The forecast is quite threatening. As we know all too well, the forecasts a often completely wrong, but it does seem likely we’ll be getting some weather on Saturday. We’ll cancel only if the Governor declares a weather state of emergency for Camden County, but be your own judge of what’s safe. We don’t want anybody taking unnecessary risks.
Official forecast for SAT JUN 02
Siteplan for SAT JUN 02
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 has joined 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 JUN 02
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 JUN 02
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.
- Green Plate Cold Pressed Juices
— Brand new vendor. They buy Jersey Fresh from this Market and other local farms, juice it in their kitchen, and bring the deliciousness back in bottles.
Brand New Vendor!
SAT JUN 02
GREEN PLATE. Ryan Stein and Joe Chairmonte call themselves Green Plate for good reason. They buy local Jersey Fresh produce and treat it ever so gently before serving it to customers at their Cinnaminson restaurant. (If you call pulverizing it in a blender gentle treatment.) For us, they’ll be buying produce from our own local farms, juicing it in their kitchen, and bringing it back to the Market for sale as cold-pressed juices. This week they’ll debut their products to our customers before joining the roster of weekly vendors. Give them a big Collingswood welcome.
Official Market Bloggers
Susan Mauer Lynch (Yellow Room Upstairs)
Refrigerator Strawberry Jam (No Pectin)
Susan Mauer Lynch (yellowroomupstairs). Refrigerator Jam (Strawberry. No Pectin.) She did it again. Susan bought “too many” strawberries at the Market. How could she resist? They were everywhere: Buzby! Muth! Fruitwood! Springdale! What to do? “Cook them down until they thicken, put them in jars, and refrigerate for up to two weeks.” You’ll have to go to Susan’s blog for the rest of the details and the terrific photos. https://yellowroomupstairs.wordpress.com/2018/05/29/refrigerator-strawberry-jam-without-pectin/
Sarah Licata (The Salt Jar)
Strawberry Brie Pasta Salad
Sarah Licata (Salt Jar). Strawberry Brie Pasta Salad. Sarah bought her strawberries from the Muth Family Organic table and ate half of them before she got home to produce this recipe and the beautiful photos that chronicle the preparation. You’ll need some creamy cheese that can melt into the warm pasta to create a sauce. Check out Hillacres Pride or Cheese Etc this week and see what you can find. Follow the link to Sarah’s blog for the rest of the details and photos. http://saltjar.com/strawberry-brie-pasta-salad/
For the Animal Lovers
Kiss a Frenchie at the Dog Tent
IN THE DOG TENT
Lilo’s Promise 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.
Live Music on Two Stages!
SAT JUN 02
MUSIC IS “WEATHER PERMITTING.”
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. Mystery Guest. We’ve hosted a lot of terrific musicians on the West Stage, including Marc Sengin’s folk and pop songs of the 60s and 70s. Sadly, Marc’s back won’t let him play this week, so we’re calling out one of our favorite acts to take his place. Who? You’ll have to come out to see.
For the Art Lovers
FEATURED ARTIST. JILL HAWES (Farmhouse Art Studio). Jill creates custom wearable art that will change the way you think about tie dye! Each piece is creatively unique and made with love. You may remember that last year she produced tie-dye dog bandanas for a special rescue fundraiser (and encouraged our guests to make their own right on the spot). We love Jill’s big heart and her beautiful stuff. At the Featured Artist spot in the middle of the Market.
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.