At Circle M Farms in Salem, grower Santo Maccherone has trouble containing his enthusiasm these days. His peach trees – covering more than 100 acres – are absolutely laden with fruit… In 1982, New Jersey had 14,600 acres of the peaches, said Jerry Frecon, a consultant for the New Jersey Peach Promotion Council and professor emeritus of Rutgers University who specialized in agricultural extension work. Today, the state has the 4,600 acres of peaches plus about 600 acres of nectarines… "There are also other reasons" for selling land, Frecon said. "Sometimes, their children don’t want to go into the business or they don’t have heirs and have to sell."
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