RIBBON CUTTING AT 8AM: Everyone is welcome under the balloon arch for a ribbon cutting by local officials and help us usher in the new season. Huzzah!

Weather Forecast for Market Hours: Warm and sunny, going into the 60s. Beautiful Market weather!

Music on Opening Day!

Trio Nova Duo (E) and Dave Kelly (W) will welcome everyone back for a great season!

What’s In Season: Time to get fresh!

Greens are typically ready this early. Baby green, spinach, arugula, kale, chard, loads of tasty herbs and more. Bedding plants & seedlings available for your gardens.  Farmers sell off their surplus vegetable plants. It’s an eagerly anticipated May “crop.” Come early for the best selection!

Flaim Farms will have Jersey Fresh spinach, radishes, kale, leeks, arugula, dill, cilantro, plain & curly parsley, red & green leaf lettuces, Boston lettuce, romaine, spring mix, rappini, beets, chives, mint, baby spinach and baby arugula.

Springdale Farms will have fresh-made apple cider donuts and a full selection of pies, cakes, cookies & quick breads! They’re also bringing vegetable transplants (including heirloom varieties), a large selection of herb plants (many organic) and Jersey fresh greenhouse tomatoes.

A. T. Buzby Farm will have, “Our OWN vine ripe hot house tomatoes along with local asparagus. Strawberries will be a little delayed due to the cold spring.  However, strawberry hanging baskets and vegetable plants for your garden will be available.”

Schober Orchards is bringing their jarred goods and a limited number of prepared Mother’s Day gift baskets.

Hymer Farms will have flowers for your gardens as well as vegetable plants. Plenty of herbs and heirloom tomatoes, too.

Viereck Farms will have fresh cut Jersey asparagus this week (fire up those grills!).

Hillacres Pride tells us, “We are so excited to be back!  For this weekend, we have on special three-packs of ground beef and beef jerky.  We will also be bringing our fresh mozzarella!  We are well supplied with beef and pork, but the cool spring has the chicken supply very limited.”

Treehouse is bringing some new things to the Market this year: “We now make our own bagels from scratch, and are excited to be able to bring new and exciting flavors with us. Also new, we have started canning our own salsa, peanut butter, jam and raw applesauce.  So we will be bringing our jars for purchase.”

WoodsEdge will have raw local honey available this weekend. Great for allergy season!

Tortilla Press is making food that capitalizes on both spinach and asparagus – two great items that the farms are beginning to send them. They’ll be featured in breakfast sandwiches and quesadillas.

Opening Day Fun!
After the ribbon cutting be sure to pick up a free opening day cookie (a peach-shaped cookie definitely counts as a nutritious breakfast) or mini-cupcake provided by DiBartolo Bakery, who is also one of our wonderful sponsors!

Guest vendors for week one!

Green Aisle Grocery

Weckerly’s Ice Cream

SOOM Foods

Dee Dee’s Garden (bringing traditional and vegan pesto as well as a Thai basil pesto and new extra hot Thai basil pesto)

Fruits d’heritage

Market Day Canele (bringing asparagus tarts, peach cardamom cakes, gougere sliders with farm eggs and bacon and chocolate tarts)

Crafter of the Week: Sultana Aschim of Sultana Maria Jewelry. Sultana makes flower crowns, handmade jewelry with stones and found objects and collaged windows.

The Veggie Valet is back! This service allows shoppers a spot to drop their purchases, pick up a claim check and continue to roam the market without lugging around their plants, produce and heavy bags. See the Veggie Valet tent (at headquarters!) for details.

NEW: Leash-permits now required for dogs at the Market

The staff and vendors at the Collingswood Farmers’ Market love dogs! Unfortunately, not every dog is well behaved at the Market and because of increased incidents, feedback and sanitary issues, we’re implementing a leash-permit program for the 2015 season. The basics:

– All dogs at the Market will be required to wear a Market leash.

– The leash-permit is a onetime fee of $10, a portion of which goes to animal welfare agencies.

– Dogs and handlers are expected to follow Market guidelines.
The goal of the program is to make the Market a safer place for our pets and our guests! Read full details regarding leash-permits at www.CollingswoodMarket.com.

 From the Friends of the Farmers’ Market:

FOFM Needs volunteers to be a part of the Market! Email Tricia at volunteer@collsfofm.org or stop by the Get Up Collingswood! event on May 26th to learn more. They will also have awesome Farmers’ Market merch for sale!