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Market News for This Saturday, June 6

Love Your Mother
Your trip to the Lansdowne Farmers Market this week should be both productive in terms of shopping and educational, as we'll have a lot of environmentally clever folks on hand to give you tips on recycling, reducing waste, composting, water conservation, parks, what have you — all the stuff that you might expect to see at an event called Earth Saturday, but without the drum circle. If you're one of the first 250 shoppers, you can even get a free reusable market bag, courtesy of LFM neighbor PNC Bank. Though there's a battery recycling box in Borough Hall, we're going to make it even easier by collecting your used batteries at the Market, and you'll be able to get on the list to get a recycling bin from the borough if you lack one. Bring leaves from your mystery tree or photos of it, and the Tree Advisory Council will try to help you identify it (but don't be disappointed if it turns out not to be a baobab).

The big draw of the day might be the perennial exchange, where you can swap your surplus plants for someone else's, all for free. (This, by the way, was Bonnie's idea, so thank her for the good thinking by purchasing a plant or two from her before you go home.) Here's the gist of how it's going to work:

Bring your plants to the Market potted in soil and labeled with name (if you know it) and sun or shade preference. (Corms and bulbs don't have to be planted.)
Try to have them there by 10:00 am. For each plant you trade in, you'll get a ticket that buys you another person's plant.
Even if you don't bring plants to trade, starting around noon, we'll sell off what remains for cheap.

Because the FM is expanding into the north side of the parking lot for this event, spaces may be hard to come by, so please consider walking to the Market or parking on the street or in the lot on Highland. There's plenty of parking in the area; you just may have to walk a block, which is good for you — and the environment, so long as you're not littering all the while — anyway.

Two Outs, an In, and Several Additions
After we promised you new dairy delights last week, Flint Hill Farms didn't make it to the Market at all because some computer goblins hid their travel plans and our phone numbers just when they needed them most. Sorry about that if you were looking forward to their goat cheese and fresh butter, as we were. They now have a paper copy of the directions (imagine that — a map!) and have promised to show up on their next scheduled date, June 13, so we're going to give them one more chance.

Out this week is Market stalwart Farm Fresh Express, which brings a bit of everything. (The FFE storefront at 303 Windermere Ave., Lansdowne, will be open 8:30 am to 2:00 pm, however.) Pam and her copious goods will surely be missed, but Teens4Good will be doing their best to fill their very big shoes, or at least a sock, with their early-season goods, including bokchoy, lettuce, scallions, broccoli, cabbage, radishes, collard greens, and kale. Not a bad start!

John Green just keeps adding photos to his online album of images from the 2009 Market, and he plans to continue snapping and uploading, so check it regularly. (You can also access them from the Photos page of the LFM website in case you're not saving all these newsletters.) The LFM blog is also off and running, a weekly lap around the track that includes suggestions and observations, interviews and imaginings. Hard to encapsulate, this blog. But addictive nonetheless.

Snappy Side
A little birdie told us that Lupine Valley Veggies will be bringing sugar snap peas (both green and yellow ones!) to the Market this week, which is great news because anyone who tried the peas from Fruitwood Farms last week is going to want more. And their friends will have heard so much raving by now that extra peas will be a necessity this week. You didn't even need to cook the ones Fruitwood brought — they were sweet and crispy fresh when raw, especially if you ate them right away. We let most of ours sit around in the fridge for a couple of days though, so we opted to set them to some heat, and that turned out quick nicely. (Do you all have a pan for the grill? If you don't, please go get one. You're going to need it this summer.) We rinsed and "stringed" our sugar snaps, tossed them still wet with a drizzle of peanut oil, then poured them into our grill pan over goodly heat and pushed them around occasionally for the next 3 or 4 minutes, until they got some dark spots. We then declared them done, dumped them into a bowl, topped them with some toasted sesame seeds and coarse salt, and ate them right up. The slight char added a nice bass note to the peas' high sweet song (sounded like "She'll be Comin' Round the Mountain"). These would be a great side to the Pork Chops with Simple Lansdowne Farmers Market Peach Sauce described in The Recipe Booth. Lupine is also bringing that briefest of spring treats — garlic scapes — so come early to nab some. Here are a few recipes and ideas to try that use them.

CD #1
After much anticipation, here's the application for the first Community Day, which will be held June 27. The deadline to apply is June 20, but based on the number of inquiries we've fielded already about Community Day, we may run out of spaces before then, so don't delay in returning your application and your check. (Hard copy applications will also be available at the Market.) Please read and heed the rules that accompany the application, and be nice to the woman who handles the applications because she's a volunteer. We're glad there's so much excitement about these opportunities to meet marketgoers, promote your business or organization, and make some sales, and we've done all we can to plan the three Community Days so as many people as possible can have a chance to participate. Good luck getting a spot!

