The verdict is in: The public wants sweet corn as the state’s official vegetable.
Well, that’s at least according to the New York Farm Bureau’s unscientific poll on Facebook.
“The results are a-maize-ing,” said Julie Suarez, New York Farm Bureau Director of Public Policy.
The poll this month found that sweet corn received 725 votes compared to 311 votes for the onion. Other vegetables — like cabbage, potatoes and pumpkins — received 240 votes.
The poll came after Sen. Michael Nozzolio, R-Fayette, Seneca County, reintroduced legislation this month to make sweet corn the state vegetable, while Sen. David Carlucci, D-Clarkstown, Rockland County, put in a bill to make it the onion.
“Certainly there are bigger pressing issues in Albany, but at the same time naming an Official State Vegetable recognizes the importance of the vegetable industry to the economy of Upstate New York and the farm towns of Long Island,” Suarez said. “We appreciate the efforts of Senators Nozzolio and Carlucci to highlight the importance of our state’s vegetable farms to our New York consumers.”
The Farm Bureau said it’s strange that the state doesn’t have an official vegetable. New York has an official fruit, the apple; an official tree, the sugar maple and even an official state muffin: the apple muffin. The official beverage? Milk.
It’s unclear whether either measure will make it to the floor of the Senate for a vote.