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NJ Department of Agriculture kicks off ‘JerseyFreshisBEST’ contest

NEW JERSEY – New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher Monday announced the #JerseyFreshisBEST social media photo contest is underway.

Share photos of Jersey Fresh farmers, farms, markets or produce with the hashtag #JerseyFreshisBEST and make sure to mention the farmer, farm, or market name.

Using the #JerseyFreshisBEST hashtag on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram will automatically enter you a chance to win a $500 gift card to your favorite Jersey Fresh market.

There is also a weekly contest that will start each Wednesday and contestants will have until the following Tuesday to post their #JerseyFreshisBEST photos. The weekly winner will be announced on the Jersey Fresh Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages each week. Weekly winners will receive a Jersey Fresh prize pack featuring a Jersey Fresh beach towel, New Jersey shaped bamboo cutting board, hat, t-shirt, and more.

The #JerseyFreshisBEST photo contest will last through Sept. 6. At the end of the contest, each of the weekly winners’ photos will be posted on, where the public can vote for the winning photo.

“Jersey Fresh is the best,” Fisher said. “We know there is an enthusiastic following for Jersey Fresh and we look forward to seeing the many creative photos posted to emphasize the great tasting and high-quality fruits and vegetables produced by our farmers.”

There were more than 1,000 entries in last year’s contest, which was won by Matt Macrie of Macrie Brothers Blueberry Farm and featured a photo of nearly ripe blueberries still on the bush with the rising sun illuminating on the clouds in the background.

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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