This one looks too easy to call. Sunny all the way to noon. Temps start in the 70s and climbs to the mid 80s. Humidity gets lower throughout the Market hours. Let’s sell some Jersey Fresh.
Here’s the chart from Weather.com
Siteplan for SAT JUL 14
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 14
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 14.
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 14
Catch them while they’re here!
- Barn and Stone House Soap
— Not just bar soap. Not just for cleansing. Stop by this attractive table and get yourself some laundry soap or handmade aromatherapy!
- 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.
- 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. Last week they debuted a new juice featuring watermelon. See what they do next.
- Brookeberry Farms Organic Berries
— The Jersey Fresh berry season is short and impactful. Get to the stand early to get your organic blueberries, blackberries, raspberries.
- 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.
- Weckerly’s Ice Cream
—This company doesn’t just talk about local, they prove it every week. This week they’ll feature a new black raspberry flavor featuring 100 quarts of this unique fruit they hauled back over the Appalachians to their shop in Philly.
- 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.
- 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)!
Salsa Contest Recap
Contest Photos and Results. We are truly blessed to have a salsa-and/or-pie judge who is also a photographer, food writer, and expert chronicler of our contest events. Denine Gorniak (the bicycle-chef) tasted all the salsas in our 3rd Annual Salsa Making Contest, took judicious notes, photographed the salsas and the contest winners, and posted the results of all that effort HERE. Our contestants made good use of Jersey Fresh produce in their award-winning entries, not just red and green tomatoes, but also jalapenos, blueberries, and early peaches. At the link, you’ll find descriptions of the winning salsas, photos of the winning chefs, and tips from Denine about practicing your own salsa skills in preparation for next year’s contest.
Official Market Bloggers
Susan Mauer Lynch
Romanesco and Mexican Zucchini
Susan Mauer Lynch (YellowRoomUpstairs). Ever wondered what to do with that vegetable that looks like calculus? It’s an ancient broccoli/cauliflower crossover called Romanesco, and our intrepid food experimenter Susan Mauer Lynch will tell you how to prepare it, and also gray zucchini, if you’re ready to take a risk. She got both last week at the Springdale Farms table. For good measure, you can follow this other link to a blueberry crumb bar recipe provided by Susan’s daughter Liz. Blueberries are plentiful at the Market right now, available at no fewer eight vendors’ tables.
Kale and Crispy Chickpea Salad
Stef Perna (treatbelly). Stef says she’s keeping it simple, so we’re surprised to see how gorgeous and elegant these dishes turned out. She paired dino kale from Flaim Farms and garlic from Savoie Organic Farm to dress her kale salad enhanced with chickpeas coated with smoked paprika. In the same post, you’ll find help for making a corn crema for pasta that featured sweet Jersey corn, yellow onions, and scallions, all from the Flaim Farms table. We can’t show everything here, so get yourself to Stef’s blog for the rest.
Grilled Beet Salad
Sarah Licata (Salt Jar). Sarah found beautiful beets at Formisano Farms table along with some scallions and zucchini, and, not knowing what to do with them, adapted a recipe for an appetizer she had previously enjoyed that enhanced beets with other flavors. She grilled the beets over indirect heat (instead of heating the oven and thereby the kitchen), added grapefruit sections and goat cheese, some pistachios, a bit of basil, and found religion. Follow the steps yourself at Sarah’s blog.
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 Erica, an energetic 2-year-old pointer mix who would make a great jogging or hiking partner and would be good with children over 6 years old.
Live Music on Two Stages!
SAT JUL 14
TWO OUTSTANDING MARKET FAVORITES.
EAST STAGE MUSIC TENT. Trio Nova Duo.
Pete Devine and Michael Vogelmann are the duo that makes enough music to call itself a trio. We do wonder if there was ever a Quartet Nova Trio. Either way, you’ll love the smooth jazz favorites and tuneful interpretations of pop classics.
WEST STAGE UNDER PATCO. The Unstoppable Hackbeats. Full-time journalist and weekend ska master Matt Skoufalos heads up this popular rock outfit whose exact makeup is changeable but whose talent and enthusiasm are, well, shall we say unstoppable.
For the Art Lovers
Silver Spirit Design. Sterling Silver Earrings. Noah and Marlene Rosen are the sole designers of these handmade custom-designed .925 Sterling Silver Earrings. Each piece is unique and one of a kind, some with semi-precious stones, and some with only hand cut Sterling Silver. Each purchase includes signed Original Acrylic Abstract Art as earring cards, making for a “perfect mix” to treat yourself or as a gift. See for yourself in Space 24.
Several Collingswood businesses and loyal Market partners will participate in our weekly celebration of all things good and local.
Market Sponsor LOURDES WELLNESS will be back to conduct their monthly BUY 2 GIVE 1 food drive to benefit our food-vulnerable neighbors.
Collingswood BID members OCCASIONETTE and KRISTIN DE EUGENIO will set up in the Collingswood section to introduce their businesses to all who attend.
LOURDES WHOLISTIC INSTITUTE with student massage therapists to provide their popular chair massages.
And Collingswood’s most acclaimed art therapy nonprofit SAY IT WITH CLAY will give kids a chance to get their fingers busy making something out of nothing.
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.