ALBANY, N.Y. — Officials from three state agencies said Taste NY vending machines are now fully operational at the Clifton Park Rest Area on Interstate 87 north of Albany, and at the Broome Gateway Rest Area, located between the Pennsylvania state line and Exit 1 on Interstate 81 in Broome County.
This is the first time that these vending machines have appeared on New York State roadways.
Featuring a number of agricultural items produced and processed in New York State, the vending machines will allow travelers to experience some of New York’s homegrown, on-the-go products.
The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets is coordinating with the New York State Commission for the Blind (NYSCB) and the New York State Department of Transportation on this new endeavor.
Taste NY vending machines are also operational in the State Capitol, the Legislative Office Building and the Department of Agriculture and Markets headquarters in Albany.
The selection of New York State goods will rotate to represent the many products produced in New York.
Products featured may include: Heluva Good Cheese String Cheese (Sodus); North Fork Potato Chips (North Fork); Linden’s Cookies (Congers); Adirondack Beverages (Scotia); Our Daily Eats (Albany); Saratoga Water (Saratoga Springs); Crowley Yogurt (Binghamton); and Uncle Wally’s Muffins (Shirley).
In October 2014, Gov. Cuomo announced a major expansion of the Taste NY program, which proposed to triple the gross sales of participating vendors by the end of 2015 through a multi-pronged approach.
Taste NY vending machines were first piloted in August 2014 at the Great New York State Fair.
For more information about the Taste NY program, visit www.taste.ny.gov.
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