First Blueberries of the Season Appear in Abingdon Square Farmers' Market
The first farmers' market blueberries appeared today at the Kernan Farms stall in the Abingdon Square farmers' market. How did they do it, a full month before the fruit usually appears?
Kernan Farms is located in Bridgeton, New Jersey, near the very southern tip of New Jersey. It's a fascinating part of the state, possessing a micro-climate moist and sunny, more like the Carolinas than the rest of New Jersey. In fact, during colonial times, the area had a plantation economy.
In this climate, blueberries, tomatoes, and other fruits and vegetables mature a full month earlier than in, say, the Catskills or the Hudson Valley, where many of the other farmers' market stalls originate.