There will be thunder.
We’ve seen this one before. Overnight rain washes the chalk away from the Market spaces and makes for a wet setup. Scattered thunderstorms make the early hours a little dodgy, but miss us for the most part. We’ll see some umbrellas at the tables.
Here’s the chart from Weather.com
Siteplan for SAT AUG 04
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 AUG 04
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.
Amber Grain Bakery keeps bringing new fresh products to the table every week. Stop by to see the latest goodies from this very popular German-style bakery.
Villa Barone. We missed Guido last week, but expect him to return with pasta sauces, oils, olives, and his own tasty zeppolis from this very popular Collingswood restaurant.
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 AUG 04
Catch them while they’re here!
- Cheese, Etc.
—Gina and Ken Horlacher have doubled down on their commitment to using local produce in their cheese spreads this season. When peaches and blueberries are plentiful in the Market, expect to see peaches and blueberry cheese spreads at Cheese, Etc.
- Indogrow Microgreens
— We’ve been missing these tiny, nutrient-rich wonders (between sprouts and baby greens) for two weeks now. The boys are back this Saturday with baggies full of nature’s most flavorful wonders!
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
Farmers’ Market Tomato Salad
Lisa Grant (JerseyGirlCooks). Farmers’ Market Tomato Salad. Our newest blogger picked up a supply of heirloom tomato beauties at Savoie Organic Farm and matched them with corn from Eckert’s Corn to create “the ultimate tomato salad” with fresh mozzarella cheese, avocados and basil, all of which she was able to find at her new favorite Farmers’ Market. The corn can be cooked or raw, and the basil can be purple or green. Go to Lisa’s blog for a complete ingredients list, dressing suggestions, and preparation instructions.
Shishitos and Squash Blossoms
Stef Perna (treatbelly). Small Bites. We’ve all had those conversations at the Market—with farmers or with other shoppers—that led to culinary discovery. Stef had such a conversation at the Flaim Farms table, and this week’s blog post is your “lucky find.” Click through to Stef’s blog to see step-by-step instructions and beautiful photographs for these elegant snacks: charred shishito peppers and ricotta stuffed, beer-battered squash blossoms, both from Flaim Farms.
Fluffy Scratch Blueberry Pancakes
Sarah Licata (Salt Jar). Fluffy Blueberry Pancakes. Sarah bought 8 pints of “the season’s best berries so far” from AT Buzby Farms and starting using them immediately. Last week she shared her peach and blueberry crisp recipe. This week it’s pancakes that feature berries inside and outside the pancakes, with a hint of lemon. Want to make perfect, clean, fluffy pancakes from dry ingredients that are as easy as Bisquick? Follow the link to Sarah’s blog for the recipe, mouth-watering photos, and “construction instructions.”
Susan Mauer Lynch
Amish Corn Pudding
Susan Mauer Lynch (YellowRoomUpstairs). Corn Pudding. Wonderful what can be done with milk, eggs, Jersey Fresh sweet corn, some scallions, and the help of an eager four-year-old. Susan bought her corn and scallions from Muth Organic Farm but both are available from several vendors at the Market this week. The four-year-old is Susan’s grandchild, not available for lending. Find your own child and follow the link to Susan’s blog for the rest of the ingredients and preparation notes.
For the Animal Lovers
Paw It 4ward
IN THE DOG TENT
Paw It 4ward
The wonderful people of Paw it 4ward 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. They raise funds to help rescues offset the exorbitant costs of medical care. They’re also an official rescue agency for bully breeds.
Live Music on Two Stages!
SAT AUG 04
TWO OUTSTANDING MARKET FAVORITES
EAST STAGE MUSIC TENT. Lonesome Turnpike Ramblers. New to the Market last season, this good-time band blends expert musicianship and an appreciation for bluegrass traditions. Their first appearance this year was a big hit. Don’t miss them this Saturday.
WEST STAGE UNDER PATCO. Trio Nova Duo. Familiar pop classics, plus tunes from many genres and epochs by virtuosos on guitar and bass. Smooth, catchy, always tuneful, they’re the duo that makes as much music as a trio
For the Art Lovers
Aimee Eckert Relics Revisited
FEATURED ARTIST. Aimee Eckert (Relics Revisited). Aimee uses castoffs others think of as valueless and turns them into unique wearable art. But let her say it herself: “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.” What she said. Come see for yourself at the Featured Artist space in the middle of the Market this week.
Our Nonprofit Guests
Every week we host one or more IRS-registered nonprofit organizations, first from Collingswood, then from nearby towns. Send an email to the Market Director to request a date for your nonprofit.
Guests for SAT AUG 04
Main Street Realty. The Market wouldn’t be the thriving cultural activity it is without the support of our Market sponsors. This week we’re honored to host Main Street Realty in the Sponsor space.
$15 Minimum Wage for NJ. We don’t take positions on social issues, but we do make space available for local nonprofits to share their views. This week, the South Jersey chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America will entertain conversations about the minimum wage.
Collingswood Green Team. If tree planting, habitat certification, bike sharing, or community gardens are important to you, you’ll want to meet—perhaps join—the dedicated members of the Collingswood Green Team.
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.