LOOKS LIKE WE DODGED ANOTHER STORM. According to the Weather Channel, the rain will have passed us by 7am.
Siteplan for SAT JUN 23
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 23
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.
REVELATION CAFÉ! 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. Pull up a chair in their seating area and enjoy locally-roasted coffee and breakfast treats from the Garden State Culinary Arts just-named “Rising Star Chef” Valentina Fortuna.
Amber Grain Bakery brings their now familiar crusty rye and sourdough breads, plus bagels, granola, and cookies. They’ll be off SAT JUN 30, so be sure to stock up this week on their bread (which freezes beautifully).
Villa Barone features their familiar favorite sauces, oils, and olives, tasty zeppolis, their brick oven bread favorites, and 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 lemons to make Sarah Licata’s Sugar Snap Pea and Ricotta Salad (see her story in the Market Bloggers section).
Guest Vendors and Special Products
SAT JUN 23
Catch them while they’re here!
- Inspired Brews Kombucha
—Back this week after one week off, Inspired Brews brings their fermented tea beverages featuring lots of local herbal and agricultural ingredients.
- Charlie’s Crepes
—Charlie buys his sweet and savory ingredients (always a meat, always a fruit, always delicious) at the Market and whips up new concoctions every week.
- Indogrow Microgreens
— They’re a farm! In a house! In Cherry Hill! Come experience the intense flavors of these tiny, nutrient-rich wonders (between sprouts and baby greens)!
- Green Plate Cold-Pressed Juices
— They bring more Jersey Fresh juices every week and sell out every time. Ask for a sample and see why they’re gaining more fans every time they attend.
- Woof and Whiskers
— Dogs love them and responsible dog owners are thrilled with ingredients and the production techniques. Bring your own “good boy” by for a sample.
Official Market Bloggers
Susan Mauer Lynch
50 Ways to Cook Your Bison
Sarah Licata (Salt Jar). Sugar Snap Pea and Ricotta Salad. Sarah picked up her crunchy, sweet, sugar snap peas from Viereck Farms with the specific plan to make this tasty salad. She got her lemons from Sara’s Produce (which brings to the Market only fruit and veggie favorites that cannot be grown in NJ—thereby eliminating the need to go to the grocery to make this salad). You can too! Prep time takes just 15 minutes! Follow the link to Sarah’s blog for step-by-step instructions and scrumptious photos.
Stef Perna (treatbelly). Kohlrabi with White Beans. Stef shares three ways to enjoy the late spring crop of kohlrabi she picked up from Savoie Organic Farm. Green or purple outside, the inside flesh is white and nutrient dense; the flavor reminds her of cabbage, but also Asian pear, surprisingly crisp and gently sweet when eaten raw. Follow the link to Stef’s blog for recipes using both the flesh and the greens, plus a kohlrabi snack for good measure. http://www.treatbelly.com/treatbelly/2018/6/18/kohlrabi
For the Animal Lovers
Almost Home Animal Shelter
IN THE DOG TENT
4 PAWS NEW JERSEY.
The wonderful people of 4 PAWS NEW JERSEY 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. 4 PAWS is an all-breed dog rescue committed to matching dogs in need with caring, devoted families. Personally, we’re hoping to meet Beckett, a neutered male terrier/American Pit Bull mix, just 13 months old. See if you can resist him
Live Music on Two Stages!
SAT JUN 16
EAST STAGE MUSIC TENT. There’s no telling whether Kevin Monko will appear solo (unlikely), or whether he’ll invite one or more of the members of Candy Volcano to play along. Either way, it’s his first appearance at ther Market this season, and that’s reason to celebrate. Come on out and entertain him!
WEST STAGE BELOW PATCO. The New Valentines. They delighted us last season when they made their Market debut, and Matt and Genevieve LaPalomento are certain to delight us again with their beautiful harmonies and popular playlist. ‘Cause, once you’re delightful, you don’t stop being delightful.
For the Art Lovers
FEATURED ARTIST. Carolyn Jones. (Sleepy Cat Jewelry). Carolyn crafts metal and wire jewelry into beautiful items inspired by nature with texture and strong attention to details. She makes jewelry that reflects “the joy and awe I experience observing nature and classic patterns around me. I’m inspired by trees changing with the seasons, the brilliant, varied colors of birds and butterflies, the energy of wind and ocean waves or the comforting curl of a cat’s tail.” See for yourself in Space 24.
If Nature Cooperates
BROOKEBERRY FARMS. With their red-and-white berry cart, Brian and Elizabeth Beebe are recognizable fixtures of the Market every spring (but for only 4-5 weeks, during the brief Jersey Fresh berry harvest). By midnight Thursday, we knew not to expect their organic raspberries and blackberries (sometimes even late strawberries) on SAT JUN 23.
Brookeberry will join us on SAT JUN 30.
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.