MELVILLE - Officials say buying vegetables from local farm stands and choosing wine from area vineyards has a huge impact on Long Island's economy.
A new report by state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says Long Island farms contribute $259 million each year to the local economy.
Officials say the East End wine industry also brings in tens of millions of dollars in sales and more than a million visitors each year.
The report also shows how preserving open space can be financially beneficial to a region, officials say.
Suffolk is the leading agricultural county in the state in terms of the dollar value of the products sold, the report says.