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One Week until Farm to Table Fun(d)raiser

The sixth annual Farm to Table fundraiser dinner to benefit  the Green Teams and Sustainable Organizations of the Mercer County Sustainability Coalition will be held at Terhune Orchards  from 5-9 p.m. on Thursday July 20.  For the fourth year, Terhune Orchards will collaborate with chefs representing the Terra Momo Restaurant Group. Chefs Marco Santana and Joe Voller from Eno Terra of Kingston, Terry Strong, Tito Campos and Emily Kirstein from Mediterra of Princeton and Manny Perez of soon to open, Albariño in Shrewsbury; will prepare an exquisite five course, seasonal menu highlighting fruits and vegetables grown at Terhune Orchards and other locally produced ingredients. Each course will be paired with wines from Terhune Orchards Vineyard and Winery.

Cocktails and passed appetizers will be served at 5 p.m. Terhune Orchards unique peach slushie made with fruit and wine from the farm is always a crowd pleaser. Dinner begins in the big red barn at 6:30 p.m. A chef will introduce each course and the wine pairings will be introduced by Gary Mount, owner and winemaker of Terhune Orchards.

Throughout the evening Ocean Country Band, a Jersey Shore-based quartet played a mix of country, bluegrass, and rock cover songs. At the end of the night each guest will go home with a bag brimming with produce grown at Terhune Orchards and a commemorative recipe booklet that includes the menu items for this evening’s special dinner.

Donations from the event benefit the Green Teams and Sustainability Organizations of Mercer County which work together to promote sustainability in the towns of Mercer County. Tickets are a donation of $100 per person, $150 per couple. They are available online now. 

Farm to Table  Dinner Menu

Hors d’Oeuvres:

Green Tomato Gazpacho with Wildflower Honey

Sweet Jersey Corn Arancini, Local Cheese & Red Pepper Coulis

Goat Cheese Stuffed Figs Wrapped in Prosciutto

Crostini with Grilled Peaches & Opal Basil

First Course:

Tomato Tartare with Balsamic Vinaigrette & Whole Grain Mustard Aioli

Second Course:

Fennel Spiced Pork Belly with Pickled Cherries, Fennel-Kale Slaw & Smoked Cornbread Croutons

(Vegetarian Option: Grilled BBQ Zucchini)

Third Course:

Duck Confit with Farro, Corn & Nectarines

(Vegetarian Option: Grilled Trumpet Mushroom)


Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Peach Compote, Blackberry Jam

and Brown Butter Cake

Mother Nature Festival, Sat. May 13, 2017

Mother Nature festival Saturday, May 13th, 2017
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Rain or shine –Free Admission


This year we will have something for everyone at the Mother Nature festival, and lots of the activities are for kids. Bring your children, invite your neighbors and family, and enjoy and be prepared to rock because Miss Amy, a Ewing GRAMMY Nominated Artist, Author/Educator, Musician, and Fitness Pro will rock and roll with the kids at this year’s Festival.
The singer/songwriter and author have wowed audiences all around New Jersey at local libraries, schools, and festivals with her focus on health and activity for kids. Kids far and wide have enjoyed a “Miss Amy” event with her lively and fun music and songs.
Miss Amy’s mission is to improve the lives of children through interactive music; she was dubbed “The First Lady of Musical Fitness” by the National Children’s Entertainment Blog. A Grammy ® Nominated Artist for her Fitness Rock & Roll album, she also appears on the 54th Grammy ® Winning All About Bullies Big and Small cd.
“Miss Amy performs her Fitness Rock & Roll™ program at school assemblies, libraries, festivals and other events. Miss Amy is the performing talent on the 2004 NAPPA Gold and 2005 Creative Child Excellence Award winning International Baby 101 DVD(English/Japanese/Spanish), and is a featured artist on the 2010 Grammy® nominated Healthy Food For Thought: Good Enough to Eat CD. Addionally, she teaches her music and movement program at several preschools.” For more information on Miss Amy go to her website.

