Producers’ Picks: Making It Here

Making It Here: Ooma Tesoro’s Marinara

Inspired by making marinara with his grandmother as a child, Michael Tesoro started his own pasta sauce business out of a small kitchen in his home in Windsor, Massaachusetts. But what you’ll find in that jar on the supermarket shelf is more than just marinara – it’s a grandmother’s love and a grandson’s passion.

Ooma Tesoro’s

Making It Here: Snowboard Wax Makers

Roger and Sarah Cameron from East Longmeadow, MA started the snow and surf wax company Magical Go-Go in 2003 and a few years later, Sarah realized that she wanted to open a sister company (POM POM) specifically targeted to females to encourage and empower their desire to compete in a male-dominated sport. We take look at these two businesses with locally made products (the wax is made in Westfield, MA once the Cameron’s couldn’t keep up with the demand and had to stop using their kitchen!). Roger and Sarah shows us and tests their products on their home mountain, Ski Sundown in New Hartford, CT.

Follow Magical Go-Go on Twitter: @magicalgogo
Follow POM POM on Twitter: @iheartpompom

Making It Here: Velma’s Kettle Corn

Steve Cary co-owns and operates Velma’s Kettle Corn. Our crew catches him selling his product at the Springfield Farmers Market.

Velma’s Kettle Corn
Velma’s Kettle Corn on Facebook

Making It Here: Cummington Creamery

After a long and storied history of serving the residents of the Hilltown communities, the Cummington Creamery is embarking on a new chapter in its existence, with co-operative ownership by its patrons and the expansion of its facilities. Connecting Point Producer Tony Dunne visited the Creamery recently along with Videographer Mark Langevin and shares this story.

Cummington Creamery

Making It Here: Pete’s Sweets

Ever since he was a young boy Peter Gray has loved baking. That love has brought him onto the reality show The Next Great Baker and given him an opportunity to bake a cake for the Bush family in Kennebunkport Maine. For the past two years he has owned Pete’s Sweets in East Longmeadow and is the subject of tonight’s Making It Here.

Pete’s Sweets

Making It Here: Sea Chest Maker

Although the military stopped issuing sea chests in the late 1950’s, local woodworker J. Paul Lanza carries out the nautical tradition from his workshop in Simsbury, CT. Lanza, 78, built more than 300 homes on Cape Cod during his career, including the John F. Kennedy Memorial in Hyannis. Producer Dave Fraser visits him and shares his story.

Sea Chests by Cottage Furniture
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