Start looking for local Blueberries! This week New Jersey Blueberry farmers have begun harvest of what looks to be one of the finest Blueberry crops in years! Farmers and retailers alike are very excited as this year’s crop is one week ahead of normal; this means plenty of plump and delicious Blueberries for the 4th of July holiday weekend!
The harvest will peak with the Blue Crop variety around June 21st, so look for great deals that week and don’t be afraid to stock up as you can freeze your surplus! New Jersey is the #1 producer of Blueberries for the fresh market. This is not surprising as the sandy soil and topography of the Hammonton area are ideal for growing blueberries. No wonder Hammonton is considered the Blueberry Capital of the World!
Tom Kovacevich is in the wholesale fruit and vegetable business in Philadelphia. His company, TMK Produce, distributes top quality produce to retailers and food service companies up and down the east coast. In 2008, Tom started a blog at BestFruitNow.com as a way to share his thoughts on what fruits are best each month. Geared for consumers, BestFruitNow.com also offers tips on how to select and prepare the fruits being recommended. An avid cook, gardener and all around foodie, Tom regularly travels the world meeting with growers ever learning more about his passion for fresh produce.