June Community Events

6/4/16- Melick's Hard Cider Festival. Melick's Town, Farm, 170 Oldwick, Rd., Oldwick, NJ. 10 a.m.-6 pm. 

6/6/16 Chef's Night by Elijah's Promise, Palace at Somerset Park, Somerset, NJ. 6:30 p.m. Reserve tickets.

6/11/16- On-Farm Workshop: Meat Rabbits Green Duchess Farm, Somerset, NJ. 1:30 -4:30 p.m. $75 includes a pasture raised, meat rabbit for your freezer or table. ($40)

6/18/16- Let's Table This: Jersey Style Food Writer Panel discussion to celebrate Montclair Food & Wine Festival.  Details here.

6/18/16- The Just Jersey Food Truck & Music Festival and fireworks. Waterloo Field Concert Field, 1053 Waterloo Rd., Stanhope, NJ. 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Will benefit Eleventh Hour Rescue.

6/25/16- Grow Unusual Edibles Talk with Rachel Weston. Details here.

6/25 and 6/26- Whitesbog 33rd annual Blueberry Festival, Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 West Whitesbog Road, Browns Mills, NJ. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Farmers Markets

6/2/16- . Sea Bright Farmers Market, Opening Day. Ocean Ave. parking lot, Sea Bright, NJ. 2 p.m.. - 7 p.m. Every Thursday through 9/29/16.

6/3/16- Highland Park Farmers Market. Opening Day. 11 a.m-5:30 p.m., 212 Raritan Ave.,  Highland Park, NJ. Fridays.

6/4/16- Montclair Farmers Market. Opening Day. Walnut Street Train Station, Montclair, NJ. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturdays.

6/4/16 - Montgomery Farmers Market. Opening Day. Village Shopper Parking Lot, 1340 Rt. 206 Skillman, NJ (directly across from Montgomery Cinema and Shop-Rite). 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturdays, June - October

6/5/16- Point Pleasant Farmers Market, Opening Day, 601 Arnold Ave, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sundays.

6/12/16- Ramsey Farmers Market Opening Day and annual Strawberry Festival. (postponed from 6/5 due to bad weather) Erie Plaza train station on Main St., Ramsey, NJ. 9 a.m. -2 p.m. Sundays through November. 

6/11/16 Chatham Farmers Market. Opening Day. 1 Railroad Plaza South, Chatham, NJ. 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturdays June - October.

6/12/16- Asbury Fresh, Opening Day. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Cookman Ave, Asbury Park, NJ. Sundays - Sept. 25.

6/12/16- Ramsey Farmers Market Opening Day and annual Strawberry Festival. (postponed from 6/5 due to bad weather) Erie Plaza train station on Main St., Ramsey, NJ. 9 a.m. -2 p.m. Sundays through November. 

6/18/16 Belmar Fresh. Opening Day. Payone Plaza, 9th Ave. & Main St., Belmar, NJ. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturdays through October 1.

6/18/16- Metuchen Farmers Market. Opening Day. Senior Center parking lot, New St & Center St., Metuchen, NJ. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturdays through October.


May Community Events

5/1/16 Spring Renewal Fair  First Presbyterian Church of Rumson, 4 E River Rd, Rumson, NJ. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. A full day of food and gardening topics. I'll be presenting a talk on growing unusual edibles.

5/4/16- Saltopia (Artisan Infused Sea Salt) flash sale. One day only at the Salt Cellar, 9 Reservoir Road, Hackettstown, NJ.  12:00 - 8:00pm RSVP here to attend.

5/6/16- 5/8/16- Rutgers Gardens Spring Flower Fair. Rutgers Garden, 112 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, NJ. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday., 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sunday. Look for unusual herbs, vegetable seedlings, fruit plants in addition to the superb collection of perennials and annuals.

5/7/16- World Naked Gardening Day. For those with big yards and tiny inhibitions. The website depicts people enjoying farming and gardening activities.

5/14/16- On-Farm Workshop: How to Raise and Slaughter Chickens for Meat Green Duchess Farm, Somerset, NJ. 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. $75, includes pastured raised, meat chicken to take home ($30 value).

5/17/16- Little Bites of Joy Raw Foods Class (Certification Level 1 or audit option) Fair Haven, NJ. $63-125. Register online.

5/22/16 Pam Mount's Annual Herb Class Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Rd., Princeton. 1-3 p.m. Free.

Farmers Markets

5/1/16- Denville Farmers Market Opening Day. Bloomfield Ave. parking lot, Denville, NJ. 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sundays through 11/20/16.

5/6/16 - Rutgers Gardens Farmers Market  Opening Day. 112 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, NJ. 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Fridays through 11/18/16.

5/7/16- West Windsor Farmers Market Opening Day. Vaughn Drive parking lot of the Princeton Junction train station off of Alexander Rd., West Windsor, NJ. 9 am. - 1 p.m. Saturdays through 11/19/16.

5/12/16- Duke Farms Farm to Table Market Opening Day, 112 Dukes Pkwy. W, Hillsborough, NJ 3-8 p.m. Thursdays through November.

