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May in Montgomery – May 2019

MAY IN MONTGOMERY 2019 – “Our Farms To Your Table”

Our 40thYear and Always New

Bridgepoint Run Farmstand – photo Dale Johnson

The Van Harlingen Historical Society’s May in Montgomery celebrates a new way to make local farming successful, bringing people and our local farms together – “Our Farms To Your Table” – with a bus tour to three certified organic farms in Montgo
mery. Local farmers will be welcoming a tour bus, Saturday May 11, in the midst of their spring planting season, to explain how they qualify for a coveted certification and show off their early crops.

This will be our 40thyear of making local history come alive.  May in Montgomery is the annual fund raiser for the local historical society.  Tour takers will discover a wealth of local farm produce on a luncheon menu prepared especially for us by Greenflash Farm and served in their handsomely restored early timbered barn.  Our luncheon will be accompanied by a showing of the film “Farming in the Millstone Valley: Past and Present,” which our late president Judy Peters was working to complete.

Our luncheon hosts, Steven Back and Wendy Golden, borrowed the name “Green Flash” from local lore after purchasing the old Gallup farm on Mountain View Road, which had fallen on hard times along with most dairy farms in this region’s milkshed. Since taking ownership in 2015, Stephen and Wendy have passionately developed an elaborate plan to produce vegetables, fruits, flowers and pasture raised livestock and free-range chickens in keeping with the principles of sustainable agriculture.  This is their second year as a certified organic farm selling cooperative shares of their produce.

Cherry Valley Cooperative is Montgomery’s branch of a group of nearby sister farms, including Four Barns Farm & Bubbly Jen’s Farm.  Our hosts here will be Alec Giosetti and Lauren Nagy, who will demonstrate and share their collaboration efforts with us. They are fervently dedicated to growing healthy food which is produced using resilient ecological stewardship.  They offer vegetables, herbs, log grown mushrooms, and pasture raised chickens and are dedicated to gatherings and education around health, wholism, and an integrated connection to nature. Along with their assortment of organic products, they are selling farm shares for this year’s growing season.  They also offer education for beginning farmers, nature classes and walks, and yoga.

Dale Johnson of Bridgepoint Run Farm is enthusiastically adapting his historic family farm to be organic this year.  This stop on the tour will offer a chance to see farming as it was first carried on in Montgomery.  The homestead includes an original Dutch house and the original Dutch barn will be open to see, so we can appreciate the original structural barn framing characteristic of early Dutch settlers in the Millstone Valley.  Dale will also show us the latest farming techniques for hastening the harvest of spring produce.

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May in Montgomery – “Our Farms To Your Table”

May in Montgomery – “Our Farms To Your Table”  May 11.

Tickets for the bus tour of the farms, luncheon and movie are $50/adult, $20/child under 12. There will be two tours meeting at 8:45 and 11:30 leaving from the former Van Zandt’s Broad View Farm (now the Princeton Elks Club) on Route 518, Blawenburg.

We also have tickets for lunch only.  The price for the luncheon only is $40/adult and $15/child under 12. Luncheon will be held at Greenflash Farms.  Parking is available at Greenflash for those only having lunch .

Attendees will discover a wealth of local farm produce on a luncheon menu prepared especially for us by Greenflash Farm and served in their handsomely restored early timbered barn. The chef is planning a delicious buffet menu:

  • Deviled eggs – radish, mustard seed, fresh herbs,
  • Flatbread – ricotta, grilled squash, arugula, pesto,
  • Spring Salad – mixed lettuces, radish, turnip, citrus, goat cheese,
  • Roasted Roots – beet, turnip, radish, potato, toasted hazelnuts,
  • Pulled Pork Sandwich – ginger beer BBQ, bok choy coleslaw, Slow
  • Cooked Ribs – paprika, cumin, orange, honey,
  • Leg of lamb – rosemary & coriander crust with yogurt sauce.

    Space on the bus tours is limited and reservations are required.  Please be advised that the tour and luncheon is not handicapped accessible and bathroom facilities are limited. Please dress for weather, these are working farms. Tickets can be purchased below by sending our mail in form with a check or by on-line purchase. (Note:$1 processing fee added to each ticket purchased on-line to cover PayPal charges).

Note: This event will take place on May 11 – rain or shine

Morning Tour – Meeting at 8:45 AM from the Princeton Elks Club at 354 Route 518, Blawenburg

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Afternoon Tour – Meeting 11:30 AM from the Princeton Elks Club at 354 Route 518, Blawenburg Route 518

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Lunch Only at Greenflash at 324 Mountain View Road
Skillman – Two seatings.  Noon and 1PM

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Reservations must be received/paid in advance by May 4th, either online by Shopping Cart using PayPal or by mail sending a check together with a completed reservation form: VHHS reservation form

Fares are not refundable unless replacement tourists are drawn from a waiting list. 

