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Market News for This Saturday, June 7

The produce selection isn’t the only thing that’s getting bigger and better at the Farmers Market each week. Get a load of the Growing Gift Basket in the Market Manager’s tent! Regular vendors plus the Artists, Businesses, and Musicians of the Week have all been asked to make a donation to help fill a bushel basket with samples of what’s available at the Lansdowne Farmers Market — every week or just one fleeting Saturday. Already, the basket contains more than $300 worth of goods and gift certificates, from honey to movie passes to a print of Linda Armstrong’s charming Farmers Market watercolor. The bounty will continue to grow as more regular vendors are added and “Visitors of the Week” pass through, until it’s raffled off October 18, the next-to-last market this year. Since the basket is only starting to fill up, right now the raffle tickets are really cheap, but as more items get added, the price is going to rise — from $1 per chance now to $3 per chance in October. One winner will get the whole basket, and all proceeds go to benefit the Farmers Market, so buy a bunch now and a few more later! Go here to see what’s currently in the basket.

Resolve to get to the Market on the early side this week, not only to ensure you get a Metropolitan Bakery berry roll but also to be there when the Memorial Day 5K Run/Walk awards are presented at 9:30. More than 200 people ran/walked this year, and some of the winners will probably surprise you. They all deserve a hand for their footwork.

If you’re thinking of having your own kitchen garden, better get those tomato and pepper plants into the ground soon. Bonnie has been bringing seedlings that are well rooted and off to a great start as well as a wide selection of herbs (some, like the variegated variety of sage, are pretty enough to go in a flower bed). She did the hard part; now just take them home and plop them in some holes. Then the squirrel patrol begins . . .

If the strawberries from Fruitwood Farms aren’t lasting you through the week (or, as in our case, through the weekend), satisfy that berry craving with some of the jams and fruit syrups available at the Regency Café’s booth. Betsy Burke usually starts by picking the fruit herself, so quality control is high. Tell her your favorite fruit and she’ll point you to the right seasonal blend for on toast, pancakes, and ice cream.

We told you last week that the meat and seafood purveyor Dean Green would be starting this week. Looks like that’s been bumped to next week because of staffing issues. Drat. In the meantime and even after Dean shows up, Farm Fresh Express has a nice selection of frozen organic, hormone- and antibiotic-free, and no doubt tasty beef, pork, and poultry products available.

Back this week is the Kids Tent, sponsored by Epiphany House.

Coming soon:
Monica’s Munchies, dedicated to ensuring you don’t go home hungry.


The Lansdowne Farmers Market takes place every Saturday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in the parking lot next to 28 North Lansdowne Avenue, rain or shine.

Featured This Week

Artist of the Week: Sometime-lawyer, always-talented Marty von Rosenstiel has cycled through a number of artsy hobbies over the past few years, including basketry, floor cloths, and ceramic tiles. She seems to have settled, at least for now, on fused glass jewelry, and that’s fine with us. Self-taught and using mostly etched dichroic glass and sterling silver, Marty is producing some seriously beautiful stuff and it’s only getting better. But who knows when she’ll move on to carving didgeridoos or some other endeavor, so better get some pieces now.

Business of the Week: The Secret Garden gift shop at the Garden Church, on the corner of Lansdowne and Stewart Avenues, is one of those near-mythical places that really does have something for everyone, including their very own brand of pickles! They got poured on last year at the Farmers Market, so bring some sun their way this week in the form of greetings and some purchases.

Musician of the Week: Don’t tell anyone, but Hezekiah Jones with The Spinning Leaves was our personal favorite LFM musician in 2007. They played for hours, and the music was so easy and endearing that we weren’t sure where Hezekiah ended and the Leaves started. Guess it didn’t matter; we dug it all.

Check out what’s coming in the weeks ahead, music- and art-wise, by visiting our continually updated on-line schedule.

Upcoming Local Events

Music: Lansdowne Folk Club presents
Reverend Billy C. Wirtz and special guest Nicole Reynolds
Thursday, June 5, Doors open 7 pm; show time is 7:30 pm
Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue
Tickets are $15 in advance; $18 at door.
Call 610-622-7250 for info.

Film: Cry of the Snow Lion with
special guest Tsering Wangdi

Saturday, June 14, showtimes 6:45 pm and 9:45 pm. Discussion/reception at 8:45 pm Lansdowne Sofa Cinema presents this feature-length documentary about Tibet along with a discussion with the president of the Tibetan Association of Philadelphia.
Tickets available at Noel Schmidt Furniture. Shows are at Lansdowne Baptist Church, 17 E. LaCrosse Avenue.

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