USDA report: NJ ranks third in peach production

USDA report: NJ ranks third in peach production

New Jersey ranks third in the U.S. in peach production value, according to the annual “Non-Citrus Fruit and Nuts” report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture this week.

The results also showed the Garden State remains among the leaders in cranberry and blueberry production, according to a news release.

New Jersey peach producers harvested 46 million pounds of peaches in 2018, with a production value of more than $41 million, an increase of about $1 million from 2017, according to the report. The No. 3 ranking continues a trend of New Jersey consistently ranking in the top five in peach production value.

“It’s a credit to our peach producers that they are one of the leaders in the nation in growing and harvesting this delicious-tasting fruit,” New Jersey Department of Agriculture secretary Douglas Fisher said in the release. “With the harvest for our peaches quickly approaching, we expect to have another outstanding year.”

The first peach variety of New Jersey’s season is sentry. The crop then moves into crest haven, which also includes the gloria variety, followed by Jersey queen, fayette, encore and laurol. White peaches become available in mid-August and are expected to continue through mid-September, according to the release.

In cranberries, New Jersey is third in the country in production, valued at $15.8 million, harvesting 512,000 barrels on 3,100 acres.

For blueberries, New Jersey is sixth in the U.S. in production value at $62.4 million with 4.9 million pounds harvested on 9,000 acres, according to the release. New Jersey blueberries are being harvested now.

To learn when New Jersey produce is becoming available, locations and recipes, visit www.findjerseyfresh.com.

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