The Vegetable Growers Association of New Jersey honored Jim and Sue Giamarese of Giamarese Farm in East Brunswick as Vegetable Grower of the Year, presenting them with their award on January 18 at the New Jersey State Agricultural Convention in Atlantic City. The Giamarese family has been farming in East Brunswick since the 1930’s. The farm now consists of more than 100 acres and includes: a retail market where the Giamareses sell their produce; pick-your-own strawberries, peaches, apples and pumpkins; bedding plants; choose and cut Christmas trees; and wholesale sales at the Tri-County Cooperative Auction Market in Hightstown.
Jim is currently the Vice President of the State Board of Agriculture and is a former president of the New Jersey Agricultural Society. Jim and Sue are regular contributors to Farmers Against Hunger, hosting many gleanings throughout the season and Jim sits as chairman of the Farmers Against Hunger Advisory Board. Jim was named both NJ and National Outstanding Young Farmer in 1989, one of only seven New Jersey farmers to gain the national title.