October 31, 2016
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Taste NY Store at Lock E-13 Living History Rest Area to Remain Open for Holiday Travelers

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Taste NY Store Was Set to Close Today for Winter Season, But Will Instead Remain Open to Offer Locally-Made Holiday Gift Baskets and Products

Photos of Taste NY Store and Gift Baskets Available Here

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the Taste NY store at the Lock E-13 Living History Rest Area, located along the New York State Thruway in the Mohawk Valley, will extend its operations and remain open to residents and visitors until December 31, during the bustling holiday travel and tourism season. The Lock E-13 Taste NY store will also be open with extended hours on Wednesday, November 23 as well as the days before Christmas. These additional days of operation will allow travelers the opportunity to experience the seasonal advantages of the Taste NY store and connect with some of Mohawk Valley’s world-class food and beverage producers.

“The Mohawk Valley region has seen an upsurge in economic revitalization in recent years, and the Lock E-13 Living History Rest Area has been a large part of that resurgence,” said Governor Cuomo. “By allowing the rest area to remain open through the holiday season, we invite plenty of opportunity for travelers to experience much of what the Mohawk Valley has to offer.”

The store and rest area was initially set to close on October 31 as a seasonal operation. However, since the grand-opening of the store and rest area in July of 2016, the store has shown a steady growth in sales as more travelers learn of this unique destination. For updated information on hours of operation, please visit the Taste NY website and Facebook page.

Visitors to the store will find a diverse selection of food and beverages including assorted teas, yogurt, cheese, peanut butter, and jams, as well as home and personal care items such as hand and face creams, soaps, and candles. The store also features items for pets. Click here for a complete list of Taste NY participants featured at the store. The store will also now join other Taste NY stores across the state in offering holiday gift baskets for sale.

Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said: “Since taking office, Governor Cuomo has made unprecedented investments to promote and grow tourism statewide, which has turned it into a $100 billion industry. By extending the season at the Taste NY Store at the Lock E-13 Living History Rest Area, more visitors will have the opportunity to be introduced to New York’s rich heritage and the world-class products made in the Empire State.”

Canal Corporation Director Brian U. Stratton said: “Our goal is to draw as many visitors as possible to the Erie Canal to admire its beauty and history, and extending the hours of the Living History Rest Area at Lock E-13 will help us achieve that goal well into the winter season.”

State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said: “By extending the Lock E-13 Rest Area and Taste NY store operations through the remainder of the fall, travelers will have additional opportunities to visit this unique agri-tourism destination and purchase a diverse selection of made-in-New York products while on the go. What’s even more exciting is that the Taste NY store will also offer the opportunity for those traveling to pick up New York food, home and personal care and pet items that make the perfect gift for any family or holiday gathering this season.”

Senator George Amedore said: “I am so happy that operation of the living history rest area at Lock E-13 will be extended through the holidays. This extension will give New Yorkers a continued opportunity to learn more about the rich history of the region, enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Canal, and sample and purchase great local products that will make great holiday gifts.”

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara said, "Investments in our upstate communities like this are bringing with them jobs, economic development and tourism dollars. This historical stop on the New York State Thruway serves as yet another wonderful addition for regional visitors, adding to a growing industry for our communities. It's great news for residents and visitors to have this opportunity to not only learn about the area's rich history, but also shop for delicious food and beverages manufactured in New York State -- just in time for the holidays."

In August, the State held a successful Open House at the Lock E-13 Taste NY store and Rest Area, celebrating the store’s producers, many of whom are from the Mohawk Valley, a region rich in agricultural heritage and that played an important role in the history of the Erie Canal. The Lock E-13 Living History Rest Area also encourages travelers to explore Governor Cuomo’s Path Through History initiative. The rest area includes exhibits reflecting the importance of transportation infrastructure to the growth of Upstate New York.

Thruway Authority Acting Executive Director Bill Finch said: “The Thruway has reliably served motorists from the Lower Hudson Valley, to Albany and all the way to Buffalo for more than five decades, spurring travel and economic development for the cities and towns it connects. Attractions such as the Living History Rest Area help turn a motorists’ journey into a unique destination.”

Montgomery County Executive Matthew L. Ossenfort said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the Taste NY store and its customers. With the additional operating days, more people will be able to stop in and enjoy these locally produced seasonal products. I would be remiss if I didn’t offer my sincere appreciation to Governor Cuomo for supporting this landmark and to Liberty for its outstanding work, which has generated such a positive buzz in Montgomery County.”

Jennifer Saunders, CEO of Liberty ARC said: “Liberty ARC is excited that the TasteNY market at E-Lock 13 will be open during the Holiday season. This gives travelers the unique opportunity to shop for local, top-quality, one-of-a-kind gifts for their loved ones as well as a chance to grab last minute Holiday needs. We’re proud to continue to offer a variety of local and regional products to those who visit the TasteNY market and to provide meaningful employment opportunities to individuals with developmental and physical disabilities.”

The Taste NY market is operated by Liberty, the Montgomery County Chapter of NYSARC, Inc., a statewide, not-for-profit organization serving people with disabilities. As an extension of Liberty’s Fresh Market employment training program, this store will help NYSARC clients gain useful job skills and hands-on work experience.

In addition to Lock E-13, Taste NY products are offered at nearly five dozen locations, including rest areas and travel plazas along New York’s highways and Taste NY cafés, concession stands, and bars across the State.

About Taste NY

Taste NY is an initiative launched by Governor Cuomo in 2013 to promote New York’s food and beverage industries. It is overseen by the Department of Agriculture and Markets and has created opportunities for local producers to showcase their goods at large public events, such as the Great New York State Fair. The program has also opened stores at Thruway rest stops along the state’s highways and in transportation hubs, enabling travelers to buy New York State’s homegrown and homemade products. Approximately 1,100 local companies have participated in these opportunities, further linking their products and the state’s growing food and beverage market to consumers from across the globe. For more information about Taste NY, please visit www.taste.ny.gov. Connect with Taste NY through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

About Path Through History

Launched by Governor Cuomo in 2012, the Path Through History initiative features thirteen themes of New York State history, including Arts & Culture, Canals & Transportation, Civil Rights, Colonial History, Immigration, Innovation, Native Americans, Natural History, Revolutionary War, Sports History, U.S. Presidents, War of 1812, and Women’s Rights. Visit paththroughhistory.iloveny.com to plan your next getaway to one of New York’s 11 diverse vacation regions. Visit the state’s historically and culturally significant sites, landmarks and museums, discover cultural events taking place throughout the year, and experience the state’s rich history first-hand.

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