Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
Jessica A. Chittenden

June 12, 2008

Commissioner to Recognize Arrival of Berry Season in NYS

Friday, June 13 at Abbott Farms in Baldwinsville

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker will celebrate the arrival of berry season in New York State with a visit to Abbott Farms in Baldwinsville on Friday. The Commissioner will discuss how fruit farms in New York are expanding their operations to include berries, as well as the nutritional, educational and economic benefits provided by local berry patches.

Strawberries, the first berry of the season, are currently available at local berry patches across the State. Berries are an important and expanding sector of New York’s agricultural industry, presenting an opportunity for farmers to interact directly with consumers through u-pick operations and roadside stands, as well as to offer a crop earlier in the season. New York ranks seventh in the nation for strawberry production.

Abbott Farms recently made the transition from a cash-grain operation to u-pick crops, including berries. Today, the farm grows 17 acres of strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries, in addition to maintaining its apple orchard and Christmas tree operation.

All media are welcome and encouraged to attend.

WHO: New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker

New York State Berry Growers Association Executive Director Paul Baker

WHAT: Arrival of Berry Season in New York State

WHEN: Friday, June 13, 2008 at 1:30 pm

WHERE: Abbott Farms, 3293 Cold Springs Road, Baldwinsville, New York

Stephane Boutin, Retail Manager, 315-638-7783

For more information, please contact Jessica Chittenden with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets at 518-457-3136 (office) or 518-527-3949 (cell).

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