Best Day Yet!
Apparently all we have to do to get good weather this season is send Dave to Italy. Forecasts 6 days ahead aren’t worth a whole lot, but Weather.com has THIS to say about what to look forward to on SAT AUG 26.
From the 10-day forecast for SAT AUG 26
Full Sun. No Rain. Light Breezes. Low Humidity. High of 81 degrees. Absolute perfection.
Site Plan for SAT AUG 26
We’re back in our usual spaces this week after an odd Craft and Fine Arts Fair layout. Treehouse Cafe is back at the west end of the Market. Both Big Shrimp and Neil’s Sharpening Service will have to make do with a crowded Guest Vendor area at the east end, where Nature’s Own Farm and Our Yards farm will also be back, and all sharing space with the wonderful goats of Knowhere Farm in their petting area. Lots of goodness but no extra space.
BID Vendors SAT AUG 26
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.
Shoppers may not know that the special arrangement with Sara’s Produce is that they may sell “exotic” produce, but are prohibited from selling anything that grows in New Jersey.
This week: Dulce Artisanal Pastry, Villa Barone, Cheese Etc., Charlie’s Crepes, and Sara’s Produce. For one week, Inspired Brews Kombucha will join the BID area as well.
SHRIMP ETOUFFEE CREPES. You may know Charles and Lisa Ciaccarelli Koory (Charley’s Crepes) are fully committed to incorporating fresh local ingredients from our very own vendors into the fillings for their fabulous crepes. He uses Davidson’s Mushrooms, Schober’s Peaches, and Bison from Buck Wild Bison, among others. This week, Charlie is buying fresh-never-frozen locally-farmed shrimp from The Big Shrimp Company (at the east end of the Market this week) to add a Shrimp Etouffee Crepe to his menu. Lines will be long. Don’t miss out!
Guest Vendors SAT AUG 26
We’re back to full size after losing our Irvin Avenue spaces for the Craft Fair last week. We’re taking full advantage of the “added” spaces by inviting a full roster of outstanding Guest Vendors including Shrimp, Sharpening, Chocolate, Juice, Croissants, Kombucha, Ice Cream, Crepes, and Goats!
- 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.
- Knowhere Farm Goats Milk Soap (and Goats!)
—Knowhere Farm is back in the Guest Vendor area with their adorable goats in a petting area, along with their honest and pure goats milk soap.
- Weckerly’s Ice Cream
—Local fruits, herbs, and organic milk/cream. Does ice cream get any better than this?
- Green Aisle Grocery
—Always something new, usually from ingredients you never thought to combine.
- Constellation Collective
—Scones and doughnuts anyone? A fresh frittata perhaps?
- Garden State Juice
—This will be the last appearance at the Market for our favorite “Juice Girls” this season. Be sure to stock up and tell them how much you appreciate the value they’ve been adding to the produce from our very own vendors.
- Neil’s Sharpening Service
—Bring out your knives and anything else that’s gotten dull. Neil wants us all to know he offers a “Self Service” sharpening option. The Sharpening is free, but bandages are $100 each.
Official Market Bloggers
Christine Clarke (The Coveted Kitchen)
Christine Clarke (The Coveted Kitchen). Quote from Christine: “Zucchini noodles (aka “zoodles”) are probably one of my favorite light summer dinners. They are so versatile, healthy, and low-carb. They are great tossed with marinara or pesto instead of traditional pasta, or you can make more of a cold salad dish with them and a roasted red pepper vinaigrette. My 2 zucchini plants from Springdale Farms are absolutely killing it right now.” Find out how to incorporate your own zucchini abundance in this recipe.
Featured Artist SAT AUG 26
FEATURED ARTIST. Lorraine Delphey is our Artist of the Week. Her Fabric Creations include rustic cotton rope baskets (original designs), rope hot pads, hand-knitted cotton dishcloths, and fleece neck pillows.
For the Dog Lovers
The Animal Adoption Center
The Animal Adoption Center in the Dog Tent. This week our good friends from The Animal Adoption Center (organized out of Lindenwold) will staff the Dog Tent and distribute Official Market Leashes along with the Dog Behavior Guidelines, excellent advice about pet health and safety, and opportunities to volunteer or to apply to foster/adopt a new forever animal of your own. Stop by to pet or be petted.
Music SAT AUG 26
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. You know how sometimes a genuinely nice guy is also blessed with talent and makes everybody feel wonderful? John Rossi is one of those guys. Come out and meet him. He’s bringing his guitar.
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.