New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas Fisher made several stops at farms and distributors to highlight the arrival of Jersey Fresh fruits and vegetables.
Landisville-based Landisville Produce Co-Op, Vineland-based Vineland Cooperative Produce Auction, Pilesgrove-based A.T. Buzby Farm, Salem-based Circle M Farms, and Cedarville-based Jersey Legacy Farms were in the tour, according to a news release.
“We are at the height of Jersey Fresh season and now is a great time to enjoy all the favorites,” Fisher said the release. “From tomatoes, sweet corn, peaches, blueberries and cucumbers, to romaine and other lettuces, our farmers grow them all.”
The state produces more than 100 different specialty crops, he said.
The Jersey Fresh Availability report is updated weekly throughout the growing season.
New Jersey is ranked in the top 10 in production value in the U.S. in 11 fruits and vegetables, according to the release.
The release cited U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics that in 2019, the Garden State’s farmers harvested:
- More than 89 million pounds of tomatoes for a production value of $71.3 million;
- More than 100 million pounds of peppers for a production value of almost $46 million; and
- 36 million pounds of peaches for a production value of $26 million.
Other crops New Jersey is ranked in the top 10 for production in the U.S. include blueberries, cucumbers, spinach, eggplant, cranberries, squash, sweet corn and asparagus.