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Market News for This Saturday, September 20

Doggone It
We have to start on a serious note this week. As more people come to the Farmers Market, so do more dogs. And that's great, so long as your dog is leashed, friendly, and well behaved. Unfortunately, there was a scary incident early last Saturday involving two dogs that has prompted this request: If you're not 100% sure that your pet will behave itself at the Farmers Market — with other dogs, with the shoppers, with the merchandise, with anything that might fall from the sky — please don't bring it. If you risk it and your dog acts up at the Market, you'll be asked to remove it immediately and not bring it back, ever. Not everyone sees the benefit of permitting dogs at the Market, and we've had requests to prohibit them altogether. We don't want to do that though, and having owners act responsibly — even if that means Fido sits out the Farmers Market — is the only way to prevent that from happening. Please help us keep the Market dog-friendly but also safe for all.

Meat Market
Hear ye! Hear ye! Let it be known that Farm Fresh Express has (and has had) meat and poultry at the Farmers Market! (When it became clear that a member of the Market committee didn't realize this, we figured it was time for a formal proclamation.) Yes, FFE has had frozen meat stowed in coolers all season, but since you can't see it, you may not be thinking about steaks when distracted by their beautiful golden beets and heirloom tomatoes. Pam says they usually have ground beef, beef hot dogs, sirloin steak, NY strip steak, chip steak, nitrate-free bacon, chicken breasts, and some kind of sausage on hand at the Market. All their meat is local (often Lancaster or Montgomery County local), pasture raised, free of growth hormones, and free of antibiotics. Much of it is also certified organic, but even the products that are not labeled as such are by and large raised by purely organic methods, but the small farms often can't afford the annual fees required for organic certification, or the butchers they use aren't certified organic. So remember the meat! We really don't want to have to hire someone to walk around dressed like a pork chop to keep it fresh in your mind.

Bee-neficial Pollen
Google “bee pollen” and you'll get links to dozens of web pages that start by proclaiming that bee pollen contains “all the essential components of life.” Really? Chocolate and the Sunday crossword are part of those little tiny granules? Whodathunkit. Even if you're not looking for such an all-inclusive supplement, bee pollen, like honey, may have allergy-fighting qualities, and if you're like us — sneezing your head off these days even while taking prescription allergy meds — trying something natural might have appeal. The notion behind bee pollen for allergies is much like that behind inoculations for disease: by exposing your body in small, controlled doses to something that bothers it, you build up your defenses and become less susceptible to “real world” exposures. Sounds reasonable. The bee pollen that Fruitwood Farms carries is collected directly from the bees as they return from pollen-gathering excursions. The bees walk through a sort of maze that teases the pollen granules off their legs; the pollen falls and is gathered and bottled with no processing. Mike Nelson at Fruitwood says to just take a half teaspoon with some yogurt or juice, but if you want to approach dosing more cautiously, this website has some useful titration advice.

Coming and Going
If peaches show up this week, grab them because it's probably your last chance. Ditto grapes and plums. But Red Delicious apples are on their way in, pumpkins are now available, and we're really close to having broccoli and cauliflower – just a week or two more.

Second Apple Recipe
Betsy (Klingler) Burke's handed-down recipe for Nobby Apple Cake originated in Brimfield, MA (hometown of her father, Lansdowne luminary Jim Klingler), and won first prize in a National Apple Growers Association recipe contest in the 1950s. It's a charming provenance and a delicious cake. The easy and easily printable recipe is here. Darlene Hurff from Schober's Orchards recommends using Cortland apples, her favorite for baking, which are available now.

Short Stuff
Incredibly, the Growing Gift Basket has topped $1500 in value with additions of a handmade child's backpack from MaryKay Bowden and jewelry and recycled market bags from Connie Sheerin. That's $1500+ in merchandise, one winner. Do you have your tickets yet? Do you have enough tickets? They're $2 each or three for $5 at the Market Manager booth. See you there.

