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New Jersey Department of Agriculture kicks off ‘JerseyFreshApples’ contest

NEW JERSEY – New Jersey Assistant Secretary of Agriculture Joe Atchison III today announced the #JerseyFreshApples social media photo contest will begin on September 6.

Jersey Fresh fans can share photos of Jersey Fresh apples and mention the orchard where they were picked with the hashtag #JerseyFreshApples.

Using the #JerseyFreshApples hashtag on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram will automatically enter you a chance to win the grand prize of a $250 gift card to your favorite Jersey Fresh market.

There is also a weekly contest that will start each Wednesday where contestants will have until the following Tuesday to post their #JerseyFreshApples photos. The weekly winner will be announced on the Jersey Fresh Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages and will receive a $50 gift card to the Jersey Fresh market of their choice.

The #JerseyFreshApples photo contest will last through Oct 31. At the end of the contest, a voting gallery will be created from the eight weekly winner photos with voting open to the public from November 3-17.

“The fall season is a great time for families to go out and visit many of our farms that feature pick your own apples and other activities,” Assistant Secretary Atchison said. “This is a great way to highlight our many outstanding orchards and a chance for Jersey Fresh fans to use their creative skills for their own benefit.”

To read the full contest rules go to

More information about Jersey Fresh, including which crops are in-season and where they are available, can be found at

Established in 1984 by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, the Jersey Fresh logo was designed to inform consumers which fruits and vegetables were grown in the Garden State. The Jersey Fresh logo guarantees the produce was grown in New Jersey. The state grows more than 100 different varieties of fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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