Blueberries were the No. 1 crop in New Jersey for 2018, with a production value of more than $62 million. All told, farmers in the Garden State harvested 44 million pounds of blueberries on 9,000 acres last year.
New Jersey annually ranks in the top six in the United States for blueberry production.
During the peak of blueberry season, which lasts through the end of July, production can reach 250,000-300,000 crates per day.
Blueberries are low in calories and high in nutrients and are known as the “King of Anti-Oxidants.”
Purists may prefer to eat their blueberries by the handful or swirled in a bowl of yogurt or folded into pancakes. But why stop there? The Jersey Fresh website has recipes for blueberry and sweet potato oatmeal bars, blueberry pizza with lemons, and blueberry monkey bread — among other tasty treats. If you’d like to get a feel for what it takes to load 250,000 crates in a day, they also feature an interactive tool that lets you find the closest pick-your-own-farms.
And if a blueberry martini sounds like just the thing, you should be able to find a recipe online in short order.