Farm Marketeer

Vendor Plan for SAT JUN 12

David Hodges

Vendor Plan for SAT JUN 12

For the most part, this week’s spaces are the same as last week’s spaces. However . . .

—Our Featured Artist this week is Lauren Lopez (Philacarta)

Music on two stages starting at 9am

Traffic Pattern for Load-in Reminder

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All Load-in Traffic will Enter from Irvin Avenue

  • Collingswood Police have asked us to enter the Market from Irvin Avenue for Load-in.
  • The COLLINGS AVENUE intersection will be EXIT ONLY for all traffic during Load-in.
  • USE IRVIN AVENUE (at the east end of the Market) from Haddon Avenue or Atlantic Avenue.
  • The entrance from ATLANTIC AVENUE will be closed as soon as the music equipment is set up.
  • Once inside the Market, all vehicles TRAVEL WEST to the police car positioned at Collings Avenue.
  • You will be admitted to the Market spaces from there.
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Proposed “New Normal” Layout

We are finalizing a plan for the rest of the season

  • Vehicles would no longer be parked inside the Market on the north (sunny) side of the Market.
  • Non-farm vendors would be spaced 20 feet apart (instead of the current 30 feet).
  • Farm vehicles would still be parked under PATCO.
  • Seating areas (cafe spaces) would be positioned alongside food producers on the sunny side.
  • Dogs on Market leashes would once again be welcome at the Market.

Collingswood SAT JUN 05

Vendor Plan for SAT JUN 05

For the most part, this week’s spaces are the same as last week’s spaces. However . . .

Misty Meadow Sheep Dairy Farm joins the Market for the first time.
Spring Run Dairy will bring cow’s milk to the Headquarters Lamb table.
Garden State Composting will attend for the first time this week.
—Our Featured Artist this week is Maria Cartwright’s 222 Creations
Hillacres Pride returns after a week off.
Rick Hymer’s Farm is finished for the season.

New Vendor: Misty Meadow Sheep Dairy Farm

Photos from a recent site visit to Misty Meadow Sheep Dairy Farm (our newest vendor). Farmer Bill Simmerman will be bringing sheep’s milk yogurt, cheeses, and frozen confections.

We’re following the Governor’s Executive Order this week for customers and vendors. No masks are required in outdoor public spaces, so, while we still think masks are smart for unvaccinated people in particular, we will not be attempting to verify anyone’s vaccination status or mandating masks or social distancing.

Traffic Pattern for Load-in Reminder

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All Load-in Traffic will Enter from Irvin Avenue

  • Collingswood Police have asked us to enter the Market from Irvin Avenue for Load-in.
  • The COLLINGS AVENUE intersection will be EXIT ONLY for all traffic during Load-in.
  • USE IRVIN AVENUE (at the east end of the Market) from Haddon Avenue or Atlantic Avenue.
  • The entrance from ATLANTIC AVENUE will be closed as soon as the music equipment is set up.
  • Once inside the Market, all vehicles TRAVEL WEST to the police car positioned at Collings Avenue.
  • You will be admitted to the Market spaces from there.
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New Layout for SAT JUN 05, 2021

Collingswood SAT MAY 29

No Mask Mandate

We’re following the Governor’s Executive Order this week for customers and vendors. No masks are required in outdoor public spaces, so, while we still think masks are smart for unvaccinated people in particular, we will not be attempting to verify anyone’s vaccination status or mandating masks or social distancing.

Traffic Pattern for Load-in Reminder

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All Load-in Traffic will Enter from Irvin Avenue

  • Collingswood Police have asked us to enter the Market from Irvin Avenue for Load-in.
  • The COLLINGS AVENUE intersection will be EXIT ONLY for all traffic during Load-in.
  • USE IRVIN AVENUE (at the east end of the Market) from Haddon Avenue or Atlantic Avenue.
  • The entrance from ATLANTIC AVENUE will be closed as soon as the music equipment is set up.
  • Once inside the Market, all vehicles TRAVEL WEST to the police car positioned at Collings Avenue.
  • You will be admitted to the Market spaces from there.
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New Numbered Spaces List

For the most part, this week’s spaces are the same as last week’s spaces.

Johnny Ocean Seafood returns from one week off.
Collingswood Candle Company is back.
Red Oak Permaculture will attend for the first time this week.
Cheese Etc. is here on their every-other-week schedule.
—Our Featured Artist this week is Breathe by Josie
Hillacres Pride has the week off.
Schober Orchards will share Space 27 with Neil’s Knife Sharpening.

