Despite any difficulties the trend brings, grower-shippers say New Jersey offers a prime location for locally grown promotions and sales.
Bill Nardelli, president of Cedarville, N.J.-based Nardelli Bros. Inc., said the trend allows growers to pack trucks more efficiently because they might have several commodities to ship at once.
Ryan Flaim of R&R Flaim Next Generation Produce LLC, Vineland, N.J., said the company ships 42 commodities in order to better supply its clients with a wider selection of local items.
“Some growers are more specialized, but we have really diversified,” he said.
Nardelli said even larger chain stores are getting in on the local trend because many of nearby warehouses and distribution centers.
For Nardelli Bros., the local trend has been a longtime way of business that is now seeing even more interest.
“We’re used the phrase ‘Fresher by miles,’ for years, so we just went through the process of registering it as trademark,” he said.