By Jennifer Pauly
President, Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce
The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce will honor businesses and individuals at its annual Chamber Awards Gala from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, April 28, at The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls.
The evening is one of the highlights of the year, held to celebrate the business community and the citizens who help contribute to the success of the region.
The annual awards gala begins with a cocktail hour and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a sit-down dinner and awards program. A silent auction will take place throughout the evening. Tickets are available through the Chamber of Commerce office (895 Center St., Lewiston) at $100 per person (valet parking included).
The chamber’s series of profiles on the 2017 gala honorees opens this week.
Youngstown Business of the Year: Sanger Farms & Bakery
The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Sanger Farms & Bakery as recipient of the Youngstown Business of the Year Award. The Youngstown Business and Professional Association assists the chamber in providing a business nomination that has shown dedication and service to the Youngstown community.
Sanger Farms & Bakery, owned by Mike and Sandy Tuck, is located at 852 Youngstown-Lockport Road, just outside the Village of Youngstown. Sandy’s parents, the Sangers, originally purchased the farm in 1974 from Howard Tower, with Mike and Sandy purchased it from her parents in 2013.
Sandy has been a fixture, baking pies and baked goods for over 40 years, alongside her mother and daughters. When Mike and Sandy took over the operations, it was a natural transition involving Mike, Sandy and the five kids: Lisa, Carly, Shari, Rogan and Claitan.
As a family-owned and -operated business, Sanger Farms is known for homemade baked goods, locally grown produce and U-Pick, sweet ciders and jams, and now the Back Barn Café, which is serving breakfast and lunch.
The farm is one of the few in Western New York that is open year-round.
Mother Nature is one of the biggest factors in running a farm. Nestled in the fertile land a couple miles from the Niagara River and a mile and a half from Lake Ontario proves to be a benefit to many crops enduring frost and drought. The 2016 summer drought affected many of the peach crops in the region; however Sanger Farms was able to produce one of its sweetest and biggest crops.