2020 Mercer Green Fest on March 14th at Rider University 11am-4pm

Sustainable living highlighted at the annual Mercer Green Fest

The Mercer Green Fest, in its 14th year, has now become a family tradition. Come one and all to this annual FREE, fun, entertaining, and educational festival! Rain or shine, we are expecting over 100 vendors including sustainable businesses, farmers market, non-profit organizations, school and student projects, art, energy programs, and much more.

There will be lots to do and see. Electric cars are becoming so popular and the Green Fest will feature one of the largest displays on the east coast. Speak with an expert while checking out the different kinds of makes and models available.   The Mercer Transportation Management Association (TMA) will be handing out copies of their new trail network plan just in time for your family to plan a spring bike ride.

Fun for the Kids…

The Green Fest is a family-friendly event with a fantastic live music and show line-up:

  • 11:30am-12:30pm Miss Amy’s Band
  • 12:30pm-1:00pm Tucker’s Tales Puppet Show
  • 1:00pm-2:00pm Eyes of the World Zoo
  • 2:00pm-2:30pm Tucker’s Tales Puppet Show
  • 2:30pm-3:30pm Solar Man

At least 7 schools and scout groups will be showcasing their sustainable science projects. Children can make their very own puppets. Food and snacks will be available by Terhune Orchards all day with treats such as cider, donuts, soup, chili, cookies, and apples. Plan to spend the afternoon with us!

The Mercer Green Fest is organized by the partners of the Mercer Sustainability Coalition: East Windsor Township, the Ewing Green Team, the Hopewell Valley Green TeamLawrence Environmental Resources & Sustainability Green Advisory Committee (ERSGAC), Hightstown Environmental Commission, Sustainable LawrenceSustainable Princeton, the West Windsor Environmental Commission, and the Mercer County Office of Economic Development and Sustainability.

Event Summary

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020
Time: 11am-4pm
Location: Rider University Student Recreation Center, 2083 Lawrenceville Rd, Lawrenceville, NJ.
Cost:  Free and open to the Public

For more information on the Mercer County Green Fest visit https://mercersustainabilitycoalition.org/green_fair/.

2020 Mercer Green Fest on March 14, 2020 at Rider University 11am-4pm

Though still in the planning phase, the green teams and environmental commissions of the Mercer County Sustainability Coalition expect to see around 100 ecofriendly businesses, organizations, and schools offering information and incentives to help your family go green and save money at this year’s Mercer Green FestSo save the date – Saturday, March 14, 2020 from 11am-4pm and join us at the Fest at the Rider University Student Recreation Center on the main campus, 2083 Lawrenceville Rd, Lawrenceville, NJ.

All Mercer County residents are invited to come have fun while learning how to make more environmentally friendly decisions such as “refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose and recycle”. Bring the whole family and invite your neighbors! The Green Fest is free and open to the public, rain or shine.  Local eco-vendors and non-profit organizations, as well as our local school representatives are invited to inform visitors about healthy & clean water, electric vehicles, new biking paths & walking trails, plastic & food waste recycling, wellness & fitness, and other community projects.   To register go to our Vendor Sign Up page at mercersustainabilitycoalition.org/green_fair/vendor-sign-up/

There will be plenty of exciting activities for the kids too! This year’s event will feature the Grammy Award nominated Miss Amy’s Band from 11:30am-12:30pm. Miss Amy’s performance isn’t just about listening to the music. She will get the kids up and dancing which is lively form of exercise. Eyes of the Wild will be back and presenting a show on wildlife from 1-2pm. They will showcase fascinating wild animals for children to interact with. Lyle Rowling, owner of Advanced Solar, AKA Solar Man, will demonstrate how solar energy is made with a solar panel from 2-3pm. Listen to the sounds of School of Rock from 1-3pm.

Local artists will display and sell pieces made of upcycled trash. Demonstrations throughout the day will show visitors how to make their own art from transformed by-products and waste materials.

The Mercer Green Fest is presented by the members of the Mercer County Sustainability Coalition including East Windsor Township, the Ewing Green Team, the Hightstown Environmental Commission, the Hopewell Valley Green Team, the Mercer County Office of Planning, Sustainable Lawrence, Sustainable Princeton, The Watershed Institute,  and the West Windsor Environmental Commission. Visit your hometown green team table to talk about upcoming community projects.

