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Taste NY Farm Markets will begin at New York State Thruway service areas for the 2019 season on Monday, April 1, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday in a news release. 

The Taste NY Farm Markets will promote food and beverage products found around the state. The Thruway Authority and New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets partner on this initiative.

Outdoor farm market locations at service areas across its 570-mile system. In 2018, 12 local producers from regions across New York State participated in the markets at 20 service areas, reaching millions of visitors who travel the Thruway throughout the spring, summer and fall. 

"From maple syrup, to dairy, to fruits and vegetables, New York produces an amazing variety of high-quality agricultural products," said Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul. "Our Taste NY program showcases the best we have to offer, and we are looking forward to another season providing travelers with fresh, locally-grown products at stops along the Thruway."

Only produce grown or produced in New York State may be sold. Market days and hours of operation are dependent on product availability and weather. Motorists are encouraged to visit thruway.ny.gov for locations, hours, participating farms and available products. 

New York vendors interested in selling food products at Taste NY Farm Markets should email TravelersServices@thruway.ny.gov for more information on how to participate this season.

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