RIVER TOWNS TIME TRAVEL, NJ, JULY

Readying Riverton July 2017

READYING — RIVERTON NEW JERSEY, on the Delaware

Today is le quatorze juillet, –the independence birthday of my beloved France.  I was blessed to live in Cannes on this day, 1987.  In the Bay floated ships of that country and ours.  Each morning, between 4th of July and le quatorze (14) juillet, I wakened to American anthems, then French, floating across the Mediterranean.  Those so-familiar notes drifted in, over my herb-fragrant balcony, then through the (of course) French doors.

For Fourth of July, 2017, no anthems enhanced Fourth of July in this horrifically compromised time.  In fact, I find our situation worse than under George III himself.  Nor do I hear French martial music this morning.

But I think about independence, the enormous sacrifices of all that everyone held dear, required to achieve true freedom in both countries.  I am particularly preoccupied after a recent Morven visit, by the fate of Princeton’s own Richard Stockton.  That stately mansion occupied and partially burned by the British.  He who had been chased, captured, tortured, never to recover from his  personal sacrifices to free this land from tyranny.

The more we prate of ‘liberty’ now, –to the ridiculous extent of naming an airport after this blessing/necessity–, the less we possess.

But, in bucolic riverside Riverton, New Jersey, patriotism is alive and well in nearly every dooryard.

Glory of Riverton July 2017

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I do not possess ‘patriotism’, as it has been vengefully re-defined since 9/11.  But time travel can restore its essence.  I seek opportunities to re-love my country  in towns along the Delaware River.  I am particularly so blessed from Lumberton and on up to Frenchtown (!) down through Roebling, Del Ran, Burlington, Riverside and Riverton on our splendid River Line train.

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Riverton Time July 2017

Return with me, NJWILDBEAUTY readers, to idyllic Riverton in our New Jersey, as that precious town prepared for our independence birthday this year.

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River Line Train Tile of Delaware for Riverton

RIVER LINE TRAIN TILE IMAGE FOR RIVERTON, NJ    (River Life & Shad)

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4th of July Committee Riverton July 2017

 

Water for Dogs Riverton July 2017

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Bell for the children to ring Riverton 2017

BELL (LIBERTY?) FOR THE CHILDREN TO RING

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Glow of Yesterday Riverton July 2017

YESTERYEAR GLOWS

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Belle of Riverton July 2017

VICTORIAN BELLE

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Even Churches Interesting - Riverton 2017

EVEN THE CHURCHES ARE STILL BEAUTIFUL

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Majestic Dormers, Riverton July 2017

MAJESTIC DORMERS

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Your Carriage, Madame... Riverton 2017

“YOUR CARRIAGE, MADAME…”

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RIVERTON WELCOME

Riverton Welcome July 2017

Yesterday Beneath our Feet Riverton 2017

YESTERDAY BENEATH OUR VERY FEET

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Riverton Delaware River Scene at Yacht Club

RIVERTON YACHT CLUB, RIVERSIDE STROLL

 

VIBRANT LOCAL FOODS: INDOOR WINTER FARM MARKET, @ D&R GREENWAY lAND TRUST FEB. 14

Winter Farm Market at D&R Greenway, Sat. 2/14   10 a.m. to 2 p.m

 

Organic Treasures, Indoor Winter Farm Market, D&R Greenway Land Trust

Organic Treasures, Indoor Winter Farm Market, D&R Greenway Land Trust

Local treasures, organic excellence, awaits at the Indoor Winter Farm Markets, sponsored by Slow Food Central Jersey and the managers of the spectacularly successful West Windsor Farm Market, open on Vaughn Drive in the growing season.

NJWILDBEAUTY readers know I work for D&R Greenway Land Trust.  No, we don’t grow food, nor even grapes for wine.  But we have been saving land in New Jersey for 26 years, and farm land increasingly requires our attention and preservation.

One of the joys of my life, as my Packet NJWILD readers and my NJWILDBEAUTY readers know, is farm food, especially when purchased at some rustic site from the people who planted, nourished, tended, harvested, and brought to market these treasures.

Brussels Bounty - Terhune Orchards -- Indoor Winter Farm Market at D&R Greenway

Brussels Bounty – Terhune Orchards — Indoor Winter Farm Market at D&R Greenway

It’s hard for a poet and/or a journalist to admit that a picture is worth 10,000 words.  But it’s true, darn it.

