October 2, 2016: People’s Choice Apple Dessert Contest (and Winter Clothing Drive)

September 24, 2016


More Info about “Peaches & Pride” and the 5th Annual Perfect Peach Pie Contest

August 14, 2016

Peach Pie Flyer 2016 FINAL

It’s time for the Riverview Farmers Market’s 5th Annual Perfect Peach Pie Contest, sponsored by the New Jersey Peach Promotion Council, and we’re expanding to make the day bigger and better than ever!

Sunday, August 21 is the Market’s celebration of “Peaches & Pride.” The 15th Annual Jersey City LGBT Pride Festival is taking place August 21-29, so we’re also teaming up with co-sponsor Jersey City Pride.

As usual, the day will include live music and delicious food as well as the Peach Pie Contest! (If you’re interested in entering the contest, please see here for information and registration forms.)

Here’s the schedule of events:

Annual Perfect Peach Pie Contest  

**Peach Pie Entries must be registered by 11:30 AM. Judging begins at noon. Prizes (donated by local businesses) will be awarded at 1 PM!**

10:30 AM: Kids’ Craft Activity (free)

11:00 AM: Yoga in the Park. Yoga in the Heights outdoor yoga class (by donation)

12:15-1:00 PM: Zydeco Revelators

1:00-3:00 PM: DJ DeReal Finkin

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM: Slow Fashion FFFARS Used Footwear Drive: donate your gently used footwear and raise money for local non-profit organizations.

Prizes will be donated by sponsors and local businesses including Modcup coffee co., Andreas Salumeria, Yoga in the Heights, The Lucky Honeybee, The Corkscrew Bar & Grill, A Little Gelato, and Rizzo’s Bakery and Pizzeria.

Our vendors Dolce Semifreddo, Bread & Spoon, and Jersey City Veggie Burgers will be offering special peach-themed items, and if you still haven’t had your fill of peaches, you can buy some from our farmer vendors, Alstede Farms, Stony Hill Farms, and RH Farm.

See you on Sunday! In the meantime, spread the word to your friends and neighbors in the Heights!

5th Annual Perfect Peach Pie Contest: August 21, 2016

August 2, 2016

PicMonkey Collage

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy… and it’s time for the Riverview Farmers Market’s Annual Perfect Peach Pie Contest. If you’re an amateur baker with a favorite peach pie recipe, you have just three weeks to fire up your oven and perfect your technique! The contest rules and other basic info are posted below. We’re also planning a Market day full of music, kids’ activities, peach-themed treats from our vendors, and more — details to come, so stay tuned!


All New Jersey residents are welcome. All ages are welcome to submit, but you must be an amateur baker, not a professional.

Participants can submit home-baked peach pies or peach cobblers using Jersey peaches; no other dishes will be accepted.


Completed entry forms should be e-mailed to farmsintheheights@gmail.com with the subject line “Peach Pie Contest.”

Entrants can also register and submit pies at the Market on the day of the event, at the registration table, until the 11:30 a.m. deadline on Sunday, August 21st.

By submitting your dessert, you are allowing the Riverview Farmers Market and New Jersey Peach Promotion Council to publish photographs of your dessert on their websites and in related press releases.

Remember, you must be a NJ resident and a non-professional baker (i.e., you do not make desserts for income/payment).


Judging will take place at noon on August 21st. Three winners will be selected by local judges. Judging criteria will include: overall appearance, crust puffiness and color, arrangement of peaches (in open-top pies), aroma, filling color, filling taste, and crust taste. Prizes will be donated by local businesses and sponsors (details to come!). The prizes will awarded at 1:30 P.M.

Market visitors will be invited to taste all the contest entries after the prizes have been awarded.

Later this summer our first-place winner will go on to take a second version of his/her winning pie to a final judging site (to be announced at a later date) for 2 grand prizes: one in south/central Jersey; the other in north/central Jersey. Grand prize winners each will receive a check for $300 from the NJ Peach Promotion Council.

The New Jersey Peach Promotion Council is a non-profit voluntary organization of growers, shippers, wholesalers and associated industries dedicated to maintaining a viable peach industry in the Garden State for the purpose of preserving farmers and farmland; and to providing the highest quality and best tasting fresh peaches for consumers.


June 29, 2016

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This season we want to try something new and we need your help!

Show us the delicious meals you’re making with all the fresh and local ingredients you’ve gathered at the Market. Tag us on social media and use our hashtags on Instagram. . .your photo may even be featured in our e-mail newsletter or here on the website!

#RFMsharedplates #RFMsunday #foodwithaview

Community Composting 2016

June 18, 2016

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The Riverview Farmers Market is proud to be teaming up with Project Reservoir and the Riverview Community Garden to help make the Heights a greener, cleaner place. If you bring your organic kitchen scraps to the Market between 11 and 1 on Sundays, they’ll be picked up and used for compost in the beautiful Riverview Community Garden. The flyer above includes all the details you need to know!

How Can We Make the Market Even Better? — Quick Customer Survey!

March 21, 2016

As always, Farms in the Heights needs you, our neighbors and marketers, to help us make your local farmers market better year by year! Just answer six multiple-choice questions and you’ll be entered to win a reusable bag full of fresh goodies from the Riverview Farmers Market. Thanks for supporting us!


