New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and others cut the ribbon to commemorate the opening of the first Taste NY location in June, 2014.  Taste NY at Todd Hill was the first market to open, as other cafes, stores, and Welcome Centers followed in the coming years.


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo (center) and Commissioner of Agriculture & Markets, Richard Ball (right of Gov. Cuomo), and others commemorate the opening of Taste NY at Todd Hill, in June, 2014.  The Todd Hill market is set within an historic building that dates back to the 1940's, and originally operated as a gas station for motorists traveling on the scenic Taconic Parkway.  After the site was dormant for several decades, it was rehabilitated through agency collaboration under the leadership of Governor Cuomo; New York State's Department of Agriculture & Markets, Department of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation, Department of Transportation, Empire State Development, the Office of General Services, and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Dutchess County revived the Cape-stye building and a budding business was born.  The Taste NY initiative was set forth to promote agri-tourism across the state, featuring quality agricultural products that are unique to each region. Taste NY at Todd Hill is operated by the Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County.