Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Opening day at Collingswood Farmers Market

I wasn't there at exactly 8am - closer to 8:30. By the time I got there the market was already buzzing even with the damp, gray weather. It threatened to rain the entire time I was there, but it didn't. It did begin to rain a little later in the morning, though, so I'm sure the market got some rain.

All of the regular vendors that I had missed all winter were there - Springdale Farms with the cider donuts for my boys; DanLynn Farms had the organic fertilizer for my vegetable garden that worked so well last year, organic scallions, and eggs; Hillacres Pride Farm supplied me with grass fed ground beef from happy cows and a half pound of bacon; Buzby Farms sold me a couple of eggplant ($1 each!) and pepper plants (50 cents each!) that were leftover from their own planting; Sikking Flowers had beautiful fresh cut tulips; and Mind Your Own had my favorite wildflower honey.

Not everything I bought was local - lemons won't ever be local and the peppers I bought were from Florida.

My favorite part of the morning was getting breakfast. Chef Mark Smith from the Tortilla Press had set up a booth and gone to the vendors before the market opened to buy produce to make breakfast with local ingredients. He made quesadillas with broccoli or with leaks and spinach. I had a leak and spinach quesadilla for breakfast, and it was delicious. I can't wait to see what he comes up as more and more local produce comes into season.

I walked away with three shopping bags full of food including some asparagus that I'm going to try to make asparagus guacomole with. If it's a success, I'll post the recipe here.



Blogger GJK said...

I gotta be honest, Robin -- asparagus guacamole? Doesn't even sound the least bit palatable. But then, I can't stand asparagus . . . good luck with that. :)

May 5, 2009 at 7:21 AM  
Blogger Robin Shreeves said...

I'm giving it a try. In trying to promote the local aspect, asparagus is what is in season at the moment and abundant. I figured I'd give it a shot and if it's good I get a post here and a post on MNN out of it.

But, I get your skepticism. I'm a bit skeptical myself.

May 5, 2009 at 7:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oooh, thanks for posting about the individual vendors at C'wood Mkt. I don't get that way too often, even though my best friend lives in town, but now with a local, grass-fed meat provider around I'll have extra motivation. Too bad I won't have a free Saturday morning til almost June (wah!).

May 5, 2009 at 7:59 AM  
Blogger Robin Shreeves said...

Maybe I'll find some grass-fed meat sources at the Westmont Farmers market tomorrow when it opens. I'll let you know. They are going to be open Wednesday evenings - 4-7pm.

May 5, 2009 at 10:31 AM  

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