Chance of Showers.
We won’t let it dampen our enthusiasm, but the long-term forecast includes a likelihood of showers during setup. Comfortable temperatures in the 60s, to 70 by noon.
Official forecast for SAT MAY 04
Site Plan for SAT MAY 04
OPENING WEEK SITE PLAN
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. El Sitio Grill will join Revolution Roasters to create the West End Cafe. Sara’s Produce and Villa Barone Restaurant will be joined by other local businesses and sponsors throughout the season.
Livestock Farms Area: 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, goats for their milk, and bison.
SITE PLAN REVISED FOR PARKED CAR
Bag Reduction Program
Bring your own reusable bags to the Market, of course. Or buy another one at the Friends of the Farmers’ Market tent in the middle of the Market. Or pick up some reusable paper bags for pocket change. But even with all that preparation, you’ll still want to separate your blueberries from your watermelon. If you need a plastic bag for that, we get it. BUT YOU’LL HAVE TO ASK. Vendors have been instructed to provide plastic bags ONLY UPON REQUEST
New Sustainability Vendor
Our brand new vendors, Red Oak Permaculture, are all about sustainability. They’re your go-to source for information and supplies to help keep your garden and your profile green. They make compost, sell compost, will help you make compost, will sell you the worms to make compost for you. They also start plants from shoots and will make it easy for you to do the same. Need examples? They’ve got elderberry, Nanking cherry, current, and gooseberry cuttings.
A Little Knowledge
Want to Up your Market Game?
When you prep for a visit to the Market, do you check the Food Vendor List to see who’s growing what?
For that matter, did you know there’s an official website at CollingswoodMarket.com?
Brand New Cafe Space
Cup of Bliss Coffee joins Charlie’s Crepes
Charlie has been serving up made-to-order crepes in the middle of the Market featuring fresh stuffings made from our own vendors’ produce for years, but this season, he’ll be side-by-side with Collingswood coffee roasters Cup of Bliss Coffee whose fresh-roasted coffee, lemonade, and iced tea will round out your Charlie’s Crepes meal. You’ll find a table and chairs there too.
Collingswood Foods SAT MAY 04
Collingswood Section. To emphasize our own community’s food economy, at the west end of the Market, Collingswood food businesses have their own section to promote their contributions to the Borough’s vibrant food scene.
Introducing the WEST END CAFÉ!
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.
Introducing the West End Café
Revolution Roasters and the El Sitio Grill will team up to form a new food-and-beverage café at the west end of the Market (while the owners of the Constellation Collective concentrate on expanding their Haddon Avenue operation). Revolution will handle the fresh-roasted beverages, while El Sitio will check in with fantastic Ecuadoran specialties including empanadas and Pan de Yuca (cassava cheese bread treats).
Villa Barone features their familiar favorite sauces, oils, and olives, usually ciabatta loaves, tasty zeppolis, sometimes their own fresh mozzarella.
Sara’s Produce by special arrangement with the Market, is the one source for produce NOT grown in New Jersey. In fact, that’s their mandate: bring us the “exotics” so our shoppers won’t need to go to the supermarket for bananas and mangoes.
Lost Bread Co. is not a Collingswood business, but it will take the location formerly occupied by Dulce and by Amber Grain bakeries beginning SAT MAY 18.
Guest Vendors and Special Products
SAT MAY 04
LOADED WITH NUT BUTTERS
Start a shopping list!
- Green Aisle Grocery
—Cocktail aficionados love them for their mixers. Foodies love the innovative take on local produce, pickling, preserving. If you haven’t checked out their table, you don’t know what you’re missing.
- Cheese Etc.
—Local favorite Cheese, Etc. has always proudly incorporated Jersey Fresh farm products into their delightful spreads. Stop by to see what they’re featuring this week.
- Inspired Brews Kombucha
— We’ve seen the list of all the local farms supported by our favorite brewer of zesty kombuchas. They’ll be happy to share that list with anyone who values a vibrant local food economy. Sip a sample, buy a bottle, or bring a growler for a refill.
- Knowhere Farm
—We love them for their soaps, made from the milk of their own farm goats. They’re also lovely people. But to be honest, the scene-stealers are the wonderful kids they bring to the Market. Come buy some soap and take a selfie with a goat.
Official Market Bloggers
Susan Mauer Lynch (Yellow Room Upstairs)
Hillacres Pride Sirloin Bites
SIRLOIN BITES FROM HILLACRES PRIDE
Susan Mauer Lynch (yellowroomupstairs). While we all wait impatiently for the best of the early spring vegetables, strawberries, and asparagus, there are plenty of Market items to savor and enjoy. Susan found a way to marinate and prep her sirloin from Hillacres Pride when the weather wasn’t right for grilling. Find more beautiful photos and the marinade recipe at her blog, and welcome to another season of Blog posts! https://yellowroomupstairs.wordpress.com/2019/05/01/sirloin-steak-bites/
For the Animal Lovers
Live Goats at the east end (Perkins Art Center)
They can be milked, which can be made into soap, which can be brought to Market. Buy some soap and take a selfie with an adorable young goat.
New Jersey Aid for Animals (NJAFA):
LILO’S PROMISE BULLY BREEDS
IN THE DOG TENT
Lilo’s Promise Animal Shelter in the Dog Tent.
Come pick up your Official Market Leash this Saturday at the Dog Tent in the middle of the Market. It’s good for the whole season. In fact, it’s good for as long as we have an Official Market Leash program!
This week, wonderful people of Lilo’s Promise will be staffing the Dog Tent for us this week, explaining the Dog Behavior Guidelines, and handling the leashes. They have remarkable stories of rescuing truly needy bully breed dogs from the brink of disaster at extreme expense and they’ll 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 MAY 04
TWO OUTSTANDING MARKET FAVORITES.
EAST STAGE MUSIC TENT. Camille Peruto. Bittersweet songs of heartbreak and hope from a beautiful young vocalist, guitar player, and songwriter who can cover Beyonce and Taylor Swift or tug at your heart with her own original songs.
WEST STAGE UNDER PATCO. Trio Nova Duo. Familiar pop classics, plus tunes from many genres and epochs by guitar virtuosos. Smooth, catchy, always tuneful, they’re the duo that makes as much music as a trio.
For the Art Lovers
FEATURED ARTIST. MARGEAUX BERNHARD (Proud Mary Designs). Jewelry. (Gypsy Art). Margeaux is the designer and owner of Proud Mary Designs. Her ultra lightweight earrings, handcrafted from polymer clay with gold and silver components, are clean, modern, trendy, fun, colorful, and affordable! Margeaux is a proud Collingswood resident and co-leader of Makers Club, whose attendees leave monthly meetings with completed projects! Check it out at makersclubmakers.com
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.