A letter from our Publisher
Early this March we were getting ready to publish our 41st edition when things all across New York state began to shut down. Businesses where we distribute the magazine closed, as did many of our advertisers who foot most of the bill for producing the magazine. While our advertisers are now struggling to pay their own bills and staff, we know that paying us can’t be a priority. But without advertisers, the future of our little magazine is in jeopardy.
So we, like so many other businesses right now, are scrambling to survive. We have a fully finished issue waiting to go to print – but we can’t do that until we have the funds to pay our writers, photographers, copyeditor, designers, printer, managing editor, rent and postage expenses. So we are asking our community for help.
We’ve done the math, and we need 3,000 new subscribers to keep going. When we hit that number, we will hit PRINT on our next issue. Our goal is to do this within the next four weeks.
Right now, this is our only option. If you think that the work that we have been doing since 2008 is important, and you want us to continue, please consider purchasing a 6-issue, $36 subscription. Or get a discount by subscribing to a 2-year subscription for only $63.
If you’ve ever enjoyed an article or admired a photo in our pages and you want to be part of our mission to promote the local food of the Finger Lakes, please help us by buying a subscription. Imagine getting some good news in the mail these days!
As a thank you, we’re creating a gift for our supporters and it’s almost ready. After you sign up, we will send you an e-cookbook with exclusive recipes and photos from well-known, farm-to-table chefs from all over the FLX. We’ve got cocktails from Finger Lakes Distilling, dishes from FLX Table, desserts from Rue Claire Chocolates and many recipes you’ll want to get your hands on.
We know that food insecurity is at an all-time high right now, and we want to help. We pledge to donate 10% of all new subscription proceeds to Foodlink, Foodbank of Central NY and Foodbank of the Southern Tier so that they can keep doing the very important and high-demand work for our most in need.
So if you’ve ever tried a new wine at our recommendation, or went to a new restaurant, or learned about a local farmer – if you love the Finger Lakes region and the local food and wine, please help us stay alive during this challenging time.
If you, your partner, a friend or family member have been featured in the magazine and got a few new customers as a result, please consider buying a subscription and encouraging others to do the same. Already have a subscription? Send it to someone who you think would enjoy reading about this amazing culinary region.
Edible Finger Lakes is the only publication that solely covers the food, farm and beverage scene in our 14-county region. Your contribution will help ensure that we can continue telling stories for a long time to come.
Our mission has always been to help the businesses and people of this area. Now we are asking, can you help us?
If so – please SUBSCRIBE HERE.
Thank you for all the support over the years. With hope and well wishes,
Michael Welch & Ted Marks, Publishers