyone else want to test my geography?

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