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Taste NY is the official eat-local, drink-local program for New York State. Taste NY highlights the quality, diversity, and economic impact of food and beverages grown, produced, or processed in New York State. Taste NY aims to create new opportunities for producers through events, retail locations, and partnerships. Taste NY at the Adirondakcs Welcome Center is proudly operated by the Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce.

TASTE NY PRODUCER SHOWCASE 

Thursday, April 28, 2022 - Taste NY Virtual Workshops
Please register below to receive the Zoom links. 

What's Unique about Your Farm and How to Sell it to Wholesalers
with Kim London, SUNY Adirondack (9-10am) 
How to identify and use your Farm's Unique Selling Proposition to reach your customers and develop your brand. How to succinctly pitch your farm's unique characteristics to a range of customers including wholesalers. How to use this pitch and on how to foster a better understanding of the best practices associated with building and maintaining relationships with wholesale buyers.

Scaling Up by Niching Down
with Maureen Ballatori, 29 Design Studio (10-11am)
My creative agency went from working with clients in all industries to a niche focus in food, beverage, and agriculture. I’ll talk about the good and the bad things that happened and how that focus has helped us grow significantly.


Thursday, September 22, 2022 - Taste NY Producer Showcase

The 2022 Taste NY Producer Showcase has been rescheduled for Thursday, September 22nd.  If you have already registered for the event originally scheduled for April 28th, your registration will automatically be carried over to the new date.  Please check back soon for more information about the event.  For immediate assistance, contact jennifer@lakegeorgechamber.com or call (518) 487-0045.


TASTE NY MARKET VENDOR APPLICATION - ADIRONDACKS WELCOME CENTER

Dear Prospective Adirondacks Welcome Center Taste NY Vendor: 

Thank you for your interest in the Taste NY vending market at the Adirondacks Welcome Center, located on I-87 Northbound between Exits 17 and 18, operated locally by Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce, Inc. We are currently accepting vendor applications from New York State producers of food, beverage, and non-food gift items for resale in the market. 

There are over 70 Taste NY stores across the state ranging from wine stores to retail kiosks to full-service markets. Taste NY at the Adirondacks Welcome Center offers a vending market that consists of nine high end vending machines that offer frozen, refrigerated, and non-perishable foods, beverage, and gifts. These state-of-the-art machines accept cash, credit card, and cashless payment options and include technology such as elevators and temperature controls that allow us to feature the types of fresh products you might find at your local farmers market. 

The facility and vending market are open year-round, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Customer service staff are available on-site to help visitors navigate the selections from 9am-5pm, 7 days a week. An average of 25,000 cars pass daily and we are confident that your products will be seen and purchased by many. 

Vendors meeting the Taste NY retail guidelines and other criteria set forth in the attached application may be deemed eligible to supply product to the vending market for resale.

Please complete the following application and provide the required insurance documentation in the application. We require an ACORD form proving a Certificate of Liability Insurance with Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce, Inc, 2176 Route 9, Lake George, NY 12845 as the Certificate Holder. Your product will be considered by the market manager for wholesale purchase. Please note that acceptance into the program does not guarantee product placement in the market. 

Vendors represented in the market may be rotated depending on seasonality, product variety, availability, consumer demand, and other factors. To best represent your product, please include promotional materials, business history, samples, etc. with your application. Due to the nature of our vending machines, product packaging and labeling is important. Resources are available to help bring new products to market and assist vendors with vending-friendly packaging. We are able to assist in getting your product retail-ready. 

Complete Submission of Application Includes: Application, Insurance Requirements, Resale Certificate, Proof of License/Permit, Product Description including Wholesale Pricing, Photos of Product and Packaging and/or Sample 

We look forward to working with you to promote the best of our region and New York State! 

Jennifer Hill Kraft 
Taste NY Market Manager 
Adirondacks Welcome Center 
jennifer@lakegeorgechamber.com 
 

Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce, Inc. 
Attn: Taste NY at the Adirondacks Welcome Center
2176 State Rt. 9 | PO Box 272 | Lake George, NY 12845  
www.lakegeorgechamber.com | p. (518) 487-0045 | f. (518) 668-4286

What is Taste NY? 
The Official Eat-Local, Drink-Local Program for New York State 

