March 9, 2015
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!
March 5, 2015
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.
March 3, 2015
Just two months to go until the Riverview Farmers Market returns on Sunday, May 3rd, 2015!
The RFM team is busily preparing for the Market’s 5th season. Many of last year’s vendors will be returning, but we’re also looking for some fresh new faces. If you are interested in applying to be a vendor at the Riverview Farmers Market, please see here for the current application form and a list of rules and regulations…and feel free to spread the word!
We’re looking forward to hearing from you!
January 13, 2015
Things are happening here in the Heights!
We’re excited to be able to spread the word about JC Fab Lab, a new community space and workshop for designing, creating, and learning. The Lab is celebrating its public launch this week with a grand opening and open house. Here are the details…
WHEN: Thursday, January 15, 2015
WHERE: 195 New York Avenue, 4th Floor
WHAT: A full day of activities, including a free Make-a-Boat workshop for kids, artist’s talks, food by Livestock JC, music by the Swingadelic Trio (brought to us by RiverviewJazz.org), and a ribbon-cutting with Mayor Steven Fulop.
November 26, 2014
In honor of Small Business Saturday, three local businesses have teamed up for a one-day “shop hop” right here in the Heights. The participating businesses are Yoga in the Heights, 942 Summit (a new collaborative workspace/storefront shared by Do You Tea?, Bloomsbury Sq, and Whos Gluten Free), and Shakti Boutique. These small Heights businesses (some of which you already know from the Riverview Farmers Market!) are encouraging their patrons and neighbors to visit on Saturday and to shop local for the holidays.
Yoga in the Heights will be hosting 10 local artisans from Jersey City and Hoboken in their studio:
Handmade Rugs by Jessica Ashen
(Yoga in the Heights’ Pop-Up Holiday Boutique will be open through the end of December, so if you don’t make it out on Saturday, swing by in December!)
942 Summit and Shakti Boutique will be selling their usual great products and have also invited additional local artisans to sell crafts at their shops for this event.
Yoga in the Heights, 317 Central Avenue (at Griffith Street), 2nd floor (over Payless)
Shakti Boutique, 107 Bowers Street (betw. Central Ave. and Cambridge)
942 Summit Avenue: 942 Summit Ave. (at Zabriskie Street)
We will update with any additional details we hear! We look forward to running into many of you at this exciting new event.
November 19, 2014
Have you enjoyed shopping this year with Scott of Nature’s Own? Do you like his Jersey-fresh produce, free-range eggs, grass-fed beef, and pastured chicken?
Well, the Riverview Farmers Market may be wrapping up its 2014 season on November 23rd, but you can continue to purchase all these good things from Scott throughout the winter!
October 28, 2014
Sunday, November 2nd will be a festive day at the Riverview Farmers Market! It is our last Sunday with live music and children’s activities, and we’re marking the date with a Day of the Dead celebration.
Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, is a Mexican holiday also observed in other areas of Latin America and in the United States. It honors dead loved ones with colorful decorations and family gatherings. Beautiful altars called ofrendas are made in each home. The altars are decorated with candles, buckets of flowers (especially marigolds), mounds of fruit, peanuts, plates of turkey mole, stacks of tortillas and large circular breads called pan de muerto. Toys and candies are left for the spirits of children, and cigarettes and shots of mezcal are offered to the adult spirits. Small folk art skeletons and sugar skulls, purchased at open-air markets, provide the final touches.
On Sunday, please bring copies of photos (not original photos!) of loved ones, friends, or famous people you would like to honor, to be added to the altar from 9:30 am throughout the day.
October 26, 2014
Thanksgiving falls on Thursday, November 27th this year…and since the Riverview Farmers Market has been extended through Sunday, November 23rd, you’ll be able to do your Thanksgiving shopping locally!
We’re happy to announce that Stony Hill Farms will be selling turkeys and holiday pies at the Market. Orders must be placed by November 16th. The turkeys are raised cage-free at Ashley Farms in Flanders, New Jersey and are free of growth hormones, antibiotics, and preservatives. They will sell for $3.39 per pound. The selection of pies includes traditional apple and pumpkin, peach-blueberry and apple-berry, sugar-free pies, and more. All pick-ups will take place at the Stony Hill booth at the Riverview Farmers Market.
Stop by and ask our Stony Hill friends for more information this Sunday, and place your order!
In addition, the Market will continue to offer NJ-grown produce from Alstede Farms and Nature’s Own, nuts and olives from Gourmet Nuts & Dried Fruits, freshly baked pies, cakes, and other sweets from Gina’s Bakery, barbecue sauces and salad dressings from Uncle Bud, and more.
Start making your Thanksgiving list now! See you soon.
October 15, 2014
On Sunday, October 26, the Riverview Farmers Market will be hosting a free African dance class led by choreographer Ismael Kouyate, who is best known for his work on the Broadway musical Fela!.
From Ismael Kouyate’s Facebook page:
Ismael Kouyate was born in Guinea, West Africa to a long line of ‘Griots’, the oral historians that preserve the history and culture of Africa through songs, stories, music and dance.
He began dancing professionally at the age of 12, when he was recruited by Les Percussions de Guinee’ to perform in their international tour, which included Europe and Asia.
Upon his return in 2004, he was requested to join Ballets Africains *(The National Dance Company of Guinea, see below) for their 50th Anniversary Tour of the US, Jubilee!
He amazed audiences throughout the US on the tour and was contracted by the team of Fela! to serve as a Master Choreographer for the production. His talent and skills landed him a principal role in the play…
He has been with Fela! Since 2008, from its humble off-Broadway roots to its international tours which included a series of performances in 2011 in Nigeria, at the actual “Shrine.” The production was such a hit, that due to the overwhelming response of the Nigerian community, they were asked to stay an additional two weeks, performing to sold-out audiences nightly.
Also in 2011, Ismael was sought out to do a special on CNN about Africa in America. His class of over 100 people ecstatically learned and modeled his movements, while speaking of their excitement to study from this legend of Guinea, many of whom had heard of him in their travels abroad.
(He has also worked with Beyonce!)
The class will begin at noon on the 26th.
Many thanks to Tatiana Smith for coordinating this neighborhood event!
Click here to watch a video of Ismael Kouyate.
October 12, 2014
The weeks are passing, the weather is turning, and we’re approaching the end of the Riverview Farmers Market’s 2014 season… or are we?
In response to requests from our shoppers and our vendors, the Market will be extended three weeks further into November. The final Market date will be Sunday, November 23rd. Those three additional Sundays will give us a chance to partake in all the autumn bounty that our vendors have to offer. You can even do your Thanksgiving shopping!
Market hours on November 9th, 16th, and 23rd will be 10 am – 2 pm.
What the Market will not include after November 2nd, due to the likeliness of cold and/or windy weather: children’s activities, live music, or other programs. There also will not be any set-up of park tables and chairs. However, our wonderful Market manager, Olga, will still be present to answer any questions during Market hours.
We look forward to seeing you in Riverview-Fisk Park on these extra autumn Sundays at the Market!