VERY POSITIVE FORECAST. Sunny with a Zero Percent chance of precipitation? When’s the last time we’ve had a forecast like that for a Market Saturday morning? Makes me nervous. 🙂
Official forecast for SAT JUN 16
Siteplan for SAT JUN 16
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 16
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 16
Catch them while they’re here!
- Weckerly’s Ice Cream
—This company doesn’t just talk about local, they prove it every week. This week they’re using the last of the ephemeral honeysuckle to bring just a few pints of this VERY seasonal favorite. If you know how to reach them, you’ll need to pre-order.
- 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.
- 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
50 Ways to Cook Your Bison
Susan Mauer Lynch (YellowRoomUpstairs). 50 Ways to Cook your Bison. “Grab some chili, Millie! Grill a steak Jake! With apologies to Paul Simon, Susan has been counting the many ways she’s used bison since Buck Wild Bison became a regular vendor at the east end of the Market. She’s got recipes and cooking advice for so many methods of serving this low-fat, luscious, low-calorie meat that we stopped counting. Hot dogs and beans, Dean? Make a poutine, Gene? Follow the link to Susan’s blog for more silly lyrics and some terrific photos to inspire your imagination. https://yellowroomupstairs.wordpress.com/2018/06/09/50-ways-to-each-your-bison-well-not-50-but-a-lot/.
Susan Mauer Lynch (YellowRoomUpstairs). Roasted Beet Stacks. What to serve alongside all that bison? Susan has that covered too this week. She roasted a supply of several beet types (get yours from Flaim Farm, Formisano Farm, and Muth Organic Farm) and layered them with soft feta from Hillacres Pride to make these elegant stacks that taste as good as they look. Follow the link to Susan’s blog for basic advice on how to roast beets, plus step-by-step instructions on how to produce the stunning side dish seen in this picture. https://yellowroomupstairs.wordpress.com/2018/06/06/elegant-beet-stacks/
For the Animal Lovers
Almost Home Animal Shelter
IN THE DOG TENT
Almost Home Animal Shelter
The wonderful people of Almost Home will be staffing the Dog Tent for us this week, distributing the Official Market leash to your 4-legged companion, and introducing you to adoption possibilities. In return, they need your help, please. 1. Weekend Adoption Outreach Volunteers. 2. Mini Vans for Animal Control and Medical Transport. 3. KMR kitten formula, Esbilac Puppy formula. 4. Kitten/puppy/small animal feeding bottles, and heating pads. 5. Liquid Laundry Detergent and Bleach. 6. Hand Sanitizer and Dish Soap.
Live Music on Two Stages!
SAT JUN 16
MUSIC IS “WEATHER PERMITTING.”
TWO GOOD GUYS. TWO GUITARS. TWO STAGES.
TWO BEARDS. TWO BASEBALL CAPS.
They claim they’re not related, but it feels like family whenever they play the Market.
EAST STAGE MUSIC TENT. John Rossi. He seems to be at every Farmers’ Market in the area, but he sounds best here.
WEST STAGE UNDER PATCO. Sam Caruso. Pop classics and “sing-along” songs make every appearance by local favorite Sam Caruso an event worth catching.
For the Art Lovers
FEATURED ARTIST. Betsy Cook. (National Picnic). National Picnic women’s casual clothing is sewn locally right in Collingswood. Designer Betsy Cook seeks out sustainable attributes such as organic fabrics, textiles that are milled nearby, and industry surplus when creating her few-of-a-kind pieces. Market regulars will recognize Betsy from her term as Director of the Collingswood Farmers’ Market or from her appearances at the Collingswood version of the Clover Market.
For the Big-Hearted
LOURDES WELLNESS / OAKLYN PANTRY. Once again, it’s the Saturday before the 3rd Monday of the month. That means the generous folks of Lourdes Wellness are partnering with the Oaklyn Pantry to provide fresh produce for our food-vulnerable neighbors. Please be generous and grab an extra lettuce or spinach this week to for distribution on Monday while it’s still Jersey Fresh. In the years we’ve been hosting this program, Market patrons have donated well over 3000 pounds of food.
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.