24 Apr 2024

Dive into the world of blueberries in Hammonton, the blueberry capital of the world


Nestled in the heart of New Jersey lies a haven for blueberry enthusiasts - welcome to Hammonton, where the love for blueberries runs deep and the fields stretch as far as the eye can see, adorned with rows upon rows of luscious blueberry bushes.

Blueberry production has always been significant in New Jersey, particularly in Atlantic County, boasting over 50 farms dedicated to blueberry cultivation. These farms collectively contribute approximately 80% of the state's blueberry output. Notably, in Hammonton, there exists a colossal 1,300-acre farm, among others, making it the largest in the entire Northeast region solely devoted to blueberries. The berry holds a special place in the hearts of nearly all residents of the town, whether through commercial involvement or personal connections.

Blueberries have played a vital role in Hammonton's economy since the early days of settlement, with the 1,300-acre farm and other local farms covering approximately 7,500 acres providing significant employment opportunities. The blueberry picking season spans from mid-June to mid-August, attracting workers and visitors alike. Hammonton, along with the broader Atlantic County, accounts for 80%—nearly 50 million pounds—of the state's blueberry production.

Hammonton's claim to fame as the Blueberry Capital of the World is well-deserved. With a climate and soil perfectly suited for blueberry cultivation, the town has become a global leader in blueberry production. From late spring to early summer, the landscape comes alive with the vibrant hues of ripe blueberries, ready to be plucked and enjoyed.

But what sets Hammonton's blueberries apart is not just their abundance, but their exceptional flavor and quality. Generations of farmers have perfected the art of blueberry cultivation, employing sustainable practices and innovative techniques to ensure each berry is bursting with sweetness and freshness.

Visitors to Hammonton have the unique opportunity to experience blueberry picking firsthand. Wander through the fields, basket in hand, and savor the simple joy of harvesting nature's bounty. Whether you're a seasoned picker or a first-timer, there's something undeniably satisfying about filling your basket with plump, juicy blueberries straight from the vine.

And it's not just about picking blueberries - it's about celebrating them. Every year, Hammonton hosts the Red, White, and Blueberry Festival, a tribute to the town's beloved fruit. From blueberry pies to blueberry lemonade, the festival offers a tantalizing array of blueberry-inspired treats that are sure to delight the taste buds of visitors of all ages. This vibrant festival, held during the peak of blueberry season, is a joyful homage to the versatile fruit that has become synonymous with the community. Visitors from near and far gather to indulge in a plethora of blueberry-themed treats and activities that showcase the town's passion for all things blueberry.

In Hammonton, blueberries aren't just a crop - they're a way of life. So go and experience the magic of the Blueberry Capital of the World, where every bite is a burst of pure, berry bliss!

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