Agriculture is a strong economic driver for the county and supports hundreds of local businesses ranging from farms to service providers and retail shops. Dairy forms the backbone of the local agricultural economy, with beef, other livestock, field crops, as well as maple syrup, and apples amongst others being important commodities that drive numerous ancillary business such as hard cider and cheese production. Equine is a growing industry and is strongly connected to nearby Saratoga. Overall the local agriculture industry generates about $140 million in direct sales annually and direct economic contribution from agricultural production is estimated at over $224 million annually.
Agriculture in the region is also strongly connected to tourism, as many area farms are open to the public, and tours such as the Fiber Tour, Cheese Tour, as well as the Craft Beverage Trail entice thousands to the area. Numerous farmers markets may be found throughout the County offering a variety of healthy local foods, and there is always a CSA (community supported agriculture) nearby offering freshly delivered foods. So here, agriculture is both business and a pleasure.
Agriculture is Everyone's Business
Explore the influence of agriculture on the economy in Washington County by clicking on the image below.