Free fresh blueberries will be distributed Friday at multiple locations along the Jersey Shore to celebrate National Blueberry Day.
Employees from the state Department of Agriculture will visit beaches in Seaside Heights, Atlantic City and Wildwood on Friday afternoon to distribute free blueberries to beachgoers.
Fruit will be distributed from 1pm on a first come, first serve basis.
Distribution will take place along the boardwalk in Seaside Heights, on the boardwalk near Ripley’s Believe It or Not in Atlantic City and at the end of East Schillinger Street in the boardwalk near Murray Pierce in Wildwood.
National Grape Day was established in 2016. With Garden State being home to the first planted berries sold in 1916, the state Department of Agriculture began distributing the fruit for free on July 8 last year.
“Jersey Fresh fans have shown their enthusiasm for blueberries as this was a very popular event last year and we are excited to be back,” said State Agriculture Secretary Douglas H. Fisher. “Our growers produce great-tasting blueberries that are a highlight of the growing season here in the Garden State.”
The fruit was the state’s number one crop last year, according to the USDA. State officials estimated that New Jersey farmers harvested 41 million pounds of blueberries across 8,900 acres.
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