One week from tomorrow, I’ll be skipping through the Collingswood Farmers Market. Maybe not literally skipping, but my heart will be skipping. Opening day is one of my favorite days of the year. Before Collingswood, though, the Westmont Farmers Market will have its opening day on Wednesday, May 2. We’ve got a Little League game that night, so chances are I won’t have the chance to make it to Westmont, but I’m sure some of you will be heading there for opening day.
This weekend, I’ll be hitting up the Audubon Town Wide Yard Sale, working in my garden, and hanging with my men. While I’m doing that, you can take a look at these items of interest.
- WHYY’s Newsworks has a piece about the new South Jersey Swappers group that I told you about the other week. Lauren Vitagliano, the group’s organizer, is interviewed about why she started the group and what she hopes it accomplishes. I already have my ticket to the first swap on May 19. Will I be seeing you there?
- If you’re deciding which tomatoes to plant in your garden this season, Philly.com taste tests several varieties of heirloom, patio/container, and cherry/grape tomatoes. Their results might help you choose what to plant.
- Duffield’s posted the most wonderful words on their Facebook page today, “Lots of Strawberries, now in the market!!! We now have flats too!”
- Farmers in Cape May County are cultivating beach plumbs. Press of Atlantic City calls them a “high-value niche crops that can supply limited markets.”
- Did you know New Jersey is the birthplace of the Mason Jar? The New York Times has the information on the man and his invention that sparked a revolution in home canning.
- Six Collingswood restaurants will be participating in a Farm-to-Fork-to-Farm composting program. New Jersey Newsroom reports that Bistro DiMarino, Casona, DiBartolo Bakery, El Sitio Grill & Café, Sapori, and Villa Barone will be working with Organic Diversion to have their food waste composted.
- Finally, the South Jersey Locavore Facebook page got its 200th follower this week! If haven’t you “liked” the page yet, pop over there right now.
Image: Market Manager/flickr