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Jersey City Farmer’s Market Roundup

The season is finally here for farmer’s markets in Jersey City! I’m obviously over the moon about this and you should be, too! Fresh fruits and vegetables, delectable baked goods…even knife sharpening. It’s all back! The glorious days of farmer’s markets usually begin in May, but this year there are some markets opening earlier. Hamilton Park’s market opens today! Check out what will be open where and when. Stay tuned, as some information will be updated in coming weeks. Happy shopping!

hamiltonparkfarmersHamilton Park Farmer’s Market 
Kicks off Wednesday, April 17 
Every Wednesday from 3pm – 7:30pm through December

This is my closest farmer’s market and my most frequented. It has become such a staple of our summer. We’ve watched this little market grow by leaps and bounds these past few years. This year they’ve added even more vendors. Vendors include: Cocoa Bakery (my personal favorite), Lizzmonade (yum, another staple of summer), Pizza Vita Mobile Pizza Truck, Poplar Wood Farm, City Girls Food, Amanda Bananas and many more!

lVan Vorst Park Farmer’s Market 
Kicks off Saturday, April 20
Every Saturday from 8am – 3pm through December

Saturday mornings are a great time to peruse this laid-back market in Van Vorst Park. Vendors include Hoboken Farms, Aspercolas Farms, Central Valley Farm, Cocoa Bakery, Lizzmonade, Honey Bakery, X-Caliber knife sharpeners, How Sweet It Is and more.

418534_333146766727154_1423691131_nHistoric Downtown Jersey City Farmer’s Market 
Kicks off Monday, May 13
Every Monday and Thursday from 4pm – 8pm through December

This market is conveniently located at the Grove Street PATH Plaza. So, you can easily grab some good eats on the way home from work. Along with great vendors, this market offers up the area’s greatest food trucks (including The Taco Truck)! Vendors include: Cocoa Bakery, Lizzmonade, Staten Island Kettle Korn, Amanda Bananas, BBQ at Legal Beans, Jersey City Veggie Burgers and many more!

JSQ loewsJournal Square Farmer’s Market
Kicks off Wednesday, June 19 (this is the scheduled date, but they may open earlier)
Every Wednesday and Friday from 11am – 7:30pm

It’s located on the plaza just outside the Journal Square PATH station. Vendors this year include: Ort Farms, Alstede Farms, Stony Hill Farms, Honey Bakery, Senor Peanuts, Baker’s Bounty and many more.

10021_534072856635357_1384133910_nRiverview-Fisk Farmer’s Market
Kicks off Sunday, May 5
Every Sunday from 9am – 2pm

This year marks the third season for this farmer’s market in JC Heights. Vendors will include Alstede Farms, Nature’s OwnCocoa BakeryHoney Bakery, Pickle LiciousPizza Vita Mobile Pizza Truck, Jersey City Veggie Burgers, Handmade Jewelry by Jade, Aurora Naturals of Hunterdon and many more.

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Sandbags Are In

Jersey City residents…the city announced that 14,000 sandbags and sand are available for pick-up. You can grab them on Sunday from 10am – 4pm at two locations — the Municipal Lot at Montgomery and Orchard and at P.S. 40 at Ocean and Gates. The city is asking that residents bring their own shovels to fill the sandbags they want to take. Sandbags should only be filled halfway and then folded over (read the Army Corps of Engineers guide to sandbags here).

Also, the city has posted the flood zone map online again. Click here to see if you are in a flood zone. Remember to move your car if you are in a low-lying area.

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Just in case you’ve been living under a rock (or incredibly busy and distracted, like me), there’s a storm that’s possibly headed into our area. Yes, one year since the freak Halloween snow storm of 2011 and 14 months after Hurricane Irene busted up (most of these photos were taken in my neighborhood) the downtown area of Jersey City, we are being freaked out by local news agencies about a storm they have dubbed “Frankenstorm.” Hurricane Sandy is projected to hit the NYC area on Monday and she will meet up with a winter storm system coming from the West and become “Count Stormula” (thanks Derek). All joking aside, if Hurricane Irene taught local residents anything — it was to be prepared…just in case. The main threat for our area will obviously be flooding, but they aren’t predicting nearly as much rain as Irene dropped.

The Jersey City homepage is posting relevant information to keep residents prepared. Sand bags will become available for pick-up (check back on the JC homepage for updated information) and emergency shelters will be set up and transportation to them provided, in case of an emergency evacuation. The mayor urges residents to also check the city’s Facebook page and Twitter feed and to sign up for the C3 Mass Alert system for up-to-date information on the storm and preparedness. Another reliable source of information is the Jersey Shore Hurricane News Facebook page, which was created last year, in response to preparing for Hurricane Irene and has since become and user-infused NJ news/weather experience.

In the meantime, don’t get caught up in the hype and anxiety often created by the news outlets. Stay informed through checking on what the city itself has to say and disregard rumors. Let’s hope it passes us by!

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Stormy JC

In case you weren’t paying attention (or not home), there was a big storm yesterday afternoon. It hung out over NYC and JC for quite a while. Every time you thought it was over, the thunder and lightning would amp back up. There was even quarter-sized hail that pummeled the streets (not to mention the cars and any unfortunate pedestrians). I thought it was an odd storm, but didn’t realize how wild it was until I saw this picture. It was posted via Twitter and Instagram by former-NFL player Dhani Jones, who was on a plane circling La Guardia Airport. He tweeted, “#stormcoming #nyc #isolated I’ve never seen a storm so concentrated. The power of mother nature!”

