VINELAND, NJ — Get your camera ready, log onto Instagram, and send your best Garden State photos to the 2017 #JerseyFreshLove photo contest.
N.J. Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher and the 2016 winner of the Jersey Fresh Love social media photo contest, Ryan Briggs, owner of Outlaw’s Burger Barn and Creamery in Vineland, recently kicked off the 2017 #JerseyFreshLove photo competition, being offered on Instagram only using the #JerseyFreshLove hashtag.
“The #JerseyFreshLove campaign was a success last year, with fans submitting thousands of photographs from all over New Jersey,” Fisher said. “We appreciate all who participated, and your ongoing support of local New Jersey farmers, markets, restaurants, wineries, breweries and products. We urge people to share their love of everything Jersey Fresh, our successful 33-year-old agricultural branding program.”
Last year’s winning entry from Briggs was captioned “Burgers, Jersey Fresh style!,” featuring a crab cake burger comprised of ground beef, blue crab cake, Jersey Fresh tomatoes and organic field greens, topped with sriracha lime aioli.
To participate in the contest this year, people are required to post photos of favorite fruits, vegetables, markets, pick-your-own farms, wineries and agri-tourism activities in the Garden State. Photos must be submitted on Instagram using the hashtag #JerseyFreshLove. Entries will be judged by a panel on originality, creativity, photo composition and relevance to Jersey Fresh. There is no restriction on the amount of entries per entrant.
This year’s grand prize will be a choice of a Jersey Fresh Experience worth up to $500. The contest will also feature one winner each week that will receive a Jersey Fresh Prize Pack, which includes a Jersey Fresh bumper magnet, apron and other items.
The contest runs until August 31. To learn more about Jersey Fresh, visit www.jerseyfresh.nj.gov or follow @JerseyFreshNJDA on Instagram.
The Belmar Fresh Farmers' Markets is held from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday in Pyanoe Plaza, Main Street at Ninth Avenue. It's where more than 20 farmers, makers, handmade artisans and local food purveyors convene to sell their goods and share their crafts. For a list of participating vendors each week, visit www.belmarfresh.com.