North Country Welcome Center

Enjoy the boathouse-themed architecture, take a photo of the Boldt Castle mural, and pick up snacks at the Taste NY vending machines (or stop by the Taste New York market in season for breakfast, lunch or dinner, as well as gifts.)

Mission: Taste NY, launched by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in 2013, highlights the quality, diversity, and economic impact of food and beverages grown, produced, or processed in New York State. Taste NY aims to create new opportunities for producers through events, retail locations, and partnerships. The agricultural industry in New York State continues to grow at an exceptional rate. The state boasts more than seven million acres of farmland, 36,000 farms, and is the second largest producer of apples and maple syrup in the country. We encourage New Yorkers and visitors alike to experience the delicious homegrown goodness of Taste NY and help us continue to grow the state's thriving agricultural industry.

State Agriculture Commissioner Encourages New Yorkers to Continue to Support Local Farms and Agricultural Businesses

Taste NY announces additional opportunity to support local food and beverage businesses through “Shop Taste NY” website.

Check out the site here :

Fun Fact Friday!

If you guessed Limburger to yesterday's trivia question you are right! This is the cheese "that Nose no equal." The cheese is especially known for its strong smell. In 1853, German immigrant Peter Schwartz first began Limburger cheese production in Rodman, NY. Throughout the rest of century Jefferson County was home to 40 Limburger cheese factories. Traditionally enjoyed on Rye bread with slices of raw onion.

Trivia Thursday!

Can you guess which strong smelling cheese from the Netherlands first debuted in Jefferson county in the mid 1800's?

New Product Alert! We will now be carrying Jeca Energy Bars! This is just a preview of one of the many new vendors we will have this season.

Family Exercise Ideas for Every Season

Need to get your family up and moving? Check out these great family exercise ideas! The key to an active family is finding fun things to do in every season. Aim for a goal of 30 minutes for adults and 60 minutes for kids of moderate activity daily — no matter the weather!

Let's support our local restaurants! Whether it is takeout, delivery, or even gift card purchases! #NYRestaurantChallenge

Show some love for your favorite local NY restaurant! Whether it's takeout or delivery, we want to see your best food pics from your most loved local spot. Share below and be sure to tag the restaurant! #NYRestaurantChallenge

Go Behind the Scenes in New York State

After all this is over, get out there and discover NY! From craft beverages to award-winning chocolate, brilliant art, and popular TV shows - now you can see how they come to life Amazing things are made in NY State, from craft beverages to chocolate, art, and TV shows. View a list of tours and demonstrations and see where the magic happens.

NY's Outdoors Are Open

All fees in state, local, and county parks are waived in New York State. For those who can safely get to a state park while practicing social distancing, consider getting outside for some much needed fresh air.
Announcement here👉
Parks info here👉 Places to get outdoors during COVID19 outbreak

Fun Fact Friday!

How many gallons of maple sap does it take to get one gallon of maple syrup? The general rule of thumb is that it takes 40 parts maple sap to produce 1 part maple syrup. This translates into 40 gallons of sap to produce 1 gallon of syrup. This estimate is dependent on the sugar content of your sap. Really makes you consider the time and effort put in by so many producers in our area and brings a whole new appreciation to it.

Trivia Thursday

How much maple sap does it take to make one gallon of maple syrup?

A) 100 gallons
B) 20 gallons
C) 40 gallons
D) 60 gallons

Check back tomorrow to see if you came close!

DIY Maple Weekend at Home! The coronavirus outbreak may have resulted in the cancellation of Maple Weekend celebrations throughout the North Country, but that doesn’t mean that we need to cancel the tradition. Instead, plan your own Maple Weekend at home with your loved ones. Check out this link

National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown, United States - Google Arts & Culture

Looking for soething to do today? Have you seen the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum's collection of online exhibits? Browse through them now! 📷: @mr_mikeyg via Instagram

New York State on PAUSE Governor Cuomo announced the "New York State on PAUSE" executive order, a 10-point policy to assure uniform safety for everyone.

