Places and Facts of Interest


News for 2014 - 2015

If you love the British television series “Downton Abbey” then I suggest you make plans to visit Winterthur Museum in Wilmington, Delaware to view the exhibit “Costumes of Downton Abbey”.

The exhibit runs March 1, 2014 – January 4, 2015 and one visit will not be enough!!

For Tickets and information call 800-448-3883 or visit

The museum also houses the Campbell collection of soup tureens…a must see! Plan extra time to walk the day is not enough!

Winterthur Museum,
5105 Kennett Pike,
Wilmington, De 19735


News for August 2014

It’s that time a year again!!
Great Tomato Tasting

Wednesday, August 27. 2013
3:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Snyder Research & Extension Farm
140 Locust Grove Rd. 
Pittstown, NJ

Taste over 60 varieties (Heirlooms and hybrids) of tomatoes along with apples, peaches, honey, and more!!! There will be cooking demonstrations and gardening demonstrations.

For more information and to RSVP go:
to the Snyder Farm/Rutgers or RSVP by phone 908-730-9419 x- 3501

Have a great month,
Judith Krall-Russo


News for August 2013

Hello Everyone,


Saturday, August 17, 2013, from 12-5pm

There is something about corn that perfectly symbolizes summertime in New Jersey. The Sweet Corn Festival at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold, will mix fun and excitement with our favorite summer vegetable. This all new event features crafts, games, and races for kids; our 25 foot rock climbing wall; craft demonstrators; snake shows at 1pm and 2pm; blue grass music; food vendors; and so much more! Admission and parking are free.

For more information about Historic Walnford and the Monmouth County Park System, please visit or call 732-842-4000, ext. 4312. For persons with hearing i-mpairment, the TTY/TDD number is 711. The Monmouth County Park System, created in 1960 by the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, is Monmouth County’s Open Space, Parks, and Recreation agency.

Great Tomato Tasting
Snyder Research & Extension Farm
140 Locust Grove Rd.
Pittstown, NJ

August 28. 2013
3:00 PM – Dusk

Taste over 60 varieties (Heirlooms and hybrids) along with apples, peaches, honey, and more!!!
For more information and to RSVP go: or RSVP by phone 908-730-9419 x- 3501

Have a great month,
Judith Krall-Russo


News for March 2008

Hello Everyone,

The Barron Arts Center is organizing a juried art exhibit, The Elegant Eccentric Teapot, in which the teapot is the theme. It is open to all 2D and 3D media. Exhibition dates will be from June 13 - July 3, 2008. Please contact Nancy Casteras at or phone 732- 634-0413 for more information, entry fees, or an prospectus. We want this to be a wonderful, exciting and creative exhibition so please pass the word. Thank you.

This was a wonderful spring-like day, too bad I spent it in the library doing research! There is a great exhibit at the Rutgers' Alexander Library, 169 College Ave, New Brunswick, NJ. The exhibit is "Garden State Harvest: New Jersey's Agricultural Heritage". It runs from February 13 to April 30, 2008. Go!

Speaking about the Garden State, some of you might be aware that last week Governor Corzine proposed the elimination of the Department of Agriculture in his fiscal Budget 2009 Address. The Department of Agriculture  promotes, protects and serves the Garden State's agriculture and agribusiness industries, provides a broad range of programs and services, and effectively manages programs that distribute surplus federal foods to soup kitchens and pantries, conserves precious soil and water resources, protects farmland from development and preserves it for future agricultural use, promotes NJ's commercial fishing industry and much, much more. We need this department! Please contact your Legislator. Find your legislator: or contact the Governor at his web site http:/

Good news for black tea drinkers - recent research states that as little as 3/4 cup of black tea a day may cut the risk of Parkinson's disease by 71%. This was published in the "American Journal of Epidemiology".

Have a great month,
Judith Krall-Russo


News for November 2007

Hello Everyone,

Finally it is feeling like autumn and the trees are turning beautiful shades of red, orange, and yellow. The Japanese call November the "season of brocade-like autumn".

Now that the weather is colder many of you may want a nice cup of hot tea. Visit these lovely New Jersey tearooms: Teaberry's in Flemington; Belamari in Hawthorne and Katherine's Tea Room in Ledgewood.

It is cranberry time so look for Jersey cranberries. There are still some local apples available and of course apple cider. This is also the time for winter squash, there are so many varieties available. A reminder -  some farm stands stay open until the end of this month and into December. Check my web site links to get to the Farm Stand site.

Enjoy this beautiful season and have a peaceful Thanksgiving.

Judith Krall-Russo


News for October 2007

Hello Everyone,

Autumn has arrived but it still feels like summer. I will not complain because soon the colder days will be upon us.

