If you like a bike ride with a great reward at the end of it, you should try this route. This was the second time we did this route (we first did it in 2013), which starts and ends in Tewksbury, NJ in Hunterdon County. Our "destination" for this particular bike ride is The Tewksbury Inn for lunch. It's like a relaxing reward after the bike ride. Now, this ride is not long, but it has its challenges. There's a long stretch of uphill that seems like it will go on forever. But, it doesn't, so stick with it. The first time I did this route, I had to stop along that hill....this time, I kicked it. If I can do it, you can too.
The route is filled with peaceful roads, farms, horses and other wildlife. The drivers there seem to be used to cyclists, so they're willing to share the road. There aren't really many "shoulders" on these roads to ride in, so you're on the roads with the cars. After that stretch of challenging inclines, there is, thankfully a bit of downhill and at one point, there's a great open view of farmland. You can't miss it. Definitely stop for a breather and take in the view.
Whenever I ride through a place like this, it makes me want to retire....immediately...and move there so I can just sit on the front porch and sip lemonade all day while I ponder life. It's refreshing in so many ways.
The Tewksbury Inn has a great outdoor eating area and bar to just kick back and relax. I love getting raw oysters when I go to the Tewksbury Inn. Actually, I get oysters anywhere I go that has a raw bar. They're so refreshing and it's something I never have at home because when it comes to shucking oysters, I'm a total failure. I've been shown how to do it many times and every time it's like trying to split the atom.
While you're there, check out Melick's Town Farm. Melick's has a farm market (see info below), where they sell fresh fruits and veggies, along with other market items. At certain times of year, you can visit the farm for pick-your own strawberries, peaches, apples, and pumpkins. Check the "Pick-Your-Own Produce" option on their website.
Know before you go:
- Tewksbury Inn is open 7 Days a week for Lunch and Dinner. Check the times, as there's about an hour in between lunch and dinner, when they no longer seat people at the outdoor tables. There is, however an outdoor bar you can sit at for a drink.
- Park at the Tewksbury Library and start from there. it's just down the street from the The Tewksbury Inn, so it's convenient.
- Melick's Town Farm sells their goods at their Oldwick Farm Market at 170 Oldwick Rd.
I'm Catherine, a small-space urban gardener in New Jersey (Zone 7a) who started gardening out of upcycled wooden wine boxes. For years, I wanted to try gardening, but didn't know where to start. I got up the nerve to give it a try - starting small with a single wooden wine box that turned an idea into reality. That reality quickly turned into my filling every sunny inch of space of my postage-stamp size lawn and turning it into a garden oasis. I grow mostly vegetables and herbs with some exception for fruits (when the squirrels and rabbits don't get to them first). I love learning from gardening communities (and lots of trial and error).
I hope one day to take all that I'm learning and apply it to a larger plot of land. To help me get there, I'm extending my learning through the University of Massachusetts, Stockbridge School of Agriculture's, Sustainable Food & Farming program. (I'm addicted to learning as much as I am to gardening.)
This blog isn't just for gardeners (although I hope it inspires some of you to try growing a plant or two). The recipes (food & cocktails) in theRecipes section of this blog contain ingredients that don't have to come from your own backyard. If you like visiting your local farmer's market(or even your grocery store) and would like to get some new recipes you can use with the fresh produce and herbs you get from your local growers, this blog will have plenty for you too.
In addition to gardening and cooking, I also love to visit and photograph my surroundings. I feel fortunate to have so many amazing places here in New York/New Jersey, where I live and work. Visits to local farms, farmer's markets, and cycling through rural farming areas help me feel connected and refreshed. share these experiences in theExploring section of the blog so that you might visit through proxy or be inspired enough to visit yourself.
With very few exceptions, all of the photographs on this site are ones I have taken myself. (For the photographers out there, I shoot with a Canon 7D and sometimes with my Lumix DMC-ZS15 compact camera.)
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