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June 20, 2023  
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Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0330     

Jeff Wolfe
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Secretary Fisher Visits Viereck Farms in Gloucester County

(TRENTON) – New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher visited Viereck Farms in Gloucester County today to highlight the Jersey Fresh tomato harvest and other local produce. The visit took place as Viereck Farms starts to harvest tomatoes, one of the several types of vegetables it grows.

“New Jersey is known for the high quality, flavorful tomatoes grown here, and operations like Viereck Farms do an exceptional job at upholding that high standard,” NJDA Secretary Douglas Fisher said. “With the summer months upon us now, tomatoes and other Jersey Fresh produce are coming into season and it is looking to be an outstanding year.”

Viereck Farms LLC is a fourth-generation farm on 490 acres that spans Woolwich and Logan Townships. The farm is owned by David and Larry Viereck, and operated with Joel and Mike Viereck, who are the fourth generation. The farm was started more than 100 years ago by Leslie Viereck and continued by Leslie Viereck Jr., who is now 96. Leslie Viereck III also works on the farm and leads their farmers market program.

“We take great pride with the way we grow all of our produce,” said Joel Viereck who is president of the Vegetable Growers Association of New Jersey. “We are just now beginning to pick tomatoes and this has the makings of being an excellent year.”

Viereck Farms grows more than 50 acres of tomatoes, including just over 40 acres in high tunnels. That allows the crops to be shaded, protecting them from the heat. A four- to five-degree temperature increase in the tunnels allows crops to be planted sooner in the spring. The plastic covering also diffuses the natural sunlight to increase plant photosynthesis, allows for controlled irrigation, and protects plants so they do not need to be treated nearly as often.

Viereck Farms also grows sweet corn, peppers, squash, and asparagus as well as wheat, soybeans, and field corn. They sell most of their produce wholesale through Eastern Fresh Growers, Procacci Brothers Sales, and Gaurino & Sons Inc.

Viereck Farms is also at the Collingswood Farmers Market from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, the Haddon Heights Farmers Market from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sundays, and the Wenonah Farmers Market from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays.

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