JC Fridays in The Heights: September 5, 2014

August 31, 2014


JC Fridays is a city-wide celebration of the arts organized by Art House Productions. We’re excited to be able to recommend the following events happening in our very own neighborhood of Jersey City Heights on Friday, September 5th!

12pm-5pm LA RUMBA’S CAFE presents visual art at Rumba’s.

Come check out the Cuban art and sample some of Cuba’s favorite dishes such as A Cuban sandwich, pork sandwich, or cod fish with potatoes at the best Cuban café in Jersey City Heights. 513 Central Ave (at North St.), 201-216-9655

5:30pm-7:30pm JERSEY CITY RESERVOIR PRESERVATION ALLIANCE presents “Art! Music! Nature! At the Reservoir.”

Eco-based art activities for adults and kids including:

Photographic exploration through the Reservoir with photo journalist Trix Rosen and environmentalist Steve Latham. Plein air pastel drawing or bring your own medium for an evening of free expression at our urban oasis. Microscopic digital photography & phragmites frame making conducted by the PS 28 Project Reservoir Team and music provided by “The Sensational Country Blues Wonders!” 201 Central Ave aka Pershing Plaza (at Summit Ave.), 201-259-1800


Image courtesy of Jersey Statuary Arts & Music

6pm-11pm WALTER AND MARGO PARKS present “Jersey Statuary Arts & Music.”

The historic Jersey City Statuary building is having its second event, including live music on the patio (weather permitting) and an art exhibition inside. Event presented By Moriah Kinberg.

6pm -7pm: Performance by Classical Pianist Florencia Guzman
7pm – 7:30pm Artist Meet & Greet with Jeankarlos Cruz
7:30pm – 11pm: Performance by Brazilian Bluegrass band, Matuto

Delicious light refreshments to be donated by Mory Thomas, The Silver Family, and Cholita Dessert Bar.

53 Congress St  (between Webster/New York), 917-586-3957

6:30pm-9pm THE DISTILLERY GALLERY & ARTSPACE presents “The Children’s Art Show.” 

Every Saturday morning, The Distillery Gallery opens its doors to the young artists of our neighborhood. Local artists teach students (ages 4-10) the study and practice of contemporary art. The Children’s Art show celebrates the work they have created over the course of the year. Come witness their vision! 7 Hutton St (between Palisades/Hutton)

7pm-10pm RIVERVIEW NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION & PALISADE LUMBER present “Live at the Lumberyard!” 

A Riverview Arts District event. Live Music accompanied by video art projections in the urban outdoors. Featuring Autumn City, Liam Brown & The Pounds, Underwater Scheme Park and DJ Senor Lunkhead spinning between sets. Who knew that acoustics in a lumberyard could be so good? 424-428 Palisade Ave (between Griffith/Hutton), 201-472-5148


A Riverview Arts District event. Photographer John Crittenden, a 33-year resident of Heights, celebrates the new R.A.D. as a mecca for all arts with a wide-ranging solo show of his art, theatrical and portrait work. John’s biggest thrill: It’s happening where he lives! 433 Palisade Ave (between Griffith/Hutton), 201-472-5148

All events are barrier-free and family-friendly.

For complete information about JCFridays with city-wide listings and maps, please visit the JCFridays website. JC Fridays is a project of Art House Productions.

Made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, A Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs/Tourism Development, and by the County of Hudson, Thomas A. DeGise, Hudson County Executive, and the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

September 7th at the Market: Children’s Back-to-School Book Swap

August 27, 2014


Turn over a new page for the 2014-15 school year at our children’s book swap, taking place at the Riverview Farmers Market on Sunday, September 7. Bring an already-read book or two from last year and exchange them for something new to read.

Children can join us for story hour at 10 am, then leave their old books and take home new books of their own! The swap will be open until the Market closes at 2 pm. Get all the details and RSVP at the book swap’s Facebook event page. Image via Library of Congress.

Spread the Word: RCG Community Composting Program

August 21, 2014

All of us at the Riverview Farmers Market love and support the neighboring Riverview Community Garden, so we want to help spread the news about their new Kickstarter project to raise funds for a community composting program. Every donation helps! The end date for the Kickstarter campaign is September 18th at 7pm.
Here is all the information, direct from our friends at the RCG:
Facebook Event Page and Updates!

Do you want to help our garden’s efforts to stop filling up our landfills with useful organic matter and help grow more nutritious food in the process? Do you want to compost but don’t have the space to do so? Oh, what to do with all those egg shells, coffee grounds, fall leaves, scraps of veggies and fruit? 

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Market Focus: Sunday Breakfast!

August 12, 2014

chilango breakfast

If you’re an early riser, you probably arrive at the Riverview Farmers Market soon after it opens at 9 a.m. on Sunday. But did you realize that you can eat breakfast right at the Market before or after you do your weekly shopping? Yes — some of our vendors ofter tasty items, both hot and cold, that will get your day off to a filling start.

El Chilango‘s food truck offers a menu of several breakfast entrees every week. Keep an eye out for their sign — it could feature egg burritos, chorizo burritos, and chilaquiles (a piping hot platter of corn tortillas, cheese, egg, and salsa).

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Peach Pie Contest Wrap-Up: Thank You!

August 4, 2014


We hope everyone enjoyed the 2014 Perfect Peach Pie Contest at Riverview Farmers Market as much as we did!

Ten peach pies and cobblers were entered in the contest and received a detailed and careful judging by our panel of four experts. We’re very grateful to our judges: Kern Weissman of Riverview Neighborhood Association, Kenneth Fields of Orange and Olive Caterers, Leslie Carrington of Jersey City Eats, and Fidel Hernandez of Buster’s NYC Spatinental Cuisine.

peach pie winners

Congratulations to our winners! They’re pictured above, holding peaches at the Alstede Farms tent. They are (left to right):

Third Prize: Jill Davis, for her Peaches and Cream Cobbler
Second Prize: Tatiana Smith, for her City Garden Crumble Peach Pie
First Prize: Janet Jeun-Gourley, for her Peach and Pistachio Pie with Mascarpone Cheese Filling (Janet will compete in the regional competition representing Riverview Farmers Market and Husdon County)

Joining them are Jersey City Councilman-at-large Dan Riviera (at far left) and Stacy Flanagan, Health & Human Services, City of Jersey City (at far right).

Several local businesses generously donated great prizes: Orale Mexican Kitchen, Word Jersey City, NJ Beer Company, and La Isla Bonita.

Thanks to everyone who entered the contest! All the desserts you made were delicious.

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Reminder: 2014 Perfect Peach Pie Contest

July 23, 2014

(See last week’s post, below, for full details.)

2014 Perfect Peach Pie Contest: Information and Registration!

July 20, 2014


Calling all local amateur bakers! Do you have a favorite peach pie recipe and baking skills that you’d like to show off? Submit your dessert to the 2014 Perfect Peach Pie Contest, hosted by the Riverview Farmers Market!

The contest is sponsored by the New Jersey Peach Promotion Council. The date is Sunday, August 3rd.

All participants must be amateur bakers and must use New Jersey peaches. Participants can submit a home-baked peach pie or peach cobbler; no other dishes will be accepted.

The Perfect Peach Pie Contest judging and tasting will begin at noon on August 3. The contest judges will include Kenneth Fields, a sous-chef from Orange and Olive Caterers and Chef’s Table; Fidel Hernandez, cook and owner at Busters NYC Spatinental Cuisine; Rolando R. Lovarro, Jr., City Council President, Jersey City; and Kern Weissman, President of the Riverview Neighborhood Association.

Prizes will be donated by local businesses and sponsors. The prizes will awarded by Mayor Steven Fulop at 1:30.

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Coming to the Market on July 20, 2014: Jersey City Children’s Theater

July 9, 2014


Farms in the Heights is pleased to announce that we’re teaming up with Jersey City Children’s Theater this month to bring family-friendly free entertainment to the Riverview Farmers Market.

On Sunday, July 20th at 1 pm, Jersey City Children’s Theater will be presenting “Animal Tales,” an all-ages staging of favorite animal stories from around the world…

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New Dairy Products from Stony Hill Farms

July 8, 2014


If’ you’ve been shopping at the Riverview Farmers Market this season, you’ve probably already made a visit to the Stony Hill Farms tent. Stony Hill is a family-owned farm in Chester, New Jersey, and they’ve been bringing their freshly picked fruits, vegetables, and herbs, as well as potted plants, fruit pies, and preserves to the Market every Sunday.

Our friends at Stony Hill recently told us about some local dairy products they’ve added to their stock, and we’re happy to share this information:

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Stony Hill Farms now carries products from Fulper Family Farmstead. They will have plain yogurt, vanilla yogurt, and ricotta cheese, all made with whole milk. Both products are non-homogenized. The price of the yogurt is $5.99 per one pound container and ricotta cheese is $8.99 per one pound container.

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Save the Date: Perfect Peach Pie Contest on August 3, 2014

July 3, 2014


The Riverview Farmers Market’s 3rd annual Perfect Peach Pie Contest will be held on Sunday, August 3, 2014.

Are you an amateur baker? Do you have a friend, family member, or neighbor who’s known for his or her skills in the kitchen? Just one month from today, the Market will be hosting a Perfect Peach Pie Contest, sponsored by the New Jersey Peach Promotion Council.

There will be prizes, tastings, live music, children’s activities, and more.

Celebrate Jersey’s state ranking as #4 for national peach production (60-66 million pounds per year!) and show off your own baking talents — or just join in the fun.

More information will follow in the next week or two. Stay tuned for details about how to enter your own home-made peach pie or cobbler in the contest — and start thinking about your recipe!

(To see photos from last year’s Perfect Peach Pie Contest, click here.)