Cloudy and Cool.
As forecasts go (especially this summer!) this week’s is not too bad. The Market-hour conditions are mostly cloudy with temps in the 70s and there’s little chance of rain during the Market. Conditions will be humid but likely dry. Possibility of storms near or at closing.
Official Forecast SAT AUG 12
Site Plan for SAT AUG 12
As we have for a couple of seasons now, we’re taking advantage this week of the Treehouse Cafe’s annual August vacation to host 6 local animal rescues and shelters for the Annual Animal Adoptathon. They’ve taken over a bit of the BID area, bouncing Charlie’s Crepes to an open space usually occupied by Hillacres Pride. We’ll set up some chairs there to accommodate crepe and coffee customers.
NEW VENDOR: The Big Shrimp Company
FARM RAISED SHRIMP. Here’s a riddle. How are shrimp that are grown live in Pennsauken raised “in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean”?
ANSWER: The Big Shrimp Company brings ocean water to Camden County from Barnegat NJ in tanker trucks, then filters, heats, and hydrates it, and pumps it through their 75,000 gallon storage/growth tanks, constantly circulating it for additional filtration, and grows these Pacific White Shrimp with no chemicals, no antibiotics. Get yourself a taste this week. They’ve signed on for the rest of the season.
BID Vendors SAT AUG 12
BID Vendors. 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 Oils 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 moved for this week to a space inside the Market.
Cheese Etc. —Celebrating peach month with our Spiked Peaches & Cream! Made with a handmade ‘jersey fresh’ peach compote. (Thanks to Schober Farms!!) And then spiked with some amaretto! Almost gone for the season, so don’t miss out!!
Guest Vendors SAT AUG 12
- MECHA Artisan Chocolates
—Thank you, MECHA, for bringing the good stuff every SAT this month.
- Inspired Brews Kombucha
—Always fresh, with fun flavors on tap! Bring a growler.
- Garden State Juice
—Your favorite juicers, who always make such wonderful concoctions from our own vendors’ produce.
- Amber Grain Bakery
—Now a regular vendor, still selling out early every week.
- Blueberry Fields Soap
—One of just a few times this season you can choose your favorite of Carol Steinhauser’s handmade soaps.
- Weckerly’s Ice Cream
—The most popular question at the Volunteer table is, “When will Weckerly’s Ice Cream be back?”
- Green Aisle Grocery
—Bringing NJ Marinara, Summer Gazpacho Bloody Mary mix, Salted Honey Peach preserves, Five-Spice Beets pickles, Garlic Serrano hot sauce, +MORE!
- Flour+Oats Artisan Cookies
—Heads-up to every lucky customer who tried these awesome individually-wrapped cookies last time!
Official Market Bloggers
Susan Mauer Lynch (Yellow Room Upstairs)
Cherry Tomato Sauce
Susan Mauer Lynch (Yellow Room Upstairs). Fans of Susan’s blog know she’s an expert at turning her Jersey Fresh purchases into simple and delicious dishes that please adults and kids without unduly pressuring the cook. This week she shopped cherry tomatoes of all sizes and colors from the bounty available at Springdale, AT Buzby, and Viereck Farms, collected a batch from Our Yards Farm, and turned them into a super easy pasta sauce in less than 30 minutes. See the easy instructions and more beautiful photos at Susan’s blog here.
Stef Perna (treatbelly)
Tomatoes Three Ways
Stef Perna (treatbelly). As a public service, Stef Perna bought ten pounds of tomatoes last week at the Collingswood Farmers’ Market. From the bounty available, she selected Green Zebras and Cherries from Viereck Farms, Saladettes and Cherries from Savoie Organic Farm, and Ceylons and San Marzanos from DanLynn Organic. In a trio of classic tomato preparations, she macerated them, roasted them, and turned them into jam. See all three of these timely tomato recipes and Stef’s always-beautiful photos at her blog here.
Featured Artist SAT AUG 12
Farmhouse Art Studio
FARMHOUSE ART STUDIO. Jill Hawes creates custom wearable art that will change the way you think about tie dye! As this week’s Featured Artist, Jill will be presenting for sale her creatively unique garments made with love. See Jill’s work here.
MAKE YOUR OWN DOG BANDANA. As a contribution to our annual ADOPTATHON, Jill will also provide instructions and materials so you can make your own tie-dye dog bandana at the Market in return for a contribution to our Animal welfare agencies.
Music SAT AUG 12
EAST STAGE MUSIC TENT. There’s no telling whether Kevin Monko will appear solo (unlikely), or whether he’ll invite one or more of the members of Candy Volcano to play along. Either way, it’ll be a treat. (Kevin is a late replacement for Dave Kelly, who will make a quick trip home to Oklahoma this week.)
WEST STAGE BELOW PATCO. Marc Sengin is very much a solo act, but with his new harmonizer he sounds like a trio. You’ll think you’re listening to Peter, Paul, and Mary (or Crosby, Stills, and Nash). Bring a tambourine and play along.
For Animal Lovers
The Annual August ADOPT-A-THON is your chance every year to meet with volunteers (and adoptable animals!) from several area animal shelters and rescues. There will be animals to meet and pet, lots of chances to start an adoption application, wonderful advice and invitations for low-cost services. You won’t have a better opportunity to save a life and make a friend this Saturday.
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.