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Market News for This Saturday, June 28

Blueberries snuck into the Market last week with no notice, so they were ushered off the premises in twos and threes (pints, that is) by nearly every shopper. That’ll show them! Seriously though, blueberries pack a nutritional wallop that can’t be ignored. Combining a low calorie count with high vitamin C content and antioxidant and cardioprotective capabilities, they’re among the best “good for you” foods out there. They’re even good for your eyes and may help reduce ovarian cancer risk. Honestly, what more could you ask from such a charming little package? To get kids to try blueberries, put some in a bowl, smash them a little bit with a fork, add a dot of sugar or honey to cut the tartness, and pour on some milk, which will magically turn blue when stirred with the berries. Kids love blue food! We couldn’t get enough of this concoction long before we were old enough to suspect that it was good for us.

Bonnie’s Wondergardens will be having a Market special on tall, ostrich-type estate ferns, which make great background plantings in the shade. They’ll be $8.50 each or two for $15. If you need something for a hot, sunny spot, consider patchouli ($6), a hard-to-find herb that’s used in oils and potpourri and whose distinctive scent will lend an exotic note to your garden.

Also this week, the new and improved Dean Green double booth will debut, offering delights for the grill. Lansdowne Sofa Cinema will be back in place and popping, plus selling tickets to their Retro Animation Showcase, screening at 6:45 and 8:45 that evening. This is a Guatemalan Cotton week as well, so the Market should be loaded with great stuff.

The Growing Gift Basket had a big week, increasing in value by over $150 with the addition of Type O(-) jewelry, Norma Bartram’s famous pickles and relish, a GoFetch gift certificate, and a Mary Scholz CD. It’s now worth more than $650!

Thanks to Teens4Good for bringing one of their first harvests to the Market last week, and thanks to everyone who bought their produce and helped them sell out by 11:00! Look for Teens4Good the third Saturday of each month (next appearance: July 19).

Just in case you’ve ever been tempted to try some of the ideas for using your FM booty that have been suggested in the Lansdowne Farmers Market e-newsletter, we’ve added a new page to the website that includes most of the “recipes” (and we use the term loosely) that have appeared since we started. It’s accessible from the (true) Recipes page and includes an easy roasted beet recipe (adapted from Martha Stewart) that has turned around more than one beet hater.

After Market Add-Ons

Not to be missed this Saturday evening is the Minas house concert at the Klingler residence, 86 E. Greenwood Avenue. Weather permitting, Minas will play bossa nova outside in the beautiful summer night air. (Weather not permitting, the event will move into the beautiful Klingler living room.) Bring your favorite appetizer, drink, salad, etc, for a happy hour from 6:30 to 7:30, at which time Minas will perform. At 8:30 Minas’ Orlando and Patricia will lead a samba percussion jam. Some instruments will be provided, but bring your own if you have them, plus a lawn chair. A $15 donation to offset costs and support the artists is suggested and appreciated. Please RSVP to and

With a little planning, you can make the 6:45 showing of the Retro Animation Showcase at Lansdowne Sofa Cinema and still get to Klinglers’ in time to shake maracas or bang a drum at the samba jam . . .


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: Since 1902 Lansdowne Friends School has been engaging children in a challenging and creative educational program guided by the Quaker values of respect for all people and peaceful problem solving. See whether your child might be a good fit by talking with some LFS representatives on Saturday.

Artist of the Week: Ilina Crouse has been rubber stamping since she was in primary school in her native Macedonia. She now somehow manages to find time between being enrolled in the electrical power engineering program at Drexel University and her internship at PECO Energy to teach classes in rubber stamping and to create the detailed, precise, and lovely cards, journals, and decorative objects that she’ll have at the Market this week.

Musician of the Week: Philadelphia-based Patrick’s Head will be dropping by the Market to play some Irish-inflected tunes and add to their large local fan base. Follow the link to their website for a great quote from WXPN’s Michaela Majoun.

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: Classical Indian Music at Regency Cafe
Thursday, June 26, 7:00 pm, Free.
Enjoy the exotic sounds of Indian Music featuring sitar and tabla performed by Lenny Seidman and Craig Ebner.

Film: Retro Animation Showcase at Lansdowne Sofa Cinema
Saturday, June 28, shows at 6:45 and 8:45 pm. Classic cartoons from the 30s to the 60s, full of fun for the family (and subtle social commentary).

Food & Drink: Free Margarita Pitchers at Mission Burrito
Mention this item when you enjoy dinner either Friday or Saturday night and get a free pitcher of their delicious Pineapple-Lime Margaritas. Add tequila or drink it alone. Mission Burrito is closed from July 1 - July 7, so stop on by this weekend!

Click for a complete listing of upcoming local events.