Looks like a beauty.
Dry and mostly sunny with perfect August temperatures rising only to 80 by the end of the Market with humidity easing as the morning progresses.
The official forecast from Weather.com
Siteplan for SAT AUG 25
Back to our normal layout after the one-week disruption of the Craft and Fine Arts Fair.
The usual Livestock area at the east end of the Market (the bottom of the site plan) is once again available, so Nature’s Own Farm and Woods Edge Wools will return to take their places alongside Buck Wild Bison and the pettable goats of Knowhere Farm.
Duker T is still on vacation, so Neil’s Sharpening Service will set up shop in his van in spaces 41 and 42.
Collingswood Foods SAT AUG 25
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 25
Catch them while they’re here!
- 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.
- 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.
- Knowhere Farm Goats Milk Soap
—We host one soap maker each week, compared to 24 farms every season. Some weeks, like SAT AUG 25, 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.
- Indogrow Farm
— The Indogrow team will be back on SAT AUG 25 with delectable, nutritious microgreens from their microfarm in Cherry Hill.
- Neil’s Sharpening Service
—He comes to the Market on the last Saturday of the month (whether that’s the fourth or fifth Saturday). Bring out your knives, your garden shears, even your chain saw blades (just the chains, not the saw).
- La Pooch Patisserie
— Erin isn’t at the Market every week this season. But this SAT AUG 25 you and your pet have a chance to reconnect.
- Our Souls Shine
— Cindy is a ray of sunshine herself, and her lovely daughter brightens our mornings too with her own-made lemonade sweetened with honey. Try Cindy’s new pindjur made from our own vendors’ eggplant and peppers.
- 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.
- Woods Edge Wools and Nature’s Own Farm, who were nudged out of the Market last week by the Craft Fair, are back with their specialty meats, eggs, and woolen special farm products this week in the Meat Market section near Perkins Art Center.
Official Market Bloggers
Jersey Girl Cooks
Lisa Grant (JerseyGirlCooks). Jersey Fresh Tomato Caprese Salad. Keeping it fresh and simple is the best way to savor the flavors of the best of our local produce. This week Lisa got her heirloom tomatoes from Savoie Organic Farms, but she has also purchased some from Springdale Farms and Fruitwood Farms this season. Check out the Springdale, Villa Barone, and Hillacres Pride tables to find a fresh mozzarella or other cheese and fresh basil from several vendors including Flaim and Formisano. Then follow the link for simple instructions and more wonderful photos.
Eggplant Tomato Burrata Stack
Tasty Temptations. Two of our bloggers are pairing mozzarella with produce this week, in case you’re following the trends. Tasty picked up her eggplant from Springdale Farm Market, baked and layered it with heirloom tomatoes and a ground bison meat sauce from Buck Wild Bison and slipped in the popular burrata to add the creamy cool element that makes this such a special dish. Follow the link to see what else Tasty Temptations has been up to.
Susan Mauer Lynch
Filet Mignon and Maitake Mushrooms
Susan Mauer Lynch (YellowRoomUpstairs). Beef Filet Mignon with Maitake Mushrooms. Not everything Susan bought and prepared for her meal this week is in the accompanying photo. For those, you’ll have to go to her blog. But the list is impressive: Maitake mushrooms from Davidson’s Exotic Mushrooms, Filet mignon and butter for cooking it from Hillacres Pride, Potatoes from Muth Family Organic Farm, Green beans, tomatoes, and onions from A.T. Buzby Farm (from my CSA share!). Another glorious and simple Market meal from YellowRoomUpstairs. Follow the link to the prep guide and photos.
For the Animal Lovers
The Animal Adoption Center
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 AUG 25
THE COLLINGSWOOD KEVINS MATCHUP
EAST STAGE MUSIC TENT. MONKO! There’s no telling whether Kevin Monko will appear solo (unlikely), or whether he’ll invite one or more of the members of Candy Volcano to play along. Either way, it’ll be a treat.
WEST STAGE UNDER PATCO. Matinee Relics. We liked them so much we’ve invited them back for the second week in a row! 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
Lorraine Delphey L’Originals
FEATURED ARTIST. Lorraine Delphey (L’Originals). Lorraine makes rustic cotton rope baskets in her own original designs, rope hot pads, hand-knitted discloths and fleece neck pillows. She’s been a popular vendor for years at our annual Handmade Holidays in November. Here’s your chance to get an early look at her freshest work long before the gift-buying rush of our annual fall celebration of local craft and arts.
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.