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Fall is for Harvest

The yield from the harvest on the Plainsboro Library balcony provided healthy ingredients for preparing nutritious food.  As the crops matured and ripened, library staff and volunteers programmed events to demonstrate how to turn ingredients into food.  In June, 58 participants saw how to prepare scallion pancakes with kinchee and Spanish gazpacho.  In July, fifty attended the fattoush salad and healthy popsicles program, and in August, 32 turned out to see how to create a watermelon poke bowl.

Bell peppers and tomatoes head the list of crops that grew the best this season.  Unfortunately, now in its second year, the outside planter boxes have been discovered by a flock of neighborhood crows.  A warning for all you aspiring balcony farmers.  To fill the void in crop production, library staff have put on programs like Around the World in 30 Foods where samples are offered of various healthy dishes with information sheets to go with them that tout the health benefits of recipes.

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Plainsboro Township

Plainsboro Township is located in southwestern Middlesex County. The Township grew from its agricultural roots into a community of about 24,000 residents covering nearly twelve square miles, half of which is preserved open space. Plainsboro is home to Novo Nordisk’s North American headquarters and the headquarters of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.