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NJ Peach Promotion Council names three new directors

The New Jersey Peach Promotion Council named Erica Shiles, Bonnie Lundblad and Matt Duffield as its new board members.  jersey

Shiles is a fourth-generation family farmer on F&R Grasso, in Mullica Hill, purchased in 1953. The farm harvests several peach varieties throughout the season, including white and yellow peaches, white and yellow donut peaches and nectarines, selling them retail at their farm markets. “Our most popular are donut peaches,” said Shiles. “They are only in season for a few weeks in August, but customers rave about their delicious sweet taste and unique shape.”

Duffield is also a fourth-generation peach grower on the Duffield Family Farm, in Sewell, started by his great grandfather in the 1940s.  The family harvests yellow and white peaches and nectarines throughout the season, from mid/late June through September, selling at its retail farm market.

Lundblad brings retail expertise to the Peach Promotion Council.  She has a degree in advertising and communications and 20 years sales experience in the produce industry.  She currently is a sales representative for Sunny Valley International, in Glassboro, a premier packer and distributor of fresh fruits and vegetables since 1986.

“We are delighted to have these three young-generation members on our board,” said Santo John Maccherone, chair of the Peach Promotion Council.  “They bring fresh perspectives and ideas for promoting our locally grown peaches.”