|From Top left to right: Dave Hodges, Director of the C'wood Farmers' Mrkt, with Joe Njoroge, and Collingsood Commissioner, Joan Leonard; Les from Viereck Farms; Spingdale Farms; Charlie's Crepes.|
Cutting the opening day ribbon were many Friends of the Collingswood Farmers' Market - my neighbors, Bernie and Mary; Dave Hodges, Collingswood Farmers' Market Director; Joe Njoroge, COO of the Food Bank of South Jersey; Joan Leonard, Collingswood Commissioner and her husband, Tom, plus many other friends and market shoppers.
As an official 2016 Farmers' Market Blogger (one of 6 writers dontcha know!), I arrived to the market well before the official market opening, in time to not only witness the ribbon cutting, I was asked to take the photos of the occasion. There's such a sense of community and excitement once the Market opens. It means it's the start of something special for Collingswood. People you haven't seen in 6 months appear, kids play and dance to the singers and music makers at each end of the Market. Friends reconnect. You see folks who you recognize only from the weekends appear with new members of their families, new babies, older children, or new visitors awestruck at this special event happens weekly.
|Joan Leonard, Collingwood Commisioner, with her husband, Tom, to her left in the background.|
|So many great foods, so little time to purchase and photograph it all!|
|Two new fantastic food finds: Jake's Origin Almond Milks and the Food Bank of South Jersey's Just Peachy Salsa.|
One new aspect to this year's Market is the Collingswood Bag-Lending Project. Lindsay Thivierge, who is helping Tricia Burrough and The Friends of the Farmers' Market (FOFM) head up the Collingswood Farmers' Market bag-lending project spoke to me about what FOFM are doing this year. To encourage market goers to use less, or no plastic bags, FOFM have taken on the challenge to make or lend recycled/reusable/renewable bags. The all-volunteer run organization has a sewing machine set up to turn old tee-shirts into shopping totes. One can either make an easy to create no-sew bag, or stitch the bag's bottom. Tee-shirts will be collected and lessons are freely given. Bags will be lent, plastic bags accepted to share with other market goers who may have forgotten a bag. Feel free to bring your bags, your old tee-shirts and if you have know how to sew, lend your skills on the sewing machine!
|All locally made and sourced peach salsa. Waste not, want not.|
With so many things to buy, foods to eat, people to meet, I can tell I'm going to have full and lively Saturdays all season long. Spring is here! Fun is here! Come here to Collingswood, It's Where You Want to Be!