Taste NY highlights the quality, diversity, and economic impact of food and beverages grown, produced, or processed in New York State. Taste NY aims to create new opportunities for producers through events, retail locations, and partnerships. The agricultural industry in New York State continues to grow at an exceptional rate. The state boasts more than seven million acres of farmland, 36,000 farms, and is the second largest producer of apples and maple syrup in the country. Additionally, there has been a 50% growth in the number of craft beverage manufacturers since enactment of the Craft New York Act in 2014, with the highest number of cideries in the country and 400 breweries--the highest number in New York history. We encourage New Yorkers and visitors alike to experience the delicious homegrown goodness of Taste NY and help us continue to grow the state's thriving agricultural industry. Learn more at taste.ny.gov

FAQs 

Q) Is there an application fee?
A) No, there is no cost to apply or to participate in the Taste NY market. We purchase product from our vendors at a wholesale rate and resell in our retail vending market. You are not required to buy back unused product. 

Q) I make a great product but I don’t have packaging. Can I still apply?
A) Yes! The market staff and representatives from Cornell Cooperative Extension are available to assist vendors with the application process as well as provide advice regarding packaging and labeling to help bring your products to market. 

Q) How often will I be paid?
A) All Taste NY Market vendors will be paid on NET30 terms based on their invoice date. Market vendors will be paid by mailed check and are responsible for providing the correct payment address and contact information. Alternative payment methods or timeframes will require prior approval. 

Q) Once my application is accepted, will my products be eligible for resale at all Taste NY locations?
A) Once you are accepted into the Taste NY program, your products may be eligible for resale at all Taste NY locations. However, each store is managed independently and approval does not guarantee placement in all locations. If you are interested in selling your products at multiple locations, we are happy to help facilitate communication with the operators of those locations.

TASTE NY SELF-DRIVE AGRITOURS

The self-drive maple tour is back in 2022! Celebrate Maple Month in March by visiting producers in Washington, Warren, Hamilton, and Essex Counties. There are around 2,000 maple producers in New York State - from large scale operations to backyard businesses. The four businesses included on this route represented the wide variety of maple businesses that you will find across the state and around our region. 

Washington County

Rathbun's Maple Sugar House
1208 Hatch Hill Road, Whitehall, NY 12887 
Contact: (518) 642-1799

Plan your visit: Open Saturday & Sunday, 7am-1pm for breakfast. Visit the Maple Sugar House gift shop behind the restaurant (masks required). Their gift shop offers a wide variety of maple products as well as pottery, books, and Rathbun's swag. View maple syrup production from the gift shop area!

Warren County

Toad Hill Maple Farm
137 Charles Olds Road, Athol, NY 12810 
Contact: (518) 623-4744

Plan your visit: The farm store is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10-4. Curb service still available for those who prefer. This location is also participating in Thurman Maple Days. Info available at VisitThurman.com

Hamilton County

McComb's Oak Hill Farm
227 Elm Lake Road, Speculator, NY 12164 
Contact: (518) 548-6105

Plan your visit: Call a few days in advance to schedule your private tour of the farm and sugarhouse. Snowshoes available for visitors. You will have the opportunity to purchase their homespun maple cotton candy, syrup of various grades, maple sugar candy, and gift boxes of their syrup paired with New Hope Mills pancake mix. Reservations required.  

Essex County

Black Rooster Maple
10819 NY-73 Scenic, Keene, NY 12942 
Contact: (518) 576-9792


Plan your visit: There is no need to call ahead because this self-serve maple cabin in Keene is open 24/7! Black Rooster Maple offers various sizes of pure maple syrup,  whiskey barrel aged maple syrup, maple cream, freshly ground maple flavored coffee, and gifts from other NewYork State producers like Precise Gluten Free Foods pancake mix. This is a quick and convenient stop on your way home from a day of skiing at Whiteface Mountain, Lake Placid Olympic Center, or snowshoeing at Ausable Chasm.  Cash/Credit Card Accepted.

TASTE NY SELF-DRIVE AGRITOURS - PRINTABLE COLORING PAGES

Follow along the routes while on the road or at home with these fun coloring pages designed by Advokate, LLC.

 HOW TO FIND OUR "GUIDES" AND "AR EFFECTS" ON INSTAGRAM

Visit @AdirondacksWelcomeCenter on Instagram from your mobile device. These icons will not appear if viewing Instagram on your computer. Click the book icon to find all of our published guides. Click the 3 stars icon to try out the Taste NY AR Effect which will allow you to take a selfie on a virtual farm road in the ADK! This fun effect was designed by Sidekick Creative.

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