How does Mostly Sunny, Temps in the 60s sound?
Attention, New Participants!
These instructions will help insure a smooth arrival and setup during what can be a hectic hour. We’ll offer directions and general instructions for the first three weeks of May to help orient new guest vendors and other participants.
Study your location
- Further down this post you will find the site plans for opening day SAT MAY 06.
- The first farm vendors arrive at 6am. You are welcome to arrive with them.
- Arrive no later than 7am. You need to be ready to meet the public at 8am.
- David will be on site wearing red sweatshirt and/or jacket and a Market cap.
- Find David or text him to let him know you’ve arrived.
- Text, don’t call, (856) 979-6653
If you’re on the North side of the Market (spaces 1-49)
- DO NOT drive into the Market at all.
- You’ll park briefly alongside the parking meters on the north side to unload.
Be Smart when you park.
Don’t command a parking space that shoppers can turn over a dozen times.
- David will have Vendor Parking Passes for you
- Park in the Lumberyard Garage for free
- Saving spaces for shoppers means more of them will visit your tent and table.
- Don’t be late, but text ahead if you’re going to be late.
- Text me: (856) 979-6653.
- If you must call instead of texting, please remember, when I answer, I will be busy with someone who’s on time.
- Remain patient.
Look for the chalk
- Market space numbers are marked with chalk on the pavement.
- Market spaces are parking space dimensions, 10 feet wide by 16 feet deep.
- Under the Speedline, we follow the diagonal parking space lines.
- On the north side, we “square off” the diagonals.
- The Market provides space only.
- Bring your own tables and tents.
- May can be windy; tents require weights for safety.
- Plan your displays so that your products don’t fall or blow away.
Actual Forecast SAT MAY 20.
MOSTLY SUNNY. TEMPS IN THE 60s. Winds light. We’re all set up for a (well-deserved) glorious day at the Market this week in Collingswood.
Site Plan for SAT MAY 20
We’ve already posted this to Facebook . Here’s your chance to see it too! 🙂
Chloe’s Creme Puffs will attend the Market for the first time this season. They’ll be bringing their signature special item as a little something different a few times this summer. Check them out.
Dulce Artisanal Pastries will make its third appearance at our Market. Blue Moon Olive Oils and Vinegars will be selling for the first time, dispensing oils from their stainless steel fustis. Regular vendors Villa Barone, Cheese Etc., Charlie’s Crepes, and Sara’s Produce will round out the roster at the BID section.
- Woods Edge Wool Farms (Alpaca wool & honey)
- Chloe’s Crème Puffs—Brand New!
- Buck Wild Bison (Extended run. Returning for the season)
- Garden State Juice Company (Squeezed from our own vendors’ produce)
- John & Kira’s Chocolate
- Blue Moon Olive Oils & Vinegars (first-time sellers)
- Weckerly’s Ice Cream
- Inspired Brews Kombucha
- Constellation Collective
- Green Aisle Grocery
Official Market Bloggers
Strawberry Rhubarb Jam. Stef Perna (Treatbelly) eats rhubarb raw, which is unusual, but partners it with strawberries to make jam, which is divine.
See her post here.
Mermaid Metal. Steph Schultz makes handmade sterling silver and gemstone jewelry inspired by the sea.
COWRIE SHELL AND TURQUOISE RING
Music SAT MAY 20
EAST STAGE MUSIC TENT. We always get two out of three when the Trio Nova Duo come to play.
WEST STAGE BELOW PATCO. Jim and Kathy Mannix don’t pretend to be a trio. But they do sometimes dress as Sonny and Cher. The Mannix Duo makes its debut performance at the Market this week.
Dog Tent SAT MAY 20
FRENCH BULLDOG RESCUE NETWORK
FRENCHIE KISSING. Who could resist? French Bulldog Rescue Network will bring adoptable French bulldogs to the Dog Tent this week and, for a donation, you can smooch a lovable pooch.
For the Kids
FACE PAINTING. Collingswood Odyssey of the Mind will be on the premises to sell paint faces and sell raffle tickets to fund their upcoming trip to the national competition.
For the Foodies
CHEF DEMO. Farm-to-table in minutes! The chefs of the Kitchen Kapers Cooking Classes will come to the Market, shop from our own vendors, and produce something delicious on the spot!
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!
Location for New Participants
The Market is not a permanent structure with a street address. It’s a section of pavement between Haddon Avenue and the High-Speed PATCO train to Philadelphia known as the Speedline. It sets up Saturday mornings from the first of May until the Saturday before Thanksgiving, from 8am until noon, and by 2pm the only way to identify the location is by the sponsor banners flying from the utility poles.
Using Google Maps?
For mapping purposes, use 713 North Atlantic Avenue, Collingswood as an address. That’s actually the Collingswood Police Station, but it’s the closest named building.
The market is located in Collingswood’s flourishing downtown business district, situated only 10 minutes from Center City Philadelphia by car and by PATCO Hi-Speedline.
The Towers. Once you get close, the Market can be found easily by looking up—for 2 water towers. The Market occupies the parking lot near the base of the two blue water towers in the center of town.
They’ve just been repainted. So, in case the Collingswood Logo isn’t in place yet, look for something like the photos on the right.
- If you enter town on Haddon Avenue, turn right onto Collings Avenue at the traffic light in the middle of town, then left into the entrance to the Community Center just before you reach the Speedline.
- If you enter town on Collings Avenue, make a right turn into the entrance to the Community Center, just after coming under the Speedline.
- If you enter town on PATCO, exit the turnstiles and head left, which is west, in the direction of Philadelphia. Walk along the PATCO tracks for about a block and a half and you will see the Market.
From the Ben Franklin Bridge
You will take Admiral Wilson Blvd. (30/676) to 30/130 south (the PUB is a landmark at the ramp)
Go thru the light at the Cooper River Golf driving range, past cemetery, and keep an eye to your right for a Dunkin Donuts.
Make the right at the Dunkin Donuts corner onto Haddon Ave, BUT keep right to jughandle around UNDER 130 and up onto Haddon Ave into Collingswood. (There is a sign “Welcome to Collingswood”)
Drive through first light (Browning Rd. intersection). At second light (Collings Avenue), turn right. You’re practically there.
Turn right onto Collings Avenue and turn left into the Community Center (past the fire hall). Stay to the right and follow the traffic or park immediately.
Look up. You’ll see two blue water towers. The Market is in the same lot.
This should be about 7 minutes drive from Ben Franklin in Saturday morning traffic.
- PATCO Collingswood Station parking along Atlantic Ave. extends right up to the Irvin Avenue entrance of the Market and is ample and free.
- Free street parking along the Market section of Atlantic Avenue and neighboring streets.
- Free parking in lots just north of the Market both west and east of the Police station.
- Kiosk and meter parking along Haddon Avenue.
- Kiosk parking in the Lumberyard Garage on Collings Avenue across from the Community Center.
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.