MILFORD, NJ---Sometimes Hector Perez’s day starts 2:30 a.m. in the morning and doesn’t end until 8:00 p.m. that night; up before dawn and working until dusk. Such is the life of a farmer.
Perez is the owner of Jersey Farm Produce, a Milford-based small business he started in 2009. No stranger to hard work, Perez can be found at the height of harvest loading up three trucks Tuesday thru Sunday with produce from his farmland to be sold at New York City farmer’s markets. The remainder of the day is spent working the land.
“I came to this country in 2001 from Mexico with a degree in Agriculture and little else,” said Perez. “I had to learn how to speak English and find work.” Over the years, he was able to find employment on farms in New York State and New Jersey. He even managed a 300 acre farm in Glen Gardner.
“I always had the desire to start my own my farm,” said Perez. “And then I learned about a local farmer who wanted to lease his farmland, I thought... Read More