50 Of The Best Fun Indoor Winter Activities for Families

Trying to find some creative ways to get your kids moving inside during the long break? Here are 50 awesome, kid-friendly activities to harness their energy and warm up those dull days! Check out the list, combine ideas, put your own spin on things, and encourage creative play. The ultimate list of fun indoor winter activities. Perfect for days when the weather is miserable. Awesome boredom busters for kids of all ages.

Have you tried Sweeter Creations Sugar House Bourbon Maple syrup? It is the best of both worlds! Great for pancakes or sweetening up you favorite hot beverage.

Grade A maple syrup means maple syrup that is not fermented, is not turbid, and contains or has no objectionable odors, off-flavors or sediment. It must fall within one of the color and taste sub-grades of Grade A Maple syrup. Here are the categories it is graded by:
(i) Grade A golden color and delicate taste maple syrup has a uniform light golden color, a delicate to mild taste, and a light transmittance of 75 percent Tc or more.
(ii) Grade A amber color and rich taste maple syrup has a uniform amber color, a rich or full-bodied taste, and a light transmittance of 50 percent - 74.9 percent Tc.
(iii) Grade A dark color and robust taste maple syrup has a uniform dark color, a robust or strong taste, and a light transmittance of 25 percent - 49.9 percent Tc.
(iv) Grade A very dark and strong taste maple syrup has a uniform very dark color, a very strong taste, and a light transmittance of less than 25 percent Tc.

Trivia Thursday

How many types of Grade A maple syrup are there?

Please check back tomorrow for the answer!

This is a perfect time to shop regional and local! Check out what this local meat producer is offering!

Empty store shelves have you out in the cold for beef? We have local angus beef for sale @$2.50 per pound hanging weight in halves and quarters plus processing. Message us if you would like to fill your freezer! Our beef is grown in Sackets Harbor and processed at Millers Meat Market.

Did you know that our Taste NY coffee vending machine brews fresh ground coffee from Sackets Harbor Coffee Roasters every time you place your order? It is also customizes your selection to your liking. Remember your number and you can get the same coffee each time!

Need to charge your vehicle? We have you covered! Our electric car charging station is open 24/7! Stop in and use it anytime. #NCWC

Would you like to win a Taste NY gift card? Enter Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County to celebrate National Nutrition Month!

It’s contest time! Who wants to win this week’s prize?! 🙋‍♂️🙋‍♀️ Join us in our weekly challenge to celebrate National Nutrition Month. This week, cook dinner at home and make half your plate fruits and vegetables. Comment below with your photo to show us what you’ve cooked up! You’ll be entered to win this week's prize. 🤩

Remember, everyone who participates in the weekly challenges will be entered to win the grand prize on March 31st!

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County

It’s National Nutrition Month! Join Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County in a contest set up to celebrate this amazing month!

It’s National Nutrition Month and we are having a contest to celebrate!

Fun Fact Friday!

The symbol "%Tc" means the percentage of light transmission through maple syrup, measurable by a spectrometer using matched square optical cells having a 10-millimeter light path at a wavelength of 560 nano-meters, the color values being expressed in percent of light transmission as compared to A.R. this is one of the many ways used to classify how a maple syrup is in a specific grade.

Trivia Thursday

When producing maple what does the percentage of Tc mean? This would be a great question to ask any of our maple producers this month!

Please check back in tomorrow for the answer!

Come and see the whole maple syrup process with Swiss'er Sweet Maple! They are hosting Maple weekend at their location from 10am-4pm March 21st, 22nd, 28th, and 29th.

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Go green this weekend! Go to the 35th annual NorthCountry GoesGreen IrishFestival!

NorthCountry GoesGreen IrishFestival SHAMROCK PASSES ON SALE NOW:

It's almost time to #GOGREEN! Come CELEBRATE the 35th anniversary of the happening MAR 13th -15th @ the Dulles State Office building!

- Reduced Admission Rates!
- 35th Anniversary!
- All NEW Comedy Night!
- All NEW Cornhole Tournament
- All NEW Bands & Entertainment line up!


Snowmobiling in New York State

Do you love to snowmobile? Hit the trails this weekend while we have the snow!