Purchasers will be notified if seats are unavailable. No paper tickets will be issued. For further information call 908-359-2642.

 

MiM – Lunch Only

Lunch Only at Greenflash at 324 Mountain View Road
Skillman – Two seatings.  Noon and 1PM

Space for lunch is limited and reservations are required.  Please be advised that the luncheon is not handicapped accessible and bathroom facilities are limited. Tickets can be purchased below by either sending our mail in form with a check or by on-line purchase. (Note:$1 processing fee added to on-line purchases to cover PayPal charges).

   ———– Noon Seating Tickets ———

Lunch Only Noon Seating Adult:$41

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Lunch Only Noon Seating Child Under 12 :$16

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    ———- 1PM Seating Tickets ———

Lunch Only 1PM Seating:$41

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Lunch Only 1PM Seating Child Under 12 :$16

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Reservations must be received/paid in advance by May 4th, either online by Shopping Cart using PayPal or by mail sending a check together with a completed reservation form: VHHS reservation form 

Should we need to postpone due to weather, notice will be posted on this website.

Purchasers will be notified if seats are unavailable. No paper tickets will be issued. For further information call 908-359-2642.

MiM – Afternoon Tour Tickets

May In Montgomery – Our Farms to Your Table    May 11, 2019 

Afternoon Tour Tickets – Meeting at 11:30 AM from the Princeton Elks Club at 354 Route 518, Blawenburg

Space on the bus tours is limited and reservations are required.  Please be advised that the tour and luncheon is not handicapped accessible and bathroom facilities are limited. Please dress for weather, these are farms. Expect bus tour (including lunch and movie) to be about 5 hours. Tickets can be purchased below via on-line (Note:$1 processing fee added) or by sending our mail in form with a check.

Note: This event will take place on May 11 – rain or shine

Afternoon Tour (11:30 AM) – Adult:$51

(Click on View Cart button to adjust quantities or pay)

Afternoon Tour (11:30 AM) – Child Under 12 (must be with an Adult):$21

(Click on View Cart button to adjust quantities or pay)

Reservations must be received/paid in advance by May 4th, either online by Shopping Cart using PayPal or by mail sending a check together with a completed reservation form: VHHS reservation form

Fares are not refundable unless replacement tourists are drawn from a waiting list. Should we need to postpone due to weather, notice will be posted on this website.

Purchasers will be notified if seats are unavailable. No paper tickets will be issued. For further information call 908-359-2642.

MiM – Morning Tour Tickets

May In Montgomery – Our Farms to Your Table    May 11, 2019 

Morning Tour Tickets – Meeting at 8:45 AM from the Princeton Elks Club at 354 Route 518, Blawenburg

Space on the bus tours is limited and reservations are required.  Please be advised that the tour and luncheon is not handicapped accessible and bathroom facilities are limited. Please dress for weather, these are farms. Expect bus tour (including lunch and movie) to be about 5 hours. Tickets can be purchased below via on-line (Note:$1 processing fee added) or by sending our mail in form with a check.

Note: This event will take place on May 11 – rain or shine

Morning Tour (8:45 AM) – Adult:$51

(Click on View Cart button to adjust quantities or pay)

Morning Tour (8:45 AM) – Child Under 12 (must be with an Adult):$21

(Click on View Cart button to adjust quantities or pay)

Reservations must be received/paid in advance by May 4th, either online by Shopping Cart using PayPal or by mail sending a check together with a completed reservation form: VHHS reservation form

Fares are not refundable unless replacement tourists are drawn from a waiting list. Should we need to postpone due to weather, notice will be posted on this website.

Purchasers will be notified if seats are unavailable. No paper tickets will be issued. For further information call 908-359-2642.

Local African American Contributions Lecture

Tuesday, March 5, 2019  7:00-8:30 –  Montgomery Township Municipal Building Courtroom. VHHS will be co-hosting with One Montgomery and Montgomery Mosaic a book talk by the Authors of “If these Stones Could Talk”

Van Harlingen Historical Society, co-sponsoring with One Montgomery and Montgomery Mosaic, is honored to offer a very special presentation entitled, “A Proud Heritage: The African American Contribution to the Sourland Mountain and Surrounding Region, ” by speakers Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills.  This will be held in the downstairs municipal courtroom of the Montgomery Township Municipal Building, 2261 Rt. 206, Belle Mead, NJ 08502.

Learn about the African American presence from this region dating back to colonial times that has been left out of local history. Buck and Mills will highlight the accomplishments of prominent African Americans who served in the military and the agricultural contributions of African Americans working as slaves on the plantations in Hopewell Valley. They will discuss the work of African Americans in peach orchards, basket making factories, saw and grist mills, rock quarries and more. The founding and building of schools and churches as well as entrepreneurial businesses owned by African Americans will also be detailed. Through photographs, information from municipal manumission papers, site location maps and oral histories, Buck and Mills will illustrate that there is more than one single narrative in history. Copies of their new book, If These Stones Could Talk, will be available for purchase.

