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Market News for This Saturday, October 11

Growing Gift Barrel
How would $2000 worth of Gift Basket goodies grab you? That milestone is this close. The Basket took another major leap last week when the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra donated a pair of season tickets to their concerts, Diane Orleman added a handmade cotton and ribbon ladies cap, illustrator Megan Halsey dropped off two signed children's books, and Ed Zwloak gave us something to put it all in to take it home - a rain barrel. That puts the value at $1991 with two weeks left. Two thousand bucks, here we come!

And just when it seems like we're on the verge of giving away the biggest prize in Lansdowne this year, the news breaks that this week's winning Powerball ticket was sold at the Lansdowne Diner. Although we've been collecting booty like crazy lately, it'll be hard for us to top that 20+ million dollar prize. Congratulations to the Diner and to the postal workers who won! Maybe you should buy a couple of chances on our Gift Basket while you're feeling lucky . . .

All Hail the Survivors
Mike Nelson of Fruitwood Farms says that his pumpkins look a little beat up this year because of that hail storm we had midsummer, just when the pumpkins, tree fruit, and other fall produce were most vulnerable. What the hail didn't kill outright, it nicked or scarred. Well, Mom taught us how to cut around blemishes on apples and pears long ago, and the bumps, dings, and scars on the pumpkins only add character. Consider them a headstart toward an especially scary jack-o-lantern. Autumn is all about the beauty of decay (if the leaves weren't dying, they wouldn't change those gorgeous colors), so let's try to embrace even the less-than-perfect seasonal offerings and just be glad they made it through the storm at all.

Schobers Shares
Darlene Hurff of Schobers Orchards has provided us with four of her personal favorite apple recipes (so personal and so favorite that they all have "Darlene's" in the recipe name). She covers apple pie, cake, dumplings, and crunch but doesn't specifically say what type of apple she prefers for each. Just ask her that yourself when you see her Saturday. (If she's busy, try the Liberties. They're fabulous!)

In another kind act of generosity, on October 25, the last Market of the season, Schobers will give a free half basket of apples and a free gallon of apple cider to all veterans in observance of Veterans Day on November 11. Just stop by their booth that day and give them your name. They want you to know they appreciate and honor your service to our country. Indeed, thank you all.

Mission: More than Possible
Returning to the Market for the rest of the season starting this week is Mission Burrito, with hot breakfast sandwiches, hot lunch goodies, and (oh please) Mexican hot chocolate. And not a moment too soon -- it's nippy!

Everybody Wins
Last week we announced the Sweet Endings Dessert Contest to take place at the Lansdowne Farmers Market on October 18 as part of our Fall Festival. Since all entries must include an ingredient from the Market, there's only one opportunity left to obtain this key component if you don't have it already - this Saturday - so get shopping! The rules and entry form are available here, at the Market Manager booth, and at Mission Burrito, where the winning recipe will be served October 25.

The winner will be announced by 12:30 on the 18th, and then all the remaining desserts will be sold for the bargain basement price of $5 each (that's for everything except what the judges ate), with all proceeds being donated to the community food bank. (We'll also be collecting packaged food that day for the food bank.)

Finally, the fourth judge has been determined: Christine Carpenter! Congratulations, Christine!

Big Day
Just a reminder that next Saturday, October 18th, is both Fall Festival and Community Day at the Market. All the slots are now filled for Community Day, and we have a whole new lineup of groups and personalities for you to experience, including some new food (we know you love the walking-around food). The Fall Festival will feature pumpkin decorating, face painting, and other activities for kids, topped off in the last hour by the judging of the Sweet Endings Dessert Contest and the drawing for the Growing Gift Basket. Don't cancel your wedding or anything, but don't miss 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: The Regency Café offers fresh coffee and tea; homemade muffins, scones, and granola; coffee beans; and Metropolitan Bakery bread every week at the Farmers Market.

Artist of the Week: Meredith Parker of 79 West Designs comes up with the cleverest ways to make both your dog and any bottles you're giving look much spiffier. Her line of cotton wine accessories and pet sweaters, toys, and stockings are hand knit by women in Armenia and carried in stores across the country.

Musician of the Week: Adelante will be making its second Market appearance this Saturday. Known for crossing and blending musical genres, this trio improvises and mesmerizes. It'll be cool music for a cool day.

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: Carsie Blanton at Regency Café
Thursday, October 9, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Free
14 S.Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne

Celebration Theater: The Laramie Project
Friday, October 10, 8:00 pm, Tickets vary in price
The Twentieth Century Club
84 South Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne

Film: Japanimation Retrospective with Wee Willie Webber at Lansdowne Sofa Cinema
October 11, 2008, 6:45pm & 8:45pm, Tickets $5
October 12, 2008, Kids show 1:30pm (Wee Willie will not be available for this Sunday show)
17 E. LaCrosse at the Lansdowne Baptist Church, Lansdowne

Lansdowne Friends School Annual Book Fair
Thursday, October 16, 3:00 - 6:30 pm, Friday 3:00 - 8:30 pm, Saturday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm, Free
Lansdowne Friends School
110 N. Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne

Halloween Pancake Breakfast & Parents' Award
Benefits Epiphany House
Saturday, October 25, 7:30 - 11:00 am
Adults $7, children 5-7 $5, under 5 free
The Garden Church
Lansdowne and Stratford Ave., Lansdowne

Click for a complete listing of upcoming local events.