Weather forecast for Saturday.
Perfect Summer Saturday Market. Sunny and 70s to open; sunny and 80s to close. Low humidity, near to no wind, no rain at all until maybe the afternoon. Come early, stay long, buy much.
Site Plan for SAT JUL 16
Official Market Bloggers
SALSA CONTEST RESULTS. Denine Gorniak (The Bicycle-Chef). Denine did us the great favor of blogging about the Market’s first-ever Salsa Contest, complete with photos and a list of winners. Head over to her blog for the inside story. LINK HERE.
TALKING GARLIC WITH BARRY SAVOIE. Natalie Winch (FoodEmpowermentBlog). Natalie knows some garlics are better for roasting, and why. Follow the link to read about her conversation with Barry Savoie about what she calls “The Silver Queen of Garlic.” LINK HERE.
WATERMELON (OR TUNA) POKE. Ryan Cochrane (imadeafood). Attention Pokemon Go players. Ryan says it’s time to “put down the poke ball and pick up a poke bowl.” If you get that joke about tuna and vegetarian watermelon poke, you’re probably young enough to reset my google settings. LINK HERE.
PEACHY KEEN CROSTATA. Patricia DiJulio (SouthJerseyGirlsGrub). Dessert is DONE! Patricia combines peaches from Fruitwood Farms and organic blueberries from Brookeberry Farms and a Jacques Pepin crust to make this magnificent fruit dessert. LINK HERE.
In all, six Official Market Bloggers have been provided with credentials like these:
This week’s blog posts include recipes using
- SUGAR SNAP PEAS
- 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.
JUL 16 Guest Vendors
- GreenFord Blueberry Farm
- Brookeberry Organic Berries
- Barn and Stone House Soap
- Weckerly’s Ice Cream
- Market Day Canele
- O Made Granola
- Green Aisle Grocery
Guest Artist: Maria Cartwright (222 Design)
MARIA CARTWRIGHT (222 DESIGNS). Maria creates torch-fired copper enameled jewelry. Each colorful and unique item is created individually and then hand fired with a torch. Come see why she took First Place in the jewelry category in the Cape May Promenade Art Show! (She takes credit cards.)
EAST STAGE MUSIC TENT
SHE HATES ME
WEST STAGE BELOW PATCO
Dog Tent (Pets in Need)
NJAFA (New Jersey Aid for Animals) will staff the Dog Tent. “We are in desperate need of cat food. We have over 16 cats at our sanctuary AND we provide food for two individuals in Camden whose cats would otherwise be euthanized at shelter.”
Bring DRY Purina Cat Chow OR WET food or canned anything to the Dog Tent. (Yes, bring cat food to the dog tent. You know you want to.)
“Buy 2 Give 1” Milestone
Lourdes Wellness. Our Market sponsor, Lourdes Wellness, has been partnering with the Oaklyn Food Pantry to collect food at our Market once a month. As of this week, if they collect 200 pounds of fresh produce for distribution to our food-vulnerable neighbors, they will have collected and shared 3000 POUNDS of Jersey Fresh since the “Buy 2, Give 1” campaign began. Please look for them in the middle of the Market and be generous, as you have always been, you wonderful people.
Spotlight on Weckerly’s Ice Cream
Out of a dozen applicants over the years, we chose Weckerly’s Ice Cream to be our ice cream provider because of their commitment to healthy and sustainable local agriculture (and because their stuff, by taste and texture, is simply the best we’ve ever sampled). Here are some of the ways Andy and Jen Satinsky prove their commitment.
VENDOR SUPPORT. Weckerly’s sources ingredients from AT Buzby, Viereck Farm, Springdale Farm, DanLynn Organic, Green-Ford Blueberry farm, and Hillacres Pride (whose cheddar flavors the shortbread in the apple ice cream sandwiches).
FARM VISITS. The Satinskys want to SEE their ingredients made. They travel to blueberry farms to pick and sample blueberry varieties, and visit the cows that produce their milk and cream.
ORGANIC AND LOCAL. Camphill Village Dairy (Chester County) cows keep their horns, feed on pasture 365 days a year, and—like the farm crew—live a “dignified and purposeful life” producing the milk at this 30-years-organic dairy.
We applaud Weckerly’s for maintaining the high standards we demand from all of our food-producing vendors, both farms and guest.
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.
This week, the good people of First Baptist Church of Collingswood will be staffing the Bag Reduction Tent and helping our shoppers make their own T-shirt bags. Thank you, Pastor Brent and your helpful friends.
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.