Collegeville Farmers’ Market Grand Re-Opening Changed to May 10th!

Collegeville Farmers’ Market Grand Re-Opening Changed to May 10th!

Join us for the market’s 2014 re-opening on Saturday, May 10th, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the DaVinci Pub parking lot, 217 E. Main St., Collegeville. We pushed back the date from May 3rd because DaVinci’s Pub was totally booked on that date and needed their parking lot for their customers.

Now in our fourth year, the market features five produce vendors:  Selling vegetables are Jubilee Hill Farm, Burkholder Organic Produce, the Ursinus College Farm, and our new farm, Valley Run CSA.  Additionally the PV High School “Take Action” Club sells vegetables from their organic garden.  Selling fruit this year will be Frecon Farm; Longview Farm also sells berries in season.

The Collegeville Farmers’ Market is a producer-only market, which means that the vendors grow or make all their products themselves.  Since we depend on nature for our bounty, in Pennsylvania, early Spring markets are usually limited to salad greens, asparagus, kale, radishes, scallions, spinach, Swiss chard and turnips.  In addition, the Market will also be stocked with bedding plants, and most importantly our year-round products, which include pastured poultry, eggs, meats, homemade sausages and charcuterie; cheeses, organic milk and baked goods, including ICED by Betsy cupcakes, The Hearth Baker artisan bread, MacDougall’s Irish Victory Cakes, and our new cookie baker, Lavinia’s Cookies.  We also carry local wines and many homemade and home-prepared food products, including hummus, international foods, organic granola, stuffed peppers, olive oils, jams, jellies, pickles, extracts and spices, Bigg Dutt’s BBQ sauce, Sweet Success homemade chocolates, gourmet dog treats, crafts and much more.

The market is also your local source for high-end teas: “Health and Tea” carry exceptional organic tea blends.  New this year is that market patrons can enjoy artisan coffees:   the market is hosting “Sweet Tree Artisan Roasters”—freshly roasted (within 24 hours of purchase) sustainability produced blends of coffee not available in stores.

The Market’s 2014 Summer Celebration Day to mark the introduction of our larger summer market–with our full complement of over 20 local farmers and vendors with a large variety of vegetables and fruits in season–will be held on June 14th, 2014.  By June, our produce vendors will have the first fresh beets, broccoli, peas and early tomatoes, along with local strawberries, followed in July by the full complement of vegetables, and fruits–including blueberries, cantaloupe, and peaches.

Market shoppers will also enjoy our line-up of talented local live entertainment, as well as more food events this year.  Back by popular demand are our Sample Saturdays, when you can “eat your way” through our market, and our all day market breakfast and lunches featuring Freeland sausage, onion, pepper and egg sandwiches, barbequed pizza with fresh market vegetables, fruit pancakes, Bendybrook Farm pastured hamburgers, our Pie-Paloosa pie baking contest, and many more food events.  If you don’t already receive our newsletter with weekly information on our vendors and all the market’s upcoming offerings and events, sign up at www.collegevillefarmersmarket.org.

By shopping at our farmers’ market, you directly support our local farmers and small business owners.  Over half our vendors are from Montgomery County, and the rest are from neighboring counties.  Our vendors support their families through the sales of their products, with no middle man involved.  Their practices are sustainable, chemical free, and the nutrition from their products comes from the soil and the sun as nature intended.

The market will be open every Saturday, rain, snow or shine, from May 10 through Nov. 22, the Saturday before Thanksgiving.  Our market is dog-friendly, and parking is available on site in the DaVinci and Power House parking lots.  Our market is also handicapped accessible.  DaVinci’s Pub is on site, and is open from 11 a.m. on for a delicious lunch.

