Weather forecast for Market hours: Mostly sunny. In the 80s. Dry. Your basic summertime deal.
Music: Two beloved acts play our stages this week: Monko! (east side) & Sam Caruso (west side).
AVOID THE MARKET SAT AUG 20 if you’re susceptible to adorable animal cuteness. 8 shelters, rescues, and animal adoption agencies including an animal hospital will participate in the 2nd Annual Adoptathon at the west end of the Market (in the “Treehouse Café spaces”). Dog wading pool! Puppy playpen! Dog kissing booth! You’ve been warned. 8am-noon.
Art lovers: The annual Crafts and Fine Arts Festival is THIS WEEKEND! See beautiful art under billowing tents along Collingswood’s historic Haddon Ave all weekend, August 20 and 21! A mile of juried artwork from all over the nation.
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.
Wild Flour Bakery will have focaccia with Jersey tomatoes. Hillacres Pride will have on special this week kielbasa, smoked or fresh (“…which does not mean not frozen, it means not smoked.”), their Citrus Sunrise fresh cheese and Old Bay cheese, too. They say, “Thank all that have come out in spite of the heat – we could not farm like we do without you!” Awwww. You’re welcome!
DanLynn Organic Farms will have 25lb crates of San Marzano tomatoes, slicing & heirloom tomatoes, grape, golden nugget and Ceylon heirloom tomatoes, green beans, eggplant, okra, cucumbers, zucchini, Yukon gold & fingerling potatoes, red white & yellow onions, garlic, kale, unpopped popcorn, honey, Swiss chard, sweet frying & colorful bell peppers, red beets, honeydew & watermelons. They’ll have brown and green eggs from free ranged chickens. They’re taking orders for crates of San Marzano’s for Aug 27, as well. INSIDE SCOOP: “We will also have a sale on slicing tomatoes by the quart and we will be selling slicing tomatoes by the crate at a price less than we charge for the San Marzanos!”
Savoie Organic Farm tells us, “This is a heavy tomato week for us. We have San Marzanos, Jersey beefsteaks and heirlooms – all available by the case at a great price. We also will be bringing our organic cantaloupe melons, yellow bell sweet peppers and our Jimmy Nardello sweet frying peppers, as well as Shishito and Padron frying peppers, zucchini, All Blue and Carola organic potatoes too.”
This week’s guest vendors
Market Day Canele
Garden State Juice Co.
Crafter of the week:
Rose Pacey of Gypsy Art. Rose will be bringing jewelry, wind chimes, and mixed media.
News from our Official Market Bloggers
Want some new ideas on how to use that Farmers’ Market haul? Check out the Market blogger series. Featured this week is Christine Clarke (The Coveted Kitchen). Christine has discovered what all good Market shoppers know: in August, the vendors practically beg us to take home a case of tomatoes! Combine them with other Market goodies (cucumber, onion, sweet bell peppers) and don’t turn on a burner! See how she serves it up here.
Susan Mauer Lynch (Yellow Room Upstairs). Susan astutely observes that this month the eggplant is EVERYWHERE: Springdale, Flaim, Buzby, DanLynn, Viereck, Formisano, Savoie, Fruitwood. When you’ve come home with eight different types, try her no-fail preparation: peel, slice, salt, brush with oil, bake. Questions? Read on.
Susan Mauer Lynch (Yellow Room Upstairs). Among her many charming characteristics, Susan gives everybody equal time. She wants us to choose our tomatoes from among those at: Springdale, Buzby, Hymer, DanLynn, Fruitwood, Viereck, Formisano, and Flaim. For dessert, cold melon from: Buzby, Hymer, Viereck, Fruitwood. But for no-nitrate bacon, she has just one recommendation: Hillacres Pride. As for the sourdough bread: Wild Flour Bakery. Got your list? Let’s grill.
Thanks to our 2016 Market Sponsors! They go the extra mile to support this community project. Hooray for them! Be sure to tell them you noticed!
“Three tomatoes are walking down the street—a papa tomato, a mama tomato and a little baby tomato. Baby tomato starts lagging behind. Papa tomato gets angry, goes over to baby tomato squishes him and says… ‘Ketchup!’”