Did you know that Suffolk County is the leading agricultural county in New York State in terms of the value of crops grown? That's cause for celebration. And, as it turns out, today Aug. 5, is “Celebrate Grown on Long Island Day,” at the Suffolk County Farm in Yaphank.
From noon to 5 p.m. visitors can purchased local produce, meet local farmers, taste local food and wine and hang out with local farm animals. The event is free, but visitors are encouraged to buy produce and donate it to Island Harvest, a food rescue organization. The first 500 visitors to donate $10 of produce will receive a free “Grown on Long Island” T-shirt.
The Suffolk County Farm is at 350 Yaphank Ave., Yaphank. For more information call 631-727-3777 or visit www.grownonlongisland.com.
The Almshouse Hay Barn, at the Suffolk County Farm in Yaphank, is one of the few remaining double bay hay barns in New York that is still used for its original purpose, according to the Yaphank Historical Society. (July 29, 2011)