Let’s just call it ideal.
The weather doesn’t always cooperate, but the forecast couldn’t be better for an October Saturday. We’re looking at 70 degrees, sunny skies, low humidity, and absolutely dry.
Official forecast for SAT OCT 21
Site Plan for SAT OCT 21
SPACES ARE OPENING UP
Greg and Karen Hurley have called it a season, following on the departures of Les Viereck and AT Buzby until 2018, so we have air in the site plan for a week or two. Artists and Crafters will fill those empty spaces in November, but for now, we have room to stretch out a bit.
BID Vendors SAT OCT 21
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.
Sara’s Produce is off for a couple of weeks. They’ll return for the final two Markets of the season, SAT NOV 11 and SAT NOV 18.
We’ve got your other favorite BID vendors this week: Dulce Artisanal Pastry, Villa Barone, Charlie’s Crepes, Cheese Etc, and (although not a BID member) Inspired Brews Kombucha will round out the BID area roster for SAT OCT 21.
Guest Vendors and Special Products
SAT OCT 21
- Knowhere Farm Goats Milk Soap
—The soap is natural and wonderful, made from the goats on the farm. But the real attraction is the chance to get into the pen and pet your favorite kid.
- Duker T’s Catering
—Hot Soup! Chicken Vegetable this week. These soups don’t usually last ‘til noon. Get yours early.
- Barn and Stone House Soap
— Not just soap (although the soap is quite wonderful) but plenty of other cleansing and grooming products, all made by our vendor!
- Inspired Brews Kombucha
—Always fresh, with fun flavors on tap! Sip a sample, buy a bottle, or bring a growler for a refill. In the BID section of the Market.
- John & Kira’s Artisan Chocolates
— Find them in what is becoming our “chocolate space” near Duker T’s Catering.
- Weckerly’s Ice Cream
—They do it all: buy fresh local organic cream and milk, blend it with local produce, roll their own cones, bake their own cookies and shortbread for sandwiches, truck it to the Market, and let you sample! Come get yours.
- Green Aisle Grocery
—Cocktail aficionados love them for their mixers. Foodies love the innovative take on local produce, pickling, preserving. If you haven’t checked out their table, you don’t know what you’re missing.
- Our Souls Shine Applesauce
—Cindy is looking even sunnier than usual this week. Ask her why if you have a minute.
- Constellation Collective
—Frittatas? Check. Fresh donuts and bagels? Check. Scones? Check. Right next to the coffee? Check. Bring a friend, split up, and each stand in one line!
Official Market Bloggers
How D’ya Like Them Apples?
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)! Once again, as in every October, we’re all about the apples this week. First, Denine Gorniak shows us every pie entered in the 2017 Annual Apple Pie Baking Contest! plus commentary on the entries, the winners, the judging, photos of every mouth-watering moment.
Add to that recipes for Apple Crisp and an Apple Grilled Ham and Cheese sandwich, and you won’t find one bad apple in the barrel.
Denine Gorniak (The Bicycle-Chef)
Apple Pie Baking Contest 2017
Denine Gorniak (The Bicycle-Chef). PIE CONTEST RESULTS 2017. Denine is now a veteran judge for what she calls “one of the tastiest events of the year,” the Market’s annual Apple Pie Baking Contest. This year, 9 judges sampled 21 pies, all 9 awarding points for presentation, but half of the judges tasting the Classic Apple entries, the other half tasting the Apples Plus pies, which can contain other fruits or enhancing ingredients (think nuts, or bourbon). Denine details the day’s events and shares the names of all the winners (plus photos of most of them), in her blog post.
Susan Mauer Lynch (Yellow Room Upstairs)
A Simple Apple Crisp
Susan Mauer Lynch (Yellow Room Upstairs). A Simple Apple Crisp. Susan’s a smart cook, and a smart shopper. Her advice on how to get the butter into the crumb topping is priceless. As is her advice on shopping for apples. She patronized BOTH Fruitwood Farm AND Wm. Schober Sons to get apples for this recipe, Stayman Winesaps from Fruitwood and Honey Crisp apples from Schober. (She even tells you what apples to avoid.) For more priceless advice, a complete recipe and construction techniques, and of course photos to guide you through the process for making this classic fall favorite, click on through to Susan’s blog.
Sarah Licata (Salt Jar)
Apple Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwich
Sarah Licata (Salt Jar). Apple Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwich. Sarah, like Denine Gorniak, is a happy returning pie judge who, after sampling what all our fine contestants produced for the contest, was inspired to work some magic of her own with this year’s excellent apple crop. She puts together apple butter, cheddar cheese, ham, and honey crips apple slices from Fruitwood Farms, between savory grilled bread, and, well, make it yourself and see if anything could beat that in a sandwich contest! For the recipe and Sarah’s mouthwatering photos, you’ll have to click through to her blog post.
Featured Artist SAT OCT 21
Ellen Rosenholtz “Sylvia Starlight Toys”
Cloth Toys, Mostly Animals
FEATURED ARTIST. Ellen Rosenholtz. (Sylvia Starlight Toys) Ellen makes charming hand-crafted toys, mostly fabric, mostly animals. Not picture here but well worth examining are the sewn purses for little people that look for all the world like dollhouses. Perfect for carrying dolls, of course, of which Sylvia can offer plenty, again, mostly animals. Stop by and prepare to be charmed. It’s her only chance this season to be our Featured Artist of the week.
For the Animal Lovers
Lilo’s Promise Pit Bull Rescue
Lilo’s Promise Animal Shelter in the Dog Tent.
The wonderful people of Lilo’s Promise 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
Lilo’s Promise is always in need of Bully-Tough Toys to keep their special friends occupied. Bring one to donate, or click through to their Amazon Wish List.
Music SAT OCT 21
TWO SOLO GUITAR PICKERS THIS WEEK. Split your time and double your listening enjoyment.
EAST STAGE MUSIC TENT. John Rossi. A Market favorite for years, John sometimes plays the west stage, sometimes the east. This week he’s under the official blue Music Tent sponsored by Collingswood Music.
WEST STAGE UNDER PATCO. Playing at the same time but not together with John, Barry Hollander (hippie, guitar hero, jive turkey) will ply his ax under PATCO at the west venue.
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.