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Farmer’s markets – the Garden State in bloom

July 27, 2009

It’s summer in NJ and that means that the Garden State is in full bloom. It seems that each town has a farmer’s market. Some are bigger than others. To find a market near you, go to the NJ State website: http://www.state.nj.us/jerseyfresh/searches/urban.htm.

NJ farmers cultivate over 100,000 acres which produce at least 150 different crops. A list of the produce and the growing season can be found here: http://www.nj.gov/jerseyfresh/searches/availability.htm.    

Despite legislative and public pressures, high input costs, and the second highest per-acre market value of farmland in the nation, 17% of New Jersey land is under cultivation and the estimated market value of New Jersey farms is greater than $7 billion with yearly cash receipts approaching $900 million.

New Jersey produces 22% of the blueberries, 5% of the peaches and 2% of greenhouse/nursery crops sold in the US. The Garden State ranks Number Two in blueberry production, Number Three in cranberries and bell peppers, and Number Four in peaches. New Jersey has the highest concentration of horses in the US. (ref www.fsa.usda.gov).

Below are photos I took at the Morristown farmer’s market last weekend.

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