Cloudy and Humid
Forecasts have not been reliable, but this one calls for showers overnight Friday, clearing toward Market time, gathering again after Market close. Temps in the mid- to upper-70s in the meantime and mostly cloudy skies.
Official forecast for SAT JUN 09
Siteplan for SAT JUN 09
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 09
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 09
Catch them while they’re here!
- MECHA Artisan Chocolate
—They make just a few appearances at the Market, so when they do, it’s a special event. Local herbs, honey, beers and wines, apple cider, and Revolution Roasters coffee are among the sustainable ingredients in this hyper-local product. Don’t miss them.
- 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.
- Knowhere Farm Goats Milk Soap
—LIVE GOATS! We host one soap maker each week, compared to 24 farms every season. Some weeks, like SAT JUN 09, we’re lucky to host a farm that makes soap from the goats milk they collect from their own goats. Come out and meet the kids. Buy a soap and take a selfie.
Official Market Bloggers
My Market Shopping Bounty
Tasty Temptations (Tasty Temptations). Our newest Official Market Blogger has been posting luscious photos of her weekly Market purchases to Facebook as “Tasty Temptations.” This week is no exception, except that now she’s doing so with official credentials. You won’t find recipes, just good advice on what to buy at the Market and how to use it. Follow the links for posts about Cobb Salad with Derby Dressing, or Crème Brulee French Toast, or Ranch Fried Chicken Thighs. Each suggestion lists the Market vendors whose tables provided the primary ingredients.
Stef Perna (treatbelly)
Stef Perna (treatbelly). Garlic Escape. Stef says, “Hardneck garlic has gifted us with its green flower stems this week at the Collingswood Farmers’ Market. The stems, or ‘garlic scapes’ are a spring delicacy available from Savoie Organic Farm. The scapes are removed so that all the resources may go towards growing the garlic bulb. Scapes have a mild aroma and flavor that will not ward off vampires.” Follow the link to Stef’s blog for advice and photos to help you prepare scape dipping oil, homemade mayonnaise, focaccia dough, and pesto. http://www.treatbelly.com/treatbelly/2018/6/3/garlic-escape
For the Animal Lovers
The Animal Adoption Center
IN THE DOG TENT
The Animal Adoption Center
The wonderful people of the Animal Adoption Center will be staffing the Dog Tent for us this week, sharing stories of rescuing needy animals at extreme expense. They’ll distribute the essential Official Market leash to your 4-legged companions, and introduce you to adoption possibilities. Personally, we’re hoping to meet Buster, a 10-year-old beagle mix who’s good with grown kids and other dogs and who needs a new home now that his “mother” has passed away.
Live Music on Two Stages!
SAT JUN 09
MUSIC IS “WEATHER PERMITTING.”
EAST STAGE MUSIC TENT. Camille Peruto.
Bittersweet songs of heartbreak and hope from a beautiful young vocalist, guitar player, and songwriter who can cover Beyonce and Taylor Swift or tug at your heart with her own original songs.
WEST STAGE UNDER PATCO. Barry Hollander.
Last week he was a late replacement player covering Marc Sengin’s date; this week he’s back in his own slot with funky, bluesy, altogether wicked guitar licks (and perhaps a bass player) that cover a wide repertoire of old and new favorites.
For the Art Lovers
FEATURED ARTIST. Jennifer Prasad. (Canary Works). Jennifer makes a variety of hand-made cushion covers for the most popular throw pillow size: 18×18 inches. Her designs cover the gamut from sports to pets to designs for kids, to elegant embroidered and non-embroidered selections. An easy way to dress up your living space using pillows that you already have! She’s also been know to accept commissions, as she did for our family who needed eight “Home is where your mom is” pillows. Preview her work at www.shopcanaryworks.com
For the Family
SAY IT WITH CLAY. Abbie Kasoff and her team at Say It With Clay believe in the expressive, even the healing power of working with clay. It’s gritty and a little bit messy, and expressive in largely unpredictable ways. Bring the kids to the Clay table and let them mess around. Stick around and do it yourself. There’s no age limit on having a good time … or getting a little bit messy.
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.