#RFMsharedplates

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!

CLICK HERE TO GO TO SURVEY

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

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.