Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher announced the overall winners of the 2021 #JerseyFreshisCOOLER social media photo contest. They are Matt and Caitlyn Macrie, proud members of the Macrie Brothers Blueberry Farm in Hammonton.
The winning photo featured a shot of nearly ripe blueberries still on the bush with the rising sun illuminating the clouds in the background. The #JerseyFreshisCOOLER grand prize that the Macries will receive is a custom, Jersey Fresh, 75-quart YETI cooler.
The Department encouraged Jersey Fresh fans to submit photographs showing their appreciation of everything Jersey Fresh by sharing images of New Jersey farmers, farms, markets or produce with the hashtag #JerseyFreshisCOOLER. There were more than 1,000 photos submitted in this year’s contest.
“Being part of this family allows me to have a deep appreciation for what goes into making a crop come to fruition,” Matt Macrie said. “To be able to capture a moment that accentuates the pinnacle of what goes into producing our crop means so much to me.”
To participate in the contest, photos with the hashtag #JerseyFreshisCOOLER were shared on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The contest ran from early June through early September.
“We appreciate that so many people took the time to enter the #JerseyFreshisCOOLER contest to show their support of staying loyal to local and highlighting the many outstanding crops produced by our farmers,” Fisher said.
Weekly winners received a Jersey Fresh prize pack of Jersey Fresh items and goodies. Winners were announced on the Jersey Fresh Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages each week.
More information about Jersey Fresh, including which crops are in season and where they are available, can be found at FindJerseyFresh.com.