I found out today that there were trees and power lines down all over the area. Third Street was even closed between Jersey and Coles to everyone, even residents, for a number of hours last night, as a live power line was on the ground.

If you’ve got pics Tweet, email or post links in the comments section!

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GP’s opens in Hamilton Park

Last night, the much-anticipated GP’s Restaurant & Bar opened its doors in the Hamilton Park area of downtown Jersey City. The family has owned restaurants in Hudson County since 1934. GP’s other location in Guttenberg has been there since 1977.

Serving “home cooked Italian comfort foods,” the Jersey City menu includes small plates like a variety of crostini, small pressed sandwiches and antipasti. Main courses include things like pasta, GP’s Famous Meatballs and various seafood and meat dishes. They will also offer outdoor seating and weekend brunch.

For more information, check out GP’s Facebook page and follow them on Twitter @GPsRestaurant.

GP’s Restaurant & Bar, 236 Pavonia Avenue, Jersey City. 201-418-8800

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Jersey City cooling centers

With temperatures soaring into the 90’s until tomorrow evening (and high humidity levels), it’s important to know where you can go to get some relief. If you don’t have air-conditioning or it isn’t working, Jersey City has provided a number of cooling centers throughout the city for residents. The city says, “all residents, especially the elderly, disabled people, pregnant women and children under the age of two are encouraged to stay indoors or take advantage of the facilities as necessary.” Here’s a quick list of the cooling centers. For a complete guide including the hours at each location, click here for the city’s official press release.

The city also suggests taking advantage of the water sprinklers and municipal pools throughout the city. In addition, there are six pools located at Jersey City public schools, which are available to residents during the summer months. Here is a list of the locations, for hours please click here.

Be sure to stay cool!

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Tachair Bookshoppe opens today

Grab the kiddies and head over to the grand opening of Tachair Bookshoppe today!

As we reported last week, the event begins at 4pm and will last until 8pm. Don’t miss Mayor Healy, Steve Fulop and the NY Celtic Dancers! Also, don’t forget to bring your own instrument and join the fun. Refreshments will be provided by O’Connell’s Bar & Grill, Sassy Sweet Treats and Crescent Moon Coffee. Click here to see the official flyer.

In the meantime, take a peek at what Aleta and Carol Valleau have been up to!




For more information and to stay up-to-date on the grand opening, check out Tachair’s Facebook page.

Tachair Bookshoppe, 260 Newark Avenue, Jersey City. 862-234-0822

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A bookstore for Jersey City

Tachair Bookshoppe is a welcome addition to the ever-growing area of downtown Jersey City. Aleta Valleau and her mom Carol have been a “market bookstore” for about a year and half, selling used books in farmer’s markets across Jersey City. Aleta says, “we are super excited about finally opening our storefront and being a true-to-life, brick-and-mortar bookstore in Jersey City.”

The bookstore opens its doors, with a cielidh (a traditional Gaelic social gathering, which includes music and dancing) on Tuesday, July 17 from 4pm – 8pm. Mayor Healy will be there for the ribbon cutting and the special guest speaker is Steve Fulop. Fiddler Amy Beshara and guitarist Marian Lawlor will play traditional Celtic music. Activities will include poetry story time, NY Celtic Dancers, light appetizers from O’Connell’s Bar & Grill, Sassy Sweet Treats and more!

For more information and to stay up-to-date on the grand opening, check out Tachair’s Facebook page.

Tachair Bookshoppe, 260 Newark Avenue, Jersey City. 862-234-0822

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Surf City Opens Thursday

From the developers of Jersey City’s family-friendly beer garden Zeppelin Hall comes Surf City. It sits where the old Sandbar used to be on the waterfront. This new self-touted “restaurant & megabar” features three-acres on the water, complete with a sand beach, cabanas and fire pits! Their tag line is “New York latitude — Key West attitude” and they have banned things like dance and techno music (along with “steroids and Ed Hardy”), so it won’t be anything like it’s predecessor. More than 75 taps will bring an impressive American craft beer selection and, once up-and-running, the menu will consist of burgers, lobster rolls, fish and shrimp fry and more. As there is a “no fist-pumping” policy (thank goodness) you can relax and listen to casual pop/rock and vacation music or dine on one of their four outdoor decks. The best part? I learned today that they are totally family-friendly!

Jersey City has needed a place like this. There is so much vacant, wasted space along the waterfront — Surf City is a welcome addition. Plus, I love that there’s another place with a decent beer selection downtown! You can arrive by “boat, car, light rail or PATH” and there is unlimited free parking available. The hours are Monday – Friday 4pm – 2am and weekends noon – 3am. Check out their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter for more information.

The grand opening is Thursday, June 28 at 4pm.

Surf City, 11 Marin Boulevard, Jersey City. 201-516-9000

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Two Boots Opening Party Tonight

Two Boots Pizza in Jersey City has finally opened its doors! The ribbon cutting took place at 4pm today and the celebration festivities, including free pizza and live music, are underway right now. Here’s a link to the Facebook event page. Don’t forget to visit their official Facebook page or follow them on Twitter @twobootsnyc to keep updated.

Two Boots Pizza, 133 Newark Avenue, Jersey City

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