The Capital Region Welcome Center, with a historic Dutch-style building facade, represents the gateway into the Capital Region for northbound travelers and promotes the region's local tourism industry, rich history, food and beverages.
The Taste NY Market at the Welcome Center will showcase a broad selection of fresh made breakfast and lunch items, including soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts using ingredients sourced from Capital Region growers and producers. It will also offer grab-and-go snacks and specialty local gift items for sale.
Approximately 15 miles south of Albany, the Welcome Center is located across from the New York State Thruway Authority's New Baltimore Service Area on the Thruway (I-87) between exit 21B (Coxsackie - Route 9W) and exit 21A (Berkshire Section/to Mass Pike). Currently, four million people visit the New Baltimore Service Area annually, and traffic volumes have more than tripled since it was first built in 1962.
The Welcome Center features I LOVE NY interactive kiosks to showcase local attractions and tourism destinations in the region, and a video wall.
The grounds feature an outdoor, park-like environment, which will include an area for farmers' markets featuring local products and a music-themed children's playground, a nod at the region's multitude of theaters and performing arts centers.
The Welcome Center is operated by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties.
Below is the menu and products offered at the Taste NY Market (subject to change).
Newton Smoked Country Ham Panini Hudson Valley Harvest Smoked Country Ham (Kingston, NY), Yancey’s Fancy Cheddar Cheese (Carfu, NY), Sauteed Love Apple Farm Apples & Onions, served with Beth’s Farm Kitchen Deli Mustard & Apple Butter (Stuyvesant, NY) on Ciabatta Roll from Bread Alone (Rhinebeck, NY) – Love Apple Farm (Ghent, NY) $9.95
Omi Turkey Panini Locally Roasted Turkey at Love Apple Farm (Ghent, NY), Yancey’s Fancy Gouda (Carfu, NY), Arugula – served with pickled Love Apple Farm red onion, and pumpkin butter on Ciabatta Roll from Bread Alone (Rhinebeck, NY) – Love Apple Farm (Ghent, NY) $9.95
Capital Caprese Panini Fresh Mozzarella from South Coast Farms (Trumansburg, NY), Tomato, Pesto (nut free) made at Love Apple Farm, Fresh Basil, Balsamic Vinaigrette on Ciabatta Roll from Bread Alone (Rhinebeck, NY) – Love Apple Farm (Ghent, NY) $9.95
Grilled Cheese Panini Harpersfield cheddar cheese (Jefferson, NY) on Heidelberg bread with Heather Ridge apple compote – Heather Ridge Farm (Preston Hollow, NY) $9.95
Breakfast Sandwich Feather Ridge Egg, Yancey’s Fancy Cheddar on English Muffin $5.25 + Jacuterie
British Bacon –Love Apple Farm (Ghent, NY) $8.25
“The Egg” & Cheese Frittata Heather Ridge Farm free range eggs with savory Story Farm potatoes, Brovetto Dairy cheese, and chives– Heather Ridge Farm (Preston Hollow, NY) $8.45
Mountain House Mac and Cheese Brovetto Dairy cheese, shells, and toasted walnut-sage streusel topping – Heather Ridge Farm (Preston Hollow, NY) $10.45
Apple Cheddar Chicken Chili Chicken Breast, Apples Love apple Farm (Ghent, NY), Onions Sparrowbush Farm(Hudson, NY), Great Northern Beans, Garbonzo Beans, Cabot Cheddar Cheese, Dried Guajillo Chiles Perianth Farms (Red Hook, NY), Dried Arbol chiles, (Perianth Farm, NY), Garlic Sparrowbush (Hudson, NY), Chili powder, Cumin, Oregano Perianth Farm (Redhook, NY), Olive Oil, Cabot Butter-- Love Apple Farm (Ghent, NY) 16oz-$6.00
Chatham Chicken Salad Sandwich– Old Chatham Country Store Organic chicken salad, and Honeycrisp apples from Samascott Orchards (Kinderhook, NY) (Old Chatham, NY) $9.55
Turkey Sandwich – Old Chatham Country Store (Old Chatham Country Store & Cafè. NY house roasted turkey and Palentine Cheddar cheese (Fort Plain, NY) and lettuce $8.75
OC Ham & St Stephen Sandwich – Old Chatham Country Store (Old Chatham, NY) Sweet ham, St Stephen cheese from Four Fat Fowl, and Granny Smith apples from Samascott Orchards (Kinderhook, NY) $9.55
Greek Salad Baby greens, Kalamata olives, grape tomatoes, NY feta cheese, and Made in House balsamic vinaigrette - Old Chatham Country Store (Old Chatham, NY) $9.75
Cranberry Chicken Salad Organic chicken, cranberries, walnuts, NY Blue Cheese , & Made in House Balsamic vinaigrette – Old Chatham Country Store (Old Chatham, NY) $12.95
Nut Butter & Jelly Sandwich Nut Butters (peanut and almond) from Tierra Farm (Valatie, NY) and raspberry jelly from Beth’s Farm Kitchen (Stuyvesant, NY)
Catskills Chocolate Chip Cookies Bonfiglio (Athens, NY) $2.00
Ginger Molasses Cookies Bonfiglio (Athens, NY) $2.00
Currant Rosemary Scones Bonfiglio (Athens, NY) $3.50
Brick Row Cheesy Biscuits Bonfiglio (Athens, NY) $3.50
Chocolate Chip Brownies Bonfiglio (Athens, NY) $3.50
Oatmeal Bars Bonfiglio (Athens, NY) $3.25
Carrot Cake Old Chatham Country Store (Old Chatham, NY) $5.00
Lemon, chocolate, and apple cake/bread Bonfiglio (Athens, NY) $10
Onion, Plain, Sesame, and Everything Bagel Hawthorne Valley (Ghent, NY) $2.25
Grab & Go
Frozen Black Bean Soup Old Chatham Country Store (Old Chatham, NY)
Potato Salad Old Chatham Country Store (Old Chatham, NY)
Tuna Salad Old Chatham Country Store (Old Chatham, NY)
Chips & Salsa Old Chatham Country Store (Old Chatham, NY)
Hot Coffee, Latte, Cappuccino, Americano, Hot Chocolate, Hot Tea (Coffee from Irving Farm in Millerton, Teas from Harney & Sons (Millerton, NY), Chai and Matcha from Plain-T (Southampton, NY)
Coffee from Irving Farm
Iced Tea from Harney & Sons (Millerton, NY)
The Welcome Center is open 24/7 with customer service available daily from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM.