Yesterday, with my regular hiking buddies, Barbara Spector, and, Trixie, my Lab mix, Itook a delightful ride to Lambertville, NJ with a great stop at Gravity Hill Farm (www.gravityhillfarm.com), located at 67 Pleasant Valley Road, Titusville, NJ. It is a Certiied Organic Farm, where we refreshed ourselves with a taste of a delicious frittata and fruit smoothies.
We also checked out the wide assortment of delicious looking mushrooms. Outside, while we enjoyed our smoothies, we bought some things made by Seeds for Change (www.seedstosew.org). They were selling lovely fabric gift bags, and since both of us had birthdays coming up, we bought some. They were such pretty fabrics, that you could actually buy an assortment of bags as a gift in themselves, which I plan to do by ordering off the internet. I bought a set of six bags, in vintage fabrics, 3 small, 2 medium, 1 large for $27. The small bags would be perfect for a gift book, the medium for a shirt or something, and the large, well it is big enough for a winter coat.
There were also two especially handsome Polish chickens singing out on the patio as we browsed the beaded jewelry and other charming things that might make nice gifts.
We didn't stop to shop at the Flea Market because we didn't want to leave the dog in the car since it was nearly 80 degrees, but we both have shopped there before and can vouch for both a wide array of wonderful things and very reasonable prices.
This time we headed for the Delaware and Raritan Canal and did a 3 mile hike on the shady, breezy canal tow-path.
Traffic on the road wasn't bad either going or coming home (especially in consideration of the day, Sunday, and the weather - delightful) although there were many bikes on the canal path. I'm sorry to confess I did not get the name of the little deli where we always stop for a sandwich, which is right on the canal path, and the sandwiches are made with the freshest of ingredients, and can be eaten at the picnic tables outside the deli.
The Seeds For Change organization makes trade and profit possible for women in Kenya, Africa, but aside from the gratification of spending money with an organization that does good in the world, wrapping gifts in pretty reusable bags instead of wasting paper is also attractive!
Happy Trails, Happy Tails & Tales, and Good luck with considerate shopping! Jo Ann
ps. Next Stop: Beverly National Cemetery, where a grandfather and grandmother are buried: It is a National Cemetery located near Edgewater Park, NJ