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Grape Discovery Center plays host to NYS Maple Producers

July 24, 2014
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

Several bus and car loads of NYS Maple Producers Tour participants stopped by the Grape Discovery Center in Westfield recently.

The Grape Discovery Center in Westfield, recently hosted nearly 100 maple producers from across New York State and other states as part of the 2014 New York State Maple Tour.

The New York State Maple Producers Association's three-day event was organized by the Chautauqua County Maple Producers Association and Cornell Cooperative Extension Chautauqua County and was based at Chautauqua Suites Meeting and Expo Center in Mayville.

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The Grape Discovery Center in Westfield, New York, recently hosted nearly 100 maple producers from across New York State and other states as part of the 2014 New York State Maple Tour.

David Momberger, Operations Chair for the Grape Discovery Center, provided background history of the Concord Grape Belt Heritage Association, now in its ninth year and the owner/operator of the Grape Discovery Center. The Center's Grand Opening was held in September of 2013. Momberger, who is the General Manager of Growers Grape Juice Cooperative, also provide information about the grape industry and grape farming in the region.

Chautauqua County, New York, and Erie County, Pennsylvania, make up the Lake Erie Concord Grape Belt and combined have 60% of all the grape acreage in the two states.

Christina McKane, manager of the Grape Discovery Center, noted "The Grape Discovery Center showcases the history, science and products of the local grape industry. It supports the grape industry and Western New York tourism. It educates visitors about the more than 150 year history of the grape industry and builds consumer awareness for grape products and connection to the region. Visitors learn about the historic development of the region and the role that grape growing played in the region's cultural landscape and communities."

The Grape Discovery Center is also the official Visitors Center for the Erie Concord Grape Belt Heritage Area. The Heritage Area is one of twenty of the state's most significant natural, historic and cultural resources recognized by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Heritage Area Program.

The Grape Discovery Center is currently open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Sundays which are noon to 5 p.m. Admission to the Center is free and more information can be found at the website



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