Peaches have been harvested in New Jersey since the 17th century and the 31st annual New Jersey Peach Festival runs from July 25 to 28 at the Gloucester County Fairgrounds in Mullica Hill. It runs concurrently with the county’s 4-H Fair.
You can find peaches in ice cream, water ice, pies, slushies, coffee cake, jams and jellies and a bake-off will featured both well known items like peach melba and also peach dip and peach sauces.
“New Jersey is currently fourth in the nation in peach production, producing 30,000 tons valued at $39.6 million,” says Lynne Richmond, public information officer for the state Department of Agriculture. Peaches rank second to blueberries in value among the state’s fruit crops; Gloucester, Cumberland and Salem counties are the hotbeds of Jersey peach production.
Admission for the 4-H Fair and Peach Festival is $10 per car.
July 25-28, 2013, 4-H Fairgrounds, Route 77 South, Mullica Hill, NJ