The Taste NY Market at Todd Hill recently hit a major milestone, bringing in more than $1 million in total sales.
The majority of the revenues go directly to New York growers and producers, and provide a boost to the local agricultural economy. The Market has featured more than 112 New York state vendors and has sold more than 1,200 different products in the store since its opening in June 2014, helping local farmers, beverage producers and other merchants reach new markets.
The Taste NY Market at Todd Hill also provides valuable information on the extensive agri-tourism opportunities in the area.
The Taste NY Market at Todd Hill, which is operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Dutchess County with support from the state Department of Agriculture and Markets, is a unique Taste NY experience located on the Taconic State Parkway one mile south of Route 55 in LaGrange.
The Taste NY Market provides a showcase for local farms and businesses to highlight and sell their locally produced products, including milk, eggs, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, juice, sauces, honey, jams, maple syrup, farm-raised beef, lamb, pork and poultry. Inventory is rotated regularly.
Based on an ongoing customer satisfaction survey, the Taste NY Market’s overall customer satisfaction rating is 97 percent. Survey-takers praised the “high quality products, service and environment,” as well as the “excellent local and organic products” available for sale, which allow New York residents to support local farms and businesses.