Most Important Word in any Forecast?
Mostly cloudy but dry. Humid but dry. Probably muggy at setup but dry.
Official Forecast SAT JUL 15
Temperatures of 70 or better to open, 80 or better to close. Humidity pretty unbearable during setup, improves during the Market hours. Light breezes. Not bad at all. Good food-buying weather!
Site Plan for SAT JUL 15
We’re full to bursting, with room for not one more vendor or attraction. Blue Moon returns to the BID section. Our Souls Shine is back sauce from organic apples. Weckerly’s Ice Cream, Green Aisle Grocery, and Flour + Oats cookies are back. The Oaklyn Pantry and Don’t Bully Us are in the house collecting food and distributing adoptable animals. Our good friends from 4PawsNJ will dispense leashes and take applications for new pets too. AND live music from She Hates Me! and the revolving door of musicians that make up Sam Caruso’s pickup band.
What’s In Season! SAT JUL 15
Eckert’s will be back with corn and lots of it. If customers are getting low on their favorite salad dressings or jams they’ll have a full selection.
Fruitwood Farms will have beets, blueberries, sweet cherries, corn, cucumbers, nectarines, peaches, donut peaches, radishes, squash, string beans, tomatoes and honey. NJ goodness!
Hillacres Pride reports, “This week at Collingswood it is chicken week! Our freezers are full of our pasture raised chickens. Stock up on whole chickens at a great price. We are accepting pre-orders for savings on 6 packs of leg & thigh or boneless breast. As usual we will be well stocked on cheeses, and our delicious meats. If this weather is too hot for you, grab some of our farm fresh yogurt and some fruit and make a great smoothie!”
Origin Almond is bringing back the Cinnamon Horchata, a very popular seasonal almond milks. This modern twist on a festive summer favorite combines fresh almond milk with made-from-scratch organic brown rice milk which is then infused with organic cinnamon and real vanilla bean specks. Delicious when enjoyed with smoothies or cereal but even better on its own in a chilled glass. Stop by and try a sample!
The Treehouse is more “hole-istic” this week with handcrafted blueberry bagels featuring the Jersey Fresh blues of Green-Ford Blueberry Farm and Peaches-n-Cinnamon Cream Cheese with Jersey Fresh peaches from Schober and Son’s. Get cream cheese for sale in half pound containers or some to put on a tasty bagel at the Market. Available while supplies last.
It’s another “fruitful” market for Cheese Etc. & Gourmet Gifts. Check out their summer spreads: Blueberry Goat, Spiked Peaches & Cream, Lemon Shandy Beer Spread and Berry Grigio (with wine from Valenzano’s Winery!)
BID Vendors SAT JUL 15
Dulce Artisanal Pastries, Villa Barone, Charlie’s Crepes, Cheese, Etc., Blue Moon Olive Oils, and Sara’s Produce will represent BID vendors at the “top” of the Market.
Guest Vendors SAT JUL 15
- Flour + Oats Artisan Cookies is excited to be back to the market this week! We’re enjoying the bounty of fresh fruit and produce for the season and baking Fresh Zucchini and Dark Chocolate Cookies and Fresh Blueberry Scones. Other flavors include Salted Caramel Snickerdoodle, Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl, Honey Lavender Shortbread and much more! They’ll have samples – stop by! (Plus – they’re hiring! Inquire for details.)
- Green Aisle Grocery is bringing Fennel onion marmalade, Black raspberry compound butter, Blueberry strawberry cardamom preserves, Amatriciana pasta sauce, Habanero Lime pickles.
- Inspired Brews Kombucha is bringing – Pineapple Herba (pineapple, mint, lemongrass, ginger) and Midnight (blackberry, lemon, vanilla, activated charcoal).
- Amber Grain Bakery—Now a regular vendor, still selling out early every week. Baguettes, German loaves, Collingswood Sourdough, bagels, more!
- Weckerly’s Ice Cream—You could pick blind from the menu and choose a favorite every time.
- Barn and Stone House Soap—Stock up. You know you take more showers in the summertime!
- Garden State Juice—With fresh ingredients from our Market vendors.
- Our Souls Shine Applesauce—Organic apples, kale (yes, kale!) and cinnamon. Oh, and sunshine; lots of sunshine.
Official Market Bloggers
Leanne Entwistle (The Creped Crusader). Leanne went with cherry tomatoes fresh from Formisano Farms at our own Market, and a baguette from Wildflour Bakery for her grilled bruschetta. This recipe takes the indoors outdoors by producing bruschetta on the grill. Fresh mozzarella and basil is about all you’ll need to make this perfect appetizer or accompaniment for grilled chicken and a salad. Ah, summertime! See the simple preparation instructions by clicking through to Leanne’s blog here.
Blueberry Crumble Bars
Stef Perna (treatbelly) treats us to a special dessert item this week using a very short-lived commodity: the New Jersey Blueberry. It’s already too late to buy the organic berries she got from our cherished vendor Brookeberry Farms (They’re done for the season), but you can find plenty of berries from Hammonton at the Market this week from our other produce farms. Sugar, flour, butter and excellent blueberries combine here to make a crumble-topped masterpiece. See the details here.
Aunt Gig’s Refrigerator Pickles
Susan Mauer Lynch (Yellow Room Upstairs). Nobody knows the produce offerings at the Market better than Susan. She’s shopped cucumbers from Viereck Farms, Springdale Farms, DanLynn, and Savoie Organic. Garlic from Savoie, Flaim, Formisano, and DanLynn. Dill from both Flaim and Formisano. For these pickles, she went with crisp white Kirby Pickles from Savoie for the mild, delicate flavor and their crunch. Pick your own favorites and get the simple preparation instructions here.
Featured Artist SAT JUL 15
Artist of the Week
222 Creations. Maria Cartwright creates torch-fired copper enameled jewelry. Each colorful and unique item is created individually and then hand fired with a torch. So, you could say, she spends her professional life playing with fire. But you’re more likely to just say, “Wow. Beautiful colors!” Read More.
Music SAT JUL 15
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. Market Favorite Sam Caruso brings out the fun in every repertoire and usually encourages one or more of his talented friends to stop by for some spirited collaboration.
Music starts at 9 AM on both stages, every week, rain or shine.
Salsa Content Results
Denine Gorniak (The Bicycle-Chef) drove up from the shore to judge salsas in our Second Annual Salsa Contest. She also richly chronicled the event, with commentary, analysis of the individual recipes, personal reflections, and fantastic photos of the entries and the event. If you attended, you’ll see your favorites. If you missed it, you’ll get all the details at Denine’s blog.
For Animal Lovers
Our good friends 4PawsNJ will be staffing the official Dog Tent in the middle of the Market this week, dispensing wonderful advice, offering adoptable animals (like Molly here) for your forever companionship, and selling the official Market Leash permits.
Meanwhile, down at the Perkins end of the Market, Don’t Bully Us will be in attendance too. They bring a wading pool on hot days and a petting pen where you can get to know some adoptable pit bull rescues.
Good for the Heart
Our sponsor Lourdes Wellness partners with the Oaklyn Food Pantry to collect food donations for our food-vulnerable neighbors. Since their first appearance at the Market, we’ve donated more than the weight of an adult elephant in fresh produce.
BUY 2 / GIVE 1 of anything if you can.
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.