Courtesy New Jersey Department of AgricultureSwedesboro, N.J.-based Sun Valley Orchards is the winner of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture’s Patrick Mullen Jersey Fresh Quality Grading Award. PIctured at an awards ceremony Feb. 6 in Atlantic City are, from left, Al Murray, New Jersey's assistant secretary of agriculture; Jersey Fresh inspector Mike Martinelli; Larry Hardwick, the department's chief of the bureau of commodity inspection and grading; Jersey Fresh inspectors Joe Montresor and Ralph Maresco; and Sun Valley's Joseph and Russell Marino.Swedesboro, N.J.-based Sun Valley Orchards is the winner of an annual award for high-quality fruits and vegetables.
Sun Valley is the recipient of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture’s Patrick Mullen Jersey Fresh Quality Grading Award, according to a department news release.
Company officials were presented the award Feb. 6 at the New Jersey State Agricultural Convention in Atlantic City.
The award is named for Patrick Mullen, former director of the department’s Division of Marketing and Development, who developed the Jersey Fresh Quality Grading Program, which inspects produce to ensure the highest quality.
Jersey Fresh Quality Grading Program inspectors choose the award winner.
Sun Valley, founded in the early 1970s, grows fruits and vegetables on 1,200 acres.