As our state continues to recover from Tropical Storms Irene and Lee, we find ourselves in the midst of harvest season – one of my favorite times of year and a time that we all can enjoy the bounty of living in Central New York, the heartland of our beautiful state.
Over 140,000 acres of farmland were lost during the storms and consequent flooding. Not only will this impact the harvest, but it also will impact our state’s economy as agriculture is still the driving economic engine in our state.
To help support this vital industry, which not only provides us with nutritious and affordable food but also preserves our rural landscape, I hope residents of Oneida and Oswego counties will join me in supporting their local farmers’ market, farm stand, vineyard, or local food producers this harvest season. I also hope you will share your favorite farm stand, products, and recipes with me and our friends and neighbors at our online forum on Facebook. Just search Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney to become part of the discussion.
You also can find local farms, farm stands, farmers’ markets and locally-produced products by searching on the Pride of New York’s website, www.prideofny.com.
As the leaves continue to change and fall, I would like to thank all the hardworking families that keep our state’s agricultural tradition alive. I also would like to thank the New York Farm Bureau for naming me as a member of their 2011 Circle of Friends. I will continue to advocate for our local farmers and food producers in Albany, and I wish you all a happy and healthy harvest season.