Governor Cuomo launched Taste NY in 2013 to promote New York’s food and beverage industries and drive agritourism throughout the State. The exposure from Taste NY has helped the farms and companies participating in the program to reach more customers, increase online sales, and, in many cases, expand the processing capacity of their business. Taste NY's food and beverage businesses also support the State's farmers by using New York grown and produced ingredients in their products.
Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCE Sullivan) was tapped by NYS to open the much-anticipated, Hudson Valley Catskills Welcome Center and Taste NY Woodbury at the Woodbury Commons Premium Outlets in Central Valley.
“This location is designed for those who produce and grow within NYS, most predominately in the Hudson Valley and Catskills regions,” said CCE Sullivan Executive Director Colleen Monaghan.
“The beauty of shopping with an exclusive network of local farms, food artisans, and makers is that it keeps dollars in our friends’ and neighbors’ pockets, supporting local economic development, rather than sending our dollars out of the state.”
CCE Sullivan credits the success of the Taste NY Woodbury location to the careful selection of farmers and makers with a focus on high quality products that appeal to a variety of consumers.
“This is precisely what sets Taste NY apart from other retailers,” said Market Manager Vanessa Pahucki. “With help from our partner Extension offices across the region, we’ve been able to offer a product list that spans from local honey and bath and body care products, to hard carved cutting boards and wool products. The Hudson Valley Catskills region is so fortunate to have talented, hard-working farmers, producers, and makers and we’re thrilled to be able to provide what we hope will be a thriving market opportunity, at a site that hosts more than 14 million visitors per year!”
While perusing local specialty food items, visitors receive an education in NYS tourism from trained store clerks and educators. The Hudson Valley Catskills Welcome Center boasts a rock wall, waterfall; 360-degree panoramic screen highlighting the best of NYS agriculture and tourism locations; and five interactive kiosks filled with fun quizzes that when completed, provide the visitor with tips and informative tidbits to enhance their NYS tourism experience.
The Hudson Valley Catskills Welcome Center and Taste NY Woodbury location opened on October 26, 2018 and is open for your "local" shopping experience!
Last updated July 23, 2020