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Market News for This Saturday, July 12

The produce that's coming to the Farmers Market on a regular basis now is too plentiful and varied to try to list, and part of the fun each Saturday is seeing just what's debuting. Last week, in addition to corn (awesome, by the way), Fruitwood Farms turned up with those small and succulent sugar plums that eat like candy, and Schobers finally, finally had their wonderful, wonderful peaches. The peaches will be around for the next couple of months, but the hard rain we've had lately may have already made the plums' appearance a one-off. Fingers crossed that's not the case.

You may not have noticed, but Schobers is now selling their peach and apple ciders by the cup for drinking at the Market. How refreshing!

For two weeks in a row, we've been too slow to score green beans, which apparently are in limited supply. Truly fresh, picked-that-morning beans are so snappy and tasty that it's almost a shame to cook them, and eating them raw or just warm of raw is certainly an option. But if you have the inclination and are feeling like something different, try this blackened green bean recipe. They serve these spicy delights at Grace Tavern in Center City, and they're some kind of addictive. You've been warned.

The fizzing bath cakes from the Ideal Hand Laundry are a triple threat: completely affordable, utterly adorable, and delightfully sensorable. Okay, we made up that last word, but we needed something that meant pleasing to the senses and that also rhymed, kinda. Indulge us. Last week, Heather and David Prince introduced a lime fizzy, the smell of which reminds one of Mexico or at least of a summer drink consumed on a veranda while a fan turns slowly overhead. This fizzy seems like the perfect cooling summer scent for the bath, though their pink grapefruit fizzy may beg to differ. The Ideal Hand Laundry is also now selling bottles and whatnot so you can package your own concoctions. Need ideas for concoctions? Check out the two big boards of recipes – both culinary and body care – they bring each week.

New additions to the Growing Gift Basket: three hand-folded greeting cards from Marie-Luise Faber and Renate Dietzschold and a box of notecards from Epiphany House. We aim to meet your epistolary needs.

Mark Your Calendars

Several special events are planned for the market over the next month, so we wanted to give you a rundown of what to look forward to. VW Enthusiasts of Delaware County and Old City Oil Drippers will be "bugging" the market on July 26, bringing more than 40 Volkswagens of various styles and vintages, mostly older Beetles. The lot will likely be closed to parking that day, but it'll be worth the walk. August 9 will be the first Community Day of the 2008 season, with a second to follow in October. Go here to download an application for the August 9 event. (Applications are also available at the Market Manager tent.) Spots will be $20, and this year sales will be allowed. August 16 will be Dog Day, with vendors and activities geared toward pooches and the people they let hold their leashes. If you have a business or organization that's gone to the dogs, or wants to, speak!


Each time we put a request on the big pad at the Market, we're amazed at how quickly someone says, "Hey, I have that," and then typically brings it to us. Wow. The first Saturday this season, we asked for stackable chairs and an easel, and we got both the same day. We made it known we needed a folding table and, voila, a table appeared. Just last week, we wished for an umbrella that actually worked, and two Market friends donated a stunning new umbrella (and we do mean new) for the public table. (We may have to take reservations for that table now, it's so fabulous.) To all of you generous marketeers goes a great big hug of appreciation.

Not to be outdone, the Borough of Lansdowne not only has permitted us to take over a prime parking lot for the Market for two years but also does not enforce metered parking in that lot during Market hours. They provide barricades and trash removal and even allow us more space for special events like Community Day when we ask for it. Really, a thank you hardly seems enough, but that's what we have at hand, so we'll offer it up. Thank you, Lansdowne Borough officials and employees, for all you've done to allow the Lansdowne Farmers Market to become the community destination that it is today. It goes without saying that we couldn't have done it without you.

P.S. We could us some more stacking chairs and maybe another small or folding outdoor table . . .

Shakespeare on the Lawn Tonight!

The LEDC presents "The Taming of the Shrew" tonight, July 10, at 7:00 pm on the lawn of the Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue. This FREE production by the Commonwealth Classic Theatre Company is a crowd-pleasing romantic comedy performed by accomplished actors. Bring a blanket or low lawn chairs, a picnic basket, maybe some bug spray, and your loved ones. Snacks will be available for purchase on site.

After-Market Add-On

Truly, Madly, Deeply will be shown at 6:45 and 8:45 pm Saturday evening, July 12, as the third film in Lansdowne Sofa Cinema's summer series. Once described as "a thinking person's Ghost," the film is at turns humorous and heartbreaking, and it's altogether as bittersweet as they come. We highly recommend it. Bring tissues. Screened at the Lansdowne Baptist Church, 17 LaCrosse Ave.; tickets are $5 and are available at popcorn stand at the Farmers Market, at Noel Schmidt Furniture, and at the door.


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: Anne Stuckey of Anne's Dressmaking is a seamstress extraordinaire. She can take in, let out, or make from scratch to your specifications and measurements just about any article of clothing. She also sews for the home.

Artist of the Week: If you lost yourself in picture books when you were child, you must stop by Sylvia Nunez's booth this Saturday and peruse her matted and framed vintage children's book illustrations. Chances are excellent that she'll have some images that will simply transport you.

Musician of the Week: Joe Breslin plays a variety of musical instruments, has a variety of musical influences, and performs in (you guessed it) a variety of musical genres. He's a one-man festival.

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


Upcoming Local Events

Play: Taming of the Shrew at Twentieth Century Club front lawn
Thursday, July 10, 7:00 pm, Free.
The celebrated Commonwealth Classic Theatre Company returns with its latest production of William Shakespeare’s seminal “battle of the sexes” comedy, promising witty repartee under the summer skies. Bring a blanket or lawn chair; refreshments available.

Film: Truly, Madly, Deeply at Lansdowne Sofa Cinema
Saturday, July 12, shows at 6:45 and 8:45 pm. Writer/director Anthony Minghella's romantic ghost story is full of twists.

Musical: A Year with Frog and Toad at Lansdowne Friends School
Thursday, July 24, 7:00 pm, Free.
Based on a much beloved children's book by Arnold Lobel, the characters of cheerful Frog and grumpy Toad come to life as they hop though a year of adventurous seasons sure to please all ages. For more information 610-623-2548

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