Weather for Saturday starts cool and humid, ends warm and dry. Light breezes, no rain. So, in summary, it’ll be summery. Bringa buncha stuff.
Here’s the chart from Weather.com
Siteplan for SAT JUL 28
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, pasture-raised lamb, and bison.
Collingswood Foods SAT JUL 28
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 “Rising Star Chef” Valentina Fortuna.
Denine Gorniak provides a rich profile of Stephen and Franzi Kremer’s Amber Grain Bakery in her blog post this week. Stop by to see the lastest offerings from this very popular German-style bakery.
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 Guido Barone’s 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 or a lemon.
Guest Vendors and Special Products
SAT JUL 28
Catch them while they’re here!
- Neil’s Sharpening Service
— Neil says, “We will be at the Market this Saturday ready to put a new edge on all the knives, scissor and garden tools! We can even sharpen Chains from a chainsaw. Please bring chain only, NOT the saw.”
- Green Plate Cold-Pressed Juices
— This is sad news. Joe and Ryan are locked in an unsuccessful effort to come to terms with their landlord and may not be returning to the Market.
- Green Aisle Grocery
—All sorts of novelty from the Green Aisle team this week. New: Garlic and Dill Pickles / Strawberry Basil Preserves / Blueberry-Infused Vinegar / Peach Plum Chai Shrubs / Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho, and more!
- 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)!
- Knowhere Farm Goats Milk Soap
—We host one soap maker each week, compared to 24 farms every season. Some weeks, like SAT JUL 28, 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.
- Woof and Whiskers Pet Biscuits
— You couldn’t ask for a more wholesome recipe than Woof and Whiskers provides in these tasty treats. Bring your pet to the table for a sample.
Official Market Bloggers
Bread of Life
Denine Gorniak (TheBicycle-Chef). Bread of Life. Stephen and Franziska (Franzi) Kramer, opened their German-style Amber Grain Bakery last year, and are well-known for their wildly popular stand at the Market. Denine has interviewed and photographed them producing bagels and bialys; burnished brioche and challahs; bee sting cakes and rugelachs; hearty German pretzels and thin crust pizzas and so much more. Her photo at left pairs an Amber Grain loaf with pindjur from Our Souls Shine. Read the whole story at Denine’s blog and get a peek inside the bakery.
Chicken with 40 Garlic Cloves
Stef Perna (treatbelly). Chicken with 40 Garlic Cloves. Stef says, “My favorite things about summer are glowing fireflies and Savoie Organic Farm garlic.” For this blog post, she picked up seven bulbs of Savoie’s Inchelium Red softneck garlic to yield the forty cloves of garlic for this famous chicken recipe. The cloves become mild and buttery after braising with thyme and champagne. Click through to Stef’s blog to see step-by-step instructions and beautiful photographs for this straightforward one-pot recipe.
Peach and Blueberry Crisp
Sarah Licata (Salt Jar). Peach and Blueberry Crisp. Two summer farmers market favorites get to shine together in this peach and blueberry crisp with a crunchy pecan and oatmeal topping. Sarah says, “I got blueberries from AT Buzby Farms and peaches from Wm Schober Sons. The fruit was so perfectly ripe that I could smell peaches, blueberries, blackberries, and cherries wafting through the market at every turn.” Follow the link to Sarah’s blog to make this delicious treat for yourself . . . after you get your own fruit from the Market.
Rustic Tomato Tart
Tasty Temptations. Rustic Tomato Tart. 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 her Rustic Tomato Tart. Tasty used tomatoes from Fruitwood Farms and a little honey from Springdale Farm to prepare this sweet and savory dish. She says, “It’s almost like a tomato jam. Then that is paired with the salty, nutty of Parmigiano-Reggiano and a flaky crust.” Follow the link to Tasty’s post to see the rest.
For the Animal Lovers
Lilo’s Promise Animal Rescue
IN THE DOG TENT
Lilo’s Promise Animal Shelter in the Dog Tent.
The wonderful people of Lilo’s Promise will be staffing the Dog Tent for us this week, sharing remarkable stories of rescuing truly needy bully breed dogs from the brink of disaster at extreme expense. They’ll distribute the essential Official Market leash to your 4-legged companions and introduce you to adoption possibilities.
Lilo’s Promise is always in need of Bully-Tough Toys to keep their special friends occupied. Bring one to donate, or click through to their Amazon Wish List.
Live Music on Two Stages!
SAT JUL 28
EAST STAGE MUSIC TENT. Returning this week 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.
WEST STAGE UNDER PATCO. Brooke DiCaro. Rich vocals. Soulful renditions. Fearless compositions. And she plays piano. Come welcome Brooke for her first appearance of the 2018 season.
For the Art Lovers
Michelle Cole Designs
FEATURED ARTIST. Michele Cole Designs. Michele Cole is an artist who works with historic process photography and non-ferrous metals to create unique pieces of jewelry. Inspired by her love of the outdoors and the natural world, Michele’s subjects represent a mixture of the earth, the sky, the sea and the freedom to be. Her silver images are created on hand coated metal (aka tintypes), photographed through a vintage lens mounted on a vintage camera, processed in her darkroom, varnished (to protect the silver), then mounted into earrings and pendants.
Our Nonprofit Guests
Every week we host one or more IRS-registered nonprofit organizations, first from Collingswood, then from nearby towns. Spaces are free for the asking.
Guests for SAT JUL 28:
Friendship Force. Founded by Jimmy Carter, the group arranges for group members to travel to one another’s homes throughout the world.
Newton Monthly Meeting (Quaker). A local group of Friends who gather for worshipful community.
Rutgers Master Gardeners. Tips from experts about what to plant and how to rescue your failing efforts.
Oaklyn Police PBA Local 257. Apparel sale to raise money for various organizations in Collingswood, Oaklyn, Haddon Twp., and Merchantville.
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.