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

DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER THE APPLE DESSERT CONTEST HAS BEEN MOVED TO OCTOBER 11TH.  THE MARKET WILL STILL BE OPEN ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4TH! ALL OTHER MARKET PROGRAMMING SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 4TH IS ALSO CANCELED AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED! CHECK BACK SOON

 

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.

Now Available: Market T-Shirts and Tote Bags

August 25, 2015

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You asked, we answered! Riverview Farmers Market t-shirts and tote bags are now available for purchase every Sunday at the Market’s information table. These items were designed by Remco Press (North Bergen, NJ) and printed by Triple Green Custom Print Developers (Jersey City). The t-shirts are all-cotton, and the tote bags are canvas. All inks are water-based and free of PVC and other plasticizers.

Totes are priced at $5 and t-shirts at $10. All proceeds from your purchase (which is tax-deductible, by the way!) will be put back into the Market’s weekly operation. As always, Farms in the Heights appreciates your support of the Riverview Farmers Market and its community programs!

4th Annual Perfect Peach Pie Contest: August 2, 2015

July 21, 2015

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Did you know that New Jersey is the fourth largest peach-producing state in the country, with approximately 75 orchards? Our home state grows 22,000-25,000 tons of peaches, valued at approximately $30 million, every year.

You can help us celebrate New Jersey’s bounty of peaches—-while showing off your own baking skills—-on August 2nd by entering a dessert in the Riverview Farmers Market’s 2015 Perfect Peach Pie Contest and Peachy Party. This year’s contest is sponsored by the New Jersey Peach Promotion Council, NJ Beer Company, and The Corkscrew Bar & Grill.

Registration and Rules

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 a home-baked peach pie or peach cobbler using Jersey peaches; no other dishes will be accepted.

TO REGISTER, INTERESTED PARTICIPANTS CAN CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A REGISTRATION FORM .

Completed 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.

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.

Prizes 

Judging will take place at noon on August 2nd. Three winners will be selected by local judges. Judging criteria include: overall appearance, crust puffiness and color, arrangement of peaches (in open-top pies), filling color, aroma, filling taste, and crust taste. Prizes will be donated by local businesses and sponsors, including NJ Beer Company and The Corkscrew. The prizes will awarded at 1:30.

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

In late August (date to be announced) 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.

Benson Ridge Project

Benson Ridge Project

Peachy Party

The Market will be open, as usual, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with all its local vendors, including “First Sunday” vendors. Additional programming at the Market will include peach-themed activities for children, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

There will also be free musical performances by local bands The Benson Ridge Project and Albus Mora, starting at 12:30. Both bands appear as part of this year’s Music in the Park series.

Music in the Park is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of the State, a partner agent of the National Endowment for the Arts administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. DeGise County Executive, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Save the Date: Annual Peach Pie Contest, August 2, 2015

July 7, 2015

Peach Pie Collage

The summer is flying by, so we wanted to share this Market news as soon as possible. Mark your calendars for the Riverview Farmers Market’s Annual Perfect Peach Pie Contest on Sunday, August 2nd, 2015! Once again, the RFM is happy to be working with the New Jersey Peach Promotion Council on this event, which will also be the first round of a statewide competition.

We’ll be sharing details soon — rules and regulations, plus the day’s schedule of live music and other programming — but we just wanted to let you know that this event is coming up, so you can start planning your peach pie if you’d like to enter to contest, or just save the date if you want to share in the fun!

Photos of the Riverview Farmers Market 2014 Peach Pie Contest by Erin DeLaney.

Coming Soon: Riverview Jazz.Org Dixieland Brunch at the Market, June 7th, 2015

May 29, 2015

jazz picnic

Music in the Park (A Farms in the Heights Program) is happy to welcome Riverview Jazz.Org’s Dixieland Picnic to Riverview-Fisk Park on Sunday, June 7. This event marks the final day of Riverview Jazz.Org’s annual local jazz festival. You can get more information about the RJO’s 2015 festival and its schedule here. It’s hard to believe that RJO held its inaugural festival day at the Riverview Farmers Market two whole years ago — time flies!

On June 7th, live music will be provided at 12:30 by The Gotham Easy, Brooklyn’s finest old-time Dixieland band, and brunch items will be offered by many Riverview Farmers Market vendors.

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Music in the Park will continue at the Riverview Farmers Market every first Sunday through November 1st at 12:30 PM. In addition, local favorite DJ Pastiche will appear every third Sunday of the month. For the full 2015 line-up, see here.

We’re grateful for the official support this series has received:

Music in the Park is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of the State, a partner agent of the National Endowment for the Arts administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. DeGise County Executive, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Music in the Park 2015

May 4, 2015

May 3 2015 Christine Santelli music

If you stopped by the Riverview Farmers Market’s opening day on May 3, you might have caught the afternoon’s “Chicks Who Rock” concert, featuring local musicians The Karyn Kuhl Band, Debra Devi, and Christine Santelli. These opening day performances were the first installment of the Market’s 2015 Music in the Park Series, and they were sponsored in part by the Lincoln Inn Bar & Grill.

Music in the Park will be held at the Riverview Farmers Market every first Sunday through November 1 at 12:30 PM. It’s going to be an eclectic line-up, with something for everyone!

June 7: RiverviewJazz.Org’s Dixieland Picnic 

July 5: Afternoon of Music with Brianne Ford, Matteis, the Steven Niles Jazz/Funk Trio and DJ Irs, hosted by Beth Achenbach

August 2: The Benson Ridge Project and Morus Alba

September 6: Raga and Tala: Chhandayan Indian Instrumental Duet and Arbiters of Taste

October 4: The Sensational Country Blues Wonders performing with Twiddlin’ Thumbs and Zydeco Revelators

November 1: Day of the Dead Celebration with the Union City Music Project and Mariachi Flor de Toloache

In addition, local favorite DJ Pastiche will appear every third Sunday of the month.

This season of Music in the Park is sponsored by:

The Lincoln Inn Bar & Grill
The Statuary
Rising Tide Capital
RiverviewJazz.org

Music in the Park is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of the State, a partner agent of the National Endowment for the Arts administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. DeGise County Executive, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Photograph by Mo Kinberg.

Riverview Farmers Market Customer Survey

March 9, 2015

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As we’re gearing up for the return of the Riverview Farmers Market on Sunday, May 3, we want your input! We’ve put together this very short survey (5 multiple-choice questions!) and we’d like to know what you think. Help us to make the Market even better in 2015! You might even win a resusable bag filled with Market goods.

Click here (or the image above) to reach the survey. Thanks for your participation!

JC Fridays, March 6, 2015

March 5, 2015

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The next JCFridays is happening tomorrow—Friday, March 6th! Once again, Art House Productions has coordinated an amazing list of exhibitions and performances throughout Jersey City.

As usual, we’re excited about everything happening around town, especially in our own neighborhood. To see a list of events in the Heights, click here.

To download the full brochure for JCFridays on March 6th, click here.