It’s Gonna Feel Chilly.
Starts in the 60s, ends in the 70s. After a week of 90-plus, a Saturday of sunny skies and cool temperatures is just what we all need to get into a veggie-buying mood.
Here’s the chart from Weather.com
Siteplan for SAT JUL 07
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 JUL 07
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.
For a video scan of the amazing array of goods you would have seen on the Amber Grain Bakery table last week, follow this link. The variety gets better every week, so don’t miss the table on SAT JUL 07.
Villa Barone features their familiar favorite sauces, oils, and olives, tasty zeppolis, 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 JUL 07
Catch them while they’re here!
- Charlie’s Crepes
—For a profile of Charlie’s Crepes by Official Market Blogger Sarah Licata (SaltJar), follow this link. Charlie’s menu changes every week to include seasonal ingredients from our own Market vendors.
- Cheese Etc
— Gina is forever working to incorporate more local ingredients in her cheese spreads. Expect new berry varieties this week.
- 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.
- 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.
- Blueberry Fields Artisan Soaps
—One of just a few times this season you can choose your favorite of Carol Steinhauser’s handmade soaps.
- Brookeberry Farms Organic Berries
— Their season is short and impactful. Get to the stand early before their berries of many varieties sell out.
- Woof and Whiskers Pet Biscuits
— You couldn’t ask for a more wholesome recipe than W and W provides in these tasty treats. Bring your pet to the table for a sample.
Official Market Bloggers
Market Finds Week 08
Tasty Temptations. Our anonymous Official Market Blogger shopped the Market on that cool gray SAT JUN 23, also known as Week 8. She bought chicken, bacon, and eggs from Naturesown Farm and bratwurst to use for jambalaya. Then some beautiful zucchini from Fruitwood, and green beans from Springdale for Mom’s Veggie Pot. Of course, she sampled several items from the Savoie Organic Farm, and a Buttermilk Cinnamon Muffin from Constellation Collective that never made it home. Check out the Tasty Temptations post at this link. https://www.facebook.com/JSOcooks/posts/2238633286152312
Susan Mauer Lynch (YellowRoomUpstairs). Susan put together a beautiful Market meal that features collard greens and spring onion she purchased from Muth Organic Farm. In her post, she shares the technique for getting collards to the table in 35 minutes (they don’t have to take all day!). Also featured on the plate are pork ribs from Hillacres Pride; sweet corn and tomatoes from AT Buzby; Muth’s yellow zucchini; and cole slaw made from Muth Organic Farm’s cabbage. Check out the mouth-watering photos at Susan’s blog.
Tasty Temptations. As promised elsewhere, our anonymous Market wanderer and advocate produced one of Mister Tasty’s favorite meals from bratwurst provided by Scott Rowe of Naturesown Farm. She followed a favorite recipe from @landolakesktchn cookbook, substituting the bratwurst for the store-bought kielbasa she usually uses. For photos, follow the link to TT’s facebook post. To sample the dish after the flavors have had time to meld, you’ll have to wrangle an invitation to the Tasty home.
For the Animal Lovers
NJ Aid for Animals
IN THE DOG TENT
New Jersey Aid for Animals (NJAFA).
Come pick up your Official Market Leash this Saturday at the Dog Tent in the middle of the Market. It’s good for the whole season. In fact, it’s good for as long as we have an Official Market Leash program!
This week, the year-round sponsors of the Dog Tent, the good people of NJ Aid for Animals will be staffing the tent, explaining the Dog Behavior Guidelines, and handling the leashes.
NJ Aid for Animals was established in 2005 and has been saving animals particularly from Camden for thirteen years. All volunteers with no government funding, NJAFA relies strictly on the generosity of the public. Follow this link to their fabulous “Evening Under the Stars” fundraiser coming up in September.
Live Music on Two Stages!
SAT JUL 07
TWO OUTSTANDING MARKET FAVORITES.
WEST STAGE UNDER PATCO. Lonesome Turnpike Ramblers. New to the Market last season, this good-time band blends expert musicianship and an appreciation for bluegrass traditions.
EAST STAGE MUSIC TENT. Returning this week for a repeat engagement 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
KATHERINE CHEETHAM. Art Glass. Katherine Cheetham Glass is best known for multilayered fused glass panels typically depicting trees, flowers and landscapes. She also makes flame-worked pendants and ornaments along with fused ornaments, plates and bowls. Her work is perfect for wedding, office, birthday and holiday gifts. We set her up in a sunny spot so you can see the panels catch the light. See for yourself in Space 24.
Confirmed for SAT JUL 07
ECKERTS CORN TRUCK. We’ve already seen fresh sweet Jersey corn at Springdale Farms, at AT Buzby Farm, at Fruitwood Farm, and at Les Viereck’s table, so surely the Eckert Corn Truck cannot be far behind. Prospects are good that the truck will make its first appearance of the season at the west end of the Market this SAT JUL 07. Fireworks, anyone?
THIRD ANNUAL SALSA CONTEST. Our salsa contest is all about the Jersey Fresh. Whether you make the classic red salsa with tomatoes, onions and peppers; or the Salsa Verde with tomatillos; or you express your inner Latin chef with a fruit variation; your recipe should reflect the best of what the local growing season has to offer. Pre-registration is required for all entries. Prizes are awarded in “Market Cash” redeemable at any Market vendor.
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.