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Market News for This Saturday, June 14

The heat and humidity have finally broken, and it’s looking like the weather will be practically perfect in every way for Saturday’s Market. So if you stayed away last week because of the oppressive weather, venture back this Saturday. You will be rewarded.

New produce is turning up all the time. Last week it was broccoli, and this week sweet cherries and zucchini will be making their first Market appearance. (If zucchini comes, can tomatoes be far behind?) If they make it at all, the strawberries will probably be there for the last time; ditto the snap peas. When we hit a stretch of 90-degree weather like we just had, the spring produce packs it in, and who can blame it?

Did you realize that one of our vendors, Schobers Orchards, has been a working farm — in the same family — for more than 100 years? It’s true. They were recently honored with the 2008 Century Farm Family Award by the New Jersey Agricultural Society. They have also won awards for their awesome peaches, but those are a few weeks away yet. While waiting for their tree fruits and veggies to be ready, give their fruit butters a try. Less sweet and tangier than jams, the butters are a nice change on toast. Mix one small jar of fruit butter (we love the plum) with 8 oz of softened cream cheese for an addictive spread for crackers or sweet bread. Want something a little fancier? Try combining the honey peach butter with half a log of the goat cheese that Farm Fresh Express carries and serving with some of those slightly sweet whole wheat crackers that like to call themselves “biscuits.”

More terrific items have found their way into the Growing Gift Basket, now valued at almost $425! View the contents live and get your raffle tickets, only a dollar now, at the Market Manager booth.

A few booths west, Gays, Lesbians and Friends of Lansdowne will be having a couple raffles of their own, one of which is for an Afternoon Tea Basket, containing a coupon for fresh, homebaked tea items and tea sandwiches, plus related accoutrements, for up to six people on a date the winner chooses. GLFL is a not-for-profit community-based organization dedicated to improving the common good and quality of life of the diverse people of Lansdowne borough, and if you stop by their special event booth, they’ll be glad to tell you all about it.

If you looked through the Val-Pak coupons that came to your mailbox this week, you probably saw, right on top, an ad for the Lansdowne Farmers Market. Sharing that space (and expense) with us was our sister market, the Oakmont Farmers Market, held every Wednesday afternoon from 3:00 to 7:00 pm in the Oakmont Municipal Parking Lot in Havertown. It’s the perfect place to re-up your supplies midweek, and the blog at the website always has some bright ideas for what to do with the produce you buy.

Besides happy customers, the other thing we could use at the Market each week is volunteers. Helping set up the tents and signs is easy, only takes about an hour, and is a meaningful way of letting us know that the Lansdowne Farmers Market is important to you. Let Rick, the Market Manager, know if you can help this week or another, or just show up at the parking lot at 7:45. (Bonus: Set-up volunteers get first pick of Bonnie’s plants and Metropolitan breads.)

After-Market Add-Ons

Saturday evening is Lansdowne Sofa Cinema's first film, Cry of the Snow Lion, the story of the struggle, suffering, and courage that define Tibet. Patrons of either of the two showings (6:45 or 9:15 pm) are invited to attend a half-hour reception/discussion at 8:45 featuring special guest Tsering Wangdi, President of the Tibetan Association of Philadelphia. The film is being screened at the church at the intersection of Lansdowne and LaCrosse Avenues, and the $5 tickets should be purchased in advance at Noel Schmidt Furniture, 32 E. Baltimore Ave., Lansdowne.

If you have other plans that night and don’t have time for a whole movie, try to stop by the 14th Annual Flag Day Celebration at 7:00 pm on the Lansdowne Borough Green (corner of Lansdowne and Baltimore Avenues). It’s sponsored by the Lansdowne Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and will be a good reminder of the meaning behind all those stars and stripes.


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

Business of the Week: A regional banking operation with only four locations, Eagle National Bank is a throwback to a time when financial institutions prided themselves on quality service and community involvement, not getting their names on sports complexes. Karen Gardner is the manager of the Lansdowne Branch, 48 W. Marshall Road, and she’ll be glad to answer your banking (even mortgage!) questions on Saturday and to tell you about the walk/run against cancer that Eagle is sponsoring in September.

Artist of the Week: You may recognize Maura Williams’ clear-eyed photographs of landscapes and flora from the multiple pieces she recently had in the Delaware County Camera Club Exhibition at the Art Gallery @ Noel Schmidt Furniture. Ridley Creek State Park, Tyler Arboretum, and rural Lancaster County are some of her favorite subjects, so her cards and small desk calendar make especially thoughtful gifts for folks proud of this little corner of the world.

Musician of the Week: Hailing from Boston, Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers is a “fiddle band,” meaning some of its members play violins, at least three from the looks of it. Though maybe that big thing is the “ethereal nyckelharpa” mentioned in the bios at the website. To be honest, we’ve never heard them, but from the name to the rather high fiddle count, we’re mighty intrigued. Step back and give those bows some room to fly, and no doubt we’ll all enjoy the show.

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: Brittany Ann at Regency Cafe
Thursday, June 12, 7:00 pm, Free
Lehigh Valley's 17-year-old Brittany Ann will perform acoustic folk songs from her quickly-growing collection of originals, plus a variety of interesting cover tunes as well.

Click for or a complete listing of upcoming local events.