ON THE GO — Cortney White, a Morrisville equine student from Buffalo, stirs ingredients for “On the Go” energy bites, which hit the shelves at Nelson Farms Country Store this week. The product is one of three devised in associate professor Sheila Marshman’s Distribution and Marketing of Agricultural Products class. (Photo courtesy Ken Chapman)

Pair of student products hit market Hemp granola, ‘On the Go’ energy bites cooked up by students at Morrisville State College

Published Dec 1, 2017 at 4:00pm

MORRISVILLE —Two new products produced by Morrisville State College students are on the market.

Hemp granola and “On the Go” energy bites are headed for the shelves of Nelson Farms Country Store, Route 20, Cazenovia. The products will be on display and on sale during a holiday open house and sampling today and Saturday.

Other weekend offerings include a student-made pineapple salsa with shrimp, and a cider with a mulling spice. Nelson Farms is offering a 10-percent discount on all food products during the event.

Joining the two new products are dog treats. Product concepts were cooked up by students in a distribution and marketing of agricultural products class, which has been developing them all semester.

Marketed as a healthy snack, banana coconut chip “On the Go” energy bites “will keep you going during your busy day,” according to the label, which students produced in addition to devising the product, name, logo and packaging.

Hemp granola is also an alternative snack made with ingredients grown in New York state.

Students are behind 20 different tasty treats at the Country Store, which complement hundreds of goods produced by local entrepreneurs.

Choices include a lineup of student-produced products like Slather Sauce, Maple Madness Syrup, Pineapple Salsa, Sweet-n-Spicy Apple Mustard and Apple-n-Spice All-Purpose Seasoning and Rub.

In addition to the Country Store, Morrisville’s products are sold at the Regional Market in Syracuse and at various state Thruway travel plazas and service stops.  

Nelson Farms, operated by the Morrisville Auxiliary Corp., is a combination of a business incubator and food product processing facility.

It assists entrepreneurs, including Morrisville students and existing private firms, with product development, small-scale food processing, marketing and sales, and distribution. It is also a distributor of local New York products throughout the state.