Save the date! New York's Free Snowmobiling Weekend is March 14 & 15, with no registration fees for out of state snowmobiles. More info:

[03/08/20]   Have you found our geocache? Next time you are in the area see if you can find it! Leave us a note.

Thirsty? Grab a ice cold Catskill Clear water from our vending area! They have beautiful scenes painted by a local artist from around the state. Which one is your favorite?

Fun Fact Friday!

Currently Canada produces 71% of the world’s pure maple syrup with 91% originating from within Quebec. In 1958, maple syrup producers came up with a private organization to unite them and support their interest. The organization is known as the Federation of Quebec Syrup Producers. The federation is involved in marketing and maintaining a strategic reserve for maple syrup. Maple syrup production in Quebec is responsible for over 12,000 full-time jobs.Maple syrup production also contributes an average annual tax revenue of $186 million. Here in NY we may not produce as much, but definitely put our unique spin on this time honored tradition in the North Country. So get out there this month and celebrate with us for Maple Month. Check out for events in our area.

Trivia Thursday!

Do you know which country supplies most of the world's maple supply?

B) Canada
C) Mexico
D) France

Check back tomorrow for the Answer!

New Product Alert! We will now be carrying Precise Gluten Free Foods pancake and chocolate oatmeal cookie mixes! This is just a preview of one of the many new vendors we will have this season. Be sure to stop in and check us out on April 1st, our first day of the season!

Best cure for the winter blues!

Warning! Symptoms of Cabin Fever may include: binge-watching Netflix and living in your favorite sweatpants. Our suggested treatment for this condition? A snowshoeing adventure in the fresh, winter air to the tops of the Adirondack peaks! 📸: @vinitok via Instagram

Maple Weekend - Maple Weekend

It's Maple Month in NY! Check out the link below for more details on the upcoming maple weekends!

Come out and support your local non-profit today!

2020 is a Leap Year! Do something kind for someone else this weekend and donate to local non-profits in need!

Fun Fact Friday!

If you guessed the NY state flower was a rose, you are correct! The rose was designated as the official state flower of New York in 1955. The rose has been around for about 35 million years and grows naturally throughout North America. Roses are red, pink, white, or yellow and can have a wonderfully rich aroma. The petals and rose hips are edible and have been used in medicines since ancient times. Rose hips are eaten in winter by wild birds and other animals.

Trivia Thursday!

What is the NY state flower?

Check back tomorrow for the answer!

2020 is a Leap Year! Do something kind for someone else this weekend and donate to local non-profits in need!

Need to charge your vehicle? We have you covered! Our electric car charging station is open 24/7! Stop in and use it anytime. #NCWC

Lake Erie Wine Trail named to list of “Best Foodie Destinations of 2020”

Once again, New York is recognized for being one of the premier wine destinations in the world. Congrats to all the producers who earned this recognition! (WIVB) – Western New York wine lovers- here’s something to raise a glass for! The Lake Erie Wine Trail was named one of the best foodie destinations of 2020 by The list n…

11 of the Best Pizza Places in New York State

Check out the 11 best places in NY to get your pizza! Where do you get your favorite slice? If you are in the area vistiting stop in and try our Pizza from DiPrinzio's Italian kitchen! #NCWC #TNYNCWC New York is known for its pizza. Learn about the crunchiest, cheesiest, freshest pies from all over the state!

Looking for something unique and refreshing to quench your thirst? Try College Club Beverages & FIZ Pop grape soda!

Fun Fact Friday!

If you guessed Thousand Islands Dressing yesterday you are correct! The story goes, in the early 20th century, a fishing guide's wife, Sophie Lalonde, made this as a condiment for her husband's shore dinner. Actress, May Irwin liked it so much she requested the recipe. She in turn, gave it to another Thousand Islands summer visitor George Boldt, who was the owner of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York. Boldt then directed his world famous maitre d', Oscar of the Waldorf, to put it on the hotel's menu at once.

[02/20/20]   Trivia Thursday!

What dressing was invented as a condiment for a shore dinner that later ended up on the menu of the Waldorf Astoria circa 1906?

Please put your answer in the comments and check back tomorrow to see if you are right!

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