CEDC to Unveil Collegeville’s First Mural at the Farmers Market

CEDC to Unveil Collegeville’s First Mural at the Farmers Market

CEDC to Unveil Collegeville’s First Mural on One of the Powerhouse’s Concrete Buttresses

At 10 a.m. on Oct. 4th  a Ceremony Will Take Place in the Back of the Collegeville Farmers’ Market in DaVinci’s Parking Lot; Meet the Artists!

Collegeville’s first mural, which celebrates our borough’s rich history, was commissioned by the Collegeville Economic Development Corp. (CEDC) and made possible through donations.  The CEDC’s Design Committee partnered with the owners of the Powerhouse building to select one of the concrete buttresses behind the building as the mural’s location.  The art installation was painted by Philadelphia area artists Michael Adams and Susannah Thomer.

History of the Powerhouse and Purpose of the Buttresses

In the late 1800s, concrete buttresses were erected behind The Powerhouse building at 45 First Ave. in Collegeville to support train tracks for an industrial spur for the delivery of coal.  Cars were backed in and the coal was dumped from the elevated tracks down into bins.  The coal powered generators at The Powerhouse to produce electricity to help power the trolley line that ran from Philadelphia through Collegeville to Pottstown.

Then in 1933, the trolleys were replaced by busses, and W. H. Gristock’s Sons, Coal, Lumber and Feed business took over The Powerhouse. Now in addition to coal, the railway cars delivered lumber, sand and feed for the Gristock’s Supply business.  After the trains stopped running in 1955, the train track fell into ruin, and only the concrete buttresses and Powerhouse building remained.  Today The Powerhouse is owned by the Gorski Family and serves as Antique and Flea Market open Sunday afternoons.

At the Market Sept. 27th

At the Market Sept. 27th

Don’t Let the Pie Pass You By!  Our Pie-Palooza Judging (Tasting!!!)Contest is This Saturday!

Between 10 a.m. and noon on Saturday, Tasters (judges) pay a $5 fee, $4 for students) to sample all the pies as many times as they want, and then will cast their votes for the top three winners! Will the winner be a fantastic fruit pie with market fresh ingredients or a wild and wonderful cream or dessert pie? Our market customers will be the ones to decide!

Still want to enter?  Bake two of the same pies and bring them to the market along with your recipe before 10 a.m. and we will enter your pies in the contest. A trophy, $25 in market bucks, and bragging rights go to the Grand Winner; blue ribbons and $10 in market bucks go to the First and Second Place Runner Ups!

This Week’s Market Entertainment

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This Week’s Market Vendors

A’dello Vineyards
All Hands in the Cookie Jar
Bendybrook Farm
Betula’s Botanica
Fathead Peppers
Freeland Market
Frecon Farms
Green Acres Organic Farm
Hearth Baker
Jenny & Frank’s Artisan Gelato
Jubilee Hill Farm
Kay Bryant
Sweet Tree Artisan Roasters
Valley Run CSA

Frecon Farms Featuring Apples, Pears, Asian Pears, Cider,  and Made-from-Scratch Baked Goods!

Frecon Farms Featuring Apples, Pears, Asian Pears, Cider, and Made-from-Scratch Baked Goods!

Apples – Gala, Ozark Premier and Akan

Pears – Bartlett

Cider – Apple and Pear Cider

Nectarines – Fantasia

Fall Baked Goods – Apple Cider Doughnuts,

Pies – Apple Hand Pies (Memaw Frecon’s pie crust with Frecon apples folded in), Peach, Blueberry and Cherry

Tea Breads – Peach Streusel, Apple Streusel and Blueberry

Hard Ciders – Early Man, Crabby Granny and Hogs Head

Time to Order Your Thanksgiving Turkey from Bendybrook

Time to Order Your Thanksgiving Turkey from Bendybrook

Nevin is now taking orders for hormone-free pastured Thanksgiving turkeys.  Pay a $10 deposit to reserve your bird, either paid at the market or at www.bendybrookfarm.com

Turkeys are $4.75/lb.  Bendybrook processes on the Tuesday of Thanksgiving week and will arrange a time for pick-up on Wednesday in the DaVinci Pub parking lot so the turkeys are delivered fresh. By raising them on fresh pasture with no antibiotics, the meat is healthier and more nutrient dense.