For more information on the Mercer County Green Fest visit mercersustainabilitycoalition.org/green_fair/

Participating Businesses and Organizations to date (and more to come):

 

2018 Mercer Green Fest on March 17th at Rider University

Get into green living on St. Patrick’s Day at the Mercer Green Fest. More than 100 ecofriendly businesses, organizations, and schools will be offering information and incentives to help you go green and save money at the Mercer Green Fest (formerly known as the Living Local Expo) on Saturday March 17, 2018 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Rider University Student Recreation Center, which is located on the main campus, 2083 Lawrenceville Rd, Lawrenceville, NJ.

The Mercer Green Fest which promotes green living for Mercer County families, is presented by Mercer County Sustainability Coalition.  All Mercer county residents are invited to join in on having fun going green! Bring the whole family and invite your neighbors. Wear green to the Mercer Green Fest on St. Patrick’s Day.

The fair is free and open to the public, rain or shine.  Visitors can learn about a wide variety of sustainability issues and exciting community projects such as:

  • energy efficiency
  • 21 electric car display so that you can inform your next car purchase.
  • health, exercise, and wellness
  • walking and bike trails
  • food waste recycling programs
  • science fair and robotics projects from area schools and groups

Featured Family Entertainment

  • missamy2010_4x6Miss Amy, our local GRAMMY Nominated Artist Author/Educator, musician and Fitness Pro, will rock and roll with the kids at this year’s Festival from 11: 30 am -12:30.
  • Eyes of the Wild: Traveling Zoo will take the stage from 1:30  pm – 2:30 pm.
  • Lyle Rowling, owner of Advanced Solar, AKA Solar Man will show kids how solar energy is made with a solar panel.

Local Food

An indoor farmers market will feature a great variety of locally produced fruits, vegetables, cheeses, and pickles as well as flowers, plants, herbs, and artisan food products. A family friendly lunch celebrating locally grown and seasonal ingredients from Terhune Orchards will be available for purchase all day.

Focus on the Arts

Art is an important part of a sustainable community! Everyone can have fun with our Craft Corner, designing creative art and crafts.  Artists from Artworks Trenton will display works that are upcycled from trash. Demonstrations throughout the day will show visitors how to make their own upcycled art.

The Mercer Green Fest is organized by the partners of the Mercer Sustainability Coalition: the Ewing Green Team, the Hopewell Valley Green TeamLawrence Environmental Resources & Sustainability Green Advisory Committee (ERSGAC), Sustainable LawrenceSustainable Princeton, the West Windsor Environmental Commission, and the Mercer County Office of Economic Development and Sustainability.

Help the fight against hunger. Bring a non-perishable food item to donate to Homefront and receive a free, reusable tote bag.

For more information on the Mercer Green Fest visit www.mercergreenfest.org

Thanks to the following Mercer Green Fest sponsors

Trenton ThunderAdvanced Solar ProductsEnviroPhysicsPrinceton AirTerhune Orchards

We would like to thank Mercer Green Fest friends

Schimek Family Fitness CenterDouglas Greene Esq.Princeton Yoga Center

6th Annual Farm to Table Fun(d)raiser Dinner July 20th

Join the Ewing Green Team at Terhune Orchards on Thursday, July 20th for hors d’oeuvres followed by a five course dinner prepared from local ingredients and wine pairing all set to live music. In its sixth year, the Farm to Table Fun(d)raiser will benefit the Mercer County Sustainability Coalition, a group of Mercer County Green Teams and sustainable organizations including the EGT!

Enjoy cocktails outside at 5:00 p.m. and then head to dinner served in the big red barn at 6:30 p.m. prepared by chefs representing Terra Momo Restaurant Group. Chefs Marco Santana and Joe Voller  from Eno Terra of Kingston,  Terry Strong, Tito Campos and Emily Kirstein from  Mediterra of Princeton and Manny Perez  of soon to open, Albariño in Shrewsbury;  will prepare an exquisite five course, seasonal menu highlighting fruits and vegetables grown at Terhune Orchards and other locally produced ingredients. Each course will be paired with wines from Terhune Orchards Vineyard and Winery.

Throughout the evening Ocean Country Band, a Jersey Shore-based quartet played a mix of country, bluegrass, and rock cover songs. At the end of the night each guest will go home with a bag brimming with produce grown at Terhune Orchards and a commemorative recipe booklet that includes the menu items for this evening’s special dinner.

