Weather forecast for Market hours:
Cloudy in the morning, with only a teeny chance for showers. 60s – finally the fall we’ve been waiting for!
Music on 2 Stages
EAST STAGE MUSIC TENT. We’ve got music from Sam Caruso this week, which means we’re going to have to dig deep in our bag of superlatives to describe this Collingswood favorite, friend to all, patron of the arts, collector of Food Bank donations, and not a bad guitar player. With his harmonizer, he’s a group!
WEST STAGE UNDER PATCO. Dave Kelly seems to be everywhere: hosting Open Mic nights in Oaklyn, providing dining music at the area’s fine restaurants, playing outdoor festivals every weekend or so, and sometimes finding time for our Market. Come hear what he does with anything that’s stringed. DAVE KELLY AND SAM CARUSO
What’s in season:
Quiz: Which of these can be found at the Farmer’s Market this weekend?
B. Lima Beans
E. All of the Above (Right!)
Don’t forget to pick up some pumpkins for fun fall crafts. Make jack-o-lanterns to get into the October spirit, and roast the pumpkin seeds for a healthy, seasonal snack!
DanLynn Organic Farms is now taking orders for November 4 pickup of half-bushel crates of sweet potatoes (yams). They will have large, small, and stringy potatoes in the crate and they will still have the dirt on them (they keep longer if kept dirty!) and store nicely in a garage or basement. Just email Lynn at DanLynnFarms@aol.com with name, cell phone, & # of crates to order. Cost is $1 a pound and most crates are roughly 20lbs.
They will also have the following certified organic produce: baby bok choy, kale, mixed lettuce bags, heads of lettuce, colored sweet bell and frying peppers, slicing & heirloom tomatoes, eggplant, fall honey, unpopped popcorn, spinach, butternut honeynut and Long Island cheese pumpkin squash, yellow onions. Continuing sale on sweet potatoes (yams) and lastly, of course, they’ll have brown and green eggs.
Cheese, Etc says, “It’s pumpkin time! So time for our Pumpkin Cheese Spread! We take our creamy white cheddar and mix it with pumpkin and all the spices of pumpkin pie. Try some of this on your morning bagel. Delish!”
Hillacres Pride is offering an Oktoberfest sausage special. “From our free range Berkshire pork, Buy any five sausages (mix and match from 9 varieties) and save big when you pay – only $7/lb! We also have our full line of pastured Jersey beef back in stock-steaks, roasts, ribs and more! Pre-orders are recommended, visit our website at www.hillacrespride.com
Guest Vendors and Special Products
Woods Edge Wool Farm — Alpaca wool products including exquisite sweaters, socks, scarves, and shawls. Plus dryer balls, local honey from their own hives, soaps and other beeswax products. The list goes on.
Duker T’s Catering – Cream of Broccoli Soup. Finally, the weather is starting to favor hot soups during Market hours. Come by to get yours early. They don’t always last.
Soap Girl Cindy Steves — You got a chance to meet her just a couple of weeks ago. Now you want another bar, maybe several. Come see her before she moves to Maine!
Inspired Brews Kombucha — Inspired Brews bringing on draft Golden (PA apple*, ginger root*, anise*, golden raisins*). Pear Almond (PA pears IPM, Almond extract) **contains nuts*** and will be selling Blueberry Date by the bottle.
MECHA Artisan Chocolates — MECHA Chocolate bringing Pumpkin Spiced Toffee and the Fall Box: featuring Maple Pecan Pie, Apple Cider Caramel, and Pumpkin Pie.
Chloe’s Crème Puffs — One of the most frequent questions we’re asked this season is “When is that crème puff girl coming back?” This week, the answer is “Now.”
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.
EXOTIC PRODUCE. Shoppers should know the special arrangement with Sara’s Produce. They sell “exotic” produce (like persimmons), but are prohibited from selling anything that grows in New Jersey.
We’ve got all your favorite BID vendors this week: Dulce Artisanal Pastry, Villa Barone, Charlie’s Crepes, Cheese Etc, and Sara’s Produce will be on hand. They’ll be joined by Devils Creek Brewery —Sorry, no beer sales. We’re still a dry Market.
From Our Official Market Bloggers
We’re Apples to the Core Our Official Market Bloggers do a wonderful job of alerting us to what’s fresh at the Market (and what to do with all that bounty)! This week, we’re all about the apples. We’ve got an apple tart recipe, a recipe for apple butter, and a link to the contest results from last year’s 2016 Apple Pie Contest.
The 2017 Apple Pie Baking Contest is this SAT OCT 14. It’s too late to register; we have our limit of contestants. But next week, look for the results of this week’s contest right here, in the Official Market Bloggers space.
Stef Perna (treatbelly). Apple Butter. “If you enjoy making (and eating) apple butter, now is the time! The Collingswood Farmers’ Market vendor Wm. Schober & Sons is offering a variety of apples. I used Cortland and Empire apples, as well as a splash of their apple cider for this apple butter recipe. Try a smear of apple butter on thick lightly-toasted sourdough bread, topped with your favorite sharp cheddar cheese, or a generous sprinkle of flaky sea salt. My go-to cheese is a creamy English cheddar with mustard seed and ale” sometimes known as Red Dragon. See the instructions and photos to guide you through at Stef’s blog.
Denine Gorniak (The Bicycle-Chef). Apple Pear Rustic Tart. They’re also known as crostadas. Apples and pears are hitting their peak at the Market. Schober, Fruitwood, Springdale, and other vendors are putting out their best, just in time for this week’s Apple Pie contest. Whether you’re entering or baking for your family only, put your pie dough skills to good use with a rustic tart. They’re easy to make and so worth the effort. Be gentle with the dough and barely work it. (Or use a store-bought dough and pretend you didn’t.) Don’t worry about fine aesthetics; they’re supposed to look rustic! For the prep instructions, go to Denine’s blog.
For the Big-Hearted
SEEDS TO SEW. The non-profit that improves the lives of women and girls in rural Kenya through education and job skills training. Select from reusable cloth gift wrapping bags called Enkiteng bags, Maasai Enkisoma jewelry, and banana tree bark handicrafts. Your purchase will directly benefit the woman who made it.
LOURDES/OAKLYN PANTRY. It’s time again to BUY 1 GIVE 1. Please be generous and grab an extra broccoli this week to fill the needs of a food-vulnerable neighbor. Food donated on Saturday is distributed the following Monday while it’s still Jersey Fresh.
AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION. Stop by the table to learn about the latest developments in preventing and treating this all too common disease.
For the Animal Lovers
Almost Home Shelter in the Dog Tent. The wonderful people of Almost Home will be staffing the Dog Tent for us this week, sharing remarkable stories of rescuing truly needy animals from the brink of disaster at extreme expense. They’ll distribute the essential Official Market leash to your 4-legged companions, and introduce you to adoption possibilities Ask about their Bingo Night fundraiser on SAT OCT 21. It’s sure to be a lot of fun and raise both money and awareness of the needs of abandoned and rescued animals.
For the Art Lovers
FEATURED ARTIST. Lisa Confora. (Nature’s Energy) Pottery and Jewelry. Lisa says: “Reduce – Reuse – Recycle – Upcycle. My passion for recycling and earth friendly art, provided me the direction towards creating a variety of one of a kind, handmade, exclusive jewelry pieces with a story. In keeping with environmentally friendly elements and a commitment to design, I use fair-trade and handmade beads to enhance the overall appeal of the wearable art.” www.lisaconfora.com
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“Only the knife knows what goes on in the heart of a pumpkin.” – Simone Schwarz-Bart