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Market News for This Saturday, August 2

You read that right – Saturday will be August, and a couple days in at that. This summer is just zooming by (with the exception of those unbearably hot and humid days, which last a week or two each). One way to gauge summer's passage is by the waxing and waning of the variety of produce at the Farmers Market. Like the phases of the moon, the bounty slowly increases, then slowly ebbs away. By that measure, we're approaching the full moon right now. Blackberries and apples showed up last week, and all our fingers and toes are crossed that this Saturday will bring those grapes of our dreams (oh please, oh please). They're definitely a reason to howl (and to get to the Market early).

The weather forecast for the weekend is dicey at this point, so it bears repeating that the Lansdowne Farmers Market takes place rain or shine. If the vendors get up early and pick and prepare the produce in the rain, the least we can do is stop in and buy some. They truly appreciate it when we do.

Speaking of blackberries and apples (well, we were a minute ago), we've been making this recipe for blackberry hand pies from Epicurious a couple times a summer since we came across it. Similar to turnovers, these little pies make a nice dessert when served warm with ice cream as well a terrific snack when cool because they're grab and go. Sometimes we bother to make the crust the recipe's way, and sometimes we laze it up and use premade pastry dough. The former is demonstrably better while the latter is, obviously, easier but also less sturdy. The darling Pristine apples that Schobers has should work fine in place of the Golden Delicious the recipe suggests. (We can't imagine that anything would be lost if you subbed firm ripe peaches for the apples either, and it may even be a gain.) Be sure to line your baking sheet with parchment because there will be some oozing of blackberry-laden deliciousness.

With the addition of a print from Robert L. Jefferson and an old collectible German tin from Peacock Collection Antiques, the Growing Gift Basket just snuck over the $900 mark in value. Tickets are $1.50 each or four for $5 for all of August.

The brick and mortar version of the Market's Regency Café is again in the running for Best Coffee Shop in Philly (or thereabouts) for Fox 29's My Fox Philly's Hot List. They won handily last year. Go here and vote to help them take the cake (or double chocolate flourless torte with almonds, as the case may be) again in 2008.

We're tempted to tell you that both Bigfoot and Elvis will be showing up at the Market this week, since after last week's VW "event," you know better than to believe anything we say. If you came last Saturday just for the cars, sorry about that. We hope you were able to assuage your disappointment with some iced coffee or a breakfast torta, or perhaps five or six pot de crèmes if you were feeling really bummed about it. We did have one gorgeous '68 Karmann Ghia, with an owner who was a great sport, plus a couple other fine VWs, but it wasn't really the showing we were hoping for. Thanks to the folks who did bring their cars and to the vendors who moved their vehicles to make space it turned out we didn't need.

Next week's event will be closer to expectations, we promise, as we hold the 2008 season's first Community Day – your chance to have the Market work for you. For $20, you get a spot adjacent to the Farmers Market and can use it to be seen by the 300 to 400 people who typically pass through. This is a great opportunity for small (and large) businesses, home chefs, organizations, clubs, fundraisers, and so forth to get face time with their community and maybe to make a few sales. Applications are due soon and space is limited, so get yours here and send it in quick.

Dog DayThe week after that, August 16, will be Dog Day. Friendly, controlled dogs are always welcome at the Market, but we want to see even more of them that day, perhaps decked out a bit (a bandana counts) for the parade through the middle of the Market at 11:00, and more details on other events are available here.

If you read this far, you deserve a prize. The first five people who come to the Market Manager’s booth this Saturday and mention that they read the whole thing will get a Market Buck plus a card to give to a friend that’ll get them one also.


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.

Visit our sister market, the Oakmont Farmers Market, Wednesday afternoons in Havertown for more local produce, bread, meat, and other products.


Featured This Week

Business of the Week: Also in the running for My Fox Philly's Hot List is Mission Burrito, in the category Best Burrito in Philly (give or take). If you need a reminder of how tasty and filling their namesake product is, they'll have some at the Market around lunchtime. Earlier in the day, try their bacon, egg, and avocado torta with lettuce and tomato. It's a great Tex-Mex-brex (as in breakfast) twist on a BLT.

Artist of the Week: Those Huber girls must have made their parents so proud. They're nice as can be plus loaded with talent. As Sister Art, Robyn and Melannie Huber design and create colorful glass and ceramic mosaic pieces that can brighten a dull spot in your garden or your family room equally well. If we're lucky, they'll bring along some of sister Pam's handmade jewelry too.

Musician of the Week: Back for the second time this year is Cowmuddy. With a name like that, his laid-back acoustic sound, and his active promotion of farmers markets, what's not to love?

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: Mia Johnson at Regency Cafe
Thursday, July 31, 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Cow Pie Bingo
sponsored by the Lansdowne Boys and Girls Club
Saturday, August 2, 12:00 noon
Come and see if the cow deposits a “chip” on your square and win! To buy a chance, call Dennis at (610) 623-8031.
Party is free, chances for bingo are $10 each
Green Avenue, across from Penn Wood High School

Click for a complete listing of upcoming local events.