June 19, 2008 | Visit the Farmers Market online at LansdowneFarmersMarket.com
Market News for This Saturday, June 21
Despite the fact that this will be our fourth Market this season (and that we’ve already almost melted from the heat once or twice), this Saturday is just the first day of summer. Oh, the produce that’ll be coming to market now! Especially since we have a new, very special vendor. Teens4Good is an urban entrepreneurial program in partnership with the Youth of Southeast Philadelphia Collaborative. They believe that having strong communities creates strong youth who believe in their ability to make change happen and to have a successful, youth-led business. All T4G sites get plants, soil, and supplies through the PA Horticulture Society’s City Harvest Program. They grow their produce on four vacant city lots with no chemicals but lots of water and TLC. The Lansdowne Farmers Market is honored to be hosting Teens4Good the third Saturday of each month, starting this week, when they’re bringing basil and broccoli, plus some of those dark, leafy greens we should all eat more of — kale, collards, and broccoli rabe.
In our endless effort to make the Farmers Market one-stop shopping, for the next two weeks, you’ll be able to pick up tickets for the Fourth of July festivities at the Market Manager booth. Independence Day is one of the moments that Lansdowne really shines as a small town, from the morning parade that nearly everyone marches in (it’s amazing anyone is left to watch!) to the rock concert and fireworks display that bring the day to a big close. The parade is free, but you need tickets to get onto the schoolgrounds for the evening events, which are paid for entirely by contributions from folks like you. If you can offer any help with concessions, parade judging, or whatever on the Fourth, that would be a terrific contribution too.
All Things Green
There are lots of recipes for preparing greens in healthy, tasty ways all over the internet, so spend a minute now finding one that suits you so you’re ready to pick up the ingredients at the Market. Feeling lazy (perhaps because you don’t eat enough greens)? Okay, just heat up a little oil in a wok or large covered skillet, throw in lots of chopped garlic and cumin powder, stir and cook a minute, then add a large bunch of washed and roughly chopped greens and toss until coated. Cover and cook a minute or two, then add a smallish can of chopped tomatoes, including juice, and a can of white beans that have been drained and rinsed. Heat until the beans and tomatoes are warm through. Salt, pepper, natch. Serve as side or over brown rice for a main dish. You’ll live forever.
We’d like to say that we didn’t mention Dean Green’s appearance at the Farmers Market in the newsletter last week because we wanted to surprise you, but that’s not the case. It was just firmed up too late to announce it. But now we have plenty of time to tell you that, starting next week, Dean Green will be back with a larger space and a bigger, better selection of seafood, poultry, and meat. He’s taking this week off to gear up for that expansion, and after that he’ll be a regular. Looking forward to Dean Green version 2.0.
New to the Growing Gift Basket: Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers CD, a desk calendar featuring Maura Williams’ photographs, and, from Guatemalan Cotton, a colorful cotton scarf and a Lil Chef play set, including a mega-cute child-size chef’s hat and apron. Total value of the basket contents is now nearly $485!
Featured This Week
Business of the Week: We often plan a long weekend away and then remember we have a cat. And a dog. What to do? GoFetch Pet Sitters (email@example.com) offers daily walks, vacation visits, midday minibreaks, and a pet taxi to and from the vet or groomer. They’ll even shop for needed pet supplies. On Saturday, meet owners Rob and Gina Ferzetti, get their brochure, and try their homemade dog treats (or just pick one up for Roscoe to try himself).
Artist of the Week: Unlike Prince’s symbol, the name Type O(-) is pronounceable — “type oh negative” — and refers to the universal blood type, or “the stuff that works for everybody,” as the cards say. Bead-fiddler Grace Caputo combines semiprecious stones and freshwater pearls into pieces with wide appeal that you can wear most every day. Meanwhile, her mother, Norma Bartram, dries and presses flowers and arranges them into simple and simply beautiful cards and decorations. She also makes some addictive green tomato relish from an old family recipe, and she’ll have both at the Market.
Musician of the Week: Singer/songwriter Mary Scholz is from Havertown. Hey, we know where that is! Her music is described as “a blend of lyric folk and rock with a bittersweet twist,” which sounds as refreshing as a gin and tonic (maybe it’s the “twist” . . .). If you like her at the Farmers Market, catch her the following Wednesday at World Café Live.
Check out what’s coming in the weeks ahead, music- and art-wise, by visiting our continually updated on-line schedule.
Upcoming Local Events
Art: Irma Shapiro at The Art Gallery at Noel Schmidt's
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