Sweeney, Taliaferro Tour Salem County Peach Orchard

From left: Assemblyman Adam Taliaferro, NJ Department of Agriculture Secretary Doug Fisher and Senate President Steve Sweeney.

SALEM COUNTY, N.J. – Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assemblyman Adam J. Taliaferro took a tour of Circle M Farms’ peach orchard in Salem, on Thursday, August 1, with officials from the New Jersey Department of Agriculture to check out one of the regions top orchards.

Circle M Farms is a certified Jersey Fresh farm that produces peaches and nectarines through the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and food markets all across the state.

from left: Assemblyman Adam Taliaferro, Senate President Steve Sweeney, Circle M Farms Owner Santo Macherrone, NJDA Secretary Doug Fisher, Mannington Deputy Mayor Luke Patrick, Salem County Freeholder Director Ben Laury and NJDA Director of Marketing Tom Beaver.

“Since our founding, agriculture has been a pillar in our state’s economy and a major part of shaping the Garden State we see today,” said Senator Sweeney. “The people of South Jersey know intimately how farms like this help sustain our small communities, from providing jobs to our residents to providing produce for our stores.”

The state is ranked fourth in the nation, behind California, South Carolina, and Georgia in peach production.

“There is little better than a fresh peach on a hot summer day,” said Assemblyman Taliaferro. “The only thing that makes it better is knowing it was grown right here, in our community. These local farms are the backbone of South Jersey, they always have been and they always will be.”

They were joined on the tour by NJ Department of Agriculture Secretary Doug Fisher, Assemblyman Matthew Milam, Salem County Freeholder Director Ben Laury, Salem County Freeholder Deputy Director Scott Griscom and Mannington Deputy Mayor Luke Patrick.