It’s (Always) Sunny in Collingswood.
It may be cooler than some of us would like or expect in September, but hey! Sun Sun Sun from 6am until noon. Bask in it.
Official forecast for SAT SEP 09
Site Plan for SAT SEP 09
We’re packed in tight again. Chocolate from John & Kira’s will fit in between Duker T’s Catering and Davidson’s Mushrooms. Kombucha will slide into a BID slot. We’ll have both Weckerly’s Ice Cream and Green Aisle Grocery near DanLynn Organic. Chloe’s Creme Puffs is back near Revolution Roasters. The Constellation Collective is in the Market. Goats in their petting pen take a space near the Music Tent, and we have two nonprofits filling out the roster. Look for representatives of the Book Fair wandering the market handing out flyers (the event is in October). No Dog Tent this week (our rescue had to cancel).
BID Vendors SAT SEP 09
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.
We’re fully booked this week, so BID is full too: Dulce Artisanal Pastry, Villa Barone, Cheese Etc, Charley’s Crepes, and Sara’s Produce will take their usual spaces. And they’ll be joined by Inspired Brews Kombucha.
Guest Vendors SAT SEP 09
We’ve got chocolate, soap, and fermented tea (it’s called kombucha!). Plus ice cream, crème puffs, and pickles for those who can’t get enough esoteric combinations!
- John & Kira’s Chocolates
—It’s good to have chocolate at the Market. John and Kira’s returns this week with their seasonal favorites. We’ve heard rumors of ladybugs and filled figs.
- Inspired Brews Kombucha
—Always fresh, with fun flavors on tap! Sip a sample, buy a bottle, or bring a growler for a refill.
- Weckerly’s Ice Cream
—Four days ago the instagram said: “Lemon verbena ice cream marbled with peach and blackberry, alongside granola and shortbread.” Not your grandma’s ice cream sandwiches.
- Chloe’s Crème Puffs
—You fell in love with these little bite-sized delectables on their first or second visit and you haven’t stopped thinking about them since.
- Green Aisle Grocery
—Guess who’s bringing the always-popular “Fitty-Fitty”? Yeah, the irresistible blend of wildflower honey and Grade B Maple Syrup that will become your favorite topping (finger dip?).
- Knowhere Farm (Goats Milk Soap)
—Think kid goats are adorable? We do too. Come out to the Knowhere Farm petting pen and get yerself a selfie with a kid. (Buy some soap).
- Constellation Collective
—Didja know? Gluten-free bagels. What will the Coco girls think of next?
Official Market Bloggers
Susan Mauer Lynch (Yellow Room Upstairs)
Kohlrabi Delicata Hash Browns
Susan has a knack for familiarizing the unfamiliar. This week she chose two items you might be hesitant to try and transforms them into a beautiful dish you’ll find completely comforting if still a bit new. With a fresh kohlrabi from Our Yards Farm and a gorgeous striped delicata from Flaim Farms, fried them in sequence with a fresh green onion, and created Hash Browns that will remind you of the potato version but contain nary a spud. Thank you, Susan. (The kohlrabi thanks you too.) See the simple instuctions at Susan’s blog.
Sarah Licata (Salt Jar)
Lox and Bagel Dinner?
Not exactly the popular delicatessen favorite, but you can see how an entrée that features salmon, onion, tomato and capers might have taken its inspiration from a bagel breakfast. Springdale Farms provided Sarah her hyper-local, super-fresh grape tomatoes. The yellow style add a fun punch, and a warm sweetness not found in the red type, making this dish a true celebration of the local produce. Serve over pasta with crispy-skin salmon (or toss the pasta with lox if you’re following the analogy!) Easy instructions are at Sarah’s blog.
Featured Artist SAT SEP 09
Kitchen Garden Series
FEATURED ARTIST. Here’s an idea we don’t hear every day: Kitchen Textiles. Local fabric artist Stephanie Kane makes her Market debut appearance this week with what she calls her Kitchen Garden Series. It’s all textile, but comes in the shapes of market bags, produce storage bags, reusable coffee and tea filters(!), and aprons.
For the Animal Lovers
The New Life Animal Rescue
New Life Animal Rescue could use a Rescue.
Words can’t fully express the selfless generosity of the beautiful people who rescue wounded, abandoned, or disabled animals. Do something very simple to express your appreciation please, and maybe help New Life Animal Rescue earn a $10,000 contribution. Read the story of Francis and his wheelchair, consider the enormous cost of supporting him, and cast a vote for New Life between now and midnight Sunday.
Music SAT SEP 09
EAST STAGE MUSIC TENT. Sam Caruso is a power for good. We’ve never had a conversation with Sam that wasn’t upbeat, positive, generous and cheerful. If that describes what you like in an entertainer, then get yourself to the Music Tent this Saturday and sing along, dance along, celebrate a true Market favorite.
WEST STAGE BELOW PATCO. Trio Nova Duo. Feeling mellow? Want to keep that relaxed, TGI-The Weekend vibe going? Stroll down toward the BID section of the Market and find your groove with the duo that thinks it’s a trio. They make the tough job of jazzifying your Saturday seem effortless.
For Our Veterans
The Veterans Group
THE VETERANS GROUP. Yes, that’s a classic Stingray. And yes, you could own it for a raffle ticket. The Veterans Group will be at the Market on Saturday with tickets, but first, a word about what they do. They house homeless US Veterans at a cost of $29 a day ($848 a month). They provide group psychological and PTSD counseling. They partner with universities to provide quality education. They provide job search assistance including resume building and basic computer skills training. But, about that car? You could win it with one $20 ticket. Drawing November 11. Meet the Veterans Group team at the Market this SAT SEP 09.
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.