Are you buying gifts? Decorating? It’s Handmade Holidays at the Collingswood Farmers’ Market! The Market has late season crops, prepared goods and 20 Artists/Crafters/Artisans that continue their “gentle takeover” of the Market with gifts, crafts, art, décor and more. Come! Shop! Be happy!

Planning for Turkey Day: Get items now that will keep, such as cheeses, apples, squash, butters, root veggies. Get more perishable items (pies, baked good, lettuces) next Saturday.

 

Weather forecast for Market hours

Chilly to be sure, but sunny and dry. Looks like a beauty to bundle up and see what the Market has.

 

What’s in Season

Hillacres Pride: Raw milk cheddars and colbys are on sale this weekend – save 50¢ per pound. They are vacuum sealed so stock up for the holidays! They’re stocked with new beef back from the butcher shop, and the last chickens are now in the freezer. With only 2 markets left, people will be stocking up!

 

HANDMADE HOLIDAYS 2nd WEEK

THE 3-WEEK MARKET EVENT THAT KICKS OFF THE HOLIDAY SHOPPING SEASON CONTINUES! For the second week, we’ll open our tables to terrific juried artists and crafters (jewelers, potters, fiber artists, woodworkers, clothing designers, and so much more).

Joining us for week two are these Outstanding Vendors:

  • Aimee Eckert (Relics Revisited) Jewelry
  • Jennifer Talarico (Jennifer’s Fiber Designs) Clothing
  • Rose Pacey (Gypsy Art) Mixed Media
  • Anneliese Kissling (Le Petit Fox) Knitted Goods
  • Lorraine Delphey (L’Originals) Cotton Items
  • Maria Cartwright (222 Creations) Copper Fired Jewelry
  • Ellen Rosenholtz (Sylvia Starlight) Toys
  • Jennifer Prasad (Canary Works) Pillow Covers
  • Lisa Confora (Nature’s Energy) Ceramics
  • Katherin Cheetham (Select 10) Art Glass
  • Eric Wolff (Mud and Fire) Ceramics
  • Emily Cooper (Mithril Mailestrom) Chainmaille
  • Katie Locke, Infinnity Kids (Children’s Items)
  • Lindsay Varon (Hooked Up) Finger Puppets
  • Fred Chase (Fred Chase Woodcraft) Woodcraft
  • Barry Buck & Dixie Buck (Linen and Spoon) Wood
  • Meredith Greimel (Beaucycled) Succulents, Jewelry, Knits
  • Rachel E Del Rossi (Charming Notes) Paper
  • Justin Tyner & Meghan Keary Stained Glass
  • Joan Prato (Joan of Art) Metal Jewelry
  • Aaron McCargo Ponchos, Backpacks, Clothing

Also participating with farm-produced crafts is this Legacy Vendor:

  • Woods Edge Wool Farm (at the Perkins end)

 

Guest Vendors and Special Products

  • Start a shopping list! We’ve got a very full lineup of Guest Vendors and Special Products this week.
  • Barn and Stone House Soap — Not just soap but plenty of other cleansing and grooming products, all made by our vendor!
  • Inspired Brews Kombucha — Sip a sample, buy a bottle, or bring a growler for a refill. In the BID section of the Market.
    MECHA Artisan Chocolates – MECHA Chocolate will have S’mores kits. Come early – they will sell out quickly.
  • Chloe’s Crème Puffs – Chloe wrote to say the weather (30s, maybe 40 by noon) would pre-empt filling crème puffs this Saturday. I told her to bring them filled. No answer yet. Keep your frozen fingers crossed.
  • Indogrow Microgreens – The boys from Cherry Hill are back with their tiny little crop of hyperlocal, super-flavorful sprouts!
  • John & Kira’s Chocolates – If you haven’t tried the ganache-stuffed figs you haven’t fully experienced ganache, or figs!
  • Preservation Provisions – Not sure there’s a difference in pickles? Test that theory by sampling from several varieties.
  • Woods Edge Wool Farm – Woods Edge Farm will have a discount on their “Slow Fiber” yarn. They explain, “At WoodsEdge Farm, we raise ‘Slow Fiber’ without pesticides or herbicides in our fields where carefully shepherded groups of healthy happy animals graze. Annually, our alpacas and suri llamas are shorn so we can harvest their luxurious fleeces. Like many slow fiber herds, our animals are not all white like mass produced fiber, but rather come in a range of natural colors from shades of golden fawn and rich browns to smoky grays and inky blacks. Once the animals are shorn, we grade the raw fiber into six different grades and 25 different colors. In celebration of our new yarn colors, WoodsEdge is offering 10% off all yarn this weekend.”
  • Knowhere Farm – The kids are back! Get your selfies with the adorable young goats and pick a few bars of the Knowhere Farm-made goats milk soap. Down by Perkins.

 

BID Vendor Area

BID Vendors. At the west end of the Market, members of the Collingswood Business Improvement District (BID) may sell food products not necessarily locally-sourced.

Sara’s Produce returns this week after a 3-week absence. By special arrangement with the Market, Sara brings ONLY NON-JERSEY PRODUCE. Get your bananas, pineapples, mangoes, persimmons, etc., here.

We’ve got your other favorite BID vendors this week: Dulce Artisanal Pastry, Villa Barone, Charlie’s Crepes, and Cheese Etc. Also in the BID area: Inspired Brews Kombucha and John & Kira’s Chocolates.

 

From Our Official Market Bloggers

Susan Mauer Lynch (Yellow Room Upstairs). Easy Sides for Holiday Meals. Susan is all about helping. This week she has some handy tips for “onion hands,” for pouring “wide mouth funneling,” and—oh yes!—for preparing essential side dishes for you Thanksgiving and other holiday meals. You’ll need cole slaw, most likely, and your own cranberry sauce, of course, and what’s a meal without fried onions? Get easy recipes and quick tips at Susan’s blog. She did her shopping for cabbage, cranberries and onions at Formisano, Savoie Organic, Springdale, and Flaim Farms.

Stef Perna (treatbelly). Gruyere Green Bean Casserole. Stef says, “Forgo that outdated can of condensed ‘cream of mushroom’ soup and make way for gruyere and sour cream this Thanksgiving holiday. Flaim Farms green beans and yellow onions, as well as Dulce Artisanal Pastry sourdough loaves are available from the Collingswood Farmers’ Market to recreate this non-traditional green bean casserole. Thank you to friends of the Collingswood Farmers’ Market for reading my posts this season. Have a wonderful holiday, and stay warm this winter!” For the instructions and glorious photos, get on over to Stef’s blog .

 

For the Animal Lovers

Knowhere Farm Goats in the Petting Area. This will be your last chance this season to get into the pen with some adorable young goats and take your picture together with a kid. The goats milk soap is wonderful (and also photogenic), but the real attraction of a Knowhere Farm appearance is the chance to get up close and personal with one of these gentle animals. Down by Perkins Art Center. Look for the line.