State lawmaker have just taken up an issue of utmost importance: Deciding which vegetable should represent New York.
The bill was drafted by Sen. David Carlucci, a Democrat from Rockland County, who is pulling for the onion, a really big deal in his Black Dirt district, where it's a major crop. But Sen. Michael Nozzolio, a Republican who hails from the Finger Lakes, begs to differ: He's thrown his support firmly behind sweet corn.
The New York Farm Bureau is taking a completely different position. Its president, Dean Norton, is pulling for cabbage, the state's biggest crop. In fact, New York ranks No. 2 in the country for cabbage production. Still, cabbage doesn't exactly conjure up a warm, fuzzy feeling. Maybe for New Jersey, but not us.
Norton also likes the idea of making the pumpkin the state vegetable because New York is tops in the United States for that crop as well. What no one has mentioned, and I feel obliged to point out, is that pumpkins are fruits, not vegetables. Hello? We already have a state fruit: Apples.
Apparently, the decision is more than it can handle on its own, so the state Farm Bureau has gone democratic by putting the issue before the common folk. On Facebook. If only our forebears could see us now.
Make your opinion count at facebook.com/NYFarmBureau.