Weather forecast for Saturday.
Summer Beauty! If you liked last Saturday’s Market weather, you’ll be happy with this week too. In fact, the humidity is considerably lower this week, so the “feels like” conditions are more comfortable. From cowbell to cowbell we’ll have comfortable weather, light breezes, and no rain. Ideal summer Market weather.
Site Plan for SAT AUG 27
News from our Official Market Bloggers
Garlic Parmesan Zucchini
GARLIC PARMESAN ZUCCHINI
Leanne Entwistle (The Creped Crusader). Leanne, who played guitar and sang for us in the Music Tent a few weeks ago, is our newest Official Market Blogger. In her debut post, she shares her special treatment for zucchini she selected from Flaim Farms. LINK HERE.
Susan Mauer Lynch (Yellow Room Upstairs). This week, Susan takes us on a guided tour of the treasures she found last at last week’s Market, including stops at Springdale, Buzby, Viereck, Schober, Formisano, Flaim, and Hillacres Pride for tomatoes, green grapes, pickles, cranberry beans, and cheesy crackers. 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 27 Guest Vendors
- Weckerly’s Ice Cream
- Green Aisle Grocery
- MECHA Artisan Chocolates
- FOOD INNOVATION TENT: Our Yards Farm
The Food Innovation Tent
Beginning SAT AUG 27. Our mission at the Market is to promote Jersey Fresh agriculture in whatever form it takes. For example, CSAs, once novel, have become more common as a way to support farms with cash paid to farmers at the beginning of the season for a “share” of what the farm produces.
This week, we’re making room in the Food Innovation Tent (Guest Vendor area) for Julie Pierre of Our Yards Farms. Julie’s innovation is to contract with suburban homeowners to farm “extra” land in their yards. Land lenders get a share of the production from all Julie’s farms, not just what grows on their own property.
Guest Artist: Le Vin et La Mare
LE VIN ET LA MARE
HOME DÉCOR. Virginia “Ginny” Bernier (Le Vin et La Mare) creates wine cork and sea shell creations—cork wreaths, bulletin boards, initials/letters and critters, shell wreaths, angels, mirrors, frames, and trees.
EAST STAGE MUSIC TENT. The incomparable Dave Kelly never stops experimenting. If it has strings, he makes it sing.
WEST STAGE BELOW PATCO. Marc Sengin looks and sounds the part of a troubador playing and singing classic pop and folk tunes of the 60s and 70s.
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.