187-Acre Farm for Sale in Baiting Hollow; 130 Acres Must Be Preserved for Agricultural Use

In 1951, four potato farmers from Syosset, all brothers, purchased a giant piece of land in Baiting Hollow.  Harold, Cyril, Ambrose and George Wulforst grew cabbage, cauliflower, sweet corn and potatoes — especially potatoes — there for the next 50 years.  As the brothers grew older, they handed the reins to their children and stopped farming. George, 97, is the only brother still living.  The Wulforst family has been renting much of the land for the last seven years to Jeff Rottkamp of Rottkamp’s Fox Hollow Farm.  Now, 12 Wulforst children have decided to sell the 187-acre farm, which many believe is the largest property for sale in Suffolk County, for $32 million.

The property, south of Sound Avenue, runs west from Baiting Hollow Lane west to Twomey Avenue and lies in an Agricultural Protection Zone, according to Riverhead Town planning director Richard Hanley. This means that 70 percent of the land — or about 130 acres — must be preserved for agricultural use. The remaining 30 percent can be subdivided for residential use.