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Mid-Atlantic Region

In the middle of this agricultural and industrial state is a region known as the New Jersey Pine Barrens, which covers 1,700 square miles, approximately one-third of the state. This region, characterized by sandy soil and cedar swamps dotted with scraggly pine trees, is unsuitable for conventional agriculture and development. The term for the self-sufficient inhabitants of this area is “Pineys”. The foodways of the pinelands are much like the rural cookery in other parts of the United States, but they are unique to New Jersey within a sprawling megalopolis.

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