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NEW JERSEY FOOD TRIVIA & FACTS

A couple of New Jersey's nicknames: The Garden State and The Clam State.

FARMS & FARMERS
New Jersey approximate land area: 4,707,863 acres
Farmland is 733,450 acres or 15.6% of total land
Organic agriculture accounts for about 10,595 acres
Number of Farms: 10,327
Principle Farm Operators: Men: 8,066  Women: 2,261
(2013 - USDA Economic Research Service: www.ers.usda.gov ) 
[2007-2008 latest available data]

POPULATION & HUNGER
New Jersey has a total population of: 8,821,155
Urban population: 8,821,155
Rural population:  
Food insecure households*: 12.3%
Households with very low food security*: 4.5%
*Food insecurity - Limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways.
Very low food security - At times during the year, eating patterns of one or more household members were disrupted and food intake reduced because the household lacked money and other resources for food.

(2013 - USDA Economic Research Service: www.ers.usda.gov )
(Population & Food Security data: 2011)


The first brewery in America was built in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1642.

On September 3, 1817, the Bergen Express & Paterson Advertiser reported the capture of a 7½ foot 126 pound sturgeon in the Passaic River by several townspeople.

Lambertville, New Jersey celebrates a Shad Festival in April of each year.

New Jersey has more diners than any other state and is sometimes called the 'diner capital of the world.'

Vineland, N.J., is known as the Dandelion Capital of the World.

The Passaic County Historical Society has the World's Largest Spoon Collection at the Lambert Castle Museum in Paterson, NJ.  The Bertha Schaefer Koempel Spoon Collection consists of over 5,400 spoons. Included are spoons from every state and most countries of the world.

In 2004 the Highbush Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum) was designated as the Official State Fruit of New Jersey.

In 1977 the Horse (Equus caballus) was designated as the Official State Animal of New Jersey.

In 1992 the Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) was designated as the Official State Fish of New Jersey.

The honeybee, apis mellifera, is the New Jersey state bug.
 

 

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