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Collingswood Farmers’ Market brings local variety to the table

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The Collingswood Farmers’ Market returns on May 1. (Jamie Giambrone/08108)

The Collingswood Farmers’ Market opens at 8am on Saturday, May 1, with an official ribbon cutting to start its 22nd season under the PATCO speed line. Dozens of local farms and Collingswood restaurants will serve up Jersey Fresh produce, organic meats, eggs, cheese and artisan breads. Enjoy live music as you stroll the market every Saturday from May through June. Offering a wide variety of choices for all tastes, the Collingswood Farmers’ Market is the ideal spot to start a Saturday in Collingswood.

This season the Market continues to implement COVID-19 safety guidelines for the health and safety of its vendors and visitors. Masks are a must and safe distancing enforced. This season strollers and wagons are welcome, but dogs should wait at home. The Collingswood Market team hopes to lift some restrictions as the season unfolds, but decisions will come as state guidelines allow.

“The Market has never been more beneficial than it is during the pandemic. For shoppers, the health benefits of fresh produce when our immune systems are under viral attack are obvious,” said Market Director David Hodges. “For the community, anything that helps us gather safely outdoors in camaraderie is healthful and healing. And for the farmers, whose businesses have never been more stressed by exorbitant costs, labor shortages and interrupted supply chains, retail markets are often the only way to survive.”

Buying local took on new meaning over the last year as farmers and retailers continued to pivot and find new ways to survive in a pandemic world. In keeping with the spirit of “Collingswood first” that carried the Borough through the winter season, encouraging residents and visitors to shop local small businesses over the big box stores, the Farmers’ Market is dedicated to offering customers a unique experience worth a trip to Collingswood each Saturday morning. The market offers a variety of options for shoppers to choose from for everything from produce to local honey, fresh cheeses and, for the more adventurous, bison burgers. Weekly exclusive vendors including knife sharpening, alpacas and specialty pickles entice shoppers back to the market each Saturday.

The Collingswood Farmers’ Market operates every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon, May through November. Located beneath the PATCO speed line along Atlantic Avenue, the market provides convenient access to shoppers from the South Jersey and Philadelphia areas. Vendors accept cash and debit as well as WIC and Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program vouchers.

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