Fruit is Ulster County’s most economically important crop, apples being the most significant fruit variety. Ulster County is home to more than 4,000 acres of bearing apple trees. Ulster County ranks second in value of production for apples in New York State, and fourth nationally.
The most commonly produced berries are strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and grapes. There are 157 acres of grapes (including table grapes), in production in Ulster County. New York State is ranked third in U.S. production for wine grapes. Let’s not forget about the popular strawberry, which ranks sixth for production in New York State, with 18 producing acres in Ulster County.
*production acreage sourced from USDA 2017 Ag Census
Cornell's Hudson Valley Research Laboratory
Ulster County is also home to Cornell’s Hudson Valley Research Lab, one of New York State’s Agricultural Experiment Stations focused on fruit production research.
CCE Ulster is a member of the Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Program, which provides tree fruit, berry, and grape education, research, and technical assistance.
Last updated February 10, 2021