Taste NY - Auburn is a division of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Agriculture department. Located in the NYS Equal Rights Heritage Center, the shop carries products produced right here in the state of New York. They focus on hyper-local products produced in Cayuga County including raw honey, maple syrup, jams and jellies, dairy products, lotions, soaps and baked goods. Some of the Cayuga County partners include other Finger Lakes Sweet Treat Trail participants such as Strawberry Fields Hydroponic Farm, Smokey Hollow Maple Syrup, New Hope Mills, Gretchen’s Confections and Octane Social House.
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. Taste NY encourages New Yorkers and visitors alike to try our NY homegrown products and help us continue to grow the state’s thriving agricultural industry. The Auburn location opened in November 2018. “We are proud to sell items that are produced only in New York State.”
Though temporarily closed during the COVID-19 situation, Taste NY – Auburn continually promotes partners on social media and encourages shoppers to go direct to the source when needed, even giving shoutouts to local businesses. Community support for the win! The cooperative also shared links for local mask producers including 4-H groups. As always, wellness and education are of great importance, so it comes as no surprise that environmental or agricultural news and information is shared through social platforms, as well. Virtual classes teaching viewers about home gardening are also helpful.
Find them online at: https://taste.ny.gov/location/auburn-heritage-center or https://taste.ny.gov/