So let these images, from the January Indoor Winter Farm Market at D&R Greenway Land Trust, where I work most days, at One Preservation Place, off Rosedale Road, in Princeton (08540), convince you to attend the one on Valentine’s Day, February 14, from 10 to 2.  The cognoscenti know to arrive close to ten.  Music peals through our 1900 barn, and wondrous information is ours, as shoppers, from the farmer/proprietors/preparers!  You may call us at 609 924 4646 for information beforehand, but the Staff will not be at their desks on Saturday.  You’ll find a number of us, with our sustainable bags, moving from vendor to vendor, choosing the best of the best of the Garden State.

Indoor Winter Farm Market at D&R Greenway - Terhune's Apples

Indoor Winter Farm Market at D&R Greenway – Terhune’s Apples

Divine Mushrooms, D&R Greenway hosts Indoor Winter Farm Market

Divine Mushrooms, D&R Greenway hosts Indoor Winter Farm Market

Des Champignons- Mushroom Feast, Indoor Winter Farm Market at D&R Greenway Land Trust

Des Champignons- Mushroom Feast, Indoor Winter Farm Market at D&R Greenway Land Trust

Mushroom Girl, Indoor Winter Farm Market, D&R Greenway Land Trust

Mushroom Girl, Indoor Winter Farm Market, D&R Greenway Land Trust

Local Honey -- Immune Booster, Indoor Winter Farm Market, D&R Greenway Land Trust

Local Honey — Immune Booster, Indoor Winter Farm Market, D&R Greenway Land Trust

Last of the Cranberries from the Pine Barrens, Indoor Winter Farm Market at D&R Greenway Land Trust

Last of the Cranberries from the Pine Barrens, Indoor Winter Farm Market at D&R Greenway Land Trust

Kale Cascade Farm Market DRG Jan 2015

KALE!

Jerry and his rare Cheeses, Indoor Winter Farm Market, D&R Greenway Land Trust

Jerry and his rare Cheeses, Indoor Winter Farm Market, D&R Greenway Land Trust

Jams by Kim, Indoor Winter Farm Market, D&R Greenway Land Trust

Jams by Kim, Indoor Winter Farm Market, D&R Greenway Land Trust

"I say it's Spinach!" - Indoor Winter Farm Market, D&R Greenway Land Trust

“I say it’s Spinach!” – Indoor Winter Farm Market, D&R Greenway Land Trust

Honey and Beeswax, Indoor Winter Farm Market, D&R Greenway Land Trust

Honey and Beeswax, Indoor Winter Farm Market, D&R Greenway Land Trust

Handmade Soap, Indoor Winter Farm Market, D&R Greenway

Handmade Soap, Indoor Winter Farm Market, D&R Greenway

Grass-fed Meats, Indoor Winter Farm Market, D&R Greenway Land Trust

Grass-fed Meats, Indoor Winter Farm Market, D&R Greenway Land Trust

Vibrant Greens, Indoor Winter Farm Market, D&R Greenway

Vibrant Greens, Indoor Winter Farm Market, D&R Greenway

This is only a sampling, taken at random, with delight, for the January Farm Market.  Did you think foods this alive were available in the heart of winter?  February 14 is Saturday – no better gift for a Valentine than live healthy local foods.  March 1, Slow Food Central Jersey and West Windsor Farm Market folks will bring you these splendors at Tre Piani, Forrestal Village — owned and chefed by Jim Weaver, founder of Slow Food Central Jersey.  March 14 will bring these treasures back to D&R Greenway.

When we save land, as we’ve been doing since 1989, one of our major purpose is to make healthy lifestyles more available and more appealing.

Come to our restored barn, where animals and vegetables fed the family of “The General”, Robert Wood Johnson, while they lived at Morven.  See the magnificent art on our walls, and buy masterpieces for you home.  A percentage of the purchase price supports our preservation and stewardship.  Sign up for our programs on nature, on science, on native plants, on the Raritan River — weave yourself into the health, beauty and sustainability of our region!

And feast, for weeks afterwards, on foods for which city dwellers would ‘give their eye teeth’!  Bobolink Dairy, Cherry Grove Farm, Terhune Orchards, are only a few of the vendors who fill all the art galleries of our barn for these country events.

Besides, It’s Fun!