Pretty Dismal Forecast.
We don’t seem to be able to catch a break with weather this season. The forecast at this hour calls for rain through the night on Friday and a fair chance of rain, even thunderstorms all morning. Once again, we have to hope the forecasters are just plain mean.
Official Forecast SAT JUN 24
Not just wet, but winds of 11 mph. Temperature looks good. *SIGH*
Site Plan for SAT JUN 24
Brookeberry Farms Organic Berries will be back for another week, and we’ve heard rumors of very early corn from Les Viereck and Fruitwood Farms (maybe Buzby too). But the familiar Eckert corn truck at the west end will be another week. Rick Hymer will be back after a one-week break. We’ve got a Kids Activity at Extraordinary Ed, a Chef Demo by Kitchen Kapers Cooking School, and a Henna Tattoo artist at the east end of the Market. Constellation Collective, Knife Sharpening! Music on 2 stages. We’ve got it all going on.
Dream of Mine
Think we can convince PATCO to let us paint a mural on the overpass? It’s their property. The mural could span the entire length of the Market. The section over Irvin Avenue might look like this, with a nod to PATCO to help convince them. The rest would be bold graphics of Jersey Fresh produce.
For the Foodies
Kitchen Kapers Cooking School.
Johanna Outwin runs an educational and delicious chef demonstration series for us at the Market, cooking up something she bought fresh from our own vendors. This week she’s partnered with her “tent neighbor” Buck Wild Bison to produce us a snack she’ll prepare on site and which you are encouraged to stop by and sample.
VARSHA PATEL brings her own talented hands to the table to create stunning henna tattoo designs on your hands . . . or your ankles, shoulders, what-have-you. Why just buy art when you can BE art? Stop by to watch Varsha at work, or get a one-of-a-kind design for yourself. Happy customers report they last about a week.
BID Vendors SAT JUN 24
Dulce Artisanal Pastries, Villa Barone, Charlie’s Crepes, Cheese, Etc., and Sara’s Produce will round out the roster at the BID section. (Blue Moon Olive Oils. is off again this week but hopes to return on SAT JUL 01.)
Guest Vendors SAT JUN 24
- Neil’s Sharpening Service
—Get out your knives! They’re here just once a month!
- Brookeberry Farms (Organic Berries)
—The season is so short you have to get some every week.
Last week they sold out early, so get ‘em while you can.
- Constellation Collective
—Who knows what the CoCo girls will cook up?
- Buck Wild Bison
—See Susan Mauer Lynch’s Blog Post: Bison Brisket Tacos!
- Garden State Juice Company
—Squeezed from our own vendors’ produce.
- Inspired Brews Kombucha
—Not really a guest anymore since they’re regulars.
- Amber Grain Bakery
—Also now a regular vendor, also selling out early every week. This may be your first chance to get one of their German-style breads, bagels, or bialys.
Official Market Bloggers
Susan Mauer Lynch (Yellow Room Upstairs) has taught her daughters to cook, as she is faithfully teaching us all. This week her daughter Kate offers us a simple slow-cooker way to prepare a Bison brisket into enough filling for a whole platterful of bison tacos! Of course, the bison came from our very own Buck Wild Bison. Beyond that, all you need is some onions and a pile of taco shells. Follow the simple instructions here.
Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad.
Please welcome our newest Official Market Blogger, Sarah Licata (Salt Jar), whose very first recipe for our Blast is this gorgeous goat cheese balsamic salad of spinach from Flaim Farms and “melt-in-your-mouth” strawberries from Fruitwood Farms. There’s a little basil, and some salad dressing ingredients, but basically this dish just celebrates the crunchy, creamy, berrylicious fresh local ingredients. Follow the recipe and see the scrumptious photos here.
Garlic Kohlrabi Pickles.
Natalie Winch (Food Empowerment Blog) buys kohlrabi in the spring, and again in the fall, and has recipes for both seasons of this cool-weather delicacy. Roast it in the fall, keep it crisp and piquant in the spring, as in this week’s recipe for kohlrabi pickles. Yes, you can! Once you master the simple techniques, you’ll be pickling everything! Follow the instructions and see what they look like in a jar here.
Featured Artist SAT JUN 24
Wildlife Shadow Boxes from Squirrel Tacos.
Casey Lynch says very little about her art except that it’s “Hand cut paper works, silhouettes, scenes in frames, loose prints, and greeting cards.” That doesn’t begin to describe how beautiful and meticulously crafted her work is. Regarding her wildlife shadow boxes, she says, “This collection celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service here in the states. Each papercut is hand drawn and cut before being installed in a shadow box. The background photo of each critter is a photo from my collection of vintage National Parks books.”
Music SAT JUN 17
EAST STAGE MUSIC TENT. We’ve got music from She Hates Me this week, which means newly-elected member of the Camden County Democratic Committee Shannon McGill Vasile will be singing pretty with Kevin Sullivan, who is better at crashing parties than joining them.
WEST STAGE BELOW PATCO. John Rossi doesn’t play here often enough for most of us. He’s got the easiest, most deceptively simple style and an engaging manner that will make you smile whether you just pass by or stop and listen to an entire set.
In 2 Weeks
SALSA CONTEST SAT JUL 08. The focus of the Second Annual Salsa-Making Contest is Jersey Fresh flavor (not heat!). Put together your best recipe using produce from our own vendors whenever possible and register soon. We’re limiting entries to the first 24! Official Market Bloggers and other Market Illuminati will serve as judges.