Number of the Day: 53 milion

NJ Spotlight News | June 7, 2010

June is blueberry season in NJ and boxes of the deep purple fruit should start showing up in stores in just a few days. This year’s crop should at least equal that of 2009, which totaled 53 million pounds, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. That makes New Jersey the second-largest blueberry cultivator in the country, behind Michigan, which yielded 99 million pounds of blueberries last year. Other major blueberry states include Oregon, Washington and Georgia. What of Maine? Maine produces wild blueberries—88.5 million pounds in 2009. New Jersey’s crop yielded $65 million in 2009.