Long Island farm stands have been a local calling card for decades, showing off regional delights and providing both income and charm. Adding the sale of local wines with the products these stands offer is a five-star idea, and we're glad its time has come. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed a law last week allowing farm stands across the state to sell wine produced by up to two state-licensed farms or wineries within 20 miles of the stand. The change is a boon for wine producers, farm stand operators and shoppers who want to try a North Fork pinot noir with their fresh fruit, artisanal cheese or vegetables, but aren't looking for the winery/tasting experience. It's also another chink in the wall of rules on alcohol sales -- a barrier supported by liquor stores and distributors -- that is too restrictive in New York.
Under a law signed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, the State Liquor Authority will issue new roadside farm market licenses to sell wine produced within 20 miles of the stand. Tastings are not allowed. Photo Credit: iStock