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New Layout for SAT MAY 29, 2021

Collingswood SAT MAY 22

Mask Mandate Lifted

We’re following the Governor’s Executive Order this week for customers and vendors. No masks are required in outdoor public spaces, so, while we still think masks are smart for unvaccinated people in particular, we will not be attempting to verify anyone’s vaccination status or mandating masks or social distancing.

Traffic Pattern for Load-in Reminder

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All Load-in Traffic will Enter from Irvin Avenue

  • Collingswood Police have asked us to enter the Market from Irvin Avenue for Load-in.
  • The COLLINGS AVENUE intersection will be EXIT ONLY for all traffic during Load-in.
  • USE IRVIN AVENUE (at the east end of the Market) from Haddon Avenue or Atlantic Avenue.
  • The entrance from ATLANTIC AVENUE will be closed as soon as the music equipment is set up.
  • Once inside the Market, all vehicles TRAVEL WEST to the police car positioned at Collings Avenue.
  • You will be admitted to the Market spaces from there.
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New Numbered Spaces List

For the most part, this week’s spaces are the same as last week’s spaces.


Fruitwood Farm will take Space 23 at the west end of the Market alongside Hymer Farm.

Wm Schober Sons will share Space 31 this week with Viereck Farms.

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New Layout for SAT MAY 22, 2021

Collingswood SAT MAY 15

Time Change

Most of you are timely and don’t make me panic before the Market opens. So, for you, THERE IS NO TIME CHANGE.

On the other hand, last week there were still almost a dozen empty spaces at the Market around 7:30. And the trouble with that is, there’s a lot to do at the Market for your beloved Market Director between 7:30 and 8:00.

I really want to be helpful to those who are on the premises and setting up; keeping early birds from bothering you; organizing signage, cones, and volunteers; responding to emergencies; sweeping up puddles; repositioning those who got their tents on the wrong side of the car . . . .

So . . .

Plan to arrive at 7:00. Then, if you run into a bit of trouble, you can still arrive at 7:15.

Then, if you run into a LOT of trouble, you can still arrive at 7:30. Maybe once a month. Never later.

Traffic Pattern for Load-in Reminder

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All Load-in Traffic will Enter from Irvin Avenue

  • Collingswood Police have asked us to enter the Market from Irvin Avenue for Load-in.
  • The COLLINGS AVENUE intersection will be EXIT ONLY for all traffic during Load-in.
  • USE IRVIN AVENUE (at the east end of the Market) from Haddon Avenue or Atlantic Avenue.
  • Once inside the Market, all vehicles TRAVEL WEST to the police car positioned at Collings Avenue.
  • You will be admitted to the Market spaces from there.
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New Numbered Spaces List

For the most part, this week’s spaces are the same as last week’s spaces.


Fruitwood Farm, if they attend this week, will take Space 23 at the west end of the Market alongside Hymer Farm. Fruitwood driver, please seek David’s assistance for positioning your first time at the Market this season.

Wm Schober Sons, I promised Cymron Cottage they could have the use of the entire Space 32 this week to bring their “big rig” and trailer, so I’m asking you to share with Muth Family Organic this week in Space 26. And I’m asking Muth to generously make room for you there. Thank you both.

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New Layout for SAT MAY 08, 2021

Collingswood SAT MAY 08

Traffic Change

All Load-in Traffic will Enter from Irvin Avenue

  • Collingswood Police have asked us to enter the Market from Irvin Avenue for Load-in.
  • The COLLINGS AVENUE intersection will be EXIT ONLY for all traffic during Load-in.
  • USE IRVIN AVENUE (at the east end of the Market) from Haddon Avenue or Atlantic Avenue.
  • Once inside the Market, all vehicles TRAVEL WEST to the police car positioned at Collings Avenue.
  • You will be admitted to the Market spaces from there.

New Numbered Spaces List

For the most part, this week’s spaces are the same as last week’s spaces.
All farms repeat last week’s locations.

New Layout for SAT MAY 08, 2021

I’m back from my farm visit. Here’s the plan for SAT MAY 08.

Collingswood SAT MAY 01 2021

Opening Day SAT MAY 01, 8am-noon

The Site Plan

This site plan is final as of Midnight Thursday APR 29 with one exception. Fruitwood Farms will not be attending the Market on Opening Day, so Hymer’s Farm will not have to share space 23.

Click on the plan to enlarge it. You will be able to find your space and the vehicle configuration for your spot.

The Location Chart

This chart will be distributed to shoppers at the Market to help them find you. Except as noted, these locations for full-season vendors will likely be the same week after week. Obviously, part-time participants may find themselves in different spots on different weeks.

The Pavement Markings

Your Space Number is the essential information you need to bring to the Market with you. Numbers have been painted in orange spray paint on the asphalt to match the numbering system on the Site Plan above.

I’ll update the photo with a current picture tomorrow. They’re “orange numbers in a circle.”

