About New York Makers
New York Makers in New York + Germantown, NY.
New York maker of Silda's Gingerbread Peach, Blaspberry, Blueberry Elderflower, Blackberry Lemon Lavender, Lavender Peach, Black + Blue, and Strawberry Jam. Founder, CEO, and Publisher: Silda Wall Spitzer. COO and Editor in Chief: Amanda DiRobella.
Just like every one of our products, New York Makers has a story. Co-founded in 2012 by former First Lady of New York Silda Wall Spitzer, this first-of-kind online marketplace + magazine promoting local sustainability and statewide connectivity has deep roots.
“Traveling around the state, I discovered amazing artisans, craftsmen, and creatives everywhere, even as I realized how atomized were their markets, their locales, and regions. I also learned New York had never had a public or private state magazine, unlike many other states — emblematic of our collective disconnectedness. Believing that the whole is worth more than the sum of any individual parts, I co-founded New York Makers as a purpose-driven business that i) provides an economic and resource platform for makers across New York State and gives customers access to a curated selection of their mindfully created goods from handcrafted to high-tech; and ii) champions sustainable local and statewide community by featuring inspiring stories of New York makers and living via digital magazine and other experiences.”
In addition to collaborating with New York makers on exclusive products for our Marketplace, we have our own line of jam called Silda's Jam. Silda's Jam is a wholehearted, homegrown passion project. Silda grew up in North Carolina before moving to New York State. Her parents and grandparents -- hard-working, resourceful, and close-knit -- would spend time together harvesting, canning, and making preserves with produce from their family farm. Later in life, Silda echoed this tradition with her own family, making delicious homemade jams with berries or peaches from her own neighboring farms in the Hudson Valley to give to loved ones during the holidays. One major difference: Silda eliminated granulated sugar and replaced it with New York State-made Maple Syrup. She also began using natural citrus pectin.