Rubus phoenicolasius – ripe now!

Stop by Pondside Park to forage for wild raspberries! Rubus phoenicolasius (wild or wine raspberry) is native to Korea, Japan and China and was introduced to the United States for breeding with other farmed raspberries. It escaped from cultivation, has naturalized along the East Coast, and can grow quite invasively. These long branched bushes with thorny stems and sparse leaves develop clusters of fuzzy prickly alien looking stars that open to display beautiful jewel-like fruit! Tart- sweet and flavorful, but seedy and dry compared to the cultivated varieties, wild raspberries feed several kinds of songbirds– and the lucky humans who discover them –  in early to mid July.

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Annual Father’s Day Fishing Derby – Pondside Park

Harrington Park’s 2018 Annual Fishing Derby, Sponsored by Harrington Park Recreation Commission is this Sunday June 17, 2018, from Noon-2pm at Pondside Park.  This event is open to all Harrington Park Residents 15 years old and younger. BAIT is supplied — bring your poles.

For more information email: hprec@harringtonparknj.gov

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BUY FRESH BUY LOCAL 2018 for Harrington Park, NJ

BUY FRESH, BUY LOCAL, EAT HEALTHY

As part of our commitment to Sustainable New Jersey’s buy local program, the Harrington Park Green Team encourages our residents to purchase their produce from local farm stands and farmer’s markets. Here is a list of where you can find them and when they are open. Also – scroll down to learn about local CSA’s!

Farmers Markets                                     

Fort Lee Farmers’ Market                                    June-November

Fort Lee Community Center Plaza                     Sunday 8:00-2:00

135 Inwood Terrace

 

Palisades Farmers’ Market                                  January-May, Indoors

675 Oak Tree Road                                                Saturday 9:00-1:00

 

Piermont Down to Earth                                      May-November

Farmers’ Market                                        Sunday 9:30-3:00

Corner of Piermont and Ash

 

River Vale Farmers’ Market                                June-October

406 River Vale Road                                              Thursday 12:00-6:00

 

Westwood Farmers’ Market                               June through October

250 Old Hook Road                                                Saturday 10:00-3:00

 

Permanent Farm Stands

Demarest Farms                                                     Every Day 8:00-6:30

244 Wierimus Rd, Hillsdale                                  (201) 666-0472

 

The Farm Stand                                                      Wed-Sunday 11:00-5:00

Abram Demaree Homestead                              (201) 289-3627

46 Old Hook Closter

 

Old Hook Farm                                                       Tue-Sat 9:00-6:00, Sun 9:00-4:00

650 Old Hook Road Emerson                              (201) 265-4835

 

Stokes Farm                                                             Summer: Daily 9:00-6:00

23 DeWolf Road, Old Tappan                             Winter: Tues-Sat 9:00-6:00

(201) 768-3931

 

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs are available at Stokes [(201) 768-3931] and Hesperides [csa@hesperidesorganica.com]. Please contact them directly.

 

 

 

 

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Blooming now in Harrington Park

These wildflowers were photographed on 5/11/18 at the edges of the woods in and around Pondside Park. The garlic mustard (white) and yellow rocket are very abundant and can be easily seen when driving (i.e. on Lafayette). Hope you get to enjoy the beauty of these spring wildflowers in person this weekend!

From Left to Right:

  1. barren strawberry, dandelion,
  2. garlic mustard, yellow rocket, wild geranium
  3. spring beauty, common meadow violet

To learn more about our local wildflowers, please search on this wordpress site for previous postings. For more information or to help you identify wildflowers you see, try :http://www.mywildflowers.com/identify.asp 

and this is a NJ link:  http://www.npsnj.org/photo_galleries/photo_gallery_spring.html

 

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The Common Meadow Violet (Viola sororia) became the official state flower of New Jersey in 1971! This beautiful perennial grows in preserves, roadsides, damp woods – and sometimes in suburban lawns throughout the state. It blooms from March to June, the flowers range in color from white to blue to purple, and the petals are edible (and a rich source of vitamin C). After the first flowers have bloomed, the Common Meadow Violet will then produce a second set of small closed flowers. These “buds” contain the seeds – look for them in the early summer months.

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HP 8th graders clean up the school grounds and George St Park – 5/3/18

On May 3rd, 2018, The Harrington Park Environmental Commission (EC) with the help of Bergen County Clean Communities, hosted a cleanup at the Harrington Park School from 12:30-3:30 pm.

Each year the graduating 8th grade of Harrington Park School does various volunteer actions in connection with a program at the school known as Project Pride. As part of this year’s Project Pride, the class of 74 students conducted a cleanup up of the School property and surrounding wooded area known as George Street Park, which consists of both town and School property.

The afternoon began with the students eating lunch in the school courtyard while EC Vice Chair Theresa Napoletano Hazelton spoke about the importance of proper waste disposal, recycling and its effects on the environment. She went on to explain the roles of the HP Green Team and EC and how they work to develop strategies to reduce our impact, as a community, on the environment. The students were encouraged to join the Green Team as there is no minimum age. Also in attendance were EC members Peter Ardito and Anne Lander.

After lunch the students were grouped off and assigned areas of the property to canvas for trash pick up. The students collected and separated waste from recyclables. A significant amount of waste was collected.

The afternoon culminated with an ice cream truck for the kids to celebrate their hard work on this 90 degree day!

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Green Team meeting – Wednesday 5/2/18 at 7:30 pm — all are welcome!

The Harrington Park Green Team was formed in October 2009 by a small group of community members who wished to promote a “more sustainable future for themselves and their community”. The Green Team is committed to developing strategies that will reduce our impact on the environment both collectively and individually, so that we might preserve our town’s natural resources for the citizens of Harrington Park now and in the future. The Green Team is an advisory body to the HP Environmental Commission and is composed of borough officials and residents. Since 2015 the Green Team has met on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm in Borough Hall. Our primary focus is on pursuing mandatory and elective actions toward Sustainable Jersey certification, but we also are passionate about being relevant and important to our town, and through the monthly HP paper newsletter, our Facebook site and WordPress blog, emails, and with direct outreach at community events, Green Team members solicit resident input on areas of their concern to research and act on.

PLEASE come to the 5/2/18 meeting. We want to hear your concerns and thoughts and ideas for solutions. How can we, together with Mayor and Council, make Harrington Park the best “clean and green” town it can be?

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