The Yellow Caps

We’ve enlisted new volunteers to help direct shoppers through the Market. Pedestrian traffic will be permissible in both directions, but all shoppers will “KEEP RIGHT” and stay in their lane to facilitate social distancing.

DAY ONE PROCEDURES

  1. ARRIVE ON TIME. Many vendors will be in new locations. Several vendors are attending for the first time. The parking and traffic patterns are new. All these factors will add confusion to the Opening Day. So please, arrive by 7am on SAT MAY 01 and take your time setting up.
  2. KNOW YOUR SPACE NUMBER. If you’re received the Midnight Thursday email, but YOU’RE NOT the driver or table crew responsible for your Market day setup, PLEASE be sure your crew knows where and how they’ll be setting up.
  3. PUT MY NUMBER IN YOUR PHONE. Market Director David Hodges (856) 979-6653.
  4. TEXT ME. DON’T CALL ME. I won’t be able to answer the phone, but I can receive your text and respond when I get a moment. If you’re running late, can’t find your spot, don’t know how or where to park your car, or need assistance of any kind, please let me know.
  5. DON’T GUESS. Verify that your setup is correct BEFORE you set out your tables and product.
  6. DRIVE THE RIGHT DIRECTION. All traffic in the Market travels from West to East. Enter the Market from the Collings Avenue side (the west) and drive in the direction of Perkins Art Center on Irvin Avenue (the east).
  7. KEEP INSIDE YOUR SPACE (PATCO SIDE). Vendors under PATCO will park their vehicles parallel to the curb (see the site plan) and keep their tents and tables COMPLETELY INSIDE the painted parking space lines.
  8. KEEP INSIDE YOUR SPACE (SUNNY SIDE). Vendors on the north side of the Market will pull their vehicles directly into their marked parking space (see the site plan). Every vendors will have two additional parking spaces for tents and tables. Tents will be positioned AT THE BACK OF THE SPACE to permit customers to gather in front.
  9. PORTABLE FACILITIES BEHIND THE POLICE STATION. We lost our indoor bathroom privileges again at the end of last season. I don’t have a key to the Community Center and can’t provide access.
  10. PLASTIC BAGS. The Borough of Collingswood remains committed to the elimination of single-use plastic bags, but it does allow an exemption for plastic to separate unpackaged wet food items. Please DO NOT OFFER plastic bags or approach the table with a bag in hand ready to use it. Bag items only if asked. Reusable bags are available at the Friends of the Farmers’ Market tent (space 08).
  11. MASKS. Mask wearing is required. The Governor of New Jersey has declared that vaccinated adults may walk outdoors without masks “unless they’re in a crowd.” We cannot guarantee that our shoppers will not constitute a crowd, AND WE ARE NOT INTERESTED IN VERIFYING VACCINATION CREDENTIALS.
  12. DECLINE SERVICE TO UNMASKED SHOPPERS. The Collingswood Police will advise shoppers who do not wear masks that they must leave the Market, but inevitably we will see some abstainers. We will not confront them. But we will also not serve them. Vendors are forbidden to sell to shoppers without masks. You may direct all complaints to the Market Director. You have my number. I will be wearing a red shirt and Market cap.
  13. NO DOGS. Once again this year, we are declaring a dog ban. You do not have to intervene, but you may certainly inform dog walkers of the ban. And you should of course let me or a Yellow Cap know there’s a dog in the Market.
  14. BE NICE TO YOUR NEIGHBORS. It’s more fun. And I didn’t want to write an unlucky list of 13 Procedures.

What Did I Forget?

Don’t wait until Saturday morning to ask your question. Friday would be a much better time to let me know I neglected something essential.

Site Plan for Collingswood 2021

The Plan is Mostly Complete

Market management and the Borough of Collingswood are working to make the site plan for 2021 as safe and efficient as possible. This is the state of the plan as of FRI APR 09. As details change, I will update the graphic above on this site.

Important Details for Everyone

  1. TRAFFIC PATTERN.
    • The plan as of FRI APR 09 permits two-way pedestrian traffic through the Market. How or whether that will ever mean that pedestrians can take whatever path they wish is not yet determined.
    • Either way, shoppers will be able to see what’s available at tables from either side of the Market, making it easier to plan where to shop for specific items.
  2. CROWD SIZE.
    • The Collingswood Police Department is determined to keep a close control on crowds, perhaps to the extent that we will limit the number of shoppers in the Market at any time. 