Them Books, Them Books, Them-Signed Books
This Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm each day, local author Al Them will be set up in Doyle's Deli, 27 N. Lansdowne Avenue, signing his new book, The Man in the Basement, an assortment of humorous and spooky stories, plays, and poems, and perhaps his older one too, Ghost Stories and Other Tales of Lansdowne, described as "fourteen pieces of chilling literature." In addition to picking up a book or two, now's a great time to reserve Al to read at your next Halloween party.

Cookbook Needs Innards
Animal Friends of Lansdowne has two things on its mind right now — the Doggie Day Spa that's coming up next Saturday, June 13 (we'll remind you here again next week), and the cookbook they're trying to put together as a fundraiser. They need recipes, folks, and we're sure you have a couple that you could share. The Farmers Market is donating all the recipes that appear in The Recipe Booth, and as flattering as it would be to have an entire book of just our food ideas, that's not what anyone wants. C'mon — dig out a family recipe or one that a friend gave you or that you just made up and share it with AFL. No recipe is too humble, and pet treat and food ideas are welcome. Just email it to Sara Burns at

The Recipe Booth
So I'm sitting out on my stoop, where I prefer to write this column, watching one neighbor on his porch talking on the phone, with his dog nearby, and another neighbor entertaining her child in her lawn. It's 7:36 pm and I'm not worried at all about preparing dinner (yes, we eat late; no children after all). Why I am not worried about dinner? Because I have a pantry stocked with ingredients from the Lansdowne Farmers Market — salsa, barbecue sauce, honey, jarred peaches, and peach cider, the last two from Shober Orchards' Market stand.

So for dinner tonight I have planned to make Pork Chops with Simple Lansdowne Farmers Market Peach Sauce. First, I'll make a reduction sauce by sautéing a shallot in 2 tbs butter with a pinch of salt, then adding 1½ cups of peach cider and reducing this liquid over medium heat until it's thick and caramel-y, when I'll add 2 tbs apple cider vinegar. Then I'll toss in six or eight slices slices of jarred peaches and heat until warmed. This will be my sauce. Once this is in hand, I'll sprinkle bone-in pork chops with a bit of salt and pepper and just grill them briefly, brushing them with the peach reduction sauce halfway through grilling. I'll plate the chops along with some jasmati rice and top it all with my simple peach pantry sauce.

Despite how humble our Farmers Market may be, because of recipes like this, I can feel good about eating local and supporting the people that supply my community year-round. Whether it's a Wednesday in March or a Sunday in June, with simple basic ingredients like jarred peaches, we can all eat well even on a lazy cooking day.


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: East Lansdowne resident Sylvia Nunez deconstructs very old children's books for their charming, even surprising illustrations and reconstructs the gleanings into carefully matted and framed art pieces perfect for wowing new or expectant parents or for thanking, meaningfully, the adult who read to you best when you were small.

Musician of the Week: We're looking forward to hearing Emily Bate, whose latest CD is described by CD Baby as "a weird new take on indie folk — soaring singing, strange instruments & intimate songwriting full of surprises." Get ready for something out of the ordinary.

Blog: Interviews with artist Sylvia Nunez and musician Emily Bate, Market musings, Old Man Marlsbury. Comments welcome!

Check out what’s coming in the weeks ahead, music- and art-wise, by visiting our continually updated on-line schedule.


Upcoming Local Events

Movies at Cinema 16:9
May June 4 to 11, various times; $5 to $7.50
Evil Dead II, The Reader, The Longest Day, The Red Balloon and The White Mane, Gran Torino
35 N. Lansdowne Avenue, Lansdowne

Inner Artist Workshop with Helene von Rosenstiel in the Cinema 16:9 lobby
Session includes meditation, holographic re-patterning, journaling, sketching, and discussion
Saturdays, June 6 and 13, 9:00 to 11:00 am
$20 per session; reservations suggested
33 N. Lansdowne Avenue; 610-622-1960

Dixieland Jazz Mass at St Paul's Lutheran Church
Saturday, June 6, 4:50 pm; Free
19 W. Baltimore Avenue, Lansdowne

Wine Tasting and Tapas Party at Mission Burrito sponsored by the LBPA
Saturday, June 6, 7:00 pm; $39 per person
32 W. Baltimore Avenue; 610-622-6900

Lansdowne Summer Concert Series featuring Siora
Thursday, June 11, 7:00 pm; Free
Lawn at St John the Evangelist Church, Lansdowne Avenue (rain location: Regency Café)

Minas Sextet plus Brazilian Dancers at the Zoobilee 2009 fundraiser
Thursