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Sourland Mountain Festival Goes Greener

Hillsborough, NJ (June 3, 2019) –The Sourland Conservancy will host the 16th Annual Sourland Mountain Festival (SMF) on Saturday, June 22nd, from 3:00 – 10:00 p.m. featuring six hours of live music, local food, wine, craft beer, spirits, mountain history, and family activities, while helping to protect the Sourland Mountain region. This year, the SMF has partnered with local Green Teams to move toward making the Festival a Zero Waste Event. The Fest's goal is to eliminate waste by reducing packaging, reusing, recycling, and composting.  They are encouraging vendors to use compostable cups and plates. Vendors will not sell single-use plastic, including water/beverage bottles.  Guests are strongly encouraged to bring reusable water/beverage bottles.  Unlimited free water will be available at several stations on Festival grounds. 

Visit the local farm booths to meet the friendly farmers, watch a demonstration and choose from whatever food bounty the season has in store! Martenette grows certified organic veggies year-round, high quality natural grass-fed lamb, honey, mushrooms, teas, herbs and more. Morganics Family Farm is the active synergy of Scott, the farmer, and his wife Alison, an acupuncturist and herbalist.  Scott and Alison believe that healthy living is a continuum that involves our environment and our interaction within it.  By maintaining healthy soils and a balanced ecosystem, Morganics is able to produce nutrient dense, flavorful foods to feed our body, minds and spirits. Marchese Farm sits nestled into the base of the Sourland Mountain. Quiet and tucked away, the 22 acre Marchese Farm grows over 100 varieties of vegetables, berries, and melons in small sustainable rows. Be sure to try on of their delicious Farm Juice blends.

New this year is a Sensory Zone sponsored by the Inclusion Festival and Circles of Communication. This dedicated space will be managed by therapists and educators with expertise in autism and sensory-processing issues and will provide services, tools, and amenities known to benefit individuals with sensory processing issues of all ages and abilities.


A family favorite, the "Cool Critters" area has been expanded.  Meet and greet the animals of the Sourlands, domestic and native: alpacas, seeing eye puppies, insects, reptiles, goats, honeybees, and more. Naturalists will be available to answer questions about the beautiful Sourland Mountain region and its wildlife. Folks of all ages will enjoy a scavenger hunt with a chance to earn prizes. A schedule of demonstrations and hands-on activities will be in the event program available at the Fest. Some of this year's participants are: The Seeing Eye, Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion, Swallow Hill Alpacas, Stewgler Farm & Forest, New Jersey Audubon Society, Somerset County Park Commission, Raritan Valley Beekeepers Association, Conserve Wildlife NJ, The Watershed Institute with Wally the Woodchuck, and Mercer County Wildlife Center Friends. 

"History Lane" will welcome more local groups and nonprofit organizations than ever before. Representatives will perform demonstrations, present interesting information about the Sourland Region, and answer visitors' questions.  This year's participants include the Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania, Sierra Club, Sourland Stewards, the Van Harlingen Historical Society, Geologist David P. Harper, Farmers Against Hunger, Hunters Helping The Hungry, New Jersey League of Conservation Voters, the REI Co-op, Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space, Penn Medicine Princeton Health, D&R Greenway Land Trust, Rethink Energy NJ, Citizen's Climate Lobby, Green Power Energy, and the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum.

Event Chair, Suzanne Parsons, said, "This year's festival features a unique and powerful lineup of the region's most vital and exciting musical artists. They know how to catch your attention and keep a party going!" Headliners are Danielia Cotton, Anthony Krizan, Citizens Band Radio, with Mike Montrey Band, Gumbo Gumbas, and The Adventures of Matte Black. More information and music clips are available on the Sourland Mountain Festival's website at 

Teen and adult volunteers are needed before, during, and after the Festival. Each volunteer will receive free Fest admission and a coveted volunteer T-shirt. June 22nd volunteers will also be entered into a random drawing to win backpacks and tents courtesy of REI Princeton. For more information or to register to volunteer, visit

The Sourland Music Festival will be held rain or shine on Saturday, June 22, 2019, from 3:00 – 10:00pm at the Hillsborough Golf & Country Club, 146 Wertsville Road, Hillsborough, NJ. Advance admission discount only $20/Adult, $30 at the gate; Young People (12-18) $10; Children under 12, Free.  VIP tickets are limited and available online only for $125.  For more information, visit Proceeds benefit the Sourland Conservancy.


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