Hello, Vendors, Artists, and Friends of the Collingswood Farmers’ Market!
There’s a fair chance the Market will be wet when we open this week. On the other hand, forecasts have been very unreliable. Either way, there’s plenty of extraordinary produce from our farm vendors, and some interesting guests.
Site Plan for SAT JUL 18
One brand new vendor and two second-timers will be joining us this week.
- Bikram Yoga is buying local produce, juicing it raw, and bringing ti to Market this week.
- Red Fox Gourmet will be here with their “artisan snacks,” and
- O Made Granola, who made such a hit on her first visit, will be back with her all-natural product too.
- Brookeberry is done for the season (already!), but
- Green-Ford will bring their exceptional berries from Pemberton.
Trudi Clark Pretty Pottery. Hand thrown clay wall pockets and serving dishes with inlaid vintage lace.
Two absolute favorites will entertain guests at the west and east ends of the Market.
- Dave Kelly plays guitar and mandolin at the west stage
- Trio Nova Duo bring their variously-stringed instruments to the east Music Tent.
Small Bills and a Bathroom Key
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.
For guest vendors who might not be aware, I also have a key to Perkins Art Center, a Market sponsor, the primary benefit of which, for our vendors is INDOOR PLUMBING!
The Camden County Animal Shelter will staff the 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. Collingswood Music (our Music Tent sponsor) will also have a BID space. New soap-makers Chamomile Cottage Soap will have a promotional space but sell no soap.
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