Hello, Vendors, Artists, Food Artisans, and Friends of the Market!
This Week SAT MAY 14
Weather forecast for Saturday.
Honestly, have you ever seen anything prettier than that long column of SUNNY!? At last, the weather we deserve (and that the strawberries and peas need). Please note, however, the INCREASING WINDINESS toward noon. Don’t forget your tent weights.
Site Plan for SAT MAY 14
Official Market Bloggers
Susan Mauer Lynch (Yellow Room Upstairs) and Denine Gorniak (The Bicycle-Chef), have both posted stories already, and we’ve linked to them all. Donna Hutchinson has contributed a nice story about Quick Fresh Pea Ravioli. In all, there are SIX official Market Bloggers.
Official Market Bloggers have been provided with credentials that look like these.
The stories are intended to showcase your farm and your products. Les Viereck has been the beneficiary of stories about asparagus and peas, and other vendors, including Hillacres Pride, Weckerly’s Ice Cream, and Origin Almond, have already received mentions in blog posts.
Make time for our bloggers if you can, and consider offering them samples of products they can use in their recipes. They’ll always tell readers where they got their ingredients
OCT 24 Guest Vendors
- CHARLIE’S CREPES takes a familiar space alongside DanLynn Organic Farm.
- However WOODS EDGE FARM (alpaca wool goods, honey, beeswax) has moved to an unaccustomed spot to make room for . . .
- NATURE’S OWN FARM FREE RANGE EGGS, who needs to be near the electric box to run the cold box on their pickup truck.
- GARDEN STATE JUICE COMPANY is here with juices squeezed from the produce they bought last week here at the Market.
- ORIGIN ALMOND (ALMOND MILK) and FRUITS D’HERITAGE round out the roster of Guest Vendors.
Guest Artist Sultana Maria (Sultana Aschim)
Guest Artist Sultana Aschim makes flower crowns, handmade jewelry with stones and found objects, collaged windows, mysterious items. Sound eclectic? You bet. Stop by and see what else she forgot to mention this time. Link to her etsy page.
THE INCOMPARABLE DAVE KELLY, EAST STAGE MUSIC TENT
TRIO NOVA DUO (THREE TIMES THE MUSIC), WEST STAGE BENEATH PATCO
ALMOST HOME ANIMAL SHELTER will staff the Dog Tent for us this week, to provide Market Permit Leashes to pet owners who haven’t yet legitimized their dogs.
Already on Opening Day, we noticed a significant decline in the number of disposable, single-use plastic bags at the Market. We’re taking a variety of steps to help shoppers eliminate them where possible.
Send anyone who wants to participate to the FOFM (Friends of the Farmers’ Market) tent at the middle of the Market for
- a FREE Paper bag courtesy of Market sponsor Audubon Savings Bank, or
- a chance to make their own T-Shirt bag, or
- to purchase a snazzy Market reusable bag, or
- to BORROW a reusable bag from the FOFM Loaner Bag program.
Perennial favorites DiBartolo Bakery, Villa Barone, Cheese Etc., and Sara’s Produce will be selling food. Collingswood Music will attend to promote instrument sales, vinyl products, and music lessons.
Starting this season, David Hodges is your primary contact for all BID area questions, reservations, and requests. At the usual numbers and email addresses. See below.
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!
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 with the No Permit, No Purchase policy, declining to serve customers who don’t choose to cooperate with the Permitting and Behavior Guidelines. David will distribute a 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.
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.