Sep
15
to Sep 30

American Hazelnuts

American Hazelnuts are the smaller relative (1/2") to the European Filbert (3/4"), and native to all States including New Jersey.  Fall is a busy time for nut production in Carson Road Woods and on many of the paths you can see a variety of Acorns, Black Walnut, Hickory, and Beech nuts.

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Aug
28
to Sep 16

Wild Grapes are ripening

Wild Grapes in CRW? Yes! Many of you likely recognize these leaves as wild grapes climb on anything, but did you know that the leaves and fruit are edible? Please google wild grape vs Moonseed (toxic) to be sure you can identify the right one. These grapes were picked yesterday. They are ripe when black and taste like concord, and contain 3 large seeds that are better removed. I brought them to a boil, let them cool, crushed then strained the seeds away. 1 Cup grapes to 4 cups water and sugar to taste (appx 1/2 cup) produced wild grape juice. There are jam and jelly recipes out there, as well as making pickled grape leaves and crispy fried grape leaves. Check out our website for more info, and my next post on Autumn Olive berries at www.carsonroadwoods.org

Here is a link to a Wild Grape Jelly recipe: http://willowhavenoutdoor.com/featured-wilderness-survival-blog-entries/how-to-make-wild-grape-jelly/

Pickled Grape Leaves:  http://www.thankyourbody.com/recipe-naturally-fermented-pickled-grape-leaves/

About Wild Grape leaves:  http://www.superfoods-for-superhealth.com/wild-grape-leaves.html

Be careful to identify wild grape over it's toxic friend the Moonseed.  Grape leaves have three lobes and jagged edges, whereas Moonseed is heart shaped with smooth edges..  Grapes climb with two opposing tendrils while Moonseed vines grow around  its host.  Below you can see the difference ...

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Jul
23
to Jul 31

Blackberry Season is HERE!!

Blackberries are HERE! I've never seen them as large, plump and sweet*. With last night's rain and more expected tonight, the coming week will likely be optimal for picking (7/24 - 7/31). If you wear long pants, venture off the wide main center grass path or into portions of the old peach orchard. Otherwise, there is presently great picking along the edges of the narrow cross path or along the grass path by the Beech Forest trail entrance.

Here is a recipe for a Wild Blackberry Buckle  http://thefreerangelife.com/wild-berry-buckle/   (it even includes a few Wineberries which can be found in CRW but I think they have already come and gone along with the wild raspberries).

* Wild Blackberries can be a bit seedy, so favoring the darkest berries with plumpest drupelets will yield the sweetest fruit and be well worth a few seeds stuck in the teeth!

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Nov
25
5:30pm 5:30pm

CRW Walks result in LHT Rocks!

CRW Walks result in LHT Rocks!
There are still a few out there. Find them, move them, rediscover them!
In honor of the National Opt Outside movement, taking place the day after Thanksgiving 11/25/16, please join the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and come outside with us and enjoy the trail rather than spending the day shopping! The LHT has partnered with REI Co-op Princeton to bring the newest outdoor fun, Rocking, to the trail. Throughout the whole of the LHT, almost 20 bikeable and walkable miles, over 200 rocks painted by LHT volunteers will be out for youngsters and families alike to find!
Once LHT rocks are found, the finders can take the rocks home with them or they can move the rock along the trail! To help keep this ROCK(ing) event going, please take a selfie with your LHT rock and tag it with #lhtrocks via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for a chance to see yourself AND your rock featured on the LHT website! We can’t wait for you to join us and Opt Outside!
Want to see what others are doing on Black Friday? Follow #OptOutside on social media.
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May
21
10:00am10:00am

Volunteer Trail Repair

  • 84 Carson Rd Princeton, NJ, 08540 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Please join us for a trail repair, meeting at the Culvert on LHT in CRW.

The Oak Trail Culvert is in need of repair. A hole has formed
above the culvert pipe and has to be filled in and the surface
restored. Currently the opening is dangerous to walkers.
Bring all safety gear: glasses, gloves, etc. Estimated time 1.5 hrs.

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