Hello, Vendors, Artists, and Friends of the Collingswood Farmers’ Market! Hello sweet corn, field tomatoes, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries!
Not Sunny. This forecast keeps changing but not getting better. Certainly very humid, with an increasing likelihood of rain as the morning progresses. Winds get stronger too as we approach noon. Bring and use tent weights.
Site Plan for SAT JUN 27
Barry Savoie and Les Viereck suffered crop and structural damage but will attend the Market SAT JUN 27. Rick Hymer lost power and probably won’t get it until Sunday. He’ll be at the farm Saturday monitoring his generators. Far Wind Farm lost 450 laying hens and will not have eggs to bring to the Market this week, and probably not for months.
Two Guests, Green Aisle Grocery and Market Day Canele, will take spaces inside the Market. Both of our seasonal berry vendors—Brookeberry and Green-Ford— will be in attendance. John and Kira’s Chocolates, SOOM Foods and Neil’s Sharpening Service will share the Guest Vendor area.
Former Market Director Betsy Cook will assume her new role as clothing designer for this week’s Market. She’s bringing lots of beautiful garments and very affordable prices to the usual Guest Artist Space 27.
Chef Demo / Live Instruction
Local vegan chef and children’s cooking class instructor Patrice Leonetti will turn local produce into healthy, ready-to-eat dishes. Meanwhile, Market sponsor Extraordinary Ed will provide an informative and educational demonstration in the Sponsor tent.
Local businessman and popular musician Sam Caruso is back again this week, at the West Stage, in the shelter of the Speedline. Meanwhile She Hates Me will command the official Market Music Tent, sponsored by Collingswood Music.
Many of you know, but for those of you who don’t, I carry small bills for vendors who run out of singles during the Market day.
The New Jersey Aid for Animals agency will staff the new Dog Tent for us this week, continuing to register dogs that haven’t yet bought their official Market Leash Permits.
Vendors Please Enforce: “No Permit, No Purchase”
This won’t be easy, but it’s necessary. If good dog behavior is important to you, you’ll comply in June with the No Permit, No Purchase policy, declining to serve customers who don’t choose to cooperate with the Permitting and Behavior Guidelines. David Hodges will distribute a small batch of Dog Behavior Guidelines to all vendors for distribution to anyone who appears at your table attempting to make purchases with a non-permitted dog.
Perennial favorites, DiBartolo Bakery, Villa Barone Restaurant, Cheese Etc., and Sara’s Produce will all attend. No others have reserved BID spaces. Mike DiBartolo of DiBartolo Bakery is your contact for all questions regarding BID participation at the Market. (609) 949-3424 cell for voice or text.
VENDOR PARKING PERMITS
It’s good business to save the best parking spaces for SHOPPERS! Most visitors will tell you it’s tough to find parking at the Market. We make things worse by parking our own vehicles in spaces that could be used and re-used many times by shoppers. Please encourage your table crew to park for free in the Lumberyard Parking Garage (just across Collings Avenue from the west entrance). There are plenty of spaces inside, and the walk back to the Market takes 3 minutes.
Flexible Site Plan
Changes will continue to occur throughout the season as vendors come and go and as we learn more about how neighbors interact. I remind you no spaces are ever guaranteed and require your cooperation if I have to move your location any given week. Thank you.
David Hodges Market Director
Home Office (856) 854-8385
Cell Phone for Market Saturdays (856) 979-6653