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Market News for This Saturday, August 23

Doggie Do (and Don't)
Last week's Dog Day was waggy and mostly wonderful, and we hope everyone who participated had a great time — pooches, owners, vendors, and the Philadelphia SPCA. The event made NBC10's evening news and the front page of the News of Delaware County! The stats: several of the SPCA's adoption-ready dogs were spoken for by the time the Market ended, at least 10 folks took the opportunity to register their canines, and some 30 pups walked in the parade (about 28 of which were too modest to stand on the "Great Dog!" platform). John Green's Dog Day photos can be viewed here and downloaded for free. (If your dog didn't make it, speak to him or her about the importance of smiling for, or at least facing, the camera.) All in all, it was the kind of fun day we were hoping for. We did get a complaint or two, however, so it's a good time to remind all owners who bring canine companions to Market to make sure your pets are well-behaved and not interfering with other shoppers or vendors. For example, chowing down vendor samples meant for human consumption is a no-no. Your dogs might not realize that on their own, so we're counting on you to clue them in.

Portion Control
John's MiniCakes specializes in scaled-down versions of guilty pleasures: diminutive corn muffins, silver dollar-sized cheesecakes, and tiny pot de crèmes that are so chocolaty and rich that even a thimbleful is satisfying. Since starting with these three products, John has added coupla-bite pound cakes and lemon bars, both well worth the coupla bucks. He even made special doggy snacks last week and may have them again. John's going to continue to expand his mini offerings, and will be bringing chili when the weather's a bit colder. Wonder where he's going to get those itsy little beans he'll need . . .

Not Far From the Tree
Apples showed up in force last week, not only the projected Paula Reds but also Mollie Delicious and Gingergolds. (At the same time, the blueberries went away, and that says as much about where we are in the summer as a wall calendar does.) We hardly need to tell you that apples would probably win best-all-round in a fruit fight. Everybody likes them, they're great for fiber, they last and travel well, they come in many varieties, and they're just plain pretty. (And if you actually were in a fruit fight, wouldn't you want to be armed with apples as opposed to, say, kumquats?) It's no wonder that we consume them for snacks, in salads, as dessert, in sauces, as juice, in bread, on sticks, as butter — you name it. In fact, do name it. We're looking for a few good apple recipes to add to the website, so write up your favorite one, along with its source, and bring it to the Market Manager booth this Saturday and we'll buy it for a Market Buck. A submission or two will also be selected to run right here in Fresh Picks.

Groaning Gift Basket
At almost $1200 and easily 30 pounds, the Growing Gift Basket is now officially out of control. Local painter James Ryan added a framed print of a train watercolor, artist Liz Steele-Coats contributed two pairs of earrings and a small ceramic vase, and duo Elaysha gave us a CD of their music. Also added was a highly collectible set of four mugs from the gone but not forgotten Sidetracks Cafe. You'll be happy to know that we did not request a puppy from the SPCA for the Basket. Tix still $1.50 or four for $5. Get em now!

Off and On
Bonnie's Wondergardens is taking this Saturday off, so we shall be sunflower-less. Mission Burrito is still with us for two more weeks though, so plan on barbequed baby back ribs (say that ten times fast) for lunch. Guatemalan Cotton is also putting in a colorful appearance.

Bronze Is Beautiful
Coxswain Marcus McElhenney's men's eight rowing team took third place at the Olympics, a finish that does us all proud. If you haven't been following this story, Marcus grew up in Lansdowne and is a graduate of Monsignor Bonner High School. Marcus, if you're coming to DelCo any time soon to see the family, stop by the Farmers Market and show us your bronze medal. We'll give you two — make that three — three Market Bucks if you let us hold it!


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: Dotti McCreary's Spotydoti Vintage Clothing is, as you might expect, a blast from the past, specifically 1880 to 1980. Though Spotydoty has mostly women's items (hats, shoes, gloves, lingerie, purses, dresses, skirts, blouses), some men's military and formal wear is also available. Revisit Brideshead Revisited and surprise the guests at your next dinner party by greeting them in vintage evening wear.

Artist of the Week: If May's Lansdowne Arts and Crafts Show was any indication, you should get to Kathy Curtius early on Saturday for the best selection. Her fabulous personally designed and handmade fabric handbags just flew off the tables then (but even the ones that remained were terrific). She's made a lot more since then; come see!

Musician of the Week: The project of J. Jody Janetta, Adelante is described as a "musical brew" of jazz, world, roots, classical, funk, ambient, electronic, and trance music. Well that about covers it. You're just too picky if there isn't something there for you.

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: Dawn Iulg at Regency Café
Thursday, August 21, 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