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Get Out Your Camera: NJ Kicks Off 2017 #Jerseyfreshlove Photo Contest

NJ Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher and 2016 winner of Jersey Fresh Love contest, Ryan Briggs, Outlaw’s Burger Barn and Creamery in Vineland, kick off 2017 #jerseyfreshlove photo contest. Credits: New Jersey Department of Agriculture

VINELAND, NJ -- Get your camera ready, log onto Instagram, and get ready for the 2017 #JerseyFreshLove photo contest.. 

New Jersey 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 Instagram-only photo competition.

“The #jerseyfreshlove campaign was a success last year, with fans submitting thousands of photographs from all over New Jersey,” Secretary 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.”

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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. Briggs summed the photo up with the hashtags: #burgers #surfnturf #jerseyfresh #jerseyfreshlove #farm2fork #burgerroutecontest.

To participate in the contest this year, people are encouraged to post photos of favorite fruits, vegetables, markets, pick-your-own farms and agri-tourism activities on Instagram using the #jerseyfreshlove hashtag.

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.

“We loved being part of the contest last year and the attention it brought to our business,” Briggs said. “Using Jersey Fresh produce in our food is a natural and logical choice for us. The #jerseyfreshlove contest also allowed us an opportunity to showcase some creative offerings as well as the traditional items we have on our menu.”

Outlaw’s Burger Barn & Creamery, which opened in 2016, sources produce from Dottavio Produce, located on Main Road in Vineland. The season determines what the restaurant gets from the farm, and during the spring and summer months, 100 percent of its produce is delivered twice a week from New Jersey farms. Those deliveries include tomatoes, cucumbers, cubanelles, lettuce, mushrooms, habaneros, jalapenos, eggplant, strawberries, blueberries, nectarines and mint. They also source unique ingredients for their specials utilizing items that are different, fresh and local.

“Outlaw’s Burger Barn & Creamery’s efforts to source local, Jersey produce 100 percent of the time during the New Jersey growing season are exceptional,” Secretary Fisher said. “We know the value and quality that our farmers bring to the table, and appreciate chefs and restaurant owners that understand the importance of supporting these farmers and the state’s economy, as well as priding themselves on serving the best quality food to their customers.”

The contest runs until August 31.

To learn more about Jersey Fresh, visit www.jerseyfresh.nj.gov or follow @JerseyFreshNJDA on Instagram.

Get your camera out and head to these JerseyFresh Farmers' Markets:

Nutley Farmers Market

Municipal Lot No. 1, at the corner of Franklin Ave. & William St., Nutley, NJ 07110

June 18th - Oct. 29th, 2017,  Sundays, 9am-2pm

Montclair Farmers Market

Walnut Street Train Station Saturdays 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Newark Downtown District Common Greens Farmer's Market

PSE&G Plaza, 80 Park Place , Newark, NJ 07102

June 2nd - Nov. 17th, 2016,  Thursdays, 11 am - 3 pm

Maplewood Farmers' Market

Corner of Indian St. & Springfield Ave., Municpal Bldg. parking lot, Maplewood, NJ 07040

June 5th - November 20th, 2017,  Mondays, 2 pm - 7 pm

South Orange Farmers Market

Sloan Street & First Street - (Lot 9), South Orange, NJ 07079

June 7th - Oct. 25th, 2017,  Wednesdays, 2 - 7 pm

Belmar Fresh

Pyanoe Plaza, 9th & Main St., Belmar, NJ 07719

June 18th - Oct. 1st, 2016,  Saturday, 10am-3pm

Little Falls: Farmers ABC Market Place & Concert In the Park

Main St. / 1st Ave./ Wilmore Ave., Little Falls, NJ 07424

June 22nd-August 31st, 2017,  Thursdays, 5:00pm-8:30pm

Duke Farms' Farm to Table Market

1112 Dukes Parkway West, Hillsborough Twp., NJ 08844

May 21st-Oct. 29th, 2017,  Sundays, 12pm-5pm

New Providence Farmers Market

1307 Springfield Ave. , New Providence, NJ 07974

June 22nd- Oct. 26th, 2016,  Wednesday, 1pm-6pm

Elizabeth Avenue Farmers' Market @ Union Square

Union Square Plaza, 1 High Street, Elizabeth

July-- Nov. 29th, 2016,  Tuesdays, 10 am - 6 pm

Summit Farmers Market

DeForest Ave.-Corner of Maple Street, Summit, NJ 07901

April 17th - Nov. 20th, 2016,  Sundays, 8:00 am -1:00 pm

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