Legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) to promote farm-to-table businesses Statewide has passed the Senate Economic Growth Committee.
Sen. Steven Oroho’s bill would promote farm-to-table businesses Statewide, by promoting restaurants on New Jersey’s tourism website. (SenateNJ.com)
“Farm-to-table restaurants provide vital opportunities for small businesses to compete in a new and rapidly-growing part of our vibrant agricultural tourism industry,” Senator Oroho said. “The impact of choosing a farm-to-table restaurant stretches far beyond a diner’s plate. By highlighting local restaurants that serve ‘Jersey Fresh,’ we’re feeding the future of New Jersey’s farms, restaurants, and our local economy.”
Senator Oroho’s bill, S-2499, would direct the Division of Travel and Tourism to post information on farm-to-table restaurants on its website. The website, which is currently housed under the domain VisitNJ.org, would list the names, addresses, and other pertinent information about farm-to-table restaurants located across the Garden State.
In New Jersey, approximately one out of every 14 workers is supported by the tourism industry.
“New Jersey’s agriculture and tourism industries are a driving economic force that employs millions of families,” Oroho said. “Last year, more than 100 million tourists visited New Jersey, where they spent more than $10 billion on food and beverages. Encouraging travelers to visit farm-to-table destinations benefits our small farms, restaurants, and the community as a whole. This legislation is a win for all.”
Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths are sponsors of the Assembly bill which also enjoys bipartisan backing.
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