The forecast is looking delightful the second Market of the season, SAT MAY 12. Maybe a little cloudier than this picture. Less than 25% chance of precipitation. Comfortable temperatures. Light breezes.
Official forecast for SAT MAY 12
Siteplan for SAT MAY 12
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).
THE MEAT MARKET: 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 12
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.
Local food heroes Revolution Roasters and the Constellation Collective have teamed 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 has taken 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. Last week we saw cookies and granola, furthering our impression that they’ll be trying 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 12
Nice for Mothers Day!
- 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.
- 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.
- MECHA Chocolate
—No, there’s no “Jersey Fresh” cocoa, but Melissa and Chuck Crandley pack plenty of locally-sourced herbs, honey, apple cider (plus Revolution coffee, local beers and wines) into their splendid creations! They make rare appearances at the Market. Come see what’s in their Mothers Day collection!
- Blueberry Fields Soap. Carol Steinhauser adds her own special handmade touches to the soap and body care products on display here. Mom might appreciate something from this table.
Official Market Bloggers
Susan Mauer Lynch (Yellow Room Upstairs)
Asparagus Three Ways
Susan Mauer Lynch (yellowroomupstairs). Asparagus three ways! Susan cooks to honor tradition, and this week she honors both her great-grandmother’s home-grown asparagus and the tradition of eating Jersey Fresh, in Jersey, when it’s fresh! She offers instructions on roasting it, and braising it, but the signature dish here is Susan’s stir-fry of very thin asparagus, mushrooms, and chicken, all of which she was able to find at her opening day Saturday visit to the Market. Follow the link to Susan’s blog for the recipe and her beautiful photographs. https://yellowroomupstairs.wordpress.com/2018/05/09/asparagus/
Denine Gorniak (The Bicycle-Chef)
Let’s Get “Toasted” for Mother’s Day
Denine Gorniak (TheBicycle-Chef). Get Toasted! Denine suggests ways we can “get toasted” for Mothers Day with her innovative toast bar alternatives to avocado toast. With nut butter and ramp butter from Green Aisle Grocery, plus spreads from Cheese Etc and Hillacres Pride, Denine whipped up a dozen ways to grace a variety of toasted breads from Amber Grain bakery with asparagus and tomatoes from Viereck, Springdale, and AT Buzby. And not just bread; she’s toasting sweet potatoes too. Check out the recipe and pictures at her blog. http://www.thebicycle-chef.com/2018/05/get-toasted-for-mothers-day.html .
Stef Perna (treatbelly)
Stef Perna (treatbelly). Sparrow Grass. We were all smitten by the early asparagus on offer at the Market’s first opening last week. Stef found her thin bunches at Springdale Farm and serves them two ways at her blog, in a crustless quiche, and on toast with a poached egg. (She also offers a little history on the name.) If I could show all her beautiful photos, I would, but you can see them for yourself by following the link to Stef’s blog for the recipes and the rest of the beautiful shots. http://www.treatbelly.com/treatbelly/2018/5/8/sparrow-grass
For the Animal Lovers
Live Goats at the east end
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.
IN THE DOG TENT
Humane Animal Rescue Trapping and Transport
Live Music on Two Stages!
SAT MAY 12
Two Guys. Two Guitars. “No Relation Band” plays both stages simultaneously.
EAST STAGE MUSIC TENT. Sam Caruso. 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. John Rossi. 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. BRUCE PALESE (Scribble Stix). Scribble Stix is a line of eco-friendly, fun-face gifts that are handcrafted from twigs and branches that have fallen naturally from local trees. No live trees are ever cut. Our “functional art” products include pens, bottle stoppers, stylus pens, lamps, candle/ air plant holders, s’more sticks, and appetizer picks—all at low prices. We believe that “Quirky Doesn’t Have to be Costly!”
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.