Hot, Dry, SAT JUL 22
Mostly sunny with little chance of rain.
Humid at opening but more comfortable as the Market goes on.
Might break 90 by the closing cowbell.
Official Forecast SAT JUL 22
Site Plan for SAT JUL 22
Once again we have a very full site plan with no empty spaces. There’s little room for Guest Vendors, but we’ve carved out spots for a Kids Activity from Extraordinary Ed, a new goat petting pen from Knowhere Farm, and a henna tattoo station featuring the very talented Varsha Patel. Pick up a free seed packet from True North Church, or stop by to see the whimsical but very functional Scribble Stix of Featured Artist Bruce Palese. Live music from Trio Nova Duo and, making their Market debut, The Lonesome Turnpike Ramblers. Busy busy Market!
HENNA. Consider the possibilities of a henna tattoo from the very talented Varsha Patel. She’s in space 19 this time. Look for the line.
What’s In Season! SAT JUL 22
Berries are plentiful.
You’ll also see stone fruits like plums, peaches and nectarines. Beets, broccoli, cucumbers, eggplants, lima beans and cabbages are at the Market, too! Corn and tomatoes are still going strong.
Fruitwood Farm will have beets, blackberries, blueberries, cantaloupes, sweet cherries, white corn, cucumbers, eggplant, white and yellow peaches, donut peaches, Yukon gold potatoes, radishes, squash, string beans, tomatoes and honey.
Buzby Farms is bringing watermelon, cantaloupe, sweet corn, tomatoes, and more.
Viereck Farms reports they’ll have heirloom tomatoes, Cherokee purples, Brandywines, plus a lot of mixed cherry tomatoes.
Hillacres Pride is featuring chorizo sausage and our sage griller sausage at a special price of only $7/lb. We will also have our sliced nitrate free sweet bologna on special – try a sample! “Don’t forget to try our cheese samples each week and let us know your favorite!”
BID Vendors SAT JUL 22
At the west end of the Market, members of the Collingswood Business Improvement District (BID) may sell food products not necessarily locally-sourced. Villa Barone and Blue Moon Olive Oil feature olives and oils, for example.
This week, we’ll host Dulce Artisanal Pastry, Villa Barone, Cheese Etc., and Sara’s Produce. Charlie’s Crepes has a BID space too, but he relies heavily on local produce.
Inspired Brews Kombucha will find its place in the BID section this week too.
Guest Vendors SAT JUL 22
- Inspired Brews: bringing Pineapple Herba (organic pineapple, organic PA mint, organic ginger, wild sourced lemongrass) again as it was really popular last week. And peach ginger (PA peaches (IPM) and organic ginger root).
- Amber Grain Bakery – Now a regular vendor, still selling out early every week.
- Blueberry Fields Soap will set up in what is becoming “her usual spot” in the shadow of Perkins Art Center.
- Garden State Juice – Using the last of the Jersey Fresh strawberries and other Collingswood Farmers’ Market ingredients.
- NEW VENDOR! Knowhere Farm Goats Milk Soap – The soap is simple and wholesome, but the real attraction is that the goats will be coming to the Market for petting and “selfie” ops. Look for the petting pen near the East Music Tent.
Official Market Bloggers
Susan Mauer Lynch Does Dinner and we’re invited.
Susan Mauer Lynch (Yellow Room Upstairs). Susan produces entire meals from the Market and provides careful, simple, logical instructions for preparing fresh ingredients. This week’s blog post includes several short tutorials any home cook will find helpful.
How to Grill Steak. Susan chose the Tomahawk Steak from Buck Wild Bison, our new meat vendor. It’s “lower in fat and cholesterol than choice beef, chicken, pork, and salmon” and is the new dinner choice for Susan’s family. Cook it “low and slow,” followed by a quick sear.
How to Caramelize Onions. Get fresh spring onions at several Market vendors including Flaim and Formisano, and make extra to save for later. Stir frequently over low, slow heat in butter and olive oil. Kosher salt, balsamic vinegar.
How to Fry Fresh Mushrooms. Get your fresh mushrooms from Davidson’s Exotic Mushrooms (any of six varieties) and fry them “the Julia Child way.” It involves letting the “butter bubble up and then bubble down” before adding the mushrooms. (You’ve probably been doing it wrong, like me.) Click through to the blog for the details.
Eggplant and Zucchini. As if that weren’t enough, you’ll find simple help for roasting Sicilian eggplant (from AT Buzby) and zucchini (from Springdale Farm). It helps to choose the right eggplant for different preparations. This one needs no salting.
To reproduce Susan’s entire summer meal, click here for her blog.
Featured Artist SAT JUL 22
Scribble Stix. Bruce Palese creates his own line of eco-friendly, fun-face gifts that are handcrafted from twigs and branches that have fallen naturally from local trees. No live trees are ever cut. His “functional art” products include pens, bottle stoppers, stylus pens, lamps, candle/air plant holders, s’more sticks, and appetizer picks — all at low prices. Bruce believes that “Quirky Doesn’t Have to be Costly!” Learn More
Music SAT JUL 22
East Stage Music Tent. Are they jazzy? Do they swing? Are they cutting-edge or nostalgic? Yes. Trio Nova Duo is that and more. You may not be able to name every tune, but you’ll recognize them from the bossa nova, jazz, and pop catalogs.
West Stage below PATCO. Brand new to the Market, Lonesome Turnpike Ramblers bring musicianship and an appreciation for bluegrass traditions. Music starts at 9am on both stages, every week, rain or shine.
Music starts at 9 AM on both stages, every week, rain or shine.
For Animal Lovers
Dog Tent. Our good friends The Animal Adoption Center will be staffing the official Dog Tent in the middle of the Market this week, dispensing wonderful advice, offering adoptable animals for your forever companionship, and selling the official Market Leash permits.
GOAT PETTING PEN. Their application was approved, so we’ll have a new soap vendor, Knowhere Farm of Chesterfield, New Jersey, bringing the goats’ milk soap they produce themselves using milk from their own goats. They plan to bring some goats along as well, and a safe enclosure to make it easy to do some goat-and-kid petting. Grab your own kids and bring them along. Could be fun.
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.