• The Thursday {3}: Hoboken Farms Pasta Sauce, Yoggir Yoga Pants, Gracie Green Bags

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    Hi — Jen here! I’ve been all over the map this fall on a quest to find the most fun and random things that Hudson County has to offer for your enjoyment. So, it’s about time I share a few things I’ve come across in my #Hoboken and #JerseyCity travels that I just couldn’t pass up — hence a Thursday 3 roundup was necessary. Here are three things I’ve been crushing on this week {who are we kidding — MONTH} that are pretty much making fall that much better. If you haven’t tried these, you need to get to it today.

    1. Hoboken Farms Pasta Sauce

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    This pasta sauce is LEGIT {especially on zoodles}. The name says it all, {even if there are no farms to be found in Hoboken at present day} and the recipe and ingredients are entirely original, unique, and inspired by the taste of Hoboken {vodka sauce is my faveeeee!}. The backstory of this pasta sauce goodness: Brad Finkel was fresh out of high school living in Hoboken — and needed a job. He began working at a friend’s store making mozzarella and bread, a request that friends and family had made since moving from Hoboken to the suburbs, because he was there — and they missed that “taste of home.”

    Shortly thereafter, another friend of his (who happened to be an economic development coordinator) invited him to bring his his cheese and bread to farmers markets that were just starting up in the suburbs. Neither of them really knew what a farmer’s market was, but it seemed like a good opportunity. When ex–Hoboken residents living in the burbs discovered Brad’s mozzarella and baguettes, they couldn’t get enough because the unique flavor reminded them of that undeniable Hoboken taste. The sauces are now available in local grocery stores, but they remain true to their humble roots — sold weekly throughout NJ and NYC at approximately 30 community markets, 7 days a week, rain or shine. And may we just add they are soooo delicious. 

    2. Gracie Greene

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    These one-of-a-kind totes are more than just adorably *PERFECT* for your daily commute. 100% of proceeds of the bags go to Zahn School in Cambodia. Gracie Greene was created by New Jersey native Cathy Zahn — who read the book Half the Sky, by Nicholas Kristof, which bears witness to atrocities and injustices {particularly through gender inequality and oppression occurring throughout the world}. After reading this book, she felt she had to do something — so, in 2009 Gracie Greene, LLC was established.

    These bags are handmade, created by upcycling natural product and raising awareness for Fair Trade Farmers.  mission is to create beautiful products that will help educate children around the world. By using their unique burlap graphic as part of the products, our Java Totes and Pillows help to promote these coffee farmers.

    Cathy shared, “Each of our products has a measurable donation attached to it which supports the initiatives of World Assistance for Cambodia and the Zahn School. In March of 2014, The Zahn School opened in Cambodia, 30 miles north of Phnom Penh enabling over 500 rural students to receive an education; our donations continue to support the needs of the school and students.” So inspiring — fashion, for a good cause.

     

    3. Yoggir Yoga Pants

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    via  ^{we took this pic from Yoggir’s insta because we could never pull this off successfully and it’s pretty much the coolest pic ever…}

    For the ladies who want to look cute at the gym but don’t want to go broke in the process — we’ve found the ticket. Created by a local Hoboken resident, Yoggir Yoga pants are the perfect alternative to Lulu Lemons for a lower price point {often being compared as such!}. Kiera Zielenbach started creating yoga pants with a goal of just that — to offer affordable leggings with the same quality as other major {more expensive} brands without the high price tag. Her recent success is growing her biz into a full-on activewear line with sports bras, tops — you name it. Besides being suuuuper chic, the yoga pants are in the ballpark of $49.99 and are Amazon Prime eligible {score!}. We’ve personally tried the mesh leggings and have nothing but good things to say.

    So there you have it: My roundup of three of my faves from the week. Food, fashion, and workout clothes for the weekend — the essential combo if you ask me.

    xo Jen


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    Jen is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Hoboken Girl. She started the site to discover and share the wealth of things happening in Hudson County. Her roots in the area extend to her maternal grandparents, who owned two textile factories in Weehawken and North Bergen. When not planning the next Hoboken Girl event/volunteer project or editing her life away, she can usually be found shopping at local boutiques, eating an Insta-worthy meal, walking her French bulldog + rescue pup, or watching the latest murder doc on Netflix with her husband.