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Poplar Wood Farm {times two}

Poplar Wood Farm doubles up in Hoboken for 2015

poplar wood farmPoplar Wood Farm has been one of our favorite vendors at the Garden Street Farmers Market uptown (Saturdays during the summer & fall). So much so, that we even helped them with their pole barn Kickstarter project a few years ago.

Fresh veggies, flowers, and even tasty eggs harvested locally is much better than wondering where it all came from, right?

Well, now you’ll have twice the opportunity each week!

Poplar Wood Farm joins Hoboken Uptown Farmers Market

“We are thrilled to share exciting news with you that we will be attending a new market this season, the Hoboken Uptown Farmers’ Market! We are very excited to have the opportunity to share our produce with more people in the Hoboken community. The Hoboken Uptown Market, located at 13th and Hudson, has a great tradition of bringing local produce and artisanal products to Hoboken and we are looking forward to being a part of it.”

Hoboken uptown farmers market 2015

“The market is held every Thursday from 2-7pm from June through October. This means that we will now be in Hoboken on Thursdays and Saturdays. We will also be continuing our markets in Jersey City on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. We can’t wait for the first farmers’ markets of the season will begin in May and we will send out a full schedule closer to then.”

Another great option is joining their CSA (community supported agriculture) program:

Become a CSA Member Today

“If you have been planning on becoming a CSA member this season, now is the time! The growing season is very much underway and your commitment now helps us fund the significant up front costs we incur such as seeds, fertilizer, equipment, and labor. The CSA program is the best way to become intimately involved with our farm, receive a wide variety of seasonal vegetables every week, learn about the growing process, and become closer to your food.

poplar wood farm CSABecoming a member is as simple as sending us you’re completed application form and making payment via check (mailed to address on application form) or through our online store. We appreciate your early commitment as it allows us to better anticipate what we need to grow and provides resources to purchase supplies and pay our crew.

For anyone who in not familiar, CSA is a mutually beneficial relationship between a farm and the community of people who receive the food the farm produces. Members commit to a full season of produce prior to the start of the growing season and in return receive a weekly share containing an assortment of fresh, nutritious vegetables. The members become a part of the farm’s local food community, develop a relationship with the farm, and learn about the origins of their food and how it is grown. Click here for the complete information for our CSA program!

How many places bring the CSA too you? Not many, which is why it’s a great option for Hoboken and Jersey City residents.

And what’s going on behind the scenes at Poplar Wood Farm?

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HPU Hypocrisy of the Day – 3/25/2015

Hoboken HPU Hypocrisy of the Day – March 25, 2015

Continuing the “HPU Hypocrisy of the Day” category….

We already know all sorts of city vehicles park illegally (and endanger pedestrians). Whereas when we do it – we get ticketed or towed.

But should city vehicles take up regular “valid” parking spots as well? Especially if they don’t “feed the stupid ass meter?”

The answer is no. They should park all vehicles over in the city garage when not in use. And WALK. Street parking is for residential cars and visitors!

HPU taking up parking spots in Hoboken NJ

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Makeovers

Makeovers offers new client specials in Hoboken

Here’s a little style update for you today. Makeovers has been happily settling in at their new location at 327 Washington Street – and wanted to let both old and new residents know about their rewards program as well as new client specials.

For one, they have a Customer Rewards program (like a frequent shopper) that enables you to get a free blowout or men’s haircut after just 10 visits. You’ll also be on the list for secret sales which only members receive. Call 201-420-1444 for more info.

Their new client specials include $35 wash-cut-blowout, $49 color touchup (w/ blowout) and $99 highlights (including 20 foils and blowout). Even if you have a regular stylist – sometimes it’s nice to explore the waters. You never know – maybe you’ll be happier?

makeovers new client specials hoboken NJ

You can follow Makeovers on Facebook – or check them out on their “website” (remember those?) here www.makeoversbeautybeat.com.

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Uber Circle Jerk

Uber Circle Jerk (look at the big picture)

The “taxi” service called Uber is a very contentious subject with more than just two sides to the debate. Most of you know what’s going on at the moment:

  • Uber is an app-based taxi service that lots of smartphone users love (it’s “hip,” cheaper and so on).
  • “Traditional” taxi drivers hate it because it’s hurting their business.
  • The government wants to meddle (i.e., for control or revenue).
  • Insurance companies also have a stake (higher premiums, all sorts of stipulations, liability).
  • Uber drivers (“contractors”) are starting to despise Uber because the earning potential is not what was promised (especially with per mile rates dropping).

In New Jersey, there is a piece of legislature (Bill A3765) which, if approved, will impose strict amendments that Uber says will “drive them out of New Jersey.”

Uber Circle Jerk Hoboken NJ Bill A3765

Do you see what all of this really means?

They have all of you exactly where they want you to be. Arguing about this low-hanging fruit, regulations, taxes, laws, penalties, etc. But all of this can easily go away if some simplification took place.

  • Why do insurance companies have to get involved? Why do they care whether you’re giving someone a ride for money or just driving to the store to buy groceries? You pay for coverage – and that’s it.
  • All “riders” of Uber, or any other form of transportation should fall under the “at your own risk” category. Accidents happen. Why does everyone expect “coverage” for what boils down to “living life?” You wouldn’t walk through the ghetto with 100-dollar bills taped to your body, can’t people just use their own judgment? And accept any potential damage? Those are the “penalties” you pay for wanting to use modern forms of transportation instead of walking.
  • And why does the government need to be involved in what amounts to a personal contract between two people? Get the fuck out of the way and let us conduct business without all this meddling! They’re incompetent, and only fund themselves and their (corrupt, backroom-dealing) friends. Wrong on all counts.

Sure, Uber was one of the “first to market” with some kind of application that streamlines connecting a service with paying customers. But instead of complicating simple commerce, we have a cluster-fuck of people and agencies involved.

THAT is the problem with Uber & practically any other large industry where cash changes hands.

We can all argue this or that – but until the unnecessary “chefs” are kicked out of the kitchen for good – this problem will only get worse and worse.

Two Words: “Baby Tracks”

With baby tracks, who needs focus groups in Hoboken?

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Focus groups are sometimes necessary for certain markets to ascertain potential viability (those peeps at Poor Cat Designs obviously didn’t do that).

But sometimes you really don’t need much more than your own two eyes to see. Whether it’s soiled baby diapers on every street corner – or “baby tracks” from the thousands of strollers around town – most child-based stores will do quite well in the near term. Heck the guy that opened up the art store on Willow did the right thing!

What other signs of a good market do you see just by looking around Hoboken?

baby tracks in Hoboken NJ

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St. Mary Advocates Thrift Shop

St. Mary Advocates Thrift Shop

St. Mary Advocates Thrift Shop over at 6th & Garden used to be called “St. Mary Hospital Auxiliary.” They also used to be associated with the (former) St. Mary’s Hospital, but since they’ve become a for-profit pillaging machine known as CarePoint Hoboken University Medical Center – the thrift shop had to completely sever their ties and change their name.

The store remains a charity organization, with proceeds going to health-care and family efforts like nursing scholarships, the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps., and the Jubilee Center.

st. Mary Advocates Thrift shop

Description: Thrift store – accepts clothing donations.
Address: 536 Garden St, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Telephone: (201)653-8191

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