Weather forecast for Saturday.
Scattered Thunderstorms. Okay. That could sound better. But remember the last time you needed rain and it fell on the neighboring town instead? I predict there will be rain in the Delaware Valley, but not at the Collingswood Market. Think dry.
Site Plan for SAT JUL 09
Official Market Bloggers
RED WHITE BLUE POTATO SALAD. Susan Mauer Lynch (YellowRoomUpstairs). Easy potato salad using red, white, and blue fingerling potatoes from Formisano Farms, and DanLynn’s organic scallions (finish with Hillacres Pride bacon)! LINK HERE.
PICKLED KIRBY CUCUMBERS. Natalie Winch (FoodEmpowermentBlog). Natalie wins awards for her pickles. Les Viereck and DanLynn, among others, have kirbys this week. Buy a few and try Natalie’s recipes for canned hot brine pickles. LINK HERE.
BERRY BEET SALAD. Patricia DiJulio (SouthJerseyGirlsGrub). Patricia combines beets and red leaf butter lettuce from Flaim Farms, with organic blueberries and plump organic blackberries from Brookeberry Farms (with candied walnuts and a blackberry vinaigrette!) to make this magnificent salad. LINK HERE.
In all, six Official Market Bloggers have been provided with credentials like these:
This week’s blog posts include recipes using
- FINGERLING POTATOES
- ORGANIC SCALLIONS
- KIRBY PICKLES
- RED LEAF BUTTER LETTUCE
- ORGANIC BLACKBERRIES
- ORGANIC BLUEBERRIES
BE PROACTIVE WITH OUR BLOGGERS
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. If you need help moving a particular product, solicit an article/recipe that features it.
FIRST ANNUAL SALSA CONTEST.
Contestants are preparing their best salsa recipes featuring produce from the Market in five categories: Classic Red (cooked), Salsa Cruda (raw), Salsa Verde (green), Freelance Vegetable (such as corn, carrots), Fruit Salsa (featuring mango, for example). This is not a “heat contest.” Recipes will be mild or medium. Stop by the Information table to enter, or click the links below for information and registration. Official Market Bloggers will be our judges.
Link to Registration
JUL 09 Guest Vendors
- GreenFord Blueberry Farm
- Brookeberry Organic Berries
- Origin Almond Milk
- Massage Therapist Philosopher’s Stone
- Hercules Beard Men’s Grooming Supplies
- Blueberry Fields Soap
Guest Artist: Michelle Rauh (Fox & Feline)
MICHELLE RAUH (FOX & FELINE). Handmade organic, eco-friendly, cruelty-free cat toys and dog accessories featuring vintage and upcycled elements. (Not to mention charming and adorable.)
EAST STAGE MUSIC TENT
THE UNSTOPPABLE HACKBEATS
WEST STAGE BELOW PATCO
ALMOST HOME 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. They will be joined in a second space by the Mount Laurel Animal Hospital.
Already this season, we have 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.
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.