Free event showcases over 40 vendors plus live music and entertainment, live animals, local food selections, exhibits by conservation experts, children’s activities, artwork and the latest eco-friendly products and services.
Hosted by City and Township Environmental Commissions
Saturday, June 12, 2021, at 10 AM EDT – 3 PM EDT
Carslake Community Center
Bordentown City and Bordentown Township have combined their resources to host an exciting, community wide Green Fair this year! The Green Fair, which is in its 12th straight year, will feature more than 40 engaging vendors and exhibits designed to educate and encourage people of all ages to adopt a more sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle.
The fair is sponsored by both the Bordentown City and Bordentown Township Environmental Commissions. This free event will take place on Saturday, June 12th, from 10 am to 3 pm at Carslake Community Center, 207 Crosswicks Street, Bordentown City (accessible via the Bordentown RiverLINE station).
This year’s Green Fair is focused on energizing the community with innovative ideas, actions and products. There will be live music and entertainment throughout the day, delicious food from local restaurants, including the sustainably themed restaurant, Hoop House, as well as an old favorite, Sunday’s Ice Cream and Cafe.
Representatives from the Trenton Boys and Girls Club will be accepting used bike donations. Bordentown City Police will be on hand for City residents to register their bikes at no cost.
Children are once again invited to participate in our famous Green Fair Passport Program, where our young friends are invited to collect stamps and win fun, eco-friendly prizes.
This year, an important action item is to increase awareness of recycling opportunities that exist within the community. We encourage visitors to bring used, clean tee shirts for upcycling into reusable shopping bags by Kara Parker of Project Bolsa, and crayons that will be upcycled into candles by The Beekeyper’s Wife. With regards to municipal recycling, the following items will be collected for Bordentown Township’s recycling programs: snack and candy wrappers, and oral hygiene products and packaging (for example, toothbrushes, floss containers, empty toothpaste tubes) for Terracycle; and plastic shopping bags, bread bags, Ziploc bags, plastic packaging, and e-commerce bags for NexTrex. Finally, bring your empty pizza boxes for Bordentown City’s pizza box recycling program. Collection bins and additional information will be located on-site.
We are pleased that visitors will have an opportunity to view the recently completed Children’s Art Project, which consists of four large panels, representing, “Peace”, “Love”, “Hope” and “Community”. Each panel was designed by a local artist, and painted in sections by MacFarland School students. Completed during a pandemic year, this work serves as a reminder of the values that have helped carry us through this unprecedented time.
Our annual Plant Swap will be back by popular demand. Visitors can bring all types of indoor and outdoor plants to swap with one another. No invasives please.
“We are thrilled to be hosting the twelfth Annual Green Fair on-site in Bordentown City. Last year we were virtual, and it will be wonderful to be back in-person, even with the current safety protocols, such as face coverings, in place. We have many exciting new vendors and exhibits, such as Habitat for Humanity and the Watershed Institute, as well as favorites who have participated in previous years. Attendees will once again be given the opportunity to see and learn many ways, big and small, where they can make a difference in their everyday lives to live a more sustainable lifestyle,” said Cathy Elliott-Shaw, Co-Chair, Bordentown City Green Team. The theme of the fair has always been ‘think globally and act locally.’ “This year is no different and we hope to see people from all over the state visit the fair and see all the ways we can work together as citizens, residents and as individuals to make a difference and become more sustainable now and for future generations.”
The community-wide event is designed as a day of information, exploration, and action for the whole family. All vendors, activities and events will be at the community center. The day of fun includes free raffles for eco-prizes, live animals with Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge and Fernbrook Farms; a reusable bag activity hosted by Kara Parker of Project Bolsa; sustainably and locally made crafts, home decor, and body care products; and much, much more. A complete list of exhibitors, entertainers and special events can be found at https://bcec.cityofbordentown.com/annual-green-fair-2/.
The event is free to attend and will take place rain or shine. Attendees are encouraged to come early and/or stay late to shop and dine locally on beautiful Farnsworth Avenue in historic Bordentown City. Although there will be plenty of free parking on site, attendees wishing to help reduce their carbon footprint are encouraged to walk, cycle or take the RiverLINE to the Green Fair.
Entertainment will be provided by:
Denise McCormack, MC
Justyn Lee duo
Sharyn Alice Murray
With many thanks to Jim Parker of Riverview Studios for providing the sound system for the day
About Environmental Commissions
The Bordentown City Environmental Commission and Bordentown Township Environmental Commissions are comprised of volunteers who are residents of their respective municipalities. Members are appointed by the mayor. Each of the Environmental Commissions also has a Green Team which are official commission sub-committees and made of up volunteers. Green Teams are charged with implementing Action Items towards certification in the Sustainable Jersey Program (www.sustainablejersey.com). Both the City and the Township have achieved Silver Certifications! Volunteers are welcome to join the Green Team at any time!
Environmental Commissions advise local officials and their respective Planning Boards regarding environmental issues and act as watchdogs for environmental problems and opportunities.