Yes, at long last, it’s fall.
It’s going to be mostly cloudy, possibly even drizzly, temperatures in the 60s struggling to reach 70. Altogether seasonable for OCT 14. For the first time this season, shoppers will be thinking squash, and soup (and apple pie) and pumpkins.
Official forecast for SAT OCT 14
Site Plan for SAT OCT 14
BACK TO THE REGULAR SITE PLAN
After last week’s Book Fair disruption, we’re back to our usual site plan this week. We’ll have a Pie Baking contest in the middle of the Market, but the rest of the site is just the way we like it . . . an east-to-west celebration of Jersey Fresh!
BID Vendors SAT OCT 14
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.
EXOTIC PRODUCE. Shoppers should know the special arrangement with Sara’s Produce. They sell “exotic” produce (like persimmons), but are prohibited from selling anything that grows in New Jersey.
We’ve got all your favorite BID vendors this week: Dulce Artisanal Pastry, Villa Barone, Charlie’s Crepes, Cheese Etc, and Sara’s Produce will be on hand. They’ll be joined by Devils Creek Brewery —Sorry, no beer sales. We’re still a dry Market.
Guest Vendors and Special Products
SAT OCT 14
- Woods Edge Wool Farm
—Alpaca wool products including exquisite sweaters, socks, scarves, and shawls. Plus dryer balls, local honey from their own hives, soaps and other beeswax products. The list goes on.
- Duker T’s Catering
Cream of Broccoli Soup. Finally, the weather is starting to favor hot soups during Market hours. Come by to get yours early. They don’t always last.
- Soap Girl Cindy Steves
— You got a chance to meet her just a couple of weeks ago. Now you want another bar, maybe several. Come see her before she moves to Maine!
- Inspired Brews Kombucha
—Always fresh, with fun flavors on tap! Sip a sample, buy a bottle, or bring a growler for a refill. NOT in the BID section this week. You’ll have to find them.
- MECHA Artisan Chocolates
— Inventory was low a couple weeks ago and early sellouts disappointed some customers. Don’t be sorry, be early. This stuff is too good to last.
- Chloe’s Crème Puffs
—One of the most frequent questions we’re asked this season is “When is that crème puff girl coming back?” This week, the answer is “Now.”
- PRESERVATION Provisions
—We admire their commitment to using local produce, and we gratefully appreciate their ability to pickle just about anything that can be harvested.
Official Market Bloggers
We’re Apples to the Core this week
Our Official Market Bloggers do a wonderful job of alerting us to what’s fresh at the Market (and what to do with all that bounty)! This week, we’re all about the apples. We’ve got an apple tart recipe, a recipe for apple butter, and a link to the contest results from last year’s 2016 Apple Pie Contest.
The 2017 Apple Pie Baking Contest is this SAT OCT 14. It’s too late to register; we have our limit of contestants. But next week, look for the results of this week’s contest right here, in the Official Market Bloggers space.
Stef Perna (treatbelly)
Stef Perna (treatbelly). Apple Butter. “If you enjoy making (and eating) apple butter, now is the time! The Collingswood Farmers’ Market vendor Wm. Schober & Sons is offering a variety of apples. I used Cortland and Empire apples, as well as a splash of their apple cider for this apple butter recipe.
Try a smear of apple butter on thick lightly-toasted sourdough bread, topped with your favorite sharp cheddar cheese, or a generous sprinkle of flaky sea salt. My go-to cheese is a creamy English cheddar with mustard seed and ale” sometimes known as Red Dragon. See the instructions and photos to guide you through at Stef’s blog. http://www.treatbelly.com/treatbelly/2017/10/9/apple-butter
Denine Gorniak (The Bicycle-Chef)
Rustic Apple and Pear Tart
Denine Gorniak (The Bicycle-Chef). Apple Pear Rustic Tart. They’re also known as crostadas. Apples and pears are hitting their peak at the Market. Schober, Fruitwood, Springdale, and other vendors are putting out their best, just in time for this week’s Apple Pie contest. Whether you’re entering or baking for your family only, put your pie dough skills to good use with a rustic tart. They’re easy to make and so worth the effort. Be gentle with the dough and barely work it. (Or use a store-bought dough and pretend you didn’t.) Don’t worry about fine aesthetics; they’re supposed to look rustic! For the prep instructions, go to Denine’s blog.
Featured Artist SAT OCT 14
Lisa Confora “Nature’s Energy”
Pottery and Jewelry
Lisa says: “Reduce – Reuse – Recycle – Upcycle. My passion for recycling and earth friendly art, provided me the direction towards creating a variety of one of a kind, handmade, exclusive jewelry pieces with a story. In keeping with environmentally friendly elements and a commitment to design, I use fair-trade and handmade beads to enhance the overall appeal of the wearable art.”
For the Animal Lovers
Almost Home Animal Shelter
The wonderful people of Almost Home will be staffing the Dog Tent for us this week, sharing remarkable stories of rescuing truly needy animals from the brink of disaster at extreme expense. They’ll distribute the essential Official Market leash to your 4-legged companions, and introduce you to adoption possibilities Ask about their Bingo Night fundraiser on SAT OCT 21. It’s sure to be a lot of fun and raise both money and awareness of the needs of abandoned and rescued animals.
For the Big-Hearted
Seeds to Sew
SEEDS TO SEW. The non-profit that improves the lives of women and girls in rural Kenya through education and job skills training. Select from reusable cloth gift wrapping bags called Enkiteng bags, Maasai Enkisoma jewelry, and banana tree bark handicrafts. Your purchase will directly benefit the woman who made it.
LOURDES/OAKLYN PANTRY. It’s time again to BUY 1 GIVE 1. Please be generous and grab an extra broccoli this week to fill the needs of a food-vulnerable neighbor. Food donated on Saturday is distributed the following Monday while it’s still Jersey Fresh.
AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION. Stop by the table to learn about the latest developments in preventing and treating this all too common disease.
Music SAT OCT 14
EAST STAGE MUSIC TENT. We’ve got music from Sam Caruso this week, which means we’re going to have to dig deep in our bag of superlatives to describe this Collingswood favorite, friend to all, patron of the arts, collector of Food Bank donations, and not a bad guitar player. With his harmonizer, he’s a group!
WEST STAGE UNDER PATCO. Dave Kelly seems to be everywhere: hosting Open Mic nights in Oaklyn, providing dining music at the area’s fine restaurants, playing outdoor festivals every weekend or so, and sometimes finding time for our Market. Come hear what he does with anything that’s stringed.
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.