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             TASTE OF THE TOWN
             NEWS IN BRIEF

     Visit to Atlantic County             Jersey for 2020 with a production value of

     Farm Highlights July as              $85 million, according to the USDA. New
                                          Jersey annually ranks in the top six in
     National Blueberry Month             the U.S. in the production of blueberries.
        The New Jersey Department of      Farmers in the Garden State harvested 46
     Agriculture recently highlighted July as   million pounds of blueberries on 9,300                                                                    let Mother Nature
     National Blueberry Month with a visit   acres last year.                                                                                        help keep the bugs away
     to Mento Farms in Hammonton. NJDA      “This has been a great season so far                                                                        at your next outdoor
     Secretary Douglas Fisher along with   as we have had ideal growing conditions
     state and local officials toured the farm’s   this year,” said Sam Mento III, who owns                                                                     gathering.
     packing facility and the fields where   and operates Mento Farms along with
     Jersey Fresh blueberries are grown to   his wife Kathy. “We have been blessed
     emphasize that local produce and farm   with a really nice crop. All this sunshine
     products are readily available at farmers   has made the berries big and super sweet.
     markets and stores around the state.  We know people really anticipate and   Historic Smithville on Thursday nights,   to health as they are known as the “King
        “The blueberry season in the Garden   love Jersey Fresh blueberries and we are   the Ventnor City Market on Friday nights,   of Anti-Oxidants.” Blueberries are low in
     State is one of the primary indicators that   proud to deliver one of our state’s most   and the Brigantine Farmers Market on   calories and high in nutrients.
     the Jersey Fresh season is at its peak,”   well-known crops to our customers.”  Saturdays. The majority of the farm’s fruit   Go to to see
     Secretary Fisher said. “Blueberry farms   Mento Farms has been growing    is shipped to New England.          where Jersey Fresh blueberries are
     like the one the Mentos own and operate   blueberries in New Jersey for the last   Sam Mento III is also an active   available locally and to find recipes
     are part of the fabric of New Jersey   14 years on a 50-acre operation. Local   member of the New Jersey Blueberry   that include great tasting Jersey Fresh
     agriculture. Our blueberry farmers are   customers can find Mento Blueberries   Industry Advisory Council.    blueberries.

     dedicated and passionate about the crop   by stopping at the farm on 14th Street in   The blueberry season for New Jersey   NJDA Secretary Douglas Fisher, center,
     they grow, and it is evident in the high   Hammonton, or visiting one of the many   lasts through the end of July. During the   with Sam Mento III and Kathy Mento to
     quality and delicious produce they deliver   farmers markets they participate in. Those   height of blueberry season, production   his left and right and their children Sam
     to consumers each year.”             markets include Steve and Cookies by the   can be as high as 250,000-300,000 crates   Mento (far left) and Sarah Mento.
        Blueberries were the No. 1 crop in New   Bay in Margate on Thursday morning,   per day. Eating blueberries is beneficial

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