Lewis DeEugenio named New Jersey's outstanding grower
Lewis DeEugenio, a medical doctor, owns 500 acres of orchard.
Ken Wightman (left), president of the New Jersey State Horticultural Society, presents the Outstanding Fruit Grower Award to Dr. Lewis DeEugenio.
Courtesy New Jersey State Horticultural Society
Dr. Lewis DeEugenio Jr. has received the Outstanding Fruit Grower Award from the New Jersey State Horticultural Society for his leadership in the fruit industry and for the management and quality of his fruit farming and marketing operation.
DeEugenio, a medical doctor, owns Summit City Farms, which has operations in Gloucester and Salem Counties. He and his wife Leila grow 500 acres of apples, peaches, and nectarines. Their fruit is packed at Eastern ProPak in Glassboro, the largest fresh fruit packer in New Jersey, of which DeEugenio is a founding owner-member. He is president of the Jersey Fruit Marketing Cooperative in Glassboro, which markets more than half the state’s peach crop.
Hort Society President Ken Wightman, presenting the award, said the DeEugenios have been leaders in integrated pest management, low water use irrigation, ground cover management, frost control, food safety practices in the field, product traceability, and use of the H-2A guest worker program.