For a few years now, we’ve been reading about the Collingswood Farmers’ Market and how great it is. Last weekend we took the ride down the Turnpike to check it out for ourselves.
Set in the beautiful Haddon Avenue downtown section under the PATCO train tracks, you could immediately see why this market was voted America’s Favorite Farmers Market by the American Farmland Trust. It is big. The market area is set up with tents on either side of a wide walkway with room to enter the area between the vendors. That was very helpful since when we arrived at 9:30 it was already almost 90 degrees and we didn’t have to walk a long way before entering the market.
Everything you would expect at a farmers market is represented. Fresh fruit and vegetables are available from many local vendors including Flaim Farms, A.T. Buzby, and Springdale Farms . There was even a dedicated mushroom vendor, Davidson’s Exotic Mushrooms, something we have not seen before. We won’t hold it against them that they are from PA. Want to satisfy that sweet tooth? DiBartolo Bakery has a nice selection of pies and doughnuts. The Great Harvest Bread Company offers breads, peanut brittle, muffins, and other delights where you can treat yourself after being good and eating all your veggies.
For our four legged friends there was La Pooch Patisserie which specializes in dog treats. By the look on the faces of the dogs I saw stopping by the treats must be delicious. La Pooch are also considerate enough to keep a fresh water bowl out for thirsty dogs. You can even pick up plants such as freshly cut sunflowers to decorate your dinner table.
All this and there is live entertainment by local groups. On this day Trio Nova Duo kept the beat while people ate and rested in the large sitting area.
South Jersey is often unfairly overlooked but any one who loves farmers’ markets and lives in NJ owes it to themselves to make a visit to Collingswood.
Hours, every Saturday until Thanksgiving, are 8:00 a.m. to Noon.
Here’s a link to their website where you can learn more about the vendors and sign up for their weekly email about what’s coming up at the Collingswood Farmers’ Market: www.collingswoodmarket.com
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