Thursday is too far out from Saturday morning to make a confident forecast with weather as iffy as this week has given us. Let’s hope the showers scatter elsewhere.
Official forecast for SAT MAY 19
Siteplan for SAT MAY 19
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 19
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 19
Catch them while they’re here!
- 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.
- 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.
- Barn and Stone House Soap
— Not just soap. Not just for cleansing. Stop by this attractive table and get yourself some aromatherapy by the bar!
Official Market Bloggers
Susan Mauer Lynch (Yellow Room Upstairs)
Strawberry Creamcheese Stuffed French Toast
Susan Mauer Lynch (yellowroomupstairs). Strawberry Cheesecake Stuffed French Toast! Those words alone should whet your appetite for Susan’s recipe this week. She got her strawberries from Fruitwood Farms and Muth Organic Farm. Breads came from Amber Grains and Wildflower Bakery. And the butter from Hillacres Pride. A meal suitable for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for as long as the Jersey Fresh strawberries last. Follow the link to Susan’s blog for the recipe and her beautiful photographs. https://yellowroomupstairs.wordpress.com/2018/05/16/strawberry-cheesecake-stuffed-french-toast/
Stef Perna (treatbelly)
Asparagus Spinach Pesto
Stef Perna (treatbelly). Asparagus Spinach Pesto. Stef doesn’t mess around. First, she’ll teach you to make asparagus pasta dough for crafting your own fresh green penne. If that’s too ambitious, she’ll show you how to make asparagus spinach pesto for your boxed pasta. Either way, you’ll be making good use of Springdale Farms asparagus, Flaim Farms spinach, and Savoie Organic Farms basil. Visit Stef’s blog for the recipes and the rest of the beautiful shots. http://www.treatbelly.com/treatbelly/2018/5/13/asparagus-pesto
For the Animal Lovers
Kiss a Frenchie at the Dog Tent
IN THE DOG TENT
French Bulldog Rescue Network
French Bulldog Rescue Network. The wonderful people of the FBRN will be staffing the Dog Tent for us this week, dispensing Official Market leashes and behavior guidelines. They’ll also be sharing stories of rescuing needy animals at extreme expense. AND, if experience is any guide, they’ll be inviting our shoppers to kiss a Frenchie in return for a donation to their humane efforts. Stop by to meet the whole happy family and consider adding a four-legged member to your own.
Live Music on Two Stages!
SAT MAY 19
TWO OUTSTANDING MARKET FAVORITES.
EAST STAGE MUSIC TENT. 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.
WEST STAGE UNDER PATCO. 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.
For the Art Lovers
FEATURED ARTIST. STEPH SCHULTZ (Mermaid Metal). Handmade sterling silver and gemstone jewelry inspired by the sea. I think we can say a little bit more about how exquisitely detailed these beauties are. Nature provides the colors in abalone shell, turquoise, amber, and birthstones, and they are both rich and complex. Steph’s artistry is to bind them harmoniously with silverwork that is both clean and clearly made by hand. Gotta see ‘em.
For the Big-Hearted
LOURDES/OAKLYN PANTRY. It’s time again to BUY 1 GIVE 1. Please be generous and grab an extra lettuce or spinach 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.
OTHER NONPROFITS THIS WEEK. Look for tables staffed by the Rutgers Master Gardeners (Gardening Helpline), by the Proud Neighbors of Collingswood (for their annual House Tour), and by the Camden Clock Chasers (to benefit scholarships for Collingswood High School seniors).
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.