Collegeville Farmers’ Market to Close

Sadly, We Will Not be Opening  for the 2015 Season
Although our market had a loyal following of about 300 customers who shopped on a regular basis, and hundreds more who shopped monthly or periodically, we found that after four years we were not attracting enough new customers to make our market viable for our vendors.

We anticipated that the number of people who shopped at the market would grow each year, but the numbers have actually stayed the same since we opened in 2011.  Without that growth over time, our Farmers MarketCommittee very reluctantly made the decision to close our market, and to recommend that our customers shop at the Phoenixville Market, which is only six miles away.  Many of our Collegeville vendors also sell there.  The Phoenixville Market is open from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday and opensMay 2nd; their website is HERE

We anticipate that some of our vendors will continue to participate in twice a month pre-order and pick-up markets, such as Bendybrook Farm, and we will update our website so that you know how to find your favorite vendors at their businesses or at other markets.

Our heartfelt thanks first to our customers–thanks to every person who took the time to stop by our market and support our vendors. You are kind, caring people and we greatly enjoyed having you visit us!

Next, many many thanks to our wonderful vendors, who each were exceptional and so much fun.  Every market with you generated so much laughter!

Also, our heartfelt thanks to our core group of market volunteers, many who helped us out every week:  Bev Altemous and her adorable grandchildren, Bill Zerillo, our oldest volunteer at 94, Kathy Newkirk, Mehdi and Lori Entezeri, Randy Bennett, Russ Henze, Sue and Paul Stevens, Sue Calvin, and Professor Rich Wallace and family.  And thanks to the many, many others who volunteered periodically.

Thanks as well to each of our very talented market entertainers who provided live music every week.

And our special thanks to DaVinci’s Pub, who provided us with a wonderful space in their parking lot for free and went out of their way to help us, along with the Power House who let us use their parking lot for customer parking.  We can’t thank you enough, as well as Vince Raffeo who provided the first space for our market.

And of course, thanks to the Collegeville Economic Development Corp. (CEDC) for sponsoring us and to Executive Director Rachael Morrison for all the times she served as our indomitable chef for our food events!

In closing, the door isn’t closed on re-opening our market.  But we would only open it if we were confident that we could attract a minimum of 500 customers per market and grow.

My deepest personal thanks to each of you,

Cathy Kernen

Farmers Market Chair
President, Collegeville Economic Development Corporation
Try Nevin’s Pasture Raised,  Nutritious Eggs This Week!

Try Nevin’s Pasture Raised, Nutritious Eggs This Week!

Our Regular Summer/Spring/Fall Market Will Open on Saturday May 9th!!!  Look for more information coming soon! 

 Collegeville Farmers’ Market Winter Second Last Pre-Order & Pick Up Market
 Saturday, April 11th
From 10 to 11 a.m. in the DaVinci Pub Parking Lot

Try Nevin’s Pasture Raised, Nutritious Eggs This Week!

eggs

Nevin has an excellent stock of fresh pastured eggs this week.  Not only do pastured raised eggs taste amazing, they are nutritionally superior to eggs sold in supermarkets.

For information why you should serve your family pasture raised eggs, access the Mother Earth Website.  For more about Bendybrook’s pastured beef, pork and chicken products available click on their   Website

E-mail your order to Nevin at nevin@bendybrookfarm.com by noon on Friday, April 10th.

Little Lost Creek Alpacas at Philly Farm & Food Fest This Sunday

Little Lost Creek Alpacas at Philly Farm & Food Fest This Sunday

Everyone is invited to the 4th Annual Philly Farm & Food Fest, April 12th from 11 am to 4 pm at the Philadelphia Convention Center!  Little Lost Creek is bringing two of their alpacas, and Alex and Sandy, along with their 4-H Alpacateers, will be demonstrating fiber arts.  Read more about the festival HERE.

philly farm

Special Invitation to Previous “Farmer & the Chef” Food Lovers!

Special Invitation to Previous “Farmer & the Chef” Food Lovers!

This year’s delicious “Farmer & the Chef” food tasting event is next Thursday, March 12th, and our participating restaurants have gone all out to provide you with a fantastic array of small plates to enjoy!

And don’t even think “snow”–the weather that day is projected to be in the 50s!!!

If you haven’t done so already, please reserve your tickets again for a great evening featuring champagne, fine wines, artisan beers, and over 40 signature dishes such as smoked salmon and caviar over grilled crostini with crème fresh and dill; black truffle mashed potatoes; parsley salad with duck pate, rock shrimp, spiced lamb pate with sherry, specialty crab cakes and authentic Italian pastas, special selections from our gourmet food trucks, authentic Italian gelatos, made-from-scratch cupcakes and artisan chocolates and candies.

As a thank you for your support of our previous “Farmer & the Chef” events and your continued support of the CEDC, we have a special invitation just for you.  If you attend this year’s evening of amazing cuisine, you will be entered into a drawing where you can win an extraordinary wine and gourmet food basket worth over $300!

We look forward to seeing you on March 12th for an amazing tastings dinner!

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS

Valentine’s Day Pre-Order  & Pick Up Market

Valentine’s Day Pre-Order & Pick Up Market

Collegeville Farmers’ Market
This Saturday, Feb. 14, from 10 to 11 a.m., DaVinci Pub Parking Lot

Nothing Says “I Love You” More than a Home Made Dinner using Bendybrook Pastured Meats and Poultry!

Bendybrook carries all cuts of beef, pork and poultry.  So whether you decide that your special dinner should be a beef brisket, ribs, or steak, or pork loin, chops, shoulder, ribs, sausages or ham,  chicken, healthful chicken broth or ready made country chicken pot pie or turkey, Nevin has you covered!

Nevin’s entire line of humanely, pasture raised chemical- and hormone-free beef, pork, poultry and eggs are available this Saturday, as well as raw milk, cheese and butter from neighboring Spring Creek Farm.

E-mail your order to nevin@bendybrookfarm.com by Friday, Feb. 13.  You can pick up your orders on Saturday Feb. 14 between 10 and 11 a.m. in the DaVinci Pub parking lot.  More information on Nevin’s products is available on the Bendybrook Website

2015 Winter Market Schedule 

Feb. 14

Feb. 28

March 14

March 28

April 11

April 25

Who Loves You Truly, Baby???

Who Loves You Truly, Baby???

Pawsome Healthy Pet Treats reminds you not to forget the one who loves you most!  It’s time to treat your true love to these Valentine’s Specials:

  • Heart shaped Pup Loaves, $6.50 (Lean ground beef, ground turkey, spinach, carrots, sweet potatoes, brown rice, and egg–YUM!)
  • Pumpkin Hearts, 4 pack $3.00
  • Breath & Tummy Tamers are the treat special for the week–48 count $6.75

E-mail your order to  Wendy at wcfujita@ptd.net.  Please include in your e-mail your name, phone number, address, and the total number of products you would like.  Ten percent of the sales will be donated to the American Heart Association.