At Terhune Orchards, the 3rd Annual Sustainable Jersey “Sustainable Fare for Sustainable Jersey” fundraiser was held last week. And this isn’t your typical event — it is more like being a guest at a country wedding.

It began with a rustic yet refined cocktail hour next to the flower garden behind Terhune’s farmhouse, still residence of Terhune owners, Pam and Gary Mount. Members of the Mount family poured wine and frozen spiced peach cider while Sustainable Jersey volunteers passed delectable hors d’oeuvres.

After a brief “welcome” from hosts, sustainable jerseyguests were lead to the barn where everyone sat a farmhouse length tables to enjoy a 7-course tasting meal each prepared by famous New Jersey chefs. This year, each course was made exclusively with New Jersey sourced ingredients and paired with Terhune Orchard’s award winning wines.

To add to the ambiance, The Riverside Band, a local five-piece acoustic string band, entertained guests with bluegrass tunes.

At the end of an amazing meal, everyone was sent home with a muffin for the morning, a frozen corn pop (not pop corn!) for the road, and a bag of Terhune grown produce that had served as centerpieces on the tables.

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This is an event you’re not going to want to miss next year. Make sure you’re following MercerMe and Sustainable Jersey on Facebook and Twitter so you don’t miss it again.

Sustainable Jersey is a non-profit organization that provides tools, training and financial incentives to support and reward communities as they pursue sustainability programs. Through a certification program for municipalities in New Jersey, Sustainable Jersey helps the municipalities “go green,” save money, and take steps to sustain quality of life over the long term.

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe, and a lawyer. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, photographing mushrooms, and misguided adventures in random hobbies. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), serves on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance, and holds the elected position as the Hopewell Borough Democratic Committee Municipal Chairwoman.