May 18 – May 24: Hello Farmer’s Market!
It has been approximately two months since we entered quarantine and a “new normal.” We hope everyone is healthy and safe. Don’t forget we are Jersey Strong and we will come out of this situation better, stronger, and wiser!
Historic Downtown Farmer’s Market
The first week back for the Historic Downtown Jersey City Farmer’s Market was last week! We would like to thank the vendors for being extremely well-prepared and going above and beyond the rules and regulations! To our visitors/ customers, thank you for adhering to the rules. We hope everyone enjoyed shopping for farm-fresh produce and more! This week, our Market is back on the same days, Monday and Thursday from 4:00 – 8:00. Stop by (with your mask of course!) and get your farm-fresh produce and cooking essentials at the Grove PATH Plaza market.
Please don’t forget to review the the customer guidelines listed below. Guidelines were also implemented for the Market staff and the vendors.
We have taken into account the rules and regulations set forth by the Jersey City Department of Health and Human Services. Kindly review the guidelines before attending the Market.
- If you feel ill, please stay home
- If you’ve come into contact with someone who has either tested positive for COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home
- All customers must wear masks and gloves
- Stay 6 feet apart from other customers
- The Market will have signs, lines, and information on where to stand
- Follow the signs placed throughout the Farmer’s Market
- Customers are not allowed to touch the food. Vendors will select products for customers.
- Please consider placing and paying for your orders online, at https://www.localline.ca/historic-downtown-farmers-market
- Please do not linger at the market
- Avoid any hand-to-hand contact
- Do not hand payment to vendors directly. Place cash and credit cards on the table for the cashiers to pick up.
- No dogs are allowed at the farmers’ market unless they are service dogs
The health of our customers and vendors is very important to the HDSID- please follow the rules!
The following vendors will be present:
Stony Hill Farm
Gourmet Nuts and Dried Fruit
JC Fish Stand
Circle Brook Farms
Our Woods Maple
We also have online pre-ordering available for certain vendors. Peruse their offerings, pay online and pick up your order at the Market. Check out https://www.localline.ca/historic-downtown-farmers-market and place your order for Gourmet Nuts & Dried Fruit and Vesco Foods! Take a look at these vendors own sites to order and pick-up at our Farmers Market.
Stony Hill Farms: stonyhillfarms.com
Ort Farms: ortfarms.com/shop-online
Hoboken Farms: njhomedelivery.com
*Photos by Stephanie Quispilaya*
Grove on Grove At Home
Groove on Grove At Home series is still rocking! The Groove on Grove At Home series allows you to enjoy the music from the comfort of your own home AND have the opportunity to win cool prizes from local businesses like Gallerie Hudson, The Hair Room, N-Joyable Hair Studio and more! Watch the Facebook Live events on Wednesday, follow our Facebook page for updates and check out the prizes each week.
For this week’s concert event you’ll be listening to the music of The Hudson City Rats! On Wednesday, May 20th starting at 6:00 pm, enjoy The Hudson City Rats on Groove on Grove from the comfort of your home!
Check our Groove on Grove Facebook page for the amazing performance. For the May 20th show, the prize will be a $50 gift card from N-Joyable Hair Studio! A huge thank you to Phyllis and the N-Joyable Hair Studio team for this contribution!
A huge thank you to GothamWest, Dancing Tony, all of the participating bands and the businesses who are partnering with us! Remember- even in quarantine, you can still get your groove on!
While you are groovy to the music, please consider making a donation to the following organizations. Every little bit helps!
York Street Project:
Grace Church Van Vorst list of local food pantries:
St Matthew’s Lutheran Church:
The Hudson County Hunger Project:
FLAG (Front Line Appreciation Group) of HBKN and JC:
Rescuing Leftover Cuisine:
Quarantine getting you down? Need a release and some help meditating? Well, look no further than Salvation Wellness’ online Pain Relief Meditation!
