Fields and Farms

The East End of the Island, especially the North Fork, is fertile farm land. Once covered with potato farms – a few barns remain – it is now home to small farms and farm stands, pumpkin and strawberry fields, tree and plant nurseries, sod farms and – most important now to the area’s economy – vineyards and wineries. “Wine tours” are big business as buses, limousines, and bikes for hire bring over a million people each year to the 50+ wineries that have been created over the past 40 years (and saved the East End from being built over).

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Potato barns still dot the landscape

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Tree nurseries provide for the large suburban population to the west

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Huge sod farms barely survive the pressures of home building and installation of solar arrays. One still provides turf for Yankee Stadium!

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Vines now cover thousands of acres and supply over 50 wineries

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