The forecast is looking delightful for Opening Day, SAT MAY 05, 2018.
Official forecast for SAT MAY 05
Site Plan for SAT MAY 05
OPENING WEEK SITE PLAN
Collingswood Food Business Area: The color coding identifies new Market areas. At “the top” of the plan—the west end, on the Collings Avenue side of the Market—we’ve created space for Collingswood food businesses. Amber Grain Bakery will join Sara’s Produce, Villa Barone Restaurant, and the new Revelation Cafe (a combination effort between Revolution Roasters and The Constellation Collective).
Livestock Farms Area: At the “other end” of the plan—the east end at Perkins Art Center—we’ve collected farms that raise livestock, including heritage beef and pork, yak and alpacas, chickens for their meat and eggs, and bison.
Collingswood Foods SAT MAY 05
Collingswood Section. To emphasize our own community’s food economy, at the west end of the Market, Collingswood food businesses have their own new section to promote their contributions to the Borough’s vibrant food scene.
Introducing the REVELATION CAFÉ!
Local food heroes Revolution Roasters and the Constellation Collective will team up to form a new food-and-beverage café at the west end of the Market (former location of the Treehouse Café). Expect all their familiar favorites, plus seating and tables to make it easy to enjoy their breakfast/brunch treats.
Amber Grain Bakery will take up a new space here in the Collingswood section. They made their mark last year, creating long lines of faithful customers waiting for exquisite loaf breads, most of them featuring rye flour. (They also try something new every week.)
Villa Barone features their familiar favorite sauces, oils, and olives, usually ciabatta loaves, tasty zeppolis, sometimes their own fresh mozzarella.
Sara’s Produce by special arrangement with the Market, is the one source for produce NOT grown in New Jersey. In fact, that’s their mandate: bring us the “exotics” so our shoppers won’t need to go to the supermarket for bananas and mangoes.
Guest Vendors and Special Products
SAT MAY 05
Start a shopping list!
- 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
—Bringing house fermented lime kimchi, ramp compound butter, vegan arugula pesto, salted caramel apple butter, five spice pickled beets, raw pistachio butter, a mix of seasonal soups, chai-spiced maple syrup.
- Cheese Etc.
—Local favorite Cheese, Etc. has always proudly incorporated Jersey Fresh farm products into their delightful spreads. They are in a new location, but feature the same great handmade artisan cheese spreads! They’re rolling out market favorites for opening day plus a new flavor – Cheddar Whiskey!
- Inspired Brews Kombucha
— We’ve seen the list of all the local farms supported by our favorite brewer of zesty kombuchas. They’ll be happy to share that list with anyone who values a vibrant local food economy. Sip a sample, buy a bottle, or bring a growler for a refill.
- Knowhere Farm
—We love them for their soaps, made from the milk of their own farm goats. They’re also lovely people. But to be honest, the scene-stealers are the wonderful kids they bring to the Market. Come buy some soap and take a selfie with a late.
Official Market Bloggers
Susan Mauer Lynch (Yellow Room Upstairs)
Fresh Sweet Lettuce Salad
Susan Mauer Lynch (yellowroomupstairs). Like all of us, Susan has been pining all winter for the bounty of fresh goodness we’ll find at the Market this spring. She’s hoping for young, tender, sweet Spring lettuces this first week of the new season. (Of course, she’s also been dreaming of eggs, mozzarella, mushrooms, microgreens, even apple butter barbecue sauce.) For those lettuces, she’s prepared a simple and wonderful buttermilk-herb dressing you too can whip up to be prepared. Follow the link to Susan’s blog for the recipe and her beautiful photographs. https://yellowroomupstairs.wordpress.com/2018/04/30/the-harvest-that-is-sleeping/
Denine Gorniak (The Bicycle-Chef)
Asparagus Bean Potato Salad
Denine Gorniak (TheBicycle-Chef). With a long late winter refusing to release us from its grasp, it’s been a slow start to the growing season. Still, Denine is hopeful she’ll find asparagus at the Market in May. So are we all! If so, she’s ready with this recipe for asparagus, yukon gold potatoes, and some cranberry beans she put up last season. Find the recipe and some lovely photos, plus help making a fresh vinaigrette using tarragon, fresh herbs, and dry mustard. http://www.thebicycle-chef.com/2018/05/asparagus-cranberry-beans-and-yukon.html
For the Animal Lovers
Live Goats at the east end (Perkins Art Center)
They can be milked, which can be made into soap, which can be brought to Market. Buy some soap and take a selfie with an adorable young goat.
New Jersey Aid for Animals (NJAFA):
IN THE DOG TENT
Live Music on Two Stages!
SAT MAY 05
KICKING OFF THE SEASON WITH TWO OUTSTANDING MARKET FAVORITES.
EAST STAGE MUSIC TENT. Trio Nova Duo. Familiar pop classics, plus tunes from many genres and epochs by guitar virtuosos. Smooth, catchy, always tuneful, they’re the duo that makes as much music as a trio.
WEST STAGE UNDER PATCO. Playing at the same time but not part of the trio is Market favorite Dave Kelly, coaxing music out of a wide variety of stringed things. Dave’s wide and intriguing repertoire covers everything from Nirvana to the Mister Softee theme.
For the Art Lovers
FEATURED ARTIST. ROSE PACEY (Gypsy Art). Her paintings incorporate images and inspirational text. Her jewelry is beaded and catches the light. Her windchimes repurpose housekeys for their musical notes. Her cheese trays are fashioned for colorful castoff bottles. Whatever her medium, Rose brings new life and her own sensibility to useful, fanciful products.
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.