NJ mainstay crops slower this season, but they will be good
The cool wet spring has delayed some of the all-stars of Jersey Fresh: the corn, peaches and tomatoes this summer. But it could have been worse.
Agriculture Secretary Doug Fisher says some farmers in other parts of the country, particularly tree fruit farmers in the south, have suffered tremendous losses. But, he adds, "we have managed to escape what they ran into. Obviously the weather, you never know what is going to happen."
Fisher says peaches are about a week late and corn will start to show up July 4 and after. Tomatoes are also slower, but they will be great.
"Peaches are maybe about a week late, but catching up fast, because we are really moving into the warmer weather. So you are going to start to see them next week or so. You will start seeing peaches on the scene, and then the supply will continue to increase each week."
As for the tomatoes, Fisher says they come "in various waves, and certainly we have a lot of farmers that are growing in their high tunnels. They are grown in Jersey soil and they are available. Then a few more weeks after that we will start having Jersey steak tomatoes that you see all over, everywhere."
He says although the weather is always unpredictable, "right now, it is going to be a good season. It is going to be good for farmers, and they need a good year."
EDITOR'S NOTE: A previous version of this story should have said tree fruit farmers in southern states have suffered losses.
Joe Cutter is the afternoon news anchor on New Jersey 101.5.