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December 1, 2013

Farm briefs: Dec. 1, 2013

ALBANY — Local food, beverage products list available

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is encouraging New Yorkers to take advantage of the state’s revamped “Pride of New York” website, located at www.prideofny.com, to search for the best in locally grown and produced New York State food and beverage products this upcoming holiday season.

“Whether you’re looking for a bakery on Long Island or a winery in the North Country, the ‘Pride of New York’ website offers an extensive collection of New York’s finest local producers to help complete your holiday season,” Cuomo said. “Buying food and beverages that are grown and produced right here in New York is an important way to support local vendors as well as the state’s agricultural industries.”

“Pride of New York” is the state’s branding program for the promotion of New York food, beverage and agricultural products. It is an important component of Cuomo’s Taste NY initiative, which is dedicated to bringing to New Yorkers the best products grown and made in the state. In October of this year, Cuomo unveiled the Pride of New York Pledge, a new initiative that encourages restaurants and chefs across the state to increase their use of New York products by 10 percent or more.

The website allows people to conduct specific searches of databases from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets in a user-friendly format. Searchers first choose from among the main categories such as Agritourism, Baked Goods, Dairy, Nursery/Plants and Seafood. They can then choose the type of business they’re looking for, whether it’s a retail outlet, a restaurant, a farm, a manufacturer or several other classifications. They then give their zip code and choose how far they’re willing to travel. There is an additional option for those who would like directions.

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