The Collegeville Farmers’ Market was started in 2011 by volunteers of the non-profit Collegeville Economic Development Corporation (CEDC).  Our volunteers are committed to the importance of bringing fresh, nutritious, local products to the residents of the Borough and surrounding area and in supporting local farms and businesses.  We are always looking for others who would like to be involved.  If you believe in the importance of sustainable farming, protecting the earth, and healthy eating, please volunteer to join our Committee, help out at the market, or help us with special projects. Individuals interested in volunteering with us can contact Cathy Kernen, Co-chair of the Collegeville Farmers’ Market Committee, at catherine.kernen@comcast.net or call her at 610 409 0370.
Individuals can friend the market at www.facebook.com/CollegevilleFarmersMarket.

Thanks to our Customers for a Great Spring-Summer-Fall Market Season!

Thanks to our Customers for a Great Spring-Summer-Fall Market Season!

Eight Winter Pre-order and Pick Up Markets Scheduled

Our sincere thanks to all our customers for shopping at the Collegeville Farmers’ Market this season!  Special thanks also to the Sautners, owners of DaVinci’s Pub, and the Gorskis, owners of The Power House, for allowing our market the use of their parking lots.  And as always, thanks to our vendors, who are committed to bringing their products to our market, rain or shine!

Area residents who miss the fresh, local products of the Collegeville Farmers’ Market can still obtain some products throughout the winter. A number of the market’s vendors are making their products available through a pre-order and pick-up market held on the second and fourth Saturdays January through April.  Area residents can place their orders ahead of time for such products as Bendybrook Farm pastured meat, chicken and eggs by calling 610 698 1086 and Freeland Market homemade sausages, smoked meats, scrapple and specialty items at 610 326 0900.  Products can be picked up on the following Saturdays: January 25th, February 8th and 22nd, March 8th and 22nd, and April 12th and April 26th between 3 and 3:30 p.m. in the back of the DaVinci Pub Parking Lot, 217 E. Main St.

You can view the market’s list of vendors at http://www.collegevillefarmersmarket.org/vendors/customers interested in additional market products can e-mail us at farmersmarket@collegevilledevelopment.org.

The vendors who are participating in the market are announced every two weeks through the Farmers’ Market newsletter; if you don’t yet receive it, you can sign up to get it at http://www.collegevillefarmersmarket.org/

The 2014 Spring Farmers’ Market will be opening again in the DaVinci Pub parking lot on May 3rd.

Pie-Inspired Cupcakes – ICED by Betsy

Pie-Inspired Cupcakes – ICED by Betsy

It’s starting to feel like winter, but join us on Saturday for a beautiful fall market! Stop by and enjoy the flavors of the season, including this week’s Pie-Inspired Cupcakes!

If you place your Thanksgiving cupcake order by Saturday, November 23rd you will receive a special discounted price!! Place your order via email cupcakes@ICEDbyBetsy.com or phone (610)755-7062.

ICED by Betsy will have the following flavors at the market this week:

Pie Inspired CupcakesAll-American Apple – Apple cider cake made with fresh apples and filled with cinnamon cream cheese frosting. Topped with a ring of cinnamon cream cheese frosting, spiced apples & a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Cherry Cobbler – A simple & elegant vanilla cupcake with pureed cherry filling. Frosted with vanilla buttercream and topped with sweet pie cherries and tasty cobbler crumble.

Chocolate Pecan Pie – Our signature chocolate cake filled with a sweet caramel pecan sauce. Frosted with rich chocolate buttercream and topped with glazed toasted pecans.

Pumpkin Spice – A moist pumpkin cupcake filled with velvety smooth cream cheese frosting. Frosted with more cream cheese frosting, dusted with cinnamon & nutmeg, and topped with a cinnamon chip.

Pure – A simple & elegant vanilla cupcake filled with vanilla mousse. Frosted with vanilla buttercream and topped with white sugar crystals, and a single white vanilla chip.

Life by Chocolate – Our signature chocolate cake filled with rich chocolate mousse. Frosted with decadent chocolate buttercream and topped with dark chocolate curls.

Choktoberfest and PB & C will be available in our gluten free versions this week!

