Spread the Word: RCG Community Composting Program

August 21, 2014

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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:
KICKSTARTER PROJECT: “LET’S TURN TRASH INTO COMPOST GOLD!” 
RIVERVIEW COMMUNITY GARDEN (RCG) 
COMMUNITY COMPOSTING PROGRAM
Facebook Event Page and Updates!
https://www.facebook.com/events/668601719892374/

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

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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

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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.

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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

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

2014 Perfect Peach Pie Contest: Information and Registration!

July 20, 2014

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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

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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

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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

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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.)

Music in the Park, July 6, 2014: The Sensational Country Blues Wonders and Kadian Quartet

June 30, 2014

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This season’s Music in the Park series continues on Sunday, July 6th in Riverview-Fisk Park. After you’ve done your Market shopping, just relax and stick around for some live music from local artists!

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The Sensational Country Blues Wonders! are a unique entity in the NY/NJ music scene. Their influences include many seminal figures in American music, such as Hank Williams, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Gene Vincent, Reverend Charlie Jackson, Wilbert Harrison, Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Brother Joe May, Charlie Feathers, Carl Perkins, Smiley Lewis, and Lloyd Price. They consider themselves the only guitar/vocal duo that mixes equal parts Rockabilly, Country and genuine guitar Gospel music with a spoonful of greasy Blues to wash it all down. Bon appétit!

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This Week at the Market (June 29): Seasonal Container Garden Demonstration

June 23, 2014

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This Sunday at noon, A Small Green Space will be hosting a Seasonal Container Gardening Demonstration!

Ever wonder how to create an interesting and colorful planter arrangement that stays looking good throughout the season?

What type of container should you use? What type of plants are best?

What planting medium do you use? What can be grown in a pot? How can you keep plants and flowers looking good all season long…?

Join local urban gardening/landscaping experts A Small Green Space this Sunday to find out answers to these questions and more, as they present a live demonstration of “Planting a Colorful Seasonal Container.”

If you’re feeling especially inspired by this demo, you can pick up some potted plants, flowers, and herbs from Alstede Farms and Stony Hill Farms afterwards. And We Love Concrete will be back at the Market the third Sunday of every month, selling their affordable garden/yard ornaments!