There is much to be thankful for this month. No matter your thoughts on the imminent election — and there are plenty of states of mind for that one — what a gift it is to have the freedom of speech and franchise. As a woman, I am particularly indebted to the suffragettes of the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention, held in New York's town of the same name that now houses the Women’s Rights National Historical Park. Their efforts and courage achieved major strides in the long march toward the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, 72 years later.
And speaking of voting, do you know your polling place for November 8th? You can confirm it on the New York State Board of Elections website, HERE. Don’t forget that other candidates are on the ballot, too. You can familiarize yourself with them HERE.
I've said it before but it bears repeating: one of my favorite parts of this job is meeting our Makers. They lovingly create their artisanal products in New York State, despite the expense and the odds against small businesses, with the highest integrity. I feel pride in knowing these New Yorkers, and joy in sharing these goods with family and friends. As this month’s custom animation — which features products from our New York Makers marketplace — demonstrates, offering delicious food and beautiful objects to your loved ones is indeed a bounty for which to be thankful.
From New York City,
Co-Founder, COO and Editor in Chief
[Illustration by Lizzie Niemczyk for New York Makers.]