Some in New Jersey worry about effects of state budget cuts

05/27/2009 09:36:35 AM
Abraham Mahshie

Vince Consalo, president of Wm. Consalo & Sons Farms Inc., Vineland, N.J., said the Jersey Fresh program is a good one for the growers and the agriculture industry in the state, and he would prefer to see the full budget reinstated to avoid any ill effects down the road.

Murray said the state has grown from 35 to more than 120 farmer’s markets in the last several years. This “huge phenomena” highlights the impact of the Jersey Fresh program as parallel to the national interest in buying locally grown produce.

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