This event is sponsored in coordination with the Van Harlingen Historical Society, which is Montgomery Township’s all-volunteer keeper of historical artifacts, papers and publications. They host and co-host historical presentations and events for the Community and maintain three historic building in town including the 1752 Gulick House as its headquarters.

If you have any questions or comments, please email Sadafjaffer@gmail.com or jeanneskaar@gmail.com

Source: Montgomery Mosaic

“Montgomery: The Way It Was” September 12, 2018 at 7PM

“Montgomery: The Way It Was” will be recalled for us in picture and story by Dan Pullen on Wednesday evening, September 12 at 7 PM in the program room at Mary Jacobs Memorial Library, 63 Washington St., Rocky Hill, NJ.

Back when “Doc” Pullen was growing up here, Montgomery was still rural; its villages inked together by dirt roads and party line telephones.  Folks in those days did not worry much about locking their doors and kids on bicycles freely roamed the countryside.

Dan Pullen, camera in hand, captured glimpses of that world which he will share with us along with those stories he tells so well, making this an evening not to be missed.  This library program is sponsored by Van Harlingen Historical Society.

The program is free and open to the public but registration is required. Register online at sclsnj.org – go to Programs & Events or
Register by phone at 908-458-8430 x3

19th Century Life in Montgomery Township as Reflected in Municipal Documents – September 26, 2017

 

Come join us on September 26th at 7 pm to   learn about Montgomery Township in the 1800s.   The population was a few thousand people, there was no municipal building, the unpaved roads and the bridges were maintained by the residents, and most of the residents were involved in farming. Learn about Township Committee meetings (the committeemen used to meet at local taverns), road returns, road openings, changes to Montgomery’s civil boundaries over the century, the welfare system, and maybe even a few property seizures. The event is sponsored by the Van Harlingen Historical Society.

Historic Preservation, Urban Redevelopment, and the Rural Landscape: How New Jersey Makes the Connection – May 15, 2017

As a prelude to this year’s May in Montgomery Touring the Millstone Valley National Scenic Byway, the Van Harlingen Historical Society is proud to present a lecture by John D.S. Hatch titled Historic Preservation, Urban Redevelopment, and the Rural Landscape: How New Jersey Makes the Connection. Mr. Hatch is an architect who specializes in historic preservation design and adaptive re-use of historic structures.  He holds degrees in both architecture and historic preservation.  His projects include the restoration of historic Morven in Princeton, the restoration of the Hunterdon County Courthouse in Flemington, and the Roebling Complex Redevelopment in Trenton.

The lecture will take place at Stonebridge, 100 Hollinshead  Road, Skillman, NJ on Monday, May 15th at 7:30.  Refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public but space is limited so pre-registration is required.   To register please call 908-359-2642, email your Name, email and how many seats to register to: info@vanharlingen.org. (Please do not contact Stonebridge directly.)

May in Montgomery 2017 – May 21


May in Montgomery 2017 

SIGHTSEEING ALONG THE SCENIC BYWAY” – MAY 21st
Millstone Valley Bus Tour

Walk-ins Welcome Day of Tour!

Would you like to tour a byway that still resembles when George Washington’s troops marched there? Would you like to visit and learn about area historic houses and barns from the Revolutionary and early American period?

MIM_art_bu_HHoagland_Snell1881The Millstone Valley National Scenic Byway has a significant place in our nation’s history. In the heart of Central New Jersey and running through Montgomery, Hillsborough and Franklin townships and the villages of Griggstown, East Millstone,Millstone,Kingston and Rocky Hill, this now protected byway is a natural north south corridor, which remains a rare oasis of natural beauty and historic integrity.

Join us May 21st to tour the scenic byway loop along the Millstone River and Delaware and Raritan Canal from East Millstone to Kingston and back. This guided bus tour by local history experts will be a trip back in time, to relive history and get a glimpse of life in the valley as it was and still remains today. Small amounts of walking will be involved when we stop at several Dutch Colonial, Federal, and Victorian style homes.

Princeton Packet Article about Tour

DATE: Sunday, May 21
TIME: Tours at 11 am , 12 pm, 1:30 pm (2 hr tour with restroom stops)
PLACE: **New Meeting Place** The Farm Barn Museum behind 1860 House, 124 Montgomery Rd.  Please follow signs & use driveway access from Stonebridge Retirement Community next door. Pre-register (see below) and arrive 15 min. early.
LUNCH: An optional snack will be available with refreshments at no charge.
BATHROOMS: Available at meeting place at start and finish

If you have questions, please call Anne at 908-359-2642 or email info@vanharlingen.org. Offered in cooperation with the Millstone Valley Preservation Coalition.

May in Montgomery is the largest annual fundraising event of our local Van Harlingen Historical Society, – a 501(c)3 non-profit. Please join us for this fascinating tour!