Gingerly Emerging from Self-Isolation! - May 1, 2020 | Explore Warren

 

Gingerly Emerging from Self-Isolation! - May 1, 2020

“People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Greetings! Hopefully we're all building a lot of character! More than seven weeks have passed since we were able to share Warren County Wanderings with you, and we're pretty sure you know why. But let's focus on the positive and on the road ahead. This weekend's weather is at long last supposed to be delightful, and we are so happy to report that you are once again welcome to visit our county parks and open spaces! Learn more about them here. Some restrictions do apply; read about all those details here. So keep those face masks handy, maintain appropriate distancing, and Happy Wanderings!

Cover photo courtesy of Asbury Village Farm

This Week: 

Certified Organic Plant Sale

Saturday, May 2, 2020 -
10:00am to 4:00pm
Each Saturday in May, you may curbside pickup your pre-ordered, prepaid plants. Email info@schoollunchfarm.com or call 908-541-0051.

Virtual Wine & Chocolate Tasting

Saturday, May 9, 2020 -
6:00pm to 7:00pm
Treat Mom! Villa Milagro hosts a Virtual Wine & Chocolate Tasting, pairing delectable handmade chocolates from two different chocolatiers with two different wines. Sign up for the event before May 6 and they will ship your wine & chocolate selections to you. You may also pick up at the winery. On May 9 via Zoom there will be a guided virtual tasting and pairing.
More Things to Do: 

The Warren County Library System is Virtually Open!


It is true that as of this date, our County Library buildings remain closed to the public in the traditional sense, but they continue to offer a variety of activities online (virtual story time, online arts and crafts, Anime club, Makerspace Home Edition, book clubs and much more)! Refer to the events calendar and Facebook to find out about all the activities for kids and adults you may have been missing!

Garden Centers and Farm Markets are Open!


“The single greatest lesson the garden teaches is that our relationship to the planet need not be zero-sum, and that as long as the sun still shines and people still can plan and plant, think and do, we can, if we bother to try, find ways to provide for ourselves without diminishing the world.” ― Michael Pollan, The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
How do you like that quote? Among the lessons current events have taught us may be the value of gardening and importance of local food sources. Whether already an avid, accomplished gardener, one who dabbles a bit in flowers, or someone who lives in a tiny apartment and has never planted a thing, wouldn't a COVID-19 Victory Garden be a glorious endeavor this year?

Here we list (in alphabetical order) a few establishments that are open and ready to do business to help beautify our home environs and nourish our bodies (complying with social distancing and mask guidelines, of course). Please check individual websites and/or call first to make sure they are open on the particular day/time you would like to visit, among other parameters. We have included Facebook links in many cases, as often the most up-to-date information can be found there. 
An astersik (*) denotes farms that offer Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), programs in which you can purchase shares of a variety of high quality, fresh produce to enjoy all through the season. In addition to vegetables and fruits, many offer flowers and herbs; and some subscriptions may provide eggs, meat, cheeses and honey.

A plus sign (+)  denotes establishments that may also have a variety of other household groceries in stock.

If your favorite garden center or farm market is open but we don't have it listed here, please drop us a line at tourism@co.warren.nj.us so we can make amends! In doing this online research, we only included establishments that clearly appeared to be operating as of April 30, 2020. When in doubt, we left it out. As we compiled this list, we figured it would be a good idea to include local meat sources, too.

A & J Messina Greenhouses, Blairstown
+ Alpine Meats and Deli, Blairstown (custom butchering)  Facebook 
+ Arctic Foods, Washington (locally raised meats)  Facebook 
* Asbury Village Farm, Asbury (Franklin Twp.) 
+ Best’s Fruit Farm, Independence Township 
+ Country Fresh Farm, Hampton (Washington Twp.)  Facebook 
+ Dale's Market, Blairstown Facebook
Dutch Valley Florist, Hampton (Washington Twp.)  (delivery only)
Flowerland Growers, LLC, Belvidere (White Twp.)   Facebook
* Godlewsky Farms, Great Meadows Facebook 
*+ Growing Dirt, Great Meadows
*+ Hensler Farms, Belvidere (White Twp.) Facebook
+ Mackey’s Orchard, White Township  Facebook 
+ Marshall’s Farm Market, Delaware (Knowlton Twp.)   Facebook
+ Nature’s Harvest, Blairstown (local meat, bread, cheese)
Orchard View Lavender Farm, Port Murray  Order online in advance for curbside pickup appointment. Bath & body (hand sanitizer!), some culinary items.
Peacefield Gardens, Phillipsburg  Facebook 
+ Race Farm, Blairstown
+ Rath’s Butcher and Delicatessen, Stewartsville (some meats locally sourced) Facebook  
+ Tranqillity Farms, Allamuchy 
+ Treelicious Orchards, Port Murray
* + Von Thun Farms, Washington  Facebook 
Wild Ridge Plants, Pohatcong Twp.

