If Wishing Makes It So . . .
Sure, the forecast could be wrong, but I get the feeling we’re going to have a good one this week. Bring extra.
Official Forecast SAT JUN 10
If Partly Cloudy means what I think it does—Mostly Sunny!—then we’ll do fine, with temps rising all the way from the low 60s to the low 80s during Market hours, lowering humidity, light breezes. Sounds like Market Weather to me!
Site Plan for SAT JUN 10
Just one space to spare this week. We’ve added Our Souls Shine Applesauce for the week, and we have an Activity Space, a Sponsor Space, a Soap seller, and two nonprofits to supplement our usual roster of outstanding Legacy and Guest vendors.
ATM Machine at the Market
Under its own tent at the center entrance to the Market, this new ATM machine made it possible for more than 60 customers to access additional cash the very first week of operation. I hope you’ll see a corresponding increase in business as we make it easier for shoppers to shop. For cards issued by our sponsor Parke Bank, transactions are free of fees.
NEW Vendor SAT JUN 10
Our Souls Shine. Cindy Irvin of Audubon is a holistic health coach . . . AND! She grows her own kale and blends it with cinnamon and organic apples to make her own applesauce called Our Souls Shine. AND! She’s a ray of healing sunshine. AND! She’s the author of Yoga and Mindfulness for Children. You could probably see the book if you drop by her table this week. You’ll certainly be able to sample the sauce, which is available at local Whole Foods and MOM’s Organic Markets. http://www.oursoulsshine.com/
BID Vendors SAT JUN 10
Dulce Artisanal Pastries, Blue Moon Olive Oils and Vinegars, Villa Barone, Charlie’s Crepes, and Sara’s Produce will round out the roster at the BID section. (Cheese, Etc. is off this week but will return on SAT JUN 17.)
Guest Vendors SAT JUN 10
- Buck Wild Bison (Extended run because we can’t get enough)
- Garden State Juice Company
(Squeezed from our own vendors’ produce)
- Blue Moon Olive Oils & Vinegars
(Sample from the stainless steel fustis!)
- Our Souls Shine Applesauce
(Organic and local produce sauces)
- John & Kira’s Chocolates
(Real mint. Real fruit. Real flavors.)
- Preservation Handcrafted Foods
(Mostly pickles, but consider the Jersey Devil Hot Sauce)
- Blueberry Fields Artisan Soaps
- Amber Grain Bakery
(Come early. They sold out on their debut appearance last week.)
Official Market Bloggers
Sugar Snap Peas in a Snap. Susan Mauer Lynch (Yellow Room Upstairs) picked up the first sugar snap peas of the season from Les Viereck’s table and a bundle of scallions from Our Yards Farm, and wasted no time getting them into a saute pan with a little butter, the scallions, and some crimini mushrooms. When the ingredients are fresh, simple is best, and this dish will deliver maximum enjoyment of a wonderful spring treat with a minimum of effort. Follow the simple instructions here.
Roasted Asparagus Balsamic. Donna Hutchinson (MyTastyJourney) starts her asparagus and pasta recipe with fresh spears from Viereck Farms. What distinguishes it from other pasta tosses is the sauce of boiled down balsamic vinaigrette blended with butter and brown sugar. Fast and simple, but not mundane. Follow the recipe and see lovely photos of Donna’s daughter in face-paint here.
Garlic Scape Pesto. Stef Perna (treatbelly) bought garlic scapes from Savoie Organic Farm. They’re the delicate, firm, green stems of the garlic plant available only briefly in spring. The recipe here uses them raw in a pesto with pistachio and parmesan. It’s simple, uses raw ingredients, requires no cooking, just a processor. It you don’t use them already, it will make you want to scout and try some scapes. Follow the instructions here.
Featured Artist SAT JUN 10
Shayla Shines Designs. Lisa Kirkonis makes dandelion wishes and lavender jewelry. Intriguing? You bet. Two natural items that don’t usually last very long made into lasting adornments. Come see them and consider them as gifts.
Music SAT JUN 10
EAST STAGE MUSIC TENT. If it has strings, Dave Kelly can make it sing. Last year, he added the lap steel guitar to his repertoire of instrumentation. Come hear/see this intriguing instrument and so much more from our own Irish cowboy.
WEST STAGE BELOW PATCO. Their family calls them Matthew & Genevieve LaPalomento, but you’ll call them The New Valentines. This is their debut appearance at the Market, so make them feel welcome, please. As their name would suggest, expect good vibes and romance.
Perkins “Seconds” Sale SAT JUN 10
GREAT VALUES ON HANDMADE POTTERY. Many of our vendors look forward to this annual event with great anticipation, hurrying down to the Perkins end of the Market to poach good buys before the sale officially begins. Just saying.