Number of the Day: 54 million

July 2, 2013 | Number of The Day

Just in time for creating red, white, and blue desserts for July 4th barbecues, New Jersey blueberries are arriving at stores and farm stands. The Garden State ranks fifth in the country for blueberry production and last year harvested 54 million pounds of the fruit. That blueberry crop was grown on 7,500 acres and valued at $80.8 million.

Atlantic and Burlington Counties are the main producers of the state fruit, accounting for 97 percent of the acres harvested in 2012. Nevertheless, New Jersey boasts a number of places where you can ““pick your own” blueberries in nine counties.