Maybe you can’t live without a caffeine fix from Georgio’s Coffee Roasters in Farmingdale or you crave the signature apple cider donuts from the Jericho Cider Mill. Perhaps you’re a passionate supporter of Long Island’s local food scene. Now, there’s no need to spend hours in the car seeking satisfaction. The newly christened Long Island Welcome Center in Dix Hills offers a one-stop shopping experience – a gleaming, expansive Taste NY marketplace showcasing food, beverages and produce made and grown on Long Island.
Located off the Long Island Expressway at Exit 51-52 Eastbound, the Welcome Center sits at the crossroads of Nassau and Suffolk counties and houses the most expansive Taste NY Market in the region. Taste NY kiosks and cafés can be found throughout New York State, stocked with regional producers’ food and craft beverages. The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County operates the Taste NY Long Island Marketplace.
You’ll find a menu of freshly made breakfast and lunch items prepared with ingredients sourced from Long Island producers. The marketplace is stocked with products and fresh produce that demonstrate the range of Long Island’s bounty and the creativity of our local artisans – coffee, beverages, chutneys and preserves, dairy products, seasonings, snacks and sweet treats. Expect to find such hometown favorites as Divine Brine, Crimson and Clove spices, Kalypso Yogurt, North Fork Potato Chips, Copia Granola and Tate’s Cookies. There’s also a colorful display of seasonal fresh vegetables from local farmers, including apples, potatoes, winter squash and pumpkins, along with additional products from New York State producers.
In between shopping and snacking, be sure to check out the exhibits and memorabilia on iconic Long Island foods like potatoes and oysters. The location will host an outdoor farmers market on Saturdays and Sundays through the remainder of the growing season. The center expects to welcome nearly 8,000 people daily. It’s a tasty introduction to Long Island’s agricultural assets, and a good reason to take your foot off the gas pedal and stop and sample our local flavors.