New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Doug Fisher (left) and Paul Macrie of Macrie Bros. Blueberry Farm check out the company's blueberry in mid-July. ( Photo courtesy New Jersey Department of Agriculture )

July is National Blueberry Month, and New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Doug Fisher celebrated with a visit to Macrie Bros. Blueberry Farm.

Fisher and other state and local officials watched blueberries being packed at the Hammonton, N.J., operation, to call attention to foods grown and produced in the state, according to a news release.

“Blueberries are one of the mainstays in Jersey Fresh produce and growers like the Macrie brothers help make New Jersey famous for growing blueberries,” Fisher said in the release.

“Hammonton has long been known as the blueberry capital of the world for good reason. Our blueberry farmers are dedicated and passionate about what they do and it is evident by the high-quality fruit they grow each year.”

Blueberries were New Jersey’s No. 1 crop last season, with a production value of almost $84 million for 43.4 million pounds of fruit grown on 10,000 acres.

“It has been a good year for us so far,” Paul Macrie, who owns and operates the company with his brothers Nick and Mike, said in the release. 

“Even with the heat, we have been able to harvest a good volume, which is of course really important.”

New Jersey’s blueberry season lasts through July.