Our bold prediction is that clouds will increase throughout the morning as humidity decreases and breezes pick up. Rain will hold off until after breakdown. All in all an excellent day for selling Jersey Fresh.
Here’s the chart from Weather.com
Siteplan for SAT JUL 21
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 21
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. 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 21.
Villa Barone. Last week we saw some beautiful pizzas on the table alongside this local restaurant’s usual offerings of pasta sauces, oils, olives, and tasty zeppolis.
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 21
Catch them while they’re here!
- La Pooch Patisserie
— Erin Waldron has been staffing the walk-up window at her pet biscuit bakery on the White Horse Pike this season, but this week (and a few others) she’ll be back in her “usual spot” in the middle of the Market. Be sure to stop by with your dogs and get reacquainted.
- Knowhere Farm Goats Milk Soap
—We host one soap maker each week, compared to 24 farms every season. Some weeks, like SAT JUL 21, we’re lucky to host a farm that makes soap from the goat milk they collect from their own goats. Come out and meet the kids. Buy a soap and take a selfie.
- Cheese, Etc.
—Gina and Ken Horlacher have doubled down on their commitment to using local produce in their cheese spreads this season. Last week they were at the Market stocking up on Jersey blueberries for some special spreads you’ll find at their table on SAT JUL 21.
- 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. Two weeks ago, they debuted a new juice featuring watermelon and other local produce. Stop by to 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.
- 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)! For a virtual tasting session, follow this link to the video provided by “Eat Your Way to Wellness.”
Official Market Bloggers
Susan Mauer Lynch and Denine Gorniak
Cucumbers, Cucumbers, Cucumbers
Cucumbers Cucumbers Cucumbers. It seems every vendor at the Market has them this month, so it’s no coincidence that two of our Official Market Bloggers are sharing simple and delicious cuke prep instructions at their blogs this week. Follow this link to see how Susan Mauer Lynch (YellowRoomUpstairs) prepares her Gurkensalat (creamy German cucumber salad) with sour cream and English cucumbers she bought from Muth Family Organic. Then, follow this link to learn from Denine Gorniak (the bicycle-chef) how to make several simple summer salads, including a tasty cucumber fennel salad with a light vinaigrette.
Stef Perna (treatbelly). In last week’s post featuring dino kale salad, Stef teased us with a suggestion for making corn crema for all that wonderful sweet Jersey corn we’ve been buying at the Market this month. This week she makes good on that promise with specific instructions on turning all those gorgeous kernels into a cheesy pasta dish. She bought her corn, yellow onions, and scallions from the Flaim Farms table. Follow this link to Stef’s blog for the full story and her always beautiful photographs.
Susan Mauer Lynch
Beef Stuffed Peppers
Susan Mauer Lynch (Yellow Room Upstairs). Susan has managed to produce a recipe that makes good use of the tomatoes and peppers that are plentiful at the Market without heating up the kitchen—AND that gives her time to read a big book while the slow cooker does the work. She bought onions from AT Buzby; white and purple peppers at Muth Family Organic; ground beef, cheese, and butter from Hillacres Pride, and mushrooms from Davidson’s Exotic Mushrooms.
For the Animal Lovers
Voorhees Animal Orphanage
IN THE DOG TENT
The wonderful people of the Voorhees Animal Orphanage 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. We don’t know who they’ll bring, but we’d like to meet Remi, a young happy pitbull mix, 2-3 years old, a silly, playful dog who loves everyone and thrives on attention.
Live Music on Two Stages!
SAT JUL 21
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.
WEST STAGE UNDER PATCO. John Rossi. He seems to be at every Farmers’ Market in the area, but he sounds best here.
EAST STAGE MUSIC TENT. Sam Caruso. Pop classics and “sing-along” songs make every appearance by local favorite Sam Caruso an event worth catching.
For the Art Lovers
222 Designs. Jewelry. Maria Cartwright creates torch-fired copper enameled jewelry. Each colorful and unique item is created individually and then hand fired with a torch. In their gradations from one rich color to another, these striking pieces of the jeweler’s art mimic nature. Preview her work at her facebook page or on etsy.
Featured Legacy Farm Product
Flaim Farms Shishito Peppers
FLAIM FARMS. Kevin Flaim of Flaim Farms provided me a hatful of these trendy Shishito peppers and the preparation instructions: blister them in hot olive oil and sprinkle with salt; leave in a bowl on the counter and watch them disappear. Most of them are sweet, but one or two in every ten brings a bit of unexpected heat; hence their nickname: stealth peppers.
New Vendor, New Product
Our Souls Shine Pinture
OUR SOULS SHINE. Cindy Irvin is not exactly new to the Market, but she’s making her return this week with an entirely new product. We tried a test version a couple weeks ago, and we’ve been eagerly waiting for another jar ever since. Cindy roasted peppers from Muth Family Organic and eggplant from Flaim Farms for this beautiful Jersey Fresh concoction she calls Pinjure. We just call it delicious. Her zucchini bread is made with Muth zucchini, and she’ll also have her famous books; perhaps even some fresh-squeezed lemonade.
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.