The Mercer County Sustainability Coalition is an alliance of the Green Teams and sustainability organizations of Mercer County, New Jersey and the Mercer County Office of Economic Development and Sustainability. Formed in 2013 to better coordinate the various green teams and sustainability organizations around Mercer County, the Coalition works to promote a regional and collaborative approach to sustainability initiatives. Members of the Coalition have collaborated on the Mercer Green Fest, the region’s annual “green fair”. The Coalition includes: Ewing, Hopewell Valley, Trenton, Robbinsville, West Windsor, Sustainable Lawrence, Sustainable Princeton, the Mercer County Office of Economic Development and Sustainability and the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association.

We would love to see you there! Tickets are a donation of $100 per person, $150 per couple. They are available online now at http://sustainablelawrence.orgTerhune Orchards is located at 330 Cold Soil Rd., Princeton.

Keep the Green Theme on St. Paddy’s Day Weekend at the Mercer Green Fest

The Mercer Green Fest – Promoting Green Living for Mercer County Families (latest updates)

The Mercer County Sustainability Coalition suggests that you keep the green theme on St. Paddy’s Day weekend and attend the Mercer Green Fest on Saturday, March 18th! The Ewing Green Team invites all Ewing residents to join them at the 11th annual green fair in the Mercer County area, the Mercer Green Fest, formerly called the Living Local Expo!  The festival will be at Rider University’s Student Recreation Center located on the main campus in Lawrence Township.  It is free and open to the public and will run from 11 am until 4 pm.  The event will feature live entertainment, local sustainable businesses, sustainable community groups, and a farmer’s market, local fresh food at our lunch café, demonstrations, and speakers throughout the day.  There will be fun for the whole family!

More than 70 eco-friendly businesses and organizations will be offering information and incentives to help you go green and save money. Visitors can learn about a wide variety of sustainability issues and exciting community projects such as bike trails, food waste recycling programs, energy efficiency, electric cars, health, exercise & wellness, and science fair projects from area schools. Don’t’ miss the Ewing schools, represented by the Ewing High Robotics Club and the Antheil Garden Club.

Entertainment

The event will feature entertainment for the whole family:

  • Miss Amy, Ewing’s own GRAMMY Nominated Artist Author/Educator, musician and Fitness Pro, will rock and roll with the kids at this year’s Festival from 11am -12 noon.
  • Eyes of the Wild: Traveling Zoo will take the stage from 1 pm – 2 pm and introduce children of all ages to a selection of exotic and touchable animals.
  • The Grand Falloons will put on their recycling and a science show with juggling, magic, comedy, song and dance from 2 pm – 3 pm.

Local Food

The local farmers will be on hand and have a great array of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as flowers, plants, herbs, and artisan food products for sale. A family friendly lunch celebrating locally grown and seasonal ingredients will also be available for purchase all day.

Speakers

This year’s Green Fest is a celebration of what we can do locally to advance our neighborhoods’ environmental quality and sustainability. You can help reduce the negative impacts of global climate change by acting locally in how you use energy in your home and business.  This will also save you money in your energy bills over the long run.  This year’s speaker program will highlight energy sustainability as well as provide a couple of thoughtful additions on climate change and fracking.

  1. Saving money and energy at home through New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program.
  2. Princeton Air will present on Home Energy Audits that can give you a plan of what to address first in your home or business to be more energy efficient
  3. Three presentations on going solar for your home or business.
  4. The science of Climate Change
  5. The Consequences of Fracking.

We encourage Green Fest visitors to attend these short presentations and stop off at a table to learn more.  Then turn these suggestions into actions!

The Arts

Art is an important part of a sustainable community! Everyone can have fun with our Art all Day area designing creative art and crafts. Art Has No Boundaries, a Ewing art organization dedicated to promoting the arts in our community, will insure a great time for all at the crafts table.

Giveaways

The Rider University Schimek Family Fitness Center will be open and some lucky visitor will get a free year membership!

Bring your whole family, meet your neighbors, enjoy the afternoon and learn how Mercer County area residents and businesses are building sustainable communities. For more information about the Mercer Green Fest go to mercergreenfest.org.

The Mercer Green Fest is organized by the Mercer Sustainability Coalition, a partnership of green teams, environmental commissions and sustainability organizations in Mercer County. The Ewing Green Team is a founding member. For more information contact the Ewing Green Team at ewinggreenteam@gmail.com.

Date: Saturday, March 18
Time: 11 am – 4 pm
Location: Rider University Student Recreation Center
Cost: Free and Open to the public