Farmers’ Market Open!

The Farmers’ Market is now in full swing.  With 14 vendors selling locally produced items from craft coffee to fruits & veggies, ready-to-eat foods, to luxury alpaca goods.   Visit the Farmers’ Market page for more information on sponsors, vendors and more. See you there!

Located at Village Shopping Center, 1340 Route 206, near TechnicianX and La Meche.

Want to help? 

The market always needs friendly people to sell bread at the Eat Local table.  Once a month, 2 hours, is all it takes to make a difference.  And there’s more than one way to help.   See what’s available and then sign up by clicking the button below.

First Sundays in the Park

Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016 
Savage Dining: Local Wild Edibles  2:00 – 3:00 pm, Rock Mill Preserve

Lead:  Debbie Naha

Adventurous eaters, this walk is for you. Debbie Naha will be leading a walk featuring local wild edible plants and ecology.  She will discuss plant I.D., safe and sustainable harvesting, and how to use wild plants in meals.  Debbie Naha is a biologist, master gardener, and dedicated forager.   As a dietitian she understands the value of the natural feast in our own backyard.

Wear fitness shoes and attire.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Inclement weather check our website for updates.

Two New Properties Preserved

The township recently acquired a 7.86-acre piece of land at the north end of Hollow Road, and straddling Rock Brook, Montgomery’s cleanest stream. Once occupied by two homes which are now demolished, the land has been vacant for some time and the forest has grown back. Long ago Rock Brook was used for water power and the remains of a dam can be seen in the stream as a picturesque little waterfall. Montgomery Friends of Open Space hopes to see a driveway with a few parking places for visitors and hikers, and a picnic table or park bench near the stream. A pathway may be constructed through this property and could someday become a link in a trail along the Rock Brook from the northern township boundary and extending south and east toward Skillman Park. Montgomery Friends of Open Space contributed a grant of approximately $100k from Green Acres toward the purchase of this property.

We closed on a second property at the end of June. MFOS has partnered with Montgomery Township and Somerset County to purchase an easement for a development rights to the 29.45-acre farm on Mountain View Road owned by Johan and Emily Firmenich. The farm is surrounded by preserved farmland and other preserved land, plus the family home. In addition, a two-acre lot has been designated for possible future construction of a farmhouse. MFOS contributed a grant from the State Agriculture Development Committee of almost $250,000 for half the purchase price of the easement. The farm will continue to be owned and run by the Firmenich family. Though it will not be open to the public, we hope you will drive past this newly preserved farmland and appreciate the lovely view.