2013-14 New York State Executive Budget Briefing Book Page 35
Expand Access to New York Grown Agricultural Products. Building on the success of the last two years, the Executive Budget continues $450,000 of funding for the FreshConnect farmers market program, which benefits farmers and consumers alike by awarding competitive grants to create and expand farmers markets in underserved communities throughout New York. To increase the availability of locally grown hops for the State’s growing craft brew industry, the Budget includes $40,000 for a new program to evaluate and test hop varieties in New York. The new “Taste-NY” program will also expand access to locally grown and produced products by establishing strategically located tax free stores featuring New York products and by using coordinated branding to showcase New York grown products in supermarkets.