There’s also much more for the kids at this year’s Festival that you will not want to miss. There will be a Wildlife animal show by the Eyes of the Wild. We will have the dynamic duo, The Grand Falloons from Brooklyn, NY, who teach kids about recycling and consequences on the Earth. Also kids will be learning how electricity is made by solar panels by none other than SolarMan from Advance Solar Products.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Nature Center, Sustainable Lawrence, and the Lawrence Township Environmental Resources and Sustainability Green Advisory Committee. The Lawrence Nature Center is located at 481 Drexel Avenue, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648. For more information please call Teresita at (609) 882-6367, write to us at

Green Drinks discussion was a Success

Sustainable Lawrence had a wonderful turnout for their most recent Green Drinks, an informal presentation and networking event on May 4 at 7 p.m. in the winery barn at Terhune Orchards. Over 30 participants attended the free event.

Mike Winka from the NJ State Energy Office presented a program, What You Can Do To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint” and a discussion afterwards. Winka was optimistic about the end of coal and the positive prospects about renewable energy now and in the future. He covered how to decide what kind of energy is best for your home, how to calculate and reduce your carbon footprint.

Fun was had by all. Wine and refreshments were served by Terhune Orchards.

Green Drinks is an occasional series held by Sustainable Lawrence and the Lawrence Green Team to foster conversation and community about sustainability issues.


Get your bikes ready for June 3

Get your bikes out and ready.
Sustainable Lawrence
“Let’s Move Lawrence” Ralph Copleman Neighborhood Bike Ride
Saturday, June 3 at 10 a.m.
Start and finish at the Lawrence High School.
Rain date June 4.

Sustainable Lawrence hosts Green Drinks talk May 4

Sustainable Lawrence is hosting a Green Drinks, an informal presentation and networking event on May 4 at 7 p.m. in the winery barn at Terhune Orchards. Free admission.

Mike Winka from the NJ State Energy Office will present a program, What You Can Do To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint.” If you are concerned about climate change, come and hear what you can do ­to add to be part of a cleaner energy system. Discover the ins and outs of energy audits, alternative energy source. Discuss the benefits for you and our community. Learn how to think local and act local. There will be time to get your questions answered about the latest programs and information that might influence your decisions about energy.

Green Drinks is an occasional series held by Sustainable Lawrence and the Lawrence Green Team to foster conversation and community about sustainability issues.

Terhune Orchards wine and light fare will be available for participants. Terhune Orchards is located at 330 Cold Soil Rd., Princeton.

Lawrence Township achieved Sustainable Jersey Silver certification

Lawrence Green Team and Sustainable Lawrence are delighted to announce that Lawrence Township has achieved Sustainable Jersey Silver Certification for 2016. Lawrence Township is one of only 26 New Jersey municipalities that have attained certification at the silver level in 2016. The township was honored at the Sustainable Jersey Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 in Atlantic City.

Lawrence has been a leader in the sustainability movement in New Jersey and helped launch Sustainable Jersey in 2000. Sustainable Jersey is a nonprofit organization that provides tools, training and financial incentives to support communities as they pursue sustainability programs. Former Lawrence Township Mayor Pam Mount is chair of Lawrence Green Team and Sustainable Lawrence. She served as chairman of Sustainable Jersey from 2012-2015.

Lawrence was certified at the Sustainable Jersey Bronze level in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2014. This year the Lawrence Green Team built a partnership with Rider University Professor Dr. Brook Hunter and her capstone seminar students who spent their spring term studying our local sustainability efforts and interviewing local leaders. The students analyzed Sustainable Jersey requirements and wrote reports documenting how Lawrence has fulfilled 35 actions in 11 categories and exceeded the minimum of 350 points for Sustainable Jersey silver certification. The semester long effort brought Rider students, town volunteers and Lawrence Township staff together for a rewarding and fruitful effort in accomplishing silver certifications.

Mayor David Maffei said “I am incredibly proud of the work the Green team, Sustainable Lawrence, our residents and township staff put into our sustainability efforts.”

(L-R) Mike Winka, Pam Mount, Teresita Bastides-Heron, Councilman Chris Bobbit, Don Little of Lawrence Township Green Team.


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