While most people associate agriculture with our nation's heartland, New Jersey is home to more than 9,800 farms covering 790,000 acres of
farmland. The state is among the leaders in many forms of agricultural production.
state also produces an abundance of tomatoes, corn, apples, strawberries,
potatoes, hay, and soybeans. Farmers throughout the state sold
nearly $923.9 million in agricultural products in 2006.
example, New Jersey ranks
in blueberry production (The first cultivated blueberry
was developed in NJ by Elizabeth
in cranberry production
in bell peppers
in peach production
in head lettuce
Jersey promotes its outstanding agricultural industry through
its Jersey Fresh campaign. Jersey Fresh fruits and vegetables
must pass a grading program to ensure they are the highest
quality. Visit the Jersey
Fresh Web site to learn when fruits and vegetables are
in season, where to find pick-your-own farms and farmers markets,
and how to make some great recipes.
more information on agriculture in New Jersey, visit the Department
of Agriculture site.