Weather forecast for Saturday.
You could call it a relief. Sunny and 70 at the opening cowbell. Temps climb into the 80s by noon, but dry all the way. Humid though. Oh yeah. Very humid. Come early, stay hydrated, take home some useful plants.
Site Plan for SAT JUL 30
Official Market Bloggers
Last week on this page, we teased you with a promise of Patricia DiJulio’s pasta-plum tomato-basil-long hots concoction, PLUS! Susan Mauer Lynch’s profile of the A T Buzby Farm CSA. Those and other attractions follow below.
A T Buzby CSA.
Susan Mauer Lynch (Yellow Room Upstairs). Susan does an in-depth examination of the CSA (Community Sponsored Agriculture) plan offered by our legacy vendor A.T. Buzby for pickup at the Market. That AND a bonus recipe for a turnip soufflé even kids enjoy, at the link. LINK HERE.
Patricia DiJulio (SouthJerseyGirlsGrub). Patricia purchased Jersey field-grown plum tomatoes from Les Viereck Farms and fresh beautiful basil, long hots, and fresh garlic from Formisano Farms. At the link, find the delicious recipe that she promises will become a family favorite! LINK HERE.
Fire Roasted Peach Salsa
Denine Gorniak (The Bicycle-Chef). Pick up your Jersey tomatoes and peaches at your favorite Market vendor, then follow Denine’s detailed recipe complete with canning instructions and photos all the way, at the link. LINK HERE.
Mike Wilk Lamb Farm
Natalie Winch (Food Empowerment Blog). Natalie toured Mike Wilk’s Tabernacle NJ farm along with your Market Director to get a sense of his food quality and farm practices. (Hint from her blog post: “The good news for you, if you live in South Jersey, is that you can purchase Mike’s very high-quality, super-humanely raised lamb at the Collingswood Farmer’s Market. If you are interested in whole animals, you can contact Mike through his website, wilkfarm.com.”) Follow the link for the rest of the story. LINK HERE.
In all, six Official Market Bloggers have been provided with credentials like these:
This week’s blog posts include recipes using
- PLUM TOMATOES
- GRAPE TOMATOES
- BELL PEPPERS
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.
Peach Pie Baking Contest Next Week
SAT AUG 06
NEXT WEEK! The annual Peach Pie Baking Contest kicks off Peach Month at the Market. Simple peach. Peach Plus. Best Presentation. Market cash prizes in all categories. Pre-registration is required.
JUL 30 Guest Vendors
- GreenFord Blueberry Farm
- Weckerly’s Ice Cream
- Green Aisle Grocery
- Micha’s Handmade Soaps
- Blissed Out Mamas Lactation
- Neil’s Knife Sharpening
JUL 30 Special Appearances
- Lilo’s Promise Animal Rescue
- Blue Moondance Designs!
- Chinese School of New Jersey
Guest Artist: Blue Moondance Designs
BLUE MOONDANCE DESIGNS. Jessica Soldevila makes a wide variety of artisan crafts including notebooks, coasters, jewelry, gift tags, and much more.
EAST STAGE MUSIC TENT
SHE HATES ME!
WEST STAGE BELOW PATCO
PETE DEVINE WTHOUT HIS BANDMATES IS TRIO NOVA SOLO
Dog Tent: Lilo’s Promise Animal Rescue
Lilo’s Promise Animal Rescue. “We’re always in need of Taste of the Wild dog food (either salmon or lamb) and/or tasty treats for the pups. One of their favorites tends to be Fruitable brand treats.”
New This Week
Wilk’s Lamb Farm. Mike Wilk’s 25-acre farm in Tabernacle is the latest addition to the outstanding roster of local, responsible farms to bring product to our Market. Mike pastures his sheep on his own farm for 95% of their diet, coaxing them into the enclosure at day’s end with a little grain snack, and supplementing with hay in the winter when snow covers the pasture. His flock spend their entire lives on his farm.
Be sure to read Natalie Winch’s blog post about her visit to Mike’s farm.
Know Your Food
KNOW YOUR FOOD. Rick Hymer (Hymer Farms, Monroeville) explained corn silk to me. Silks appear early in neat rows along the young ear, one silk for each kernel that will eventually form (2). Meanwhile, a tassel grows at the top of the corn stalk (1). The tassel releases pollen, which insects or wind carry to the silks of nearby plants. Each silk must be pollinated to form a perfect ear. Where silks are damaged or un-pollinated, the corresponding kernels don’t grow. Silks darken and dry out as the ear matures and indicate when the ears are ready to pick. (3)
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.
Guest “Baggers” have been helping out the past two weeks. This Saturday, Lindsey Thivierge is back in charge.
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!
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.