Mostly Sunny (and Autumnal)
Pessimists call it party cloudy. Cool seasonal temperatures and no chance of rain.
Gonna get breezy by noon. Strap on the tent weights and let’s sell some Jersey Fresh!
Official forecast for SAT SEP 30
Site Plan for SAT SEP 30
We have a little air in the plan this week following the departure of A.T. Buzby for the season. But we’re still full of lively attractions. The Knife Sharpener is here, along with the Goat Petting Area. Two uncommon musical attractions in The Unstoppable Hackbeats at the East end and guitarist, hippie, and jive turkey Barry Hollander to the West. Crab soup, Glass art, so much more!
BID Vendors SAT SEP 30
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 stocked with BID vendors this week: Dulce Artisanal Pastry, Villa Barone, Cheese Etc, Charlie’s Crepes, and Sara’s Produce will take their usual spaces. And they’ll be joined by Inspired Brews Kombucha in what is becoming their usual space as well.
Guest Vendors and Special Products
SAT SEP 30
- MECHA Artisan Chocolates
—The rest of the week you can find MECHA Artisan chocolates at the new Occasionette shop in town, but on Saturdays, come on out to the Market for your chocoholic fix.
- Duker T’s Catering
—Devoted shoppers wait all year for Robert Barber to bring out his justly famous Cream of Crab soup. Come by for a hot one (or take a few home).
- Green Aisle Grocery
— Local produce gets hip here. From their tiny storefront on East Passyunk, the Erace brothers bring us fancy bitters, exotic spices, house-made pickles, preserves, nut butters and teas (and always a few surprises).
- Neil’s Sharpening Service
—If you’ve been paying attention, you know Neil comes by with his grinding tools and his razor-sharp wit on the final Saturday of the month. Bring out your knives and other dull blades this SAT SEP 30.
- Mike Wilk Lamb Farm
—Not technically a Guest Vendor, but “the lamb guy” is now on an every-other-week schedule. Look for him this SAT SEP 30.
- Cindy Steves, Soap Girl
—Cindy has it all. Homemade natural soaps, shower gels, organic pet shampoo, bath salts, shaving soap—like we said, all!
- Knowhere Farm Goats Milk Soap
—Selfie Alert! Also justly prized for the soap they make from their very own goats, the Knowhere table is better known for the adorable goats they bring to Market. Buy a bar and take your picture with the kids.
- Inspired Brews Kombucha
—Always fresh, with fun flavors on tap! Sip a sample, buy a bottle, or bring a growler for a refill.
Susan Mauer Lynch (Yellow Room Upstairs)
Microgreens Five Ways
Susan Mauer Lynch (Yellow Room Upstairs). Micro Greens. Susan and her daughters have sampled all four varieties of micro greens from Patrick Gigliotti and Louis Monte who call themselves Indogrow. These “vertical farmers,” who work indoors in their Cherry Hill NJ home, offer four microgreen blends ready to enjoy. The Lynchs used the Italian mix, the Robust, the Fusion Mix, and the Zesty on sandwiches and burgers, in salads, with grits, and in scrambled eggs. See photos of these crisp and extremely flavorful little blasts of nutrition in all their versatile glory at Susan’s blog.
Featured Artist SAT SEP 30
Fused and Flameworked Glass
FEATURED ARTIST. Katherine Cheetham Glass. Katherine shows up around 6am to set up her Market space. You’ll see why when you visit. Every piece is positioned to catch and enhance the sunlight that passes through her painstakingly crafted glass works of art. Talented and immensely knowledgeable, she’ll explain the techniques she used for any piece that catches your eye. Glass panels, pendants, ornaments, plates and bowls like you’ve never seen.
For the Animal Lovers
New Life Animal Rescue
New Life Animal Rescue in the Dog Tent.
The wonderful people of New Life Animal Rescue will be staffing the Dog Tent for us this week, sharing their remarkable stories of rescuing truly needy animals from the brink of disaster at extreme expense. They’ll also offer pet care tips, hook you up with an application to adopt an adorable animal, and dispense the official Market leashes that have made our Market a safer and more welcoming place for all our guests, four-legged and otherwise.
Music SAT SEP 30
WEST STAGE UNDER 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, but he’s not available this week, so we invited self-proclaimed hippie, guitarist and jive turkey BARRY HOLLANDER to come out and grind his ax. He’s a unique and uniquely talented artist, and we’re very lucky he wants to play our venue. See for yourself!
EAST STAGE MUSIC TENT. We missed a chance to host these guys earlier in the season, so head on out to hear THE UNSTOPPABLE HACKBEATS in their only Market appearance this year. Matt Skoufalos, known to all as the journalist behind NJ Pen, has assembled a tight band of irregular regulars to churn out the ska. Shop for produce from 8am until 9, then settle into a chair at the music seating area for three hours of fun from 9am-noon.
Seasons Change, Vendors Change
Last Chance this season for Eckert’s Corn
Last Chance for Sweet Freedom Gluten-Free Bakery
SEASONAL CHANGES START NOW. Every year toward the end of September, crops cycle out and crops cycle in. As the corn and tomatoes fade, we’ll see more squash and late season greens, local broccoli and cauliflower, among other wonders of the autumn. This week we bid farewell (until next year) to our legacy vendors Eckerts Farm (the corn truck), and Sweet Freedom (Gluten-Free) Bakery. Stop by and say farewell until MAY 2018.
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.