Food & Drink

Press Releases

Master Gardeners Gear Up for 27th Garden Fair & Plant Sale

Master Gardener Joanne Krueger manages the 27th Annual Spring Fair & Plant Sale, upcoming on Sunday, May 15, Noon to 4PM (rain or shine).   Credits: T.J. Karns, RMGUC
Annual Spring Fair & Plant Sale is the MGs' sole fund raiser every year. They grow, have donated 25,000+ lbs. of vegetables, fruit and herbs for local food pantries. Credits: Union County Master Gardeners

In May 2015, veteran Master Gardener Joanne Krueger had numerous instructions for nearly 100 Master Gardeners as they readied themselves for the 26th Annual Spring Garden Fair and Plant Sale.  Krueger (of Scotch Plains) is the long-time manager of the MGs’ Demonstration Gardens at Trailside in the Watchung Reservation, and she also manages their Annual Fair,  Luckily, the MGs were well prepared in 2015 for the onset of 1,134 Fair customers, many of whom waited in line to enter the Demo Gardens precisely at 12 Noon, following the MG’s annual ribbon-cutting ceremony.

As always, Fair customers were treated to a wide variety of flowering plants (many deer resistant and drought tolerant), vegetables, herbs, shrubs and hanging baskets—all at low prices—not to mention activities for their children, guided tours, energy-boosting baked goods at the Cupcake Café, and gardening supplies, information, and displays.

A similar success story is expected at this year’s 27th Annual Spring Garden Fair and Plant Sale, upcoming on Sunday, May 15, 2016, Noon to 4PM (rain or shine).  Notes Krueger, “Admission and parking are FREE, but please, customers, bring your own wagons if you can.  Remember, all sales are cash or check only.  We’ll give you customer friendly sales and services.”

Sign Up for E-News

Among the various tomato varieties for sale on May 15 is the new “Rutgers 250,” a “historic reinvention of the world-famous Jersey tomato,” which Rutgers introduced in 1934.  

A Garden Helpline clinic is also available at no charge, as are Rutgers information fact sheets.  Rutgers soil test kits can be purchased.

Rutgers Master Gardeners of Union County are trained volunteers who provide community services as part of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension in Westfield.  Their Trailside Demonstration Gardens are located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside.  The program is supported in part by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.      

For more information on the 27th Annual Spring Garden Fair and Plant Sale and the Master Gardener program, contact Judi LaGanga at (908) 654-9854, or visit  

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Ironbound Residents Plead for Parking at Zoning Board Meeting

July 15, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - The city zoning board of adjustment yesterday approved variances for one of three new residential Ironbound developments despite a group of residents voicing concerns over parking.

The board approved variances for YK Group Development Consulting, based in Newark and Lakewood, to build a four-story 28-residential unit development at 526-532 Mulberry St. with 16 on-site parking ...

Safety in Numbers: NJ Computer Scientist Races to Develop Unhackable Code to Protect Everyone’s Data

July 15, 2018

Newark boasts a large – and growing – tech force. Brainwalk, an occasional series, will introduce you to some of its rising stars.

You’ve seen the ominous headlines. Armies of hackers working at the behest of hostile nation-states 24/7 to steal intelligence from our defense agencies. Apolitical hacker-thieves breaking into companies to cop trade secrets and our credit ...

Upcoming Events


Tue, July 17, 7:00 PM

Montclair Public Library, Montclair

Giacometti at Montclair Public Library

Arts & Entertainment

Wed, July 18, 7:00 PM

Hospital Conference Room 2 (Ground Floor), Glen Ridge

Becoming a Parent

Health & Wellness

Montclair Police Blotter: Business Burglary, DWI Arrests and More

July 8, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The following blotter was released on July 3, 2018 from the Montclair Police Department:

06-28-2018 (Porter Place) Mr. Lonnial Hargrove (48yoa from Irvington) was arrested and charged with
06-29-2018 (Bellevue Avenue) Mr. Avi Shvetz, 52yoa from Montclair, was arrested and charged with
DWI after striking a parked vehicle.
06-30-2018 (Lackawanna Plaza) Mr.

'Servant of Two Masters' exudes foolish fun

‘Servant of Two Masters’ makes for foolish, frivolous fun

By Liz Keill

MADISON, NJ –Carlo Goldoni’s “The Servant of Two Masters,” in a rousing translation and adaptation by Bonnie J. Monte, has the outdoor audience at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey laughing and clapping all the way through.

The yearly production, held at the amphitheatre on the ...

Festival of the Sea at St. Francis in Brant Beach, Aug. 8-12

July 15, 2018

BRANT BEACH - Everyone enjoys the excitement of a summer carnival.  It brings out the child in all of us.  Since 1975, St. Francis of Assisi Parish has been hosting the Festival of the Sea Carnival, annually.   The Festival of the Sea begins Wednesday, August 8, and continues through Sunday, August 12. The carnival will be open nightly (weather permitting) from 6:00 to ...