Pop open the Sun Valley Orchard's website. The first thing you see is New Jersey's Jersey Fresh logo and a link to the Jersey Fresh commercial. That's good because the farm is a down-to-the-root example of the Jersey Fresh campaign.
Sun Valley Orchards promises to grow what the retailer needs, offer longer shelf life, hold price ads and be trusted to deliver on time. That reliability is the cornerstone of this Swedesboro farm family's success. It's also why the farm recently won double honors at the New Jersey State Agricultural Convention.
The State Horticultural Society honored Russell Marino, who owns Sun Valley Orchards with brother Harry and sons, Joe and Russ Jr., as the 2013 Outstanding Fruit Grower. Russell Marino is a former president of the State Board of Agriculture and the Gloucester County Board of Agriculture.
And, New Jersey Department of Agriculture awarded the Marino family the Patrick Mullen Jersey Fresh Quality Grading Award. Each year, Jersey Fresh Quality Grading Program inspectors recognize a farm that works hard to supply top-quality produce.
Sun Valley is a diversified operation with more than 2,000 acres of fresh market peaches, vegetables and grain crops. It also has enterprises providing storage, packing, trucking and wholesale marketing of commodities. Founded in the early 1970's, it has grown into one of the largest fruit and vegetable growers, packers and shippers in New Jersey.
The farm business is also on the cutting edge of new technology and practices that help to improve the quality of its produce. It was one of the first farms to use plastic mulch and drip irrigation in their fields. It was also one of the first farms to install the newest state-of-the-art packing line equipment.