NO AMBIGUITY in this forecast. It’s sunny all the way from setup to breakdown, with temps that start in the 70s and top out at 90. Low humidity too. Perfect outdoor shopping weather.
Here’s the chart from Weather.com
Siteplan for SAT JUN 30
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 30
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 try new varieties every week, so stop by or fall behind.
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, is the one source for produce NOT grown in New Jersey. They are mandated to bring us the “exotics” so our shoppers won’t need to go to the supermarket for an avocado to add to Tasty Temptations’ new quesadilla recipe.
Guest Vendors and Special Products
SAT JUN 30
Catch them while they’re here!
- Inspired Brews Kombucha
—Nobody does a better job of patronizing local farms to flavor their fermented tea beverages than Inspired Brews. Bring your growler, or ask for a sample pour.
- 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.
- Neil’s Sharpening Service
— Bring your knives and your rapier wit to spar with Neil. He has a sharp tongue.
- Brookeberry Farms Organic Berries
— Their season is short and impactful. Get to the stand early before their berries of many varieties sell out.
- Cheese Etc
— Gina is forever working to incorporate more local ingredients in her cheese spreads. Expect new berry varieties this week.
- 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.
- Knowhere Farm Goats Milk Soap
—We host one soap maker each week, compared to 24 farms every season. Some weeks, like SAT JUN 30, 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
Susan Mauer Lynch
Summer Market Meal
Susan Mauer Lynch (YellowRoomUpstairs). This week Susan purchased ingredients from seven different farms to prepare a meal that highlights the bounty of our Garden State summer Market. Among her finds were the season’s first corn, eggplant, beans and peas, greens, spring cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, beets, and summer squash! Follow the link to her blog to see a meal that includes a salad of oak leaf lettuce, English cucumbers, and colorful grape tomatoes, a melange of summer squash, spring onion, sweet white corn, and tomatoes; and a bison petit tender cut into medallions with fried maitake mushrooms.
Denine Gorniak (TheBicycle-Chef). When temperatures start to routinely reach the 90s, Denine thinks cool thoughts: like, cucumber-cool. There are several in the Market now, from Flaim Farms, Viereck, and Muth Organic. Pick up some mint at Springdale or Formisano, find some feta at Hillacres Pride, and keep an eye out for the first Jersey watermelons, and you can use Denine’s blog post to put together this refreshing and colorful salad in a snap.
Tasty Temptations. Our anonymous Market wanderer and advocate uses cookbooks to guide her shopping. This summer, she’s exploring recipes from Susie Middleton’s book, Fresh from the Farm. Follow the link to her facebook post where she presents “Swiss Chard and Caramelized Onions Quesadilla with Pepper Jack Cheese. Tasty says, “It’s a great way to sneak in veggies that your family might not otherwise try.” https://www.facebook.com/JSOcooks/posts/2244384772243830
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 30
TWO OUTSTANDING MARKET FAVORITES.
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.
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 and Leadbelly to the Mister Softee theme.
For the Art Lovers
FEATURED ARTIST. Selena Braunstein. (Creatively Obsessed). Selena says, “My jewelry collection is constructed from original photographs, vintage bits, metal, clothing and various found and reclaimed odds and ends. I take the original found item and alter it to give it a new life. My collection is a careful mix of collage art and metalwork using a variety of ideas that make each piece one of a kind.” We say, “Every piece tells a story. The story of the rooster is ‘Only One Left!’” See for yourself in Space 24.
Confirmed for SAT JUN 30
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.