SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - On Saturday, November 12th at 1pm, the South Plainfield Public Library welcomes Judith Krall-Russo who will present her program: Apples-Dumplings, Cider and Jack.  Apples, a fruit brought to the United States by the Dutch, found a perfect home in the Garden State. Many varieties were grown in the rich New Jersey soil, some of which can still be found in our state's orchards. Discover why the apple was so important to early Americans and what role New Jersey played in the growth and production of apple products such as, apple cider and applejack. Learn about some of the different varieties of apples and what food and beverages are made from this versatile fruit.  Come celebrate the wonderful apple with Judith Krall-Russo and the South Plainfield Public Library.


Judith Krall–Russo has enjoyed a lifelong love of foods, especially embracing the rich agriculture of her home state – New Jersey. Also a tea expert and historian, she began studying the customs and traditions of this universal beverage 30 years ago and has earned certifications as a Tea Specialist by The Tea School in Pomfret, Connecticut and The Specialty Tea Institute of New York. Krall-Russo is currently studying the Japanese Tea Ceremony at the Uresenke Chanoyo Center and gong fu Chinese tea ceremony at The Tea Gallery, both in New York City. As a result of her independent studies and knowledge of the history and trends surrounding many popular New Jersey foods and beverages, Ms. Krall-Russo is a regular lecturer and seminar organizer across the state. Her most popular New Jersey programs are: The Jersey Tomato, Blueberries – New Jersey’s Wonder Fruit, and The New Jersey Cranberry. Please register for this program by calling the South Plainfield Public Library at 908-754-7885 or stop by.