On September 18th I attended the Fourth International Symposium on Tea and Health in Washington, DC with two tea friends, Kirsten Kristensen and Judy Larkin.  In the past several years many article have been written about the positive impact tea can have on cardiovascular health, preventing certain cancers and lowering lipid levels. Since the 3rd symposium in 2003 much new information has come to the surface such as tea showing much promise in lowering incidences in age related neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.  Also tea contains the amino acid theanine which is found only in tea (black, green oolong ,white) and a rare mushroom from the Amazon. This amino acid has the ability to  increase alpha  brain wave activity which in turn can make one calmer yet more alert and focused. As little as 2 cups (6ounces) of tea per day can have very positive results.

Earlier this month I did a program at Well Sweep Farm, 205 Mt. Bethel Rd, Port Murray, NJ.  They grow all their own herbs have a great gift shop with dried herbs, books and sponsor program throughout the year - a great place to visit.

Farmer's markets are still open - squashes including  pumpkins, apples,  apple cider are available and keep an eye out for Jersey cranberries!

Judith Krall-Russo


News for September 2007

Hello and welcome to September! I hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend, the weather was just spectacular.

The Farmers Markets will be open until at least October. There is still much fresh local produce to purchase; tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, corn, squash, peaches, beach plums............................. Go out and buy the best and freshest New Jersey has to offer!

This Friday, September 7, 11:00 AM -2:00PM  I will be at the Trent House Museum, 15 Market St., Trenton, NJ Phone 732-989-3027 substituting for my good friend Stacy Roth. If your are in the area please come visit, help shell some black eyed peas, taste some herbal tea, look at the garden and perhaps take a tour of the house.  Hope to see you at one of my events.

Judith Krall-Russo


News for June 2007


This month in NYC - Long Island City there will be the First Annual Food Film Festival. It will be held in three sections June 14-16; June 21-23 and September 6-8. For more information go to

There are also two fundraisers in June for two great groups.

  1. Friday, June 1 at 7:00 PM the Heritage Trail is hosting "Five Generals Winemaking Event' at Winemakers of Somerset, 12 Church St.,Bound Brook, For more information call Monique at 732-356-8856 or visit

  2. The second event is on Monday, June11 from 6 - 9PM "Chef's Night 2007" to be held at New Brunswick Hyatt, 2 Albany Street, New Brunswick, NJ to benefit Elijah's Promise Jobs Culinary School. For reservations and more information on "Chef's Night 2007" call 732-545-9002 x-126. 

Judith Krall-Russo


Strawberries and Tea News for May 2007

Hopefully by the end of May the New Jersey strawberries should be available especially if you live in South Jersey. Make a point to find them, visit as many farm markets as you possibly can. They are delicious and the season is rather short.

Georgian Court University offers a lovely program at The Mansion three times a year called  Mrs. Gould's Tea. You get an opportunity to see this exquisite mansion, walk on the veranda and be entertained by "Mrs. Gould and her guest". I attended the Christmas program and last week saw "Mrs. Gould and Josephine Bake". The next guest  is George Gershwin. The program is delightful and I would rate it four stars out of five. The tea portion I would give a two star rating. If you would like more information and pricing call 732-987-2263.

Judith Krall-Russo


Farmers Markets
These markets traditionally open during the summer until about October. There are about 80 Farmer's Markets in New Jersey. Take advantage of the best and the freshest the state has to offer.

Locations of Markets: Click on the following interesting link to the Agricultural Marketing Service (US Department of Agriculture) which has an alphabetical listing by City of all New Jersey Markets. In this way you will be able to locate the farmers markets

Tea Rooms
For all you tea lovers, a Chinese tea room has opened in Colts Neck. It is located in the Village Inn, 92 Hwy 3 South in Colts Neck. The phone number is 732-294-8666. The interior is very pretty and authentic and they do brew loose tea at your table, but no Gong Fu tea ceremony. Phone if you plan to go.

Enjoy! Buy "Local" and drink "Tea."
Judith Krall-Russo


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The Snyder Research and Extension Farm
and The Melda C. Snyder Teaching Garden
presented the 16th Annual
August 30, 2006
3:00 pm  Dusk
Join us in this unique opportunity to taste over 70 tomato varieties
(including heirlooms and hybrids), taste some Jersey Fresh apples, and
take a wagon tour to learn all about current research at our NJAES farm.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension faculty and staff will be on hand to answer your gardening questions

Door prize drawings throughout the event!

Registration  $4.00 for adults to cover program expenses
Children under 18 - free
Please RSVP (908) 713-8980


  • Route 78 (East or West) to Exit 15. Make a left at exit light on to Pittstown Road.  Travel 6 miles on Pittstown Road (do not follow Route #'s) Turn left onto Locust Grove Road to Snyder Farm.

  • From Flemington area: Route 12 West to Pittstown Road.  Turn right onto Pittstown Road and travel 3 1/2 miles to Locust Grove Road. Turn right onto Locust Grove Road to Snyder Farm.
    I attended this “Great Tomato Tasting” and it was GREAT! If you want the opportunity to taste many, many fabulous tomatoes I encourage you to go when it is offered again.                                                     

Judith Krall-Russo


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