The 2011 Organic Production Survey counted 9,140 certified organic farms and ranches in the United States, comprising 3.6 million acres of land.
Total certified organic product sales for the United States was $3.5 billion, an increase of $340 million from 2008. The average organic producer had sales of $414,725 in 2011, compared to $217,675 in 2008. The top three states by number of farms were: California with 1,898, Wisconsin with 870, and New York with 597 certified organic farms.
In 2011, New York's certified organic farms sold a total of $107 million in organically produced commodities, including $38.5 million in crops sales and $68.3 million in sales of livestock, poultry and their products. Average sales were $186,668 per farm. Fifty-six percent, or $60.2 million of total organic sales in New York were from milk from cows. Milk cow sales totaled $3.77 million.
Crop sales included over $22.1 million from field crops, $14.5 million from vegetables, and $1.36 million from fruit and berries.
In New York, 10 percent of sales were direct to consumers, via farm stands, farmers' markets, Community Supported Agriculture and other arrangements, while 83 percent of New York organic sales were through wholesale channels, including processors, millers and packers, and grower cooperatives. Seven percent of New York sales were direct-to-retail buyers such as natural food stores, supermarkets, and restaurants.