June 15, 2015 | Number of The Day
Number of farms growing berries in New Jersey

Strawberry season is fully upon us — the first fruit of the New Jersey growing season. There are 531 farms that grow berries in New Jersey with over 13,872 acres harvested, according to the latest
USDA agricultural census
in 2012.

According to the state Department of Agriculture website, 46 farms in 17 counties allow you to pick your own strawberries. They should be judged based on color and smell, rather than size, and should be consumed as close to picking as possible since strawberries do not ripen after harvest.