WATERTOWN, N.Y. — Good tidings and cheer, shop small and shop New York this year! Visit Taste NY at the North Country Welcome Center and let us help you build the perfect gift basket for this holiday season. Taste NY gift baskets are filled with a variety of hand-selected items from family farms and producers throughout the State and make the perfect unique gift. Choose from themed baskets or customize basket for a personalized touch. Most baskets range in price from $10 to $60 and support local New York State businesses. For a locally themed gift, the Taste of the North Country gift basket offers regional products such as:
- Irish Bee LLC Bourbon Flavored Whipped Honey
- Morgia’s Pasta Marinara Sauce
- Morgia’s Pasta Linguine
- Thousand Islands Winery Dipping oils
- Swiss’er Sweet Maple ½ pint
- Moser’s Maple Minis
- Rock and Jam Berrylicious Jam
- Timmy Crack Corn Pepper Jam
- Nav’s Popcorn
The Taste NY Market highlights a wide variety of dairy products; specialty beverages; New York sauces, snacks, and syrups; preserved and pickled products; locally made ice cream; coffees and teas; and artisan gifts. Custom options are available, as well as gift boxes for easy shipping. Please contact the Taste NY Market Manager to guide you through picking out the best custom basket for your gifting needs!
New York State launched Taste NY in 2013 to promote New York’s farms, food and beverage industries and to drive agri-tourism throughout the State. The program has created opportunities for local producers to showcase their goods at retail locations and large public events, such as the Great New York State Fair, the meet at the Saratoga Race Course, and the Barclays Tournament at Bethpage State Park.
Today, New York products sold under Taste NY branding are available in more than 70 locations throughout the State, including Welcome Centers, standalone stores such as the Taste NY Market at Todd Hill, State parks, Thruway travel plazas, and concessions at major sports and entertainment venues. Taste NY can also be found at the New York State Office of Trade and Tourism in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
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.
–CCE of Jefferson County