Mother's Day Menus


We are pleased to report that many of our local eateries have adapted and continue to operate. If you can, we encourage you to patronize your favorite local restaurant for takeout. Even better, how about ordering from an establishment you’ve always been curious about, but never tried before? We have noticed a few places have started posting special menus for Mother’s Day. There could be lots more - we welcome you to do your own research - but the following have come to our attention:

Buck Hill Restaurant and Brewery, Blairstown 
Flynn’s on the Hill, Phillipsburg 
James on Main, Hackettstown 
Mama’s Café Baci, Hackettstown 
Mattar’s Bistro and Lounge, Allamuchy 
The Willows Restaurant and Catering, Asbury 

Help Document Life During COVID-19

Shippen Manor, like all of our county museums, is closed to the public right now, but the cultural and heritage folks there are conducting a project to document how COVID-19 is impacting the people of Warren County. Now through May 15 they are collecting photographs taken within Warren County to show how people are dealing with the pandemic while at home. Send photos about how you and your family are keeping busy during this time, such as chalk drawings in your driveway, making masks at home, pictures of you in masks, empty parking lots, etc. A photo collage will be shared on Facebook and their website, www.warrenparks.com/wcchc, and will be used to document the stories of our residents. Please include your name, town, and a description of your photograph. Find details include how to submit your photos here.

Take a Bow, Centenary Stage Company!

Centenary Stage Company has teamed up with WisEngineering, LLC and the larger 3D printing community to produce 3D printed personal protective equipment (PPE) for local healthcare and first responder personnel on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. The item being produced is the very much needed face shield holder, which is used to protect N95 masks and extend the usability of a single mask, making the need to dispose of them less frequent. The plastic sheets that attach to the holders can be removed, discarded and replaced or disinfected for continued use. Bravo, Centenary Stage Company, take a bow! Warren County Wanderings salutes your civic spirit and ingenuity! Read all about it here and see the News12NJ report here.
Plan Ahead: 

Certified Organic Plant Sale

Saturday, May 9, 2020 -
10:00am to 4:00pm
Each Saturday in May, you may curbside pickup your pre-ordered, prepaid plants. Email info@schoollunchfarm.com or call 908-541-0051.

Miniature Garden Workshop

Friday, May 22, 2020 - 10:00amSaturday, May 23, 2020 - 10:00am
Experience the excitement of designing and creating a miniature, magical fairy garden! Choose from all the wonderful houses, fairies and adorable accessories.

Please be advised that we do our best to make sure the information in this message is accurate at the time it is sent. But things happen, plans change, weather can be fickle... you get the idea. Please click on the links provided to other websites to obtain further details and updates.

We hope you've found this to be informative, and now feel inspired to come out and explore Warren County! If so, please:
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Explore Warren County Tourism Partnership
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908-475-6580 / 800-554-8540

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This Week: 

Virtual Wine & Chocolate Tasting

Saturday, May 9, 2020 -
6:00pm to 7:00pm

Treat Mom! Villa Milagro hosts a Virtual Wine & Chocolate Tasting, pairing delectable handmade chocolates from two different chocolatiers with two different wines. Sign up for the event before May 6 and they will ship your wine & chocolate selections to you. You may also pick up at the winery. On May 9 via Zoom there will be a guided virtual tasting and pairing.

 
More Things to Do: 

The Warren County Library System is Virtually Open!

While our County Library buildings remain closed to the public in the traditional sense as of this date, Curbside Service is now available at all four branches. This quick video guides you through the simple process of scheduling an appointment. A variety of activities online; please refer to the events calendar and Facebook to find out about all the activities for kids and adults you may have been missing!

Garden Centers and Farm Markets are Open!


“The single greatest lesson the garden teaches is that our relationship to the planet need not be zero-sum, and that as long as the sun still shines and people still can plan and plant, think and do, we can, if we bother to try, find ways to provide for ourselves without diminishing the world.” ― Michael Pollan, The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

How do you like that quote? Among the lessons current events have taught us may be the value of gardening and importance of local food sources. Whether already an avid, accomplished gardener, one who dabbles a bit in flowers, or someone who lives in a tiny apartment and has never planted a thing, wouldn't a COVID-19 Victory Garden be a glorious endeavor this year?

Here we list (in alphabetical order) a few establishments that are open and ready to do business to help beautify our home environs and nourish our bodies (complying with social distancing and mask guidelines, of course). Please check individual websites and/or call first to make sure they are open on the particular day/time you would like to visit, among other parameters. We have included Facebook links in many cases, as often the most up-to-date information can be found there. 

