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Market News for This Saturday, August 16

Power to the Pooches
A lot is going on these days – vacations, the Olympics, the Philly Folk Festival, back-to-school preparations – so we’re going out of our way to get you to the Market this week and to have you bring some friends, those of the big-eared, wet-nosed variety. For our first ever Dog Day, we’ve lined up a slew of attractions for both owners and ownees. Local business Polished Pets will offer grooming tips, nail trimming will be available for a small fee, the Philly SPCA will bring dogs that are up for adoption, GoFetch Petsitters will be back to make a good impression, John’s MiniCakes will be selling homemade dog biscuits, and we’ll have dog license applications available, so your furry friend can finally go legit. But the day’s highlight is likely to be the doggy parade around 11:30. We encourage dressing your dog up a bit for such a special event, but we respect that some pups prefer to go au naturale, and they’re also welcome. The parade is free but you must register so we can properly announce your dog’s presence. Get a headstart by downloading this form and bringing it to the Market Saturday morning by 11:00 (form will also be available on site). The first 20 dogs to register get free treats from MiniCakes, but all parade participants get the chance to sashay through the Market, spend a moment in the spotlight, and have the moment commemorated by professional photographer John Green. Plus, the first five folks to present themselves at the Market Manager tent in Animal Friends of Lansdowne T-shirts get a Market Buck.

Juicy Fruit
We’re expecting the season’s first pears this week, with crimsons and Bartletts coming with Fruitwood Farms. More varieties, including Asians, will follow over the next few weeks. Fruitwood also had beautiful honeydews last week and should again. Down at the other end of the Market, Schobers Orchards might, just might, bring their first Paula red apples this week. If they do think pies, cuz that Paula, she’s good for baking. It’s worth mentioning that Schobers sells their cantaloupes in three categories: huge extended family-size gigalopes, more normal (think grocery store) sized regulopes, and softballesque piccolopes that are perfect for one person. And now – the reason for this whole paragraph on fruit – have you tried the Market nectarines? Until recently, we thought nectarines were a poor relation of peaches, not as finely bred and lacking in charm, basically a B-list fruit. Well, that lasted only until we actually tried the ones being brought to Market. Give them a few days outside the fridge to ripen and then enjoy nectarines’ plum-tinged peachiness with just the right amount of tart to mellow the sweet. They retain their shape great when baked in cobblers, and there’s no fuzz, if you find that a drawback about peaches. Nectarines, we’re sorry we doubted you; you’re definitely A-list material.

Yeah, Yeah – Veggies Too
(The vegetables get so testy when fruit gets coverage here and they don’t.) After having to take July off, Teens4Good will be back this week (their regular third-Saturday slot) and will be bringing tomatoes, soybeans, okra, squash, eggplants, herbs, jalapenos, cayenne peppers, frying sweet peppers, and whatever else is ready for pickin’ on Friday evening. Meanwhile, Market regular Farm Fresh Express will have all the makings of a great fresh organic salsa, including jalapeno peppers, tomatoes, cilantro, purple bell peppers, fresh garlic, and candy onions. Grab a bag of their locally milled blue corn tortilla chips, mix up a batch of fresh peach margaritas, and your Saturday evening is made.

Community Recap and Redo
Community Day was a big hit last Saturday, so we’re going to do it again in October. Keep your eyes open for announcements. Thanks to everyone who participated. Double thanks to the folks who dropped off food for the community food cupboard. We collected five big bags of groceries, which was so great that we’re going to collect again this week, since we’re sure that some of you meant to bring a little something and just forgot. Here’s a list of what’s recommended, and we’ll give the first five donors a Market Buck again this week.

More Than a Grand Gift Basket
When the Growing Gift Basket was just an idea, we thought we might be able to fill it with about $500 worth of vendor goods over the course of the Farmers Market season. So it’s both surprising and thrilling to be able to announce that the Basket is now at almost $1100 in value, with multiple additions last week from Community Day participants as well as the Business and Artist of the Week. Go here to see a full list of current contents, and go to the Market Manager booth to see the booty live and to get your chances, $1.50 each or four for $5.00 through August.
Listen Up
Bonnie’s Wondergardens will be selling elephant ears straight from the garden in front of Appligent (the old Bell Telephone building) on Baltimore Pike. If you admired the huge, swaying leaves that filled the beds there last summer, now’s your chance to get the same somewhat tropical effect at home. Enjoy them now, then dig them up at the end of the summer, overwinter them inside, and replant them next spring. They’re $5 each while they last.

Extended Engagements

Things have been going so well for them at the market. That Mission Burrito is going to hang around a few more weeks, this week bringing pulled pork in addition to their breakfast sandwiches and burritos.

In an even more noteworthy (though less tasty) continued appearance, Marcus McElhenney's men's eight rowing team has advanced to the finals, which will be raced 5:30 pm (China time) on Sunday. Think on that: a Lansdowner in an Olympics final. Can we have a “Wow”?


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

Artist of the Week: As you might expect in an art teacher, Liz Steele is multitalented. She wire wraps beads and stones for colorful jewelry and eye-catching mobiles, and she recently added prettily painted and glazed handbuilt ceramics to her wares. She also just got married, so be sure to congratulate her.

Musician of the Week: Coming to us from Philly is acoustic duo Elaysha, two women who’ve been performing together for 15 years and who are known for their vocal harmony and captivating stage presence. Looking forward to it, ladies!

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: Loren Gildar at Regency Café
Thursday, August 14, 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