Weather forecast for Saturday.
10 Degrees of Relief! Both our opening temperature of 72 and our closing temperature of 85 are 10 degrees cooler than Market conditions last Saturday. From cowbell to cowbell we’ll be more comfortable this week, with falling humidity throughout the day, very light breezes, and very little chance of rain. Ideal summer Market weather.
Site Plan for SAT AUG 20
News from our Official Market Bloggers
You say tomato, I say eggplant. Our Market bloggers have been busy squeezing and teasing the recent bounty of succulent Jersey tomatoes into kitchen-friendly hot weather recipes (Think cooling gazpacho. Think “no oven” grilled sandwiches.). But they haven’t neglected the bumper crop of eggplant either. Read on! Then buy and try.
Farmers’ Market Gazpacho
FARMERS’ MARKET GAZPACHO
Christine Clarke (The Coveted Kitchen). Christine has discovered what all good Market shoppers know: in August, the vendors practically beg us to take home a case of tomatoes! Combine them with other Market goodies (cucumber, onion, sweet bell peppers) and don’t turn on a burner! LINK HERE.
No Egg Eggplant
Susan Mauer Lynch (Yellow Room Upstairs). Susan astutely observes that this month the eggplant is EVERYWHERE: Springdale, Flaim, Buzby, DanLynn, Viereck, Formisano, Savoie, Fruitwood. When you’ve come home with eight different types, try her no-fail preparation: peel, slice, salt, brush with oil, bake. Questions? Read on. LINK HERE.
Tomato and Friends
GRILLED TOMATO (AND CHEESE)
Susan Mauer Lynch (Yellow Room Upstairs). Among her many charming characteristics, Susan gives everybody equal time. She wants us to choose our tomatoes from among those at: Springdale, Buzby, Hymer, DanLynn, Fruitwood, Viereck, Formisano, and Flaim. For dessert, cold melon from: Buzby, Hymer, Viereck, Fruitwood. But for no-nitrate bacon, she has just one recommendation: Hillacres Pride. As for the sourdough bread: Wild Flour Bakery. Got your list? Let’s grill. LINK HERE.
In all, six Official Market Bloggers have been provided with credentials like these:
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.
AUG 20 Guest Vendors
- Market Day Canele
- Preservation Provisions (Local Pickles)
Guest Artist: Rose Pacey Gypsy Art
GYPSY ART. Rose Pacey creates mixed media art, beaded items, and wind chimes.
Second Annual Adopt-a-Thon
AVOID THE MARKET SAT AUG 20 if you’re susceptible to adorable animal cuteness. 8 shelters, rescues, and animal adoption agencies including an animal hospital will participate in the 2nd Annual Adoptathon at the west end of the Market (in the “Treehouse Café spaces”). Dog wading pool! Puppy playpen! Dog kissing booth! You’ve been warned. 8am-noon.
EAST STAGE MUSIC TENT. MONKO! Kevin Monko and anyone he chooses to bring along will produce tainted candy sounds.
WEST STAGE BELOW PATCO. Sam Caruso and his sometime duet partner and reggae enthusiast will command your attention at the west end of the Market, near the Adopt-a-Thon.
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, Pastor Brent and the wonderful volunteers from the First Baptist Church of Collingswood will be staffing the Bag Tent. Come by to meet them, make a bag of your own, turn your t-shirt into reusable wonderfulness, or buy one of the ready-mades.
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.