The farm-to-table movement is alive and well in New Jersey, according to the 2012 U.S. Census of Agriculture, which is issued twice each decade. Direct sales from farmers markets, roadside stands, pick your own, and community-supported agriculture rose from $30.1 million in 2007 to 33.3 million in 2012.
New Jersey ranks 12th in the nation in direct sales and 20 percent of farms report some type of direct-sales activity. Salem County ranks 15th in the nation among 3,077 U.S. counties, with $6.5 million in direct sales.
Agritourism also increased in New Jersey, from 322 to 347 farms, with the state now ranking ninth in the country for this sector.