New Jersey Ag News
Peach buyers guidebook is dedicated to Al Caggiano
CLAYTON — The 2012 New Jersey Peach Buyers Guide is now available to all interested in the New Jersey Peach industry and those buying New Jersey peaches.
“This year’s 72-page guide is dedicated to Alfred Caggiano, owner of Sunny Slope Farms in Bridgeton,” said Santo John Maccherone, chair of the New Jersey Peach Promotion Council, publisher of the guide.
“The Sunny Slope Brand is emblematic of the highest quality Jersey Fresh peaches,” Maccherone said. “Mr. Caggiano’s leadership in the peach industry and his goal of marketing the premium quality peaches has set the bar high for all of us attempting to market the best fruit,” he continued. Sunny Slope is currently managed by Caggianos family packing and distributing white and yellow fleshed peaches and nectarines out of their modern facility in Bridgeton.
“The 2012 guide lists in alphabetical order growers and shippers of New Jersey peaches including their brands, and general information on what and how they ship,” said NJAES Cooperative Extension Rutgers agent Jerry Frecon, editor of the annual publication. “This section has been completely rewritten for easier use and placement on the New Jersey Peaches web site at www.jerseypeaches.com, and an updated list of direct marketers and community farmer’s market members selling New Jersey peaches is also included in the guide.”
Over the years the guide has been regarded as an important source of information for the media because it provides details and statistics on the peach industry.
Color pictures of some of the most important varieties are highlighted along with details on when they are available for buyers.
Other statistics and a history of the New Jersey Peach Industry are provided.
Information is included on the Jersey Fresh Promotional program for peaches and the Quality-grading program run by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture.
Details on officers and directors of the New Jersey Peach Promotion Council are listed along with an outline of plans for the 2012 promotional program on peaches.
For merchandisers, the guide contains information on how to store and handle New Jersey peaches; flavor, quality and hydrocooling, and food safety procedures for New Jersey handlers.
The opening page of the guide explains why everyone should buy New Jersey Peaches.
Buying New Jersey peaches helps to preserve peach farms and open space in the Garden State.