Paramus' Zoo Before Van Saun
A Journey into Paramus
These days the Bergen County Zoo at Van Saun is a premiere destination. It is home to an interesting array of animals. It is large enough to offer quite a range of offerings, but small enough to be intimate. It, along with the train and carousel provide a great start for a local day trip.
Few of the thousands who visit are aware that before the Bergen County Zoo, a smaller private collection of animals could be found just outside Van Saun.
What today is the popular Ted's North at the corner of Continental Avenueand Spring Valley Road was once Komsa's Farm. The place serve up prepared foods. It also had a little zoo of its own.
Today it is the site of the popular Ted's North. The large back area is a clue that there was a prior life to the property.
In fact, that is where the "houses" and sheds for animals could be found.
Phyllis Mandelbaum wrote that her dad used to own Komsa Farms. She used to work there with her Dad over Thanksgivings and Christmases and she recalls the live trukeyes and a horse with attutudes. She also sang the praises of the place's pickles and fries.
The recollections and the level of connection are something to behold - memories still fresh these many years later.