This might be the best salsa I've ever tasted, and belief it or not, it's made in New Hartford, NY. Currently only available in "Medium" heat, the salsa is authentic and comes from a family recipe with roots in Mexico.

Becky Martyniuk, a local massage therapist is of Mexican descent and she has her grandmother's amazing recipe for restaurant style salsa. In fact. the salsa - Chica Celita's restaurant style salsa, is named after her grandmother Celita.

"Chica Celita's Salsa is a deliciously spicy blend of all-natural ingredients that's sure to turn up the heat at any gathering. With its addictive flavor and authentic goodness, we're sure you'll be reaching for our salsa time and time again."

Jeff Stone of Mohawk Valley Garden confirmed that MVG will indeed serve Chica Celita's salsa at the Adirondack Bank Center, NEXUS, Kookie's Q and Creamery, the 72 Tavern and Grill, and their other properties.

We are happy to share our family tradition with you. Open a jar and start your party.
Photo courtesy of Becky Martyniuk for TSM
Becky with her grandmother, Celia. Photo courtesy of Becky Martyniuk for TSM

"Celita believed that great food should be shared with friends and family," said Martyniuk of her grandmother. "Growing up in Puebla, Mexico, this salsa recipe was front and center at the best parties for many generations. We are happy to share our family tradition with you. Open a jar and start your party," she said.

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The salsa currently comes in medium, is gluten-free, and is all-natural. The ingredients are simply tomatoes, jalapeño, pepper, spices, garlic, and salt, and there's no added sugar.

Photo courtesy of Becky Martyniuk for TSM
Photo courtesy of Becky Martyniuk for TSM

Chica Celita's salsa is now available in stores at Chanatry’s, Utica Bread,
Street Corner Market, Peter’s Cornucopia, Nelson Farms (in store and online), DeSantis Meat Market in Barneveld, and The Lowville Cheese Store, among others.

Martyniuk bottles and produces the salsa using the services of Nelson Farms in Cazenovia, which is a New York State FDA-inspected food processing incubator. They are also "used as an experimental laboratory for SUNY Morrisville students in several programs of study, allowing them to gain real-world experience in agritourism, marketing, entrepreneurship, dietetics/nutrition, and value-added agriculture and development," according to their website.

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Utica, NY Police Department's Top Ten Most Wanted

The City of Utica Police Department in Utica, New York has released its Top Ten Most Wanted List for the month of February 2022.

Several of those listed have previously been featured in separate posts about individual crimes, on a previous wanted list, or as the Mohawk Valley Crime Stoppers Wanted Person of the Week.

The reader is reminded that all persons, either suspected of or arrested in connection to, a crime, are innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of any of the individuals listed is asked to call police or the local Crime Stoppers.

The Utica Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division can be reached at: (315) 223.3510.

Calls, e-mail, and messages may also be left anonymously with Mohawk Valley Crime Stoppers by calling: 1-866-730-8477 (TIPS), by visiting, or by using the P3 Tips mobile app. All information received by Mohawk Valley Crime Stoppers is 100% confidential.

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