Again this Saturday, you can drop off books to benefit Heifer International's efforts to help people feed themselves. Then, on September 27, attend the book sale (and other events) at the First Presbyterian Church of Lansdowne and pick up some replacements.

Here's a nifty website, Farm to Philly, that covers finding and preparing foods local to this area. It has many fine recipe ideas and photos that'll make you hungry. And someday, someday, the Lansdowne Farmers Market is going to make that list on the homepage. We just know it.

Download your application for October 18th's Community Day here and get it in by October 3 to secure yourself a space. Forms can also be picked up in the Market Manager's booth. Spots are a steal at $20.

Despite the unseasonal heat and crazy humidity, last weekend's 6th Annual Lansdowne Arts Festival was an unqualified success (again) and did the borough proud (again). View and download six pages of photographer John Green's pictures of the event here. (Grazie, John!) The organizers thank everyone who risked melting and came out — attendees, artists, and volunteers; you're all crucial to the proceedings. Feedback is always welcome, so if you have some thoughts, share them!

After Market Add-Ons
Watch out — more big fun is on the loose and ready to spring in the borough! This Saturday, September 20, is Park Day, sponsored by Lansdowne's Parks and Recreation Board. From 2:00 to 6:00 pm, Hoffman Park on Scottdale Road will be filled with awesome old-time family fun like sack races, a peanut scramble, and — wait for it — a pie-eating contest! All with prizes! There will also be a moonbounce, a DJ, and a firetruck (who doesn't love a firetrack?), plus other games and amusements! Then, as if that's not enough, at dusk (7:00, 7:15, somewhere in there), the Disney film Ratatouille will be screened (who doesn't love a rat chef?)! And everything is free except the refreshments! Bring a blanket or low folding chair for the movie, and have yourself a great time! (Help! We're running out of exclamation points!)


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: Not only does Noel Schmidt Furniture carry everything you need to sit or lounge comfortably and stylishly in your home, the Art Gallery @ Noel Schmidt Furniture has continually changing installations by local painters, photographers, and sculptors that bring one-of-a-kind pieces within reach. At the Market, meet employee Nadia Bond, who can help you select furniture and fabrics and whose handmade ceramic vessels, available at the store, are knockouts.

Artist of the Week: Anne Cranmer makes bold jewelry that's sophisticated in design and color combinations and more than reasonable in price. It's carried in several stores in the region, including The Studio in Swarthmore and Crescent Moon in Moorestown, and this week you can get it at the Market.

Musician of the Week: Philadelphian Adrien Reju is a singer-songwriter who takes paying gigs at places like Tin Angel, the Sellersville Theater, and the Lansdowne Folk Club while waiting for those Farmers Market appearances to roll around. Now's a good time to mention that the awesome musicians we enjoy each week all appear for free, so please tip 'em!

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: Johnny Forbin at Regency Café
Thursday, September 18, 7:00 to 9:00 pm, Free
14 S.Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne

Fourth Annual Paws for Kindness Day
Saturday, September 27 9:30-2:00 (rain date: Sunday, September 28), Free
Sycamore Park on Lacrosse and Wycombe Aves., Lansdowne

Lansdowne Sofa Cinema: Who Killed the Electric Car?
September 27, 2008, 6:45 & 8:45pm, Tickets $5
17 E. LaCrosse at the Lansdowne Baptist Church, Lansdowne

Pet Blessing at St John's Episcopal Church
Sunday, September 28,
10:30 am, sanctuary: Mass to Bless Working Service Animals and Partners
12:15 pm, church lawn: Blessing of Pets, Free
St John's Episcopal Church, Lansdowne and Baltimore Aves., Lansdowne
Contact: Father Ken Wissler, 610-823-3731 or

Art: Works of Abdul A. Ahmad
Art Gallery @ Noel Schmidt Furniture
Through October 4, Free
32 East Baltimore Ave., Lansdowne

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