Before chain grocery stores proliferated in rural America less than 75 years ago, canning fruits and vegetables, and even some meats, was the norm. Most produce ripens between June and October, and canning provided a way to ensure the food supply for the remaining eight months of the year. Now that growing your own is back in style again—not as a necessity, but as a lifestyle choice—canning skills are an essential component of the gardener-chef’s oeuvre.


More than 900 South Jersey children enjoyed healthy treats and hands-on lessons about fruits and vegetables, when the Virtua Mobile Farmers Market visited six area schools. The flavorful festivities marked The National Week of the Young Child™, held from April 16 – 20 this year. Children received nutrition education along with seasonal favorites — apples, bananas, carrots, sweet potatoes and clementines. “Virtua’s dedication to promote healthy eating behaviors and provide nutrition education is a core pillar to support health and well-being,” explained Suzanne Ghee, Assistant Vice President of Strategic Business Growth & Community Health Engagement for Virtua.

Merchantville is Laura Nickollof Panarello's hometown. Her son Connor, who attends Mercahntville School, was diagnosed with Hemifacial Microsomia at birth. In this video Connor and his mom, Laura, talk about growing up with a craniofacial condition and the care they've received at CHOP. Our community is so proud of you and Connor!

Autism Speaks, is urging parents to vaccinate their children amid a measles outbreak that has already reached 14 states and infected 102 people last month. Rob Ring, chief science officer of Autism Speaks, released a statement today stressing that vaccines do not cause autism, and parents should vaccinate. "Over the last two decades, extensive research has asked whether there is any link between childhood vaccinations and autism. The results of this research are clear: Vaccines do not cause autism. We urge that all children be fully vaccinated."

Come for lunch tomorrow, 11:30-130 and get a Park Place burger. Fresh baked potato rolls, fresh ground chuck from @rastellimarket and a bunch of other stuff on it. Same roll and meat at brunch, Saturday and Sunday mornings with an over easy egg and breakfast meats. People have a lot of fun here, come join us!


brigidMerchantville resident, Brigid Brennan, AHP, CYT, CMT, will be giving a free talk on Ayurvedic Medicine and curbing the aging process at the Haddon Twp. Branch of the Camden County Library System on Wednesday, February 11th, from 10:30 -11:30 a.m. She will discuss herbal remedies as well as lifestyle and dietary practices which encourage the rejuvenative processes of the body and mind.

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Bethany and Ronald Johansen of Merchantville, New Jersey, married for 14 years, know this well. Both love dogs and each grew up with a canine companion — but Ronald’s landed him in the hospital. His childhood asthmatic reactions were so bad that he once spent two months in an oxygen tent, he said. The family didn’t realize until later that his symptoms stemmed from their Irish setter, Kelly.

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