Russian Borscht Recipe

Russian Borscht Recipe

Russian Borscht Recipe

Things are heating up on the Ukrainian / Russian border right now and beets are in season and plentiful. Wait a minute, what do those things have to do with each other? Just that Borscht, the delicious and healthy Ukrainian / Russian beet soup could be heating up in your kitchen this week. Borscht is made from not only beet root, but potatoes, carrots and cabbage, and can be made with meat or meatless. Check out this quick and easy recipe from Natasha’s Kitchen. Look for fresh ingredients for your Borscht at our produce vendors Jubilee Hill Farm, Green Acres Organic Farm, Ursinus College Farm and Valley Run CSA, and pair your Borscht with an artisan bread from The Hearth Baker.

Serves 10.


  • 2 large or 3 medium potatoes, sliced into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 large or 3 medium beets, thoroughly washed and peeled
  • 10 cups water
  • 6 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1 bell pepper (optional)
  • 1 medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 1/2 head of cabbage, thinly chopped
  • 1 can white beans with their juice
  • 4 Tbsp oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 5 Tbsp ketchup or 4 Tbsp tomato sauce
  • 4 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 2 Tbsp chopped dill
  • 1 tsp salt


  1. Grate carrots and beets and finely dice onions. Finely slice bell peppers if you are using them (optional)
  2. Slice potatoes in ¼” thick pieces and finely slice ½ head of cabbage.
  3. Fill a large soup pot with 10 cups of water and 6 cups chicken broth and bring to a boil. Add potatoes and cook 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are almost cooked.
  4. When the potatoes are almost cooked and you can smoothly pierce them with a butter knife, add cabbage and continue to cook 5 minutes.
  5. While potatoes are cooking, heat a large skillet over medium/high heat. Add 4 Tbsp olive oil. Sautée your beets, carrots, onions and bell pepper (optional). Sauté until vegetables are soft (10-15 minutes). Stir in 5 Tbsp ketchup when veggies are almost done cooking. Add sauteed veggies to the soup pot.
  6. Add 2 Tbsp of Bouillon paste, 4 Tbsp of lemon juice, ¼ tsp ground pepper, 1 tsp of salt, 2 bay leaves, 2 Tbsp of chopped fresh dill and can of white beans (with their juice) to the pot.
  7. Cook another 5 minutes, or until the cabbage is very soft and well cooked. Add more salt and lemon juice to taste.

[Credit: This recipe has been reproduced whole from Borsch Recipe II on the natashaskitchen.com web site.]

ICED by Betsy Salutes Fall with Punkin Cheezkake Cupcakes

ICED by Betsy Salutes Fall with Punkin Cheezkake Cupcakes

Enjoy the tastes of fall at the market, including our Punkin Cheezkake cupcake this week! 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 weekend:

  • 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.
  • PB & C – A famous taste combination and one of our best sellers! Our signature chocolate cake filed with a rich peanut butter center. Frosted with peanut butter buttercream and topped with a peanut butter cup.
  • COOKIES N’ CREAM – Our butter vanilla cake baked on top of a chocolate sandwich cookie and filled with vanilla buttercream. Frosted with more delicious vanilla buttercream, cookie crumbles, and a mini chocolate sandwich cookie.
  • PUNKIN CHEEZKAKE – A pumpkin spice cupcake filled with a sweet cheesecake center. Topped with cream cheese frosting, spiced pumpkin, and graham cracker crumbles. *Also available in our gluten free version.*
  • 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 jumbo chocolate chip. *Also available in our gluten free version.*
  • BANANATELLA – Moist banana cake filled with creamy Nutella. Frosted with Nutella Buttercream & topped with a dark chocolate star!!