Patti Fortuna-Stannard stands with a display of her company's products in Sandgate.

Family-owned business keeps thriving after 130 years

SANDGATE — Patti Fortuna-Stannard’s business was established in Rhode Island under the name Fortuna’s Sausage Co. & Italian Market in 1991. But the history of this family-owned business goes back much further — 130 years further. Fortuna-Stannard, the owner since 1982, now runs the business with her husband and son from Sandgate, traveling to Rutland each Saturday for the Farmers Market. Here she tells more of her family’s business story.