Farm Vendors

  1.  FULL SPACE OR SHARED SPACE. Until we reach the limit of farms that will fit, all farm vendors will occupy either a full space or a shared space underneath the PATCO Speedline.
    • Spaces “between the mulch” are five 10-foot parking spaces wide.
    • Last year, smaller operations such as Buck Wild Bison and Headquarters Lamb were able to share a full space and park their trucks with their tables under the Speedline.
  2.  NO NEED TO MOVE EVERY WEEK.
    • For the most part, farms will be placed once and occupy the same location for the entire season.
    • This rule cannot be followed in every case since some farms—Cymron Cottage, Eckert’s Corn Truck, Hymer’s Farm, Wm. Schober Sons, Windy Farm Alpaca, Ammon Blueberries, Brookeberry Berry Farm, Woods Edge—don’t attend all season, or require various-sized spaces at different times.
  3.  EXCEPTIONS TO THE “UNDER PATCO” POLICY
    • Four farms—Davidson’s Mushrooms, Woods Edge Farm, Headquarters Lamb, and Nature’s Own Farm—have already been provisionally placed on the plan on the “sunny side,” exceptions to the general rule.
    • Other ad hoc exceptions may also occur.
  4.  SEPARATION OF LARGE FARM CATEGORIES.
    • The Market Director will space and separate large general produce farms from one another, to spread shoppers as evenly as possible throughout the Market.
    • The same “separate the types” policy might also apply to the organic farms and to the “seasonal crush” farms such as the corn truck and the apple/peach orchards.
  5.  SPACE LIMITATIONS
    • REMAIN INSIDE THE PARKING SPACES. 
    • REMAIN INSIDE THE PARKING SPACES. I need to say this twice.
    • REMAIN INSIDE THE PARKING SPACES. If we’re going to leave enough room for pedestrians between the FARM and the NONFARM spaces, no vendor will be permitted to place tents or products in the pedestrian lanes. This means parking at the back of the space and keeping tents, tables, and signage INSIDE the parking spaces.
      • NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS RULE.
  6.   HAVE A LOCATION PREFERENCE?
    • The Market Director may not be able to accommodate your request, but if YOU ARE BUYING THE ENTIRE SEASON, and you have a preferred location (or general area—”The middle,” or “the west end,” or “the east end,” for example), please say so immediately.
  7. STILL WAITING FOR APPROVAL?
    • I apologize that it’s not possible to schedule new vendors very far in advance until I work out details for those who will have to share the season. Space is limited, and I will approve as many applicants as possible until the spaces are full.

NonFarm Vendors

  1. NORTH SIDE OF THE MARKET.
    • Equal-size spaces are planned for nonfarm vendors on the north side of the Market, the “sunny side.” No need for nonfarm vendors to specify how many spaces they require.
  2. VEHICLES AS SPACERS.
    • Every third parking space will be allocated to a nonfarm vendor vehicle. Vendors will be expected to leave a vehicle in that space from Market Open to Market Close to provide crowd control spacing and to keep vehicles out of the traffic lanes on North Atlantic Avenue.
  3. TWO-SPACES PER VENDOR.
    • Between the vehicles, every nonfarm vendor will have two 10-foot wide parking spaces to set up tent(s) and table(s), preferably as far back in the spaces as possible to create adequate room for shoppers to get out of the traffic lanes.
  4. REMAIN INSIDE THE PARKING SPACES.
    • If we’re going to leave enough room for pedestrians between the FARM and the NONFARM spaces, no vendor will be permitted to place tents or products in the pedestrian lanes. This means parking at the back of the space and keeping tents, table, and signage INSIDE the parking spaces.
      • NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS RULE.
  5. HAVE A LOCATION PREFERENCE?
    • The Market Director has accommodated as many of your specific space requests as possible.
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Collingswood SAT NOV 21

Final Market of 2020

Same Locations as Last Week

Pay close attention to the site plan.
The Farm Spaces beneath the Speedline (12-23)
will be your spots for the month of November.



Look for new painted space numbers,
fresh green paint inside squares.
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Flexible Site Plan

Changes can occur as late as Saturday morning. I remind you no spaces are ever guaranteed and require your cooperation if I have to move your location any given week.

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THANK YOU
David Hodges, Market Director
Home Office (856) 854-8385
Market Day Cell Phone (856) 979-6653
collsmkt@davidhodges.com

Collingswood SAT NOV 14

Same Locations as Last Week

Pay close attention to the site plan.
The Farm Spaces beneath the Speedline (12-23)
will be your spots for the month of November.

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Look for new painted space numbers,
fresh green paint inside squares.

Flexible Site Plan

Changes can occur as late as Saturday morning. I remind you no spaces are ever guaranteed and require your cooperation if I have to move your location any given week.

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THANK YOU
David Hodges, Market Director
Home Office (856) 854-8385
Market Day Cell Phone (856) 979-6653
collsmkt@davidhodges.com