N.J. Department of Agriculture kicks off #JerseyFreshisBEST contest


New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher has announced that 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, according to a press release from the New Jersey Department of Agriculture.

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, according to the press release.

The #JerseyFreshisBEST photo contest will run through Sept. 6. At the end of the contest, each of the weekly winners’ photos will be posted on www.JerseyFreshisBest.com, where members of 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 in Hammonton and featured a photo of nearly ripe blueberries still on the bush with the rising sun illuminated on clouds in the background, according to the press release.

To read the full contest rules go to https://woobox.com/quj9wp/rules

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

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, according to the press release.