2014 Perfect Peach Pie Contest: Information and Registration!

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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.

Additional programming at the Market will include peach-themed activities for children, beginning at 10:00 a.m. The Peach Promotion Council’s Peach Queen will also be attendance.

There will also be free musical performances by local bands The Benson Ridge Project and Twiddlin’ Thumbs. Both bands appear as part of this year’s Music in the Park series.

The Market will be open, as usual, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with all its local vendors.

The New Jersey Peach Promotion Council has selected ten statewide farmers markets as judging sites for the contest. Riverview Farmers Market is the only Hudson County location!

Each participating market will select a winner. These winners will go on to take a second version of their 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 will each receive a check for $300 from the NJ Peach Promotion Council.

To register, interested participants can download a registration form here: Perfect Peach Pie Contest Registration Form 2014.

Completed forms should be e-mailed to farmsintheheights@gmail.com with the subject line “Peach Pie Contest.”

Entrants can also register and submit pies on the day of the event, at the registration table, until 11:30 a.m.

Music in the Park is 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, Thomas A. DeGise, County Executive, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

 

Fundraiser for Ogden’s End Community Garden on Saturday, June 21st

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This Saturday, June 21st, 2014, Farms in the Heights and the Riverview Neighborhood Association will be co-sponsoring a fundraiser for Ogden’s End Community Garden at 277 Webster Avenue from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Home-cooked barbecue plus alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be served.

A recommended donation of $20 is suggested. All checks can be made out to the Riverview Neighborhood Association and are tax-deductible donations

The fundraiser will support the purchase of essential gardening supplies and materials. Event organizers are also asking attendees to bring empty wine bottles for reuse in the construction of an innovative flower bed in the garden.  

Ogden’s End is a community garden in the Heights neighborhood of Jersey City. It is currently in its second year of operation. It offers an open community gardening experience, welcoming any and all local residents to volunteer, plant, water, and learn about a wide variety of gardening practices, including composting and rainwater collection.

For more information about Ogden’s End and to RSVP to the Fundraiser, visit the Odgen’s End Facebook page.

This Week at the Market: Father’s Day, June 15

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This Sunday is Father’s Day, and Farms in the Heights is hosting JC Families for a special Father’s Day Celebration from 10am-12pm:

• Activities for Kids • Games • Soccer • Dads + Kids Treasure Hunt •
Make Huge Bubbles with Stephen Duncan the “Bubble Guy”
All activities are free!

We’re also organizing these great events — there’s something for everyone this Sunday!

11 am: Yoga in the Heights donation-based outdoor yoga class

Noon: Music from DJ Pastiche

Noon: Food Demo with Heights resident and cooking expert Meera Jaffrey

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All day: Aurora Naturals will be doing a “make it @ the market” activity this week: making bath bombs! Kids ages 3-6 can participate with parents’ help, and kids 7+ can make them on their own. Supplies will be provided; one bath bomb per child. (Donations/tips to cover costs are gratefully accepted.)

See you at the Market, 9am-2pm in Riverview-Fisk Park!

 

JC Fridays in The Heights: June 6th, 2014

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JC Fridays is a city-wide celebration of the arts in Jersey City, taking place on June 6. We’re pretty excited about the events taking place here in the Heights, and we hope we’ll see some of you out and about on Friday night!

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Farms in the Heights is a sponsor of this special local event:

ART EXHIBITION AND LIVE MUSIC AT THE FORMER JERSEY STATUARY COMPANY
53 Congress Street, hosted by Margo and Walter Parks
7-10 pm

Photo exhibition of original statuary
5pm -7pm: Reception honoring Ralph Giblesi, retired craftsman & longtime Jersey City resident
Performance by pianist Matthew Sandifer
7pm – 10pm: Performance by Manouche Bag
Presented By Moriah Kinberg
Sponsored by Palisade Wine & Spirits, Cholita Dessert Bar, and Farms in the Heights!

You can RSVP at a Facebook event page here.

And there’s much more going on!

RIVERVIEW NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION & PALISADE LUMBER presents “Live at the Lumberyard”
Live Music accompanied by video art projections in the urban outdoors, featuring Chrissy Roberts, Twiddlin’ Thumbs, The Gully Hubbards, and DJ Preskool
424-428 Palisade Ave (between Griffith/Hutton)
7-10pm

MOD CUP COFFEE presents “Modern life is….” Join us at our roasting facility for a night of mod tunes, coffee cocktails, and a celebration of our one year anniversary! We’re tapping into a bourbon barrel aged cold brewed coffee to help keep the night rolling!
74 Jefferson Ave (between Baldwin/Oakland)
7:15pm-12am

RIVERVIEW COMMUNITY GARDEN presents “Art in the Garden.” Nature shorts by John Dunstan, “Four Seasons of Wild Jersey City,” with music by Michael Durek and John 3:16
285 Ogden Ave (Bowers/Griffith), next to Riverview-Fisk Park
7:30-10:30pm

RIVERVIEW NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION & THE OFFICE OF ASSEMBLYMAN RAJ MUKHERJI presents “The Science of Nature/The Nature of Science.” Reception for group show curated by Meghan McKee that takes an in-depth look into the beauty of science and the intricate parts of nature. Featuring Jan McCaulie, Meghan McKee, Margaret Clinton, Mike DiFeo, Alexis Rotter, Julie McHargue, Olga Guerra, Tatiana Lopez, Kate Hester, and others. A Riverview Arts District event.
433 Palisade Ave (between Griffith/Hutton)
7:30-10:30pm

JC Fridays is 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.