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Report: Suffolk is NY's top producer of sod, flowers, pumpkins
Suffolk County is the state’s largest producer of flowers, pumpkins and sod, according to a report out Monday.
The county also is a major player in the wine industry, boasting 76 of the state’s 374 wineries, said state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, who issued a two-page report on farming to coincide with the ongoing New York State Fair in Syracuse.
New York is the second-largest producer of wine in the country, after California. Thirty-six million gallons of wine were made statewide in 2010.
Wineries also attracted five million tourists in 2008, the most recent data available. About 1.3 million people visited Long Island vineyards.
DiNapoli said, “While farming in New York is mainly a small, family business, its economic impact is widespread. Farming supports thousands of New Yorkers in a variety of industries and services, such as food processing, trucking and tourism.
Flowers were the state’s sixth-largest commodity in 2010, valued at $183 million; pumpkins were 18th with $35 million.
The state’s top commodity was milk with sales of $2.2 billion, much of it going to the burgeoning yogurt industry.
Pictured: DeLea Sod Farms in Cutchogue, which grows more than 1,800 acres of sod