This Week at the Market – November 23rd

This Week at the Market – November 23rd

It’s that time of year again…the end of the farmers’ market for this year!

Thank you all for your support over this farmers’ market season.  The CEDC, our volunteers, and vendors thank you for your loyalty.

Cookbook & Kids Book Swap

Cookbook swapThe PV Library will be joining us this Saturday to do a kid’s book swap and storytime.  Storytime will be at 10 am and 11 am. We’ll also be doing a cookbook swap from the Collegeville tent.

 

Specials

All Hands in the Cookie Jar will be bringing the following favorites this Saturday:
Gluten-free Pumpkin RollGluten & dairy free Pumpkin Cake Roll
Gluten-free Flourless Chocolate Cake
Gluten-free Gingerbread
Gluten & dairy free Pumpkin Bread
Gluten-free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
Gluten-free Eggnog Cookies

Did you know that All Hands in the Cookie Jar will take orders even when it’s not Farmers’ Market season.

 
Marcy’s Granola has given us a wonderful Thanksgiving recipe !

sweet potato and granola

Sweet Potato Casserole topped with Marcy’s Granola

Peel, cut and boil 6 sweet potatoes.  When tender, drain potatoes and mash with fork or mixer.  Place into a 9 x 13 casserole.  Sprinkle with 1 cup of Marcy’s Granola™   Cover casserole with aluminum foil and place in oven on very low temperature. Uncover when ready to serve.  A wonderful addition to your holiday meal!

Vendors this Week

Music at the Market

The Collegeville Farmers’ Market presents Mike Holliday.

This Week at the Market – November 16th

This Week at the Market – November 16th

Gobble…Gobble

Pre-order your organic, pastured turkey from Bendy Brook Farm!

Bendy Brook Farm has begun taking orders for Thanksgiving turkeys that will be delivered on the Wednesday before thanksgiving at the Collegeville Farmers Market. The turkeys are 4.50 / lb.

Heee’s Baaack!

Neil's Sharpening ServiceGet out those dull blades and come on down to the market ’cause the blademaster, Neil’s Sharpening Service, is in town this weekend.

Vendors this Week

Music at the Market

The Collegeville Farmers’ Market presents Fiorenza-Dowlin.

Treats from ICED by Betsy this week

Treats from ICED by Betsy this week

It’s starting to feel like winter, but join us this Saturday for a beautiful fall market!

Stop by and enjoy the flavors of the season at ICED by Betsy, including this week’s Punkin Cheezkae & Jeannie’s Crispy Apple! They are looking forward to rolling out their Thanksgiving Collection cupcakes soon as well!  You can place your pre-order via email cupcakes@ICEDbyBetsy.com or phone (610)755-7062.
ICED by Betsy will have the following flavors at the market this week:

Punkin CheezkakePunkin Cheezkake- A pumpkin spice cupcake filled with a sweet cheesecake center. Topped with cream cheese frosting, spiced pumpkin, and graham cracker crumbles.

By Popular Demand
 – Our signature dark chocolate cake filled with decadent dark chocolate mousse. Frosted with a simple and sweet vanilla buttercream and topped with a swirled chocolate chip.

Life by Chocolate
- Our signature chocolate cake filled with rich chocolate mousse. Frosted with decadent chocolate buttercream and topped with dark chocolate curls. *Also available in our gluten-free version this week*

Gimme S’more- 
A graham cracker cupcake double filled with fluffy marshmallow cream and rich chocolate filling. Frosted with vanilla/marshmallow frosting and topped with a graham cracker & chocolate bar.

Pieces of Reeses- A delightful peanut butter cupcake filled with chocolate mousse. Frosted with chocolate buttercream and loaded with lots of peanut butter cup chunks. *Also available in our gluten-free version this week*

Jeannie’s Crispy Apple- 
A moist fresh apple spice cake filled with tasty homemade apple butter. Topped with cinnamon cream cheese frosting, toasted oats, and brown sugar.