5/14/16- Burlington County Farmers Market Opening Day. 500 Centerton Rd (Intersection of Centerton & Hartford Rds) Moorestown, NJ 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Rain or shine. Saturdays through 10/29/16

5/14/16 Haddonfield Farmers Market Opening day. Kings Court,  150 Kings Highway Haddonfield, NJ. 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Every Saturday, Rain or Shine through 10/28/16.

5/15/15 Hunterdon Land Trust Farmers Market Opening Day. Dvoor Farm, 111 Mine St., Flemington, NJ 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sundays.

5/19/16- Princeton Farmers Market Opening Day. Hinds Plaza, 55 Witherspoon St., Princeton. NJ. Thursdays

5/28/16- Pennington Farmers Market Opening Day. Rosedale Mills, 101 Rt. 31, Pennington, NJ. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturdays through November.

April Community Events


Princeton Environmental Film Festival at the Princeton Public Library, April 2-10, 2016
Full program at the link above.
My picks for food related films being screened:
4/2/16-  Seed: The Untold Story,  a feature-length documentary following passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000-year old food legacy. Screening followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Taggart Siegel and Will Bonsai, who appears in the film. 1 p.m.

4/8/16-  Seeds of Time follows agriculture pioneer Cary Fowler's global journey to save the eroding foundation of our food supply in a new era of climate change. Screening followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Sandy McLeod via video conference. 2 p.m.

4/9/16- Made in Monmouth Expo, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. MAC at Monmouth University, Larchwood Avenue, West Long Branch. Free.

4/9/16 Organic Vegetable Gardening Class at Rutgers Gardens

4/10/16 Philly Farm & Food Fest at the PA Convention Center. Over 130 exhibitors, a Curd Convention with NJ cheesemakers Cherry Grove Farm and Valley Shepherd Creamery represented, cooking demos and a Libations Lounge.

Book tour promoting Katie Parla's "Tasting Rome." Ms. Parla is a New Jersey native and expert on the food and drink of Rome. Complete schedule here with dates for NJ, NY, PA April 3-8, 2016 and other national locations throughout May.

10 Farmers Markets to Try This Month

4/9/16- West Windsor Community Farmers Market, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. last winter market of the season, Windsor Athletic Club, 99 Clarksville Rd, West Windor

4/15/16- Rutgers Gardens, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Last winter market of the season. Ryders Lane, New Brunswick.

April 13, 20, 27-  Princeton University Market, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Firestone/Chapel Plaza, Princeton.

4/17/16- Denville Farmers Market, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Last winter market. Bloomfield Ave, parking lot, Denville

4/17/16- Hunterdon Land Trust Winter Farmers’ Market, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Dvoor Farm, 111 Mine St. off the Route 12 circle,  Raritan Township

4/17/16- Summit Farmers Market, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Opening day! Park and Shop Lot No. 2 at the corner of DeForest Ave. and Maple Street, Summit
4/21/16 Princeton Farmers Market,  11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon St, Princeton

Every Saturday in April- Montclair Farmers Markets, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m., Walnut Street Train Station, Montclair

Every Saturday in April -Sparta Winter Farmers Market, 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Sparta Middle School, 350 Main St., Sparta

Every Sunday in April - Morris County Winter Farmers Market, Alexander Hamilton School
24 Mills Street, Morristown


Touch down this weekend at Super NJ Farmers Markets

Saturday Markets

Cranford Indoor Winter Market, Every Saturday through Mar. 19. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave., Cranford. The only winter market in Union County. Score some jam-tastic joy from Jams by Kim, scoop up pickles, pierogies, honey and more delights from Judith's Dessert Boutique, Norz Hill Farms, Hoboken Farms and Paolo's Kitchen.

Montclair Farmers' MarketEvery Saturday. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.Walnut Street Train Station, Montclair (outdoors) You might not be able to pick the winner in the office football pool but you can always pick the perfect pickle from Picklelicious.

Sparta Winter Farmers Market - Every Saturday, 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sparta Middle School, 250 Main St. (RT. 517) Sparta. (indoors) Specials this week on charcuterie by Mosefund Farm, arancini by Nicola's Pasta and meats from Pittenger Farms. Plus hummus, cupcakes, honey and much more that will score you points at your Superbowl party.

Sunday Markets

Slow Food Northern NJ Indoor Winter Market-  One time only! Feb. 7. 12-4 p.m. The Woodland, 60 Woodland Road, Maplewood (indoors) Suggested donation $3. Lickt Gelato, quail eggs by The Spotted Egg, pastured meats, produce, cheeses, granola and more goodness from 25 vendors.

Denville Farmers Market- Feb. 7& 21, Mar. 6&20, Apr. 3 & 17, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Bloomfield Ave lot, Denville (outdoors) lots of greens from Happy Harvest Hydroponic Farms, heart shaped ravioli from Fontanarosas and more.

Morris County Winter Farmers' Market- Every Sunday. Over 25 local food vendors, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Alexander Hamilton School, 24 Mills St., Morristown (indoors)

Ramsey Farmers MarketEvery Sunday through March. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Eric Smith School, Monroe St., Ramsey (indoors) Check out the complete vendor list for chili, soup, empanadas, stuffed breads, samosas and a whole lot of edibles that will make your party prep half the time as cooking everything from scratch.