Music on 2 Stages

EAST STAGE MUSIC TENT. This happens all too rarely. Matt Skoufalos and The Unstoppable Hackbeats will command the east stage this week with all the energy you’ve come to expect. There will be fewer distractions at the east end of the Market since Irvin Avenue will be closed to vendors, so you can focus all your attention on the music. Prepare to be rocked. And reggaed. Unstoppably.

WEST STAGE BELOW PATCO. We’ve been waiting for the day when we could bring you the special talents of Brooke DiCaro. Saturday is that day. Rich vocals. Soulful renditions. Fearless compositions. And she plays piano. Come welcome Brooke for her Market debut.


What’s in season:

Most active Jersey produce includes: Pears, collards, okra, lima beans, eggplant, raspberries (fall bearing), beets, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, peppers, potatoes, tomatoes, squash.
(Peaches, corn are still around but not for much longer. Apples will start to appear!)

In other words – savor the abundance of summer season crops while the weather cooperates. Soon there will be a chill to the air and the hot-temp-dependent harvests will wane.


Guest Vendors

Space is tight for Guest Vendors this week. We lose our spaces on Irvin Avenue to accommodate the town-wide Haddon Avenue Fine Arts and Craft Festival.

MECHA Artisan Chocolates – Thank you, MECHA, for bringing the good stuff every SAT this month.

Inspired Brews Kombucha – Always fresh, with fun flavors on tap! Bring a growler.

Barn and Stone House Soap – One of just a few times this season you can choose your favorite of Karen and Rex Bockius’s beautiful soaps.


BID Vendor Area

At the west end of the Market, members of the Collingswood Business Improvement District (BID) may sell food products not necessarily locally-sourced. Shoppers may not know that the special arrangement with Sara’s Produce is that they may sell “exotic” produce, but are prohibited from selling anything that grows in New Jersey. This week: Dulce Artisanal Pastry, Villa Barone, Cheese Etc., Charlie’s Crepes, and Sara’s Produce. For one week, Barn and Stone House Soap will join the BID area as well.


From Our Official Market Bloggers

Susan Mauer Lynch (Yellow Room Upstairs). This week, Susan patronized our new seafood vendor, The Big Shrimp Company, along with her daughters. Each bought shrimp, and all contributed recipes to Susan’s blog post. None will take more than a few minutes to produce and all three respect the unadorned essence of the Jersey Fresh product. Follow the link to Susan’s blog for the recipes, then follow her to The Big Shrimp Company at the end of the Market and get in line.


Denine Gorniak (The Bicycle-Chef). As she did for the Annual Salsa Contest in July, this month (it’s official Peach Month!) Denine attended, sampled, judged, photographed, analyzed, critiqued, enjoyed, and praised the peach pies in our Annual Peach Pie Baking Contest, SAT AUG 05. Follow the link to her blog for all the details, the names of the winners, and her glorious photos of the mouth-watering entries.


Susan Mauer Lynch (Yellow Room Upstairs). Fried red tomatoes. Because green tomatoes doesn’t seem right. The simple recipe is as good as the tomatoes. Susan shops democratically and makes her recommendations with unanimity. She spreads the love to: Our Yards Farm, Springdale Farm, Flaim Farm, Hymer Farm, DanLynn Organic, Viereck Farm, Formisano Farm, Savoie Organic, and Fruitwood Farm. Shop where you like, then get the recipe at Susan’s blog here.


For the Dog Lovers

4PAWSNJ in the Dog Tent. This week our good friends from 4Paws will staff the Dog Tent and distribute Official Market Leashes along with the Dog Behavior Guidelines, excellent advice about pet health and safety, and opportunities to volunteer or to apply to foster/adopt a new forever animal of your own. Stop by to pet or be petted.


For the Art Lovers

FEATURED ARTIST. Selena Braunstein is our Artist of the Week. She calls her company Creatively Obsessed, and a quick visit to her table will demonstrate why. She makes handcrafted jewelry from vintage books and buttons. This is your chance to do more than adorn yourself. You can own and display on your person a piece of Wearable History.


Weather forecast for Market hours: Partly sunny, rising to the 80s.


“Cooking is like love — it should be entered into with abandon or not at all.” –Harriet Van Horne