An astersik (*) denotes farms that offer Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), programs in which you can purchase shares of a variety of high quality, fresh produce to enjoy all through the season. In addition to vegetables and fruits, many offer flowers and herbs; and some subscriptions may provide eggs, meat, cheeses and honey.

A plus sign (+)  denotes establishments that may also have a variety of other household groceries in stock.

If your favorite garden center or farm market is open but we don't have it listed here, please drop us a line at tourism@co.warren.nj.us so we can make amends! In doing this online research, we only included establishments that clearly appeared to be operating as of April 30, 2020. When in doubt, we left it out. As we compiled this list, we figured it would be a good idea to include local meat sources, too.

A & J Messina Greenhouses, Blairstown

+ Alpine Meats and Deli, Blairstown (custom butchering)  Facebook 

+ Arctic Foods, Washington (locally raised meats)  Facebook 

* Asbury Village Farm, Asbury (Franklin Twp.) 

+ Best’s Fruit Farm, Independence Township 

* Community Supported Garden at Genesis Farm, Blairstown 

+ Country Fresh Farm, Hampton (Washington Twp.)  Facebook 

+ Dale's Market, Blairstown Facebook

+ Donaldson Farms and Donaldson Greenhouse and Nursery, Hackettstown Facebook 

Dutch Valley Florist, Hampton (Washington Twp.)  (delivery only)

Flowerland Growers, LLC, Belvidere (White Twp.)   Facebook

* Godlewsky Farms, Great Meadows Facebook 

*+ Growing Dirt, Great Meadows

*+ Hensler Farms, Belvidere (White Twp.) Facebook

* Little Big Farm, Blairstown (flowers)  Facebook 

+ Mackey’s Orchard, White Township  Facebook 

+ Marshall’s Farm Market, Delaware (Knowlton Twp.)   Facebook

+ Nature’s Harvest, Blairstown (local meat, bread, cheese)

Orchard View Lavender Farm, Port Murray  Order online in advance for curbside pickup appointment. Bath & body (hand sanitizer!), some culinary items.

Peacefield Gardens, Phillipsburg  Facebook 

+ Race Farm, Blairstown

+ Rath’s Butcher and Delicatessen, Stewartsville (some meats locally sourced) Facebook  

* School Lunch Organic Farm and CSA, Hackettstown 

Snover’s Greenhouses, LLC, Phillipsburg

+ Tranqillity Farms, Allamuchy 

+ Treelicious Orchards, Port Murray

* + Von Thun Farms, Washington  Facebook 

Well-Sweep Herb Farm, Port Murray  Facebook 

Wild Ridge Plants, Pohatcong Twp.

Mother's Day Menus


We are pleased to report that many of our local eateries have adapted and continue to operate. If you can, we encourage you to patronize your favorite local restaurant for takeout. Even better, how about ordering from an establishment you’ve always been curious about, but never tried before? We have noticed a few places have started posting special menus for Mother’s Day. There could be lots more - we welcome you to do your own research - but the following have come to our attention:

Buck Hill Restaurant and Brewery, Blairstown 
Flynn’s on the Hill, Phillipsburg 
James on Main, Hackettstown 
Mama’s Café Baci, Hackettstown 
Mattar’s Bistro and Lounge, Allamuchy 
The Willows Restaurant and Catering, Asbury 

Help Document Life During COVID-19

Shippen Manor, like all of our county museums, is closed to the public right now, but the cultural and heritage folks there are conducting a project to document how COVID-19 is impacting the people of Warren County. Now through May 15 they are collecting photographs taken within Warren County to show how people are dealing with the pandemic while at home. Send photos about how you and your family are keeping busy during this time, such as chalk drawings in your driveway, making masks at home, pictures of you in masks, empty parking lots, etc. A photo collage will be shared on Facebook and their website, www.warrenparks.com/wcchc, and will be used to document the stories of our residents. Please include your name, town, and a description of your photograph. Find details include how to submit your photos here.

Take a Bow, Centenary Stage Company!

Centenary Stage Company has teamed up with WisEngineering, LLC and the larger 3D printing community to produce 3D printed personal protective equipment (PPE) for local healthcare and first responder personnel on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. The item being produced is the very much needed face shield holder, which is used to protect N95 masks and extend the usability of a single mask, making the need to dispose of them less frequent. The plastic sheets that attach to the holders can be removed, discarded and replaced or disinfected for continued use. Bravo, Centenary Stage Company, take a bow! Warren County Wanderings salutes your civic spirit and ingenuity! Read all about it here and see the News12NJ report here.

 
Plan Ahead: 

Waterloo Food Truck and Music Festival

Saturday, June 20, 2020 -
11:00am to 8:00pm

Celebrate a day in the sun with quality food trucks and great music. Bring your family, dog, blankets and chairs. This event is sponsored by One Step Closer Animal Rescue (O.S.C.A.R.).