Thank you for your support and suggestions!

Wanted: Assistant Market Manager for the RFM!

March 18, 2016

The Riverview Farmers Market in Jersey City Heights is looking for a motivated, committed Assistant Market Manager who can help the Market Manager and the Farms in the Heights (FITH) Board propel the success of the market forward.

Our market is the first of its kind in our neighborhood and focuses on offering fresh, local food products and quality artisan crafts, along with educational, fun programming on food, fitness, and sustainability. The Market Assistant’s primary responsibility is assisting the Market Manager in ensuring that the market, its programs and its vendors are operating effectively.

Job Summary
The Riverview Farmers Market is seeking an independent contractor for the part­time salaried position of Market Assistant. The Assistant will assist the Market Manager in her oversight of the operation of the market, which is open Sundays from 10 AM to 3 PM, from the first weekend in May through the weekend before Thanksgiving.

Job Responsibilities
∙ Assist with market operations from market set­up promptly at 9:30 a.m. through take­down at 3:30 p.m.
∙ Review and be aware of the Riverview Farmers Market Rules and Regulations/Code of Conduct
∙ Operate the Market’s SNAP/EBT/Food Stamp Token Program with Market Manager oversight
∙ Develop a positive relationship with vendors and customers
∙ Assist market manager with managing activities for each market
∙ Conduct periodic customer counts and vendor sales information
∙ Ensure that market grounds are clean after all vendors leave for the day
∙ Follow instructions from and maintain communications with the Market Manager and the FITH Board President and other board members as needed
∙​ A​ssist with social media posting as directed by market manager or the FITH Board.
∙ Assist manager in handling emergencies that may occur at the market
∙​ W​ear Riverview Farmers Market T­-Shirt each Sunday
∙​ O​ccasional work outside of Market Hours may be required (less than 5/hours week)

Position Requirements

∙ Physical ability to lift heavy items (25-­40 lbs.)
∙ Self-­motivated approach
∙ Prior experience as a Cashier, Bookkeeper or in the Accounting/Business Field
∙ ​K​nowledge of social media, including Facebook and Twitter
∙ Passion for local food, nutrition, health, and wellness
∙ Retail experience
∙ Interest in sustainable agriculture
∙ Excellent communication/ interpersonal skills
∙ Organizational abilities
∙ Positive, flexible attitude

Position Preferences
∙ Marketing background
∙ Access to a car
∙ Bi­-lingual (Spanish Preferred, but speaking any non-­English language prevalent in the Heights is great!)

Salary: The position of Market Assistant pays $1,800 total to oversee each market during the market season.
For further information, please contact farmsintheheights@gmail.com or visit the Farms in the Heights Facebook page or website (www.riverviewfarmersmarket.org)

To Apply:
Please send a resume to farmsintheheights@gmail.com.
We thank you for your interest!

November 1st: Our Final “First Sunday” of the 2015 Season!

October 31, 2015

Day of the Dead

This Sunday (November 1) is the Market’s final “First Sunday” of the 2015 season, and we’ve planned a full day of celebration!

10:30 Face Painting with Alexander Lobo

11a.m.: Annual Halloween Dog Parade, organized by Riverview Neighborhood Association (RNA)

11:30 a.m.: Day of the Dead Celebration with live music by Mariachi Flor de Toloache and Union City Music Project – Inspire Empower Succeed… and a Day of the Dead parade with puppets made by local artists!

Prizes for the Dog Parade have been generously donated by local businesses Naturally by Kim and Life Logistics, LLC.

Our Market vendors will be serving hot beverages and seasonal treats.

Feel free to wear your own Halloween costumes to the Market, too! Let’s make it a really festive occasion.

RESCHEDULED to Sunday, October 11, 2015: People’s Choice Apple Dessert Contest

September 24, 2015



Final Apple Flyer

It’s fall, it’s apple season, and we’re in the mood for another dessert contest at the Riverview Farmers Market!

This one will be a little different from last month’s Perfect Peach Pie Contest. Here’s how:

– The competition is open to everyone (amateurs and professionals).
– Any dessert is welcome (cakes, pies, muffins, etc.) as long as it uses New Jersey apples.
– The public will judge! Anyone who wants to taste and vote just needs to come to the RFM Information Table to obtain a voting wristband and tickets to use for voting ($5 suggested donation). (All funds collected will benefit future Market events.)

– Every participating taster will vote for his/her favorite desserts by “ballot.”

If you’d like to compete, you should bring enough of your dessert to make 50-75 small samples and you should bring a label or sign noting the name of your dessert in large type (to be placed next to your dessert). The Market will provide cups/utensils for attendees to use for sampling.

Feel free to repost this announcement and to help spread the word! We’ll be looking forward to seeing many of you and your apple creations on October 4th.


Call for Proposals: 2015 Artist-in-Residency program

September 11, 2015

Day of the Dead Collage

Farms in the Heights is happy to announce its first Artist-in-Residence program as part of a local annual Day of the Dead Celebration. The program encompasses an exhibition of one to five works as well as the opportunity to give two public presentations at the Riverview Farmers Market and to conduct a children’s workshop.

Local artists are invited to submit proposals for this pilot season of the program. For full information, please click here.

Deadline: Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Photographs by Erin A. DeLaney for Farms in the Heights/Riverview Farmers Market.