With New Jersey enjoying a glut in its peach supply,
the state’s Secretary of Agriculture Charles
M. Kuperus is urging retailers and consumers to buy
locally grown, Jersey Fresh peaches right on through
“Jersey Fresh peaches are the freshest, juiciest and tastiest peaches on
the market, and right now they’re available at great prices,” Kuperus
said. “When you buy Jersey Fresh, you know you’re getting the sweetest,
best-tasting peaches available. Not only that, but you’re supporting New
Jersey agriculture, which helps keep our farmers in business and keeps the Garden
State green and growing."
New Jersey peaches have a distinct flavor advantage. Garden State growers
are able to leave peaches on the trees longer – where they produce
more sugar – because they are distributed and sold locally. Out-of-state
peaches need to be picked earlier for shipping purposes.
New Jersey’s peach season typically extends into the beginning
of September. However, because weather conditions delayed the harvest,
an abundant supply of good quality, locally grown peaches will be available
until at least October. Available varieties include Laurel, Encore, Snow
Giant and Fantasia, all of which are noted for their good size, excellent
look and vibrant flavor.
This year’s crop is expected to yield 75 million pounds of peaches,
13 million pounds more than last year, according to the New Jersey Agricultural
“Just because summer vacations are winding down, it doesn’t mean
the peach season is over,” said Kuperus. “Jersey Fresh peaches are
great to pack in lunchboxes as children head off to school, to bake in pies and
cobblers and to can for later use.”
New Jersey grows peaches on 8,000 acres and is the fourth largest producer
of peaches in the nation.
To be sure you’re buying Jersey peaches, always look for the Jersey
Fresh logo at your local farm market or supermarket.