San Mateo County’s overall crop values increased by $6.5 million last year to $149.2 million, according to the 2018 Agricultural Crop Report.
The county’s top crop was indoor floral and nursery crops with a value of $87.9 million.
“San Mateo County growers are mostly known for top-quality vegetables,” said Fred Crowder, the County’s agricultural commissioner. “What most people don’t know is that indoor flowers and potted plants are our top crop in terms of value. The coast’s ‘Goldilocks’ weather - not too hot, not too cold - make it ideal for greenhouse growers.”
County growers also benefit from the proximity to high-end hotels, Colma’s cemeteries, and fine-dining establishments that rely on fresh flowers for decorations.
The top vegetable in 2018 was again Brussels Sprouts, with a value of $14.2 million.
Crowder presented that fact and an overview of the complete annual report to the Board of Supervisors at its Tuesday, August 6 meeting.