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“Blueberries are a cornerstone of New Jersey’s agriculture"

New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Ed Wengryn recently kicked off the blueberry season with a visit to Macrie Brothers Blueberry Farm during an Atlantic County farm tour. The tour highlighted the availability of Jersey Fresh blueberries at local farmers markets and stores statewide.

"Blueberries are a cornerstone of New Jersey's agriculture, and an integral part of our growing season," Secretary Wengryn stated. "The Macrie Brothers and other growers contribute to our state's reputation for producing high-quality fruit year after year."

In 2023, New Jersey's blueberry production reached a value of $92.1 million, making it the state's highest-grossing crop. Annually, New Jersey ranks among the top six states in the U.S. for blueberry production, harvesting 50 million pounds on 10,800 acres last year.

Paul Macrie, co-owner of Macrie Brothers Blueberry Farms, expressed optimism for this year's harvest: "With favorable weather conditions, we anticipate a strong season with plentiful, large-sized blueberries that define New Jersey's crop. Full production is expected within the next few weeks."

Established in 1953 with 26 acres, Macrie Brothers Blueberry Farms has grown to 800 acres. The Macrie family is actively involved in industry organizations such as the New Jersey Blueberry Industry Advisory Council and local boards.

The New Jersey blueberry season runs until the end of July, coinciding with National Blueberry Month. During peak production, the farm can yield 250,000-300,000 crates of blueberries daily. Known as the "King of Antioxidants," blueberries are celebrated for their health benefits, being low in calories and rich in nutrients.


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