May 17, 2009, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Everyone loves the Jersey Tomato! Through food historian Judith Krall-Russo's lively talk discover where the tomato originated and why it became one of New Jersey's favorite crops. Find out when New Jersey was known for its tomato packing industry and what happened to it.
Did you know that tomatoes were considered poisonous at one time and it was a New Jerseyean who decided to prove everyone wrong? Hear about heirloom varieties and modern hybrids and the folklore attached to this fruit. This program is offered through the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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April 28, 2019, 1:00 PM
The Essex County Hand Spinners Guild will demonstrate the magical art of spinning fibers into yarn on hand spindles and spinning wheels, some antique or traditional in appearance, and some contemporary that have a modern look. Weavers will also demonstrate how cloth is made on a variety of looms. Visitors will also be invited to try their hands at spinning and weaving.