First Order of Business…Thank You! 

We counted our fans and had our BIGGEST opening day on record!

Thank you to all 5,404 of you, we LOVE you right back!

Saturday, May 12, 2018 

(Don’t forget Sunday is Mother’s Day!)

Weather Forecast for Market Hours:

Weather forecast for market hours: GORGEOUS! Partly cloudy and rising into the 70s. Mother Nature is telling you to get to the market. We’re open 8am to Noon!

TWO GOOD GUYS. TWO GUITARS. TWO STAGES. “NO RELATION BAND” PLAYS EAST AND WEST.

West Stage Music Tent – John Rossi: Playing at the same time at the other end of the Market is John Rossi, who seems to be at every farmers’ market in the area. He sounds his best here.

East Stage Music Tent – Sam Caruso: Pop classics and some of your favorite “sing-along” songs make every appearance by local favorite Sam Caruso an event worth catching. With his harmonizing equipment, you’ll think he’s a duo at least.

Music starts at 9am on both stages, every week, rain or shine. 

 

What’s in Season

Be a good kid and pick something up for Mom at the market. Flowers, food, a fabulous breakfast – lots of options! If Mom likes plants, you’re in luck. Potted arrangements and cut flowers, herbs, veggie seedlings and more are still in full bloom during these early weeks of the market.

Enjoy lettuces while you can. When the weather heats up they will wane. You might also spy things like radishes, strawberries, asparagus, leeks, kale, chives, dill, arugula, beets, carrots, and green onions.

Muth Family Farms reports they will have spinach, swiss chard, collards, red leaf and green leaf lettuce. “It’s possible we will have some strawberries as well”.  In addition, they’re bringing a large variety of organic vegetable seedlings including organic grafted heirloom tomatoes.

Hillacres Pride will continue their buy-two-get-one-free bacon special while supplies last. They will have ground beef on special as well as more pasture raised chickens and are well-stocked with both beef and pork. Don’t forget the cheese – they bring almost 20 flavors each week!

Guest Vendors and Special Products

MECHA Artisan Chocolate is bringing their 6-piece Mother’s Day box along with bark, sea salted caramels, toffee, and marshmallow pecan caramels. Stop by and say “hi” to the Chocolatier, Melissa!  Insider Secret: MOMS LOVE CHOCOLATE! 

Inspired Brews Kombucha has sum yummy flavors on the menu this week; ROOTED (beets, carrots, ginger, mint), and ELDERFLOWER LEMONADE (elderflowers and lemon). Sip a sample, buy a bottle, or bring a growler for a refill.

Blueberry Fields Soap will be featuring everyone’s favorite soap fragrances! You can even custom blend your own sugar or salt scrubs. They make a perfect gift for Mother’s Day!

Collingswood Business Vendor Area

To promote our own community’s food economy, at the west end of the market, Collingswood Business Improvement District (BID) food businesses have their own new section to showcase their contributions to the borough’s vibrant food scene. 

Did you miss the New REVELATION CAFÉ last week? Check out local food heroes

Revolution Roasters and the Constellation Collective as they team up for the new food-and-beverage café at the west end of the market. Expect all their familiar favorites, plus seating and tables to make it easy to enjoy their scrumptious breakfast/brunch treats.

Amber Grain Bakery will take up a new space here in the Collingswood section. They made their mark last year, creating long lines of faithful customers waiting for exquisite loaf breads, most of them featuring rye flour. (They also try something new every week.) 

Villa Barone features their familiar favorite sauces, oils, and olives, usually ciabatta loaves, tasty zeppolis, and 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.

From Our Market Bloggers

Denine Gorniak (TheBicycle-Chef). Get Toasted! Denine suggests ways we can “get toasted” for Mother’s Day with her innovative toast bar alternatives to avocado toast. With nut butter and ramp butter from Green Aisle Grocery, plus spreads from Cheese Etc and Hillacres Pride, Denine whipped up a dozen ways to grace a variety of toasted breads from Amber Grain bakery with asparagus and tomatoes from Viereck, Springdale, and AT Buzby. And not just bread; she’s toasting sweet potatoes too. Check out the recipe and pictures at her blog.

Susan Mauer Lynch (yellowroomupstairs). Asparagus three ways! Susan cooks to honor tradition, and this week she honors both her great-grandmother’s home-grown asparagus and the tradition of eating Jersey Fresh, in Jersey, when it’s fresh! She offers instructions on roasting it, and braising it, but the signature dish here is Susan’s stir-fry of very thin asparagus, mushrooms, and chicken, all of which she was able to find at her opening day Saturday visit to the market. Follow the link to Susan’s blog for the recipe and her beautiful photographs.

Stef Perna (treatbelly). Sparrow Grass. We were all smitten by the early asparagus on offer at the market’s first opening last week. Stef found her thin bunches at Springdale Farm and features them them two ways in her blog; in a crustless quiche, and on toast with a poached egg. (She also offers a little history on the name.) If we could show all her beautiful photos, we would, but you can see them for yourself by following the link to Stef’s  blog for the recipes and the rest of the beautiful shots.

Official Market Leashes at the Dog Tent

We host ten local rescues and shelters at the market on a rotating basis, one each week to staff the dog tent where they display their adoptable animals, share information about spaying and

 neutering, offer behavior training tips, and raise funds for their (always underfunded) humane activities. They also welcome new dogs to the market and dispense the official market leash to owners who agree to abide by the behavior guidelines. Stop by this week to learn more about the dog policy at the market and pick up your official leash. It’s good for the life of the program!  

For the Art Lovers

Featured Artist, BRUCE PALESE (Scribble Stix): 

Scribble Stix is a line of eco-friendly, fun-face gifts that are handcrafted from twigs and branches that have fallen naturally from local trees.  No live trees are ever cut.  Our “functional art” products include pens, bottle stoppers, stylus pens, lamps, candle/air plant holders, s’more sticks, and appetizer picks-all

at ow prices.  We believe that “Quirky Doesn’t Have to be Costly!” 

Click here to learn more! 

 

Don’t Forget to Bring Your Reusable Bag!  

Help us reduce plastic bags at the market!

Plastic bags cause all kinds of havoc to the environment, as such we are working towards eliminating plastic bag use at the market. 

 

 

See you on Saturday!