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For Immediate Release: May 21, 2013
Contact: William Sweitzer (518) 471-5300

SPRING BRINGS RETURN OF THRUWAY FARMERS MARKETS
New York-Grown Produce, Goods being sold at Thruway Travel Plazas

The New York State Thruway Authority has announced another year of “Tailgate Farmer’s Markets” at travel plazas throughout the state.

“Our Tailgate Farmer’s Markets offer our customers some of the best products that New York’s farmers have to offer,” said Thruway Executive Director Thomas Madison. “When combined with Governor Cuomo’s focus on stimulating tourism in upstate New York, we will be able to not only give our customers a better experience, but also offer more and more people a taste of the terrific produce that New York has to offer.”

For almost 20 years, the Thruway Authority and New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets have partnered to give travelers the chance to sample some of the finest locally grown produce that New York’s farms have to offer. Everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to edible herbs and horticultural products can be found at a Tailgate Farmer’s Market. Only produce grown or produced in New York State may be sold.

In 2012, there were 15 different market locations along the Thruway. This year, five tailgate markets will be offering products with more opening after Memorial Day.

Currently Grey Mouse Farm is open at the Plattekill and Malden travel plazas, Thursdays through Mondays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and beginning this weekend at the Ulster travel plaza, Sunday through Monday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Country Pride Cheese House has offerings at the Malden travel plaza on Fridays and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Beaver Meadow Farm will be open at the Guilderland travel plaza Fridays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. In case of inclement weather, times at all locations are subject to change.

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For locations and more information on the Thruway’s 27 travel plazas, visit: http://www.thruway.ny.gov/travelplazas/index.html.

To read about Governor Cuomo’s announcement at the New York State Tourism Summit on this year’s Tourism Campaign, visit: http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/05082013/Largest-Tourism-Campaign-in-Decades Leaving NYS Thruway Authority's Website 

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