Too soon to predict weather.
Farmers’ Market Director David Hodges will be off on his annual one-week vacation (this year to Copenhagen and Stockholm) on SAT AUG 18, but expects the Market to experience a typical New Jersey summer Saturday morning: humid with a chance of showers.
Siteplan for SAT AUG 18
The plan is truncated this week to accommodate traffic for Collingswood’s annual Crafts and Fine Arts Festival.
The usual Meat Market at the east end of the Market (the bottom of the site plan) is turned over to vehicle traffic, so Nature’s Own Farm and Woods Edge Wools will take the week off.
However, Buck Wild Bison and the new Headquarters Farm Lamb tables will move to the west end of the Market (the top of the site plan), so you can stock up on those favorites.
You’ll also find Hillacres Pride in their usual location for meats and cheeses from their own livestock.
Collingswood Foods SAT AUG 18
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.
Amber Grain Bakery has closed its doors to give baker Stephen Kramer a chance to take a new job as a product development wizard. We’ll try to coax Dulce to the Market to ensure that we always have a BID bakery presence.
Villa Barone. Giovanni (John) Barone will stand in for his father Guido this week, selling sauces, perhaps cheeses, the very popular zeppoles, and other Italian favorites from this 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 18
Catch them while they’re here!
- Headquarters Farm Lamb
—We’re delighted to announce the arrival of Roger Byrom, lamb farmer transplanted from the Lakes District of England to Stockton New Jersey. In addition to meat and organs, his lamb also produce beautiful pelts and mocassins.
- 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.
- Blueberry Fields Soap
— Fans of Carol’s soap get only a few chances every season to stock up on her bar soaps and body products.
- Indogrow Farm
— The Indogrow team had a demonstration at a show kitchen last week, but they’re back at the Market on SAT AUG 18 with their delectable, nutritious microgreens.
- 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.
- 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
Tipsy Coffee Cakelets
Denine Gorniak (TheBicycle-Chef). Coffee Cakelets with Bourbon Peaches. Denine bought a quart of peaches from the Wm. Schober Sons table and promptly drowned them in bourbon and Southern Comfort to produce a stockpile of boozy peaches she’ll use over the coming months for a variety of recipes including cakes, slushies, ice cream, even cocktails. Follow the link to see this week’s creation, Tipsy Coffee Cakelets with Streusel Topping.
Market Meal with Bison Ribeye
Tasty Temptations. As she often does, Tasty Temptations has planned an entire meal around her Farmers’ Market shopping finds and presents it to us this week in mouth-watering photographs. The meal features ribeye steak from Buck Wild Bison, a Jersey Fresh salad of tomatoes from Fruitwood Farms, and tasty little microgreens burrata and sorrel from Indogrow Farm. Follow the link to see what else she’s been up to.
Susan Mauer Lynch
Tribute to Hillacres Pride Farm
Susan Mauer Lynch (YellowRoomUpstairs). Tribute to Hillacres Pride. Followers of YellowRoomUpstairs know how often Susan’s recipes and meals use meats and cheeses from Hillacres Pride, so it should come as no surprise that she describes Tom and Mandy as the farmers “who changed my eating life.” This post is must reading for anyone unaware of the wide range of products the Arrowsmiths bring to the table every week from Jersey cow farm in Peach Bottom PA.
For the Animal Lovers
4 Paws All Breed Dog Rescue
4 PAWS NEW JERSEY.
The wonderful people of 4 PAWS NEW JERSEY will be staffing the Dog Tent for us this week, distributing the Official Market leash to your 4-legged companion, and introducing you to adoption possibilities. 4 PAWS is an all-breed dog rescue committed to matching dogs in need with caring, devoted families. Personally, we’re hoping to meet Martini, a white female terrier/pitbull mix the website refers to as “he.” Solve that mystery and others at the Dog Tent this week.
Live Music on Two Stages!
SAT AUG 18
TWO OUTSTANDING MARKET FAVORITES
EAST STAGE MUSIC TENT. John Rossi. Give him a microphone and a chair. John will bring his Martin guitar and his good humor and charm the crowd with familiar tunes to brighten everyone’s mood.
WEST STAGE UNDER PATCO. Matinee Relics. Small accordion, big guitar. Regina Baker and Kevin Sullivan are “two separate people who share one affection for old jazz music, standards, beautifully-written-but-decades-forgotten songs, and Manouche-style swing.”
For the Art Lovers
Fred Chase Woodcraft
FEATURED ARTIST. Monique Platt duTill and Daughters Pottery. Handmade ceramics for the home and garden. This carved cup is an example of the unique spin the daughters put on their indoor and outdoor ceramics. Cups that are beautiful and a delight to hold. Planters for the windowsill or porch. Herb markers that bring a touch of unexpected color to the garden. See them all in the Featured Artist Space this week. Or click here to see a panorama of a recent booth setup featuring the full line of products.
Small Bills and a Bathroom Key
Bring your own small bills for SAT AUG 18, please. David will be away.
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.