Meditate with the help of the professionals at Salvation Wellness at the comfort of your own home.
Classes begin at 5:45 and are only $5! To sign up please visit: https://salvationwellness.com/
Code Wiz Classes
Being cooped up inside is tough for even the biggest homebody. Imagine what this does to the little kiddos? Boredom, video game overload, learning loss…. Don’t let this happen to your kiddos! Keep their minds active with an online class courtesy of Code Wiz!
Sign your little one up for some amazing online coding classes courtesy of Code Wiz.
For more information, check out:
Or take a look at:
Hudson Pride Center LGBTQ Yoga Class
On Monday, May 18th from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, join the Hudson Pride Center on Zoom for their LGBTQ Yoga Class! Taking care of your mental health is so important and even more so during these uncertain times. This class will touch upon yoga and breathing work. You’ll get into the mindfulness mindset from the comfort of your home with this free (yes, free) class.
Here is the Zoom info:
Meeting ID: 891 1134 5010
HDSID Monthly Meeting
Join us virtually for our monthly Historic Downtown Special Improvement District Meeting on May 19th, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm via Zoom.
Meeting ID: 834 8660 9709
The Zoom Meeting ID is: 834-8660-9709.
Ani Ramen or should we say, Rock City Pizza and Co and Bang Bang Chicken, are going strong! If you would like to donate to their Kickstarter campaign, you might be able to take advantage of some of these amazing rewards for pledging your support:
2-year Ramen Lover Membership (at a $100 value)
2-year Ramen Lover membership for the price of 1 year
Priority reservations for parties of two
Birthday dinner for 2 courtesy of Ani Ramen
Exclusive tasting invites
Member exclusive apparel releases
By you supporting this amazing initiative, you’ll not only receive some perks if you choose, but you’ll know that you are helping the Ani Ramen team continue feeding our fellow residents in need and the amazing frontline workers. Whether you are in mood for some yummy deep-dish pizza or delicious Thai Chicken or maybe both- this new pop-up is here to take care of your hunger pangs AND help the community.
All of the funds go to providing free meals to those groups of people who need our help during these trying times.
Take a look at the Kickstarter campaign for more information and to donate:
As the organizers have stated, the goal of this non-profit initiative is to fund “1) charities assisting in stemming the blow of COVID-19 and 2) displaced restaurant industry employees impacted by this unprecedented crisis.” Check out the Facebook page for more info: https://www.facebook.com/beawesomefeeds/?__tn__=HHH-R
Jersey City Tattoo Co.
Itching to get that tattoo but can’t because of the quarantine? Well, there’s other ways you can support your local artist. How you ask? Buy their merch! Check out the online shop for Jersey City Tattoo Co:
Kanibal & Co
We all love Jersey City. Show your hometown pride with some amazing gifts for you and your loved ones. Support this great local gem and show the world that we are Jersey Strong!
Don’t forget to please fill out your 2020 Census information! Everyone needs to be counted!
Don’t forget about this great initiative from Barcade!
Barcade will assist and facilitate the donation of meals to our fellow citizens in need. You can fill out a form to donate meals and Barcade will match the donation, meal for meal.
Check out their website for additional information:
Artist & Maker Market Update
The best place to find local, handmade goods from amazing artists and artisans is coming back albeit at a later date than we initially planned. Good things come to those who wait-as the saying goes-and boy, do we have a great selection of talented sellers coming your way soon!
Check out our dates:
June 3rd Groove on Grove
June 5th JCFriday
June 6th Saturday AMM
June 10th Groove on Grove
June 17th Groove on Grove
June 24th Groove on Grove
July 1st Groove on Grove
July 3rd Feel Good Friday
July 8th Groove on Grove
July 11th Saturday AMM
July 15th Groove on Grove
July 22nd Groove on Grove
August 5th Groove on Grove
August 7th Feel Good Friday
August 8th Saturday AMM
August 12th Groove on Grove
August 26th Groove on Grove
September 2nd Groove on Grove
September 4th Feel Good Friday
September 5th Saturday AMM
September 9th Groove on Grove
September 11th JCFriday
September 19th Groove on Grove
And on October 3rd and October 4th we have the JCAST Weekend (Jersey City Art & Studio Tour)
Special thank you to Debbie from the Artist & Maker Market for her hard work!
Support Local Restaurants- Initiative
Want to help out local restaurants and help support our local economy? We know the place for you: landlordsforlocaleats.org! As the website states, “In order to help Jersey City restaurants stay open we are encouraging Landlords to purchase gift cards from our community’s local eats for their tenants.” Check out a list of participating establishments here: http://landlordsforlocaleats.org/local-eateries/
A gift card can literally do wonders in this economy so definitely check it out http://landlordsforlocaleats.org/
3rd Annual Yoga & Vegan Fest Jersey City!
We all need something to look forward to during these crazy times and what’s a more appropriate event than Yoga Fest! The 3rd Annual Yoga Fest is scheduled to take place on Saturday, June 20th from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm at the Newark Avenue Pedestrian Mall.
Jivamukti Yoga Studio is doing an amazing job bringing together different teachers, musicians and vendors for the day!
This year’s event will feature: yoga classes and workshops for all levels and ages, yummy vegan food vendors, speakers, a mindfulness tent, music, eco-friendly shopping vendors and much more!
Once everything is said and done, we all need a good yoga and meditation session!
Newark Avenue Pedestrian Mall
119-158 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, New Jersey
Small Business Information
If you are a small business owner, consider utilizing the Small Business Majority website as a resource for webinars, policy updates and much more:
Also, here is the information to apply for an SBA loan if your business was affected by the closures and curfew.
Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information, and download applications at: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela
If you are a business owner in the personal care field, check out these opportunities:
Restaurant owners can review and apply for the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund: https://rerf.us/
Are you an artist, writer, musician?
If you are a freelancer, check out: https://freelancecoop.org/emergencyfund/
Tattoo shops should look here: https://www.tattoodo.com/a/covid19-artist-support-plan-150072
The IRS has the following option available to businesses: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-employee-retention-credit-available-for-many-businesses-financially-impacted-by-covid-19
Stay informed with all up-to-date information courtesy of the City of Jersey City’s website:
Check out the HDSID’s social media pages on:
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/downtown.sid and @HistoricDowntownSID
Mathews Food and Drink Tipped Employee Relief Fund:
SOUTH HOUSE Tipped Employee Relief Fund:
Porta JC Employee Relief Fund:
The Kitchen Step Relief Fund:
Frankie Jersey City Tipped Employee Fund:
The Hair Room Merchandise:
One of our sponsors and long-time Street Fair participants, Angry Archie’s, started a Go-Fund-Me page raising money to deliver hot food/ meals to all police, fire, EMT, hospitals, and other first responders that are helping during these trying times.
Here’s the link to donate:
Morlees is having a fundraiser, proceeds of which will go to the purchase of non-slip shoes for Jersey City health care workers!
Autism Acceptance Events
We have an updated date for the Autism Acceptance Dinner!
The event is scheduled for August 6th at The Ashford! Please purchase your tickets via Eventbrite at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/autism-acceptance-fundraiser-the-ashford-tickets-88859558331
Let’s celebrate Bastille Day! Join The French American Academy and some of their HDSID members/ sponsors like CHOC-O-PAIN French Bakery and Cafe© and Atlas Public House on Saturday, July 11th from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm at The French American Academy located on 209 3rd Street, Jersey City! Vive le 14 juillet!
For more information, check out https://www.faacademy.org/community/bastilledayjc/
If you are interested in being a sponsor, here’s the information you need: https://bastilleday.sponseasy.com/bastille-day-in-jersey-city-2020
Be kind, careful and support local businesses!
Stay safe JC!
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