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Market News for This Saturday, August 9

A Tight-Knit Community Day
We’ve been telling you it’s coming, and now it’s here – Community Day! The backstory is that we get a lot of inquiries from people or groups who want to have a presence at the Farmers Market but whose offerings don’t really fit the Market’s routine needs or goals. So we came up with Community Day, a special day set aside to give pretty much anyone a chance to participate in the Farmers Market as more than a shopper, promoting a business or interest, raising funds for a favored cause, or sharing a talent. The plan is that we’ll do this twice a year, with about a dozen spots available each time. The season’s first Community Day vendors will be offering baked goods, 50/50 chances, plants, jewelry, and stromboli, plus the opportunity to donate to the fight against breast cancer and learn about search and rescue missions, among other things. We welcome them and suggest you allow yourself some extra time and a few extra bucks to experience what they have to offer.

For the little ones, Mission Burrito will be sponsoring a piñata smashing and Pin-the-Tail-on-the-Burro around 10 am at the little park at the Lansdowne Avenue end of the lot. MB will also be grilling and selling chicken kabobs right at the Market for this special day.

Also in the theme of community, this Saturday we’ll be collecting donations in the Market Manager tent to help some local families who are having a tough time of it. Suggested foods include dry pasta, spaghetti sauce, canned fruit, canned tuna, soups, pancake mix, syrup, cereal, dry milk, peanut butter, and jelly (no canned vegetables, please), but gift cards for grocery stores or gas would also be appreciated. (Sorry, we can't take perishables, even Market produce.) We promise that all donations will be distributed to families who need them via the Interfaith Food Cupboard of the William Penn School District. Housed locally in the Lansdowne Presbyterian Church, the cupboard feeds those in need throughout our school district. To show our appreciation (and maybe entice you to remember), we'll give a Market Buck to the first ten people who drop off donations.

Outgrowing Gift Basket
The Growing Gift Basket is now at $980 worth of stuff, with the additions of a gift certificate from Mission Burrito, a mosaic planter from the Huber sisters, and a quilted throw pillow from Carol’s Crazy Quilts. (This keeps up and we’re going to have to rename it the Growing Gift Truckload!) Raffle tickets are available each week at the Market Manager tent, where the Basket’s ample contents are also on display.

Beats Liver Tacos
Now that tomatoes are in season, one of humankind’s finest mealtime inventions simply demands to be made -- the BLT. Really, there’s no sense even making a BLT in the off-season when the only tomatoes available are those hard pink things. If they’re your only choice, just dip a few slices of bacon in mayo, eat them, and call it a day; it’ll be less disappointing. But now that big, red, juicy 'maters that you can slice into thick rounds to anchor the sandwich are practically commonplace, it’s high time to indulge in this treat, especially when you can get all the ingredients except the mayo (or our preference, Miracle Whip) at the Farmers Market. All the produce vendors have worthy tomatoes, Farm Fresh Express has lettuce and what they modestly describe as “the world’s best bacon” (thick cut, nitrate free, and hand rubbed [no idea what that means]), and the Regency Café has loaves of bread that will produce a sandwich the size of a Nerf football if that’s what you want. Granted, BLT preparation is rather involved, but once you’re done with the toasting, frying, washing, spinning, slicing, slathering, and assembling, you’ll be so glad you went to the bother. But don’t tell your doctor it was our idea.

Next Week: Dog Day
If you have a pooch, you’re going to want to be there next Saturday by 11 am so you can participate in the parade through the center of the Market, when every dog will get its spotlight moment on a raised platform, photographer standing by. Check here for a list of pupcentric carryings-on.

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Farmers Market Manager Rick Grocott was the Familiar Face featured in this week's News of Delaware County. With the steady crowds we've seen at the Market lately, his face is getting more familiar and familiar to more all the time.

Hometown Olympic Hopeful
In case you’ve missed the sign over Lansdowne Avenue and the article in the sports section of Tuesday’s Philadelphia Inquirer, you need to know that when the Beijing Olympics start tomorrow, one of the athletes has Lansdowne roots. Marcus McElhenney, coxswain for a US men’s eight rowing team, resides in Princeton now but spent several of his formative years on Wycombe Avenue. A house fire in 2006 leveled the McElhenney home (yes, that big fire near Sycamore Park) and forced the family to relocate to Havertown, but we’re still proud to consider him one of ours. The team’s first race is Sunday, August 10, and we’ll all be pulling for him, hopefully in synch.


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: Long before Todaro’s Music was known as the primary landmark for finding the Farmers Market, it was known as the place to get hundreds of musical instruments from all over the world that you’ve probably never heard of, from daafs to tamburitzas, plus a multitude of classics, like that triangle that signals the opening and close of the Market. Kazoos are another classic instrument. Look for them this week.

Artist of the Week: Yay! Finally a ceramicist at the Market! Specializing in wheel-thrown vessels, Deanna Haldeman is a member of the Potters Guild of the Wallingford Community Arts Center, which basically means that she’s great with mud. Pick up her bowls and plates and see for yourself how light they are and how glazes obey her. Nothing makes Sunday coffee taste better than drinking it from a beautifully handmade mug.

Musician of the Week: Lansdowne resident J.D. Little is thrilled to be playing at his first Lansdowne Farmers Market. He’s a singer-songwriter who offers up a mixture of old standards and original blues-based acoustic folk tunes.

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: Bob Beach and Bob Bohne at Regency Café
Thursday, August 7, 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Free

Lansdowne Arts Festival
Saturday, September 13 and Sunday, September 14, Free
Twentieth Century Club, 84 South Lansdowne Avenue

Click for a complete listing of upcoming local events.



Volunteers are needed to promote Lansdowne Sofa Cinema -- a Lansdowne film first -- at the Lansdowne Farmers Market, 8:30 am to 1:00 am Saturdays till October 25. Responsibilities include setup and teardown (lifting involved), as well as making and selling the popcorn, chatting with customers about the film series, and accepting donations toward the purchase of a new projector. Steve Wagner, chair of the LSC committee, will be available to help with setup and teardown, as well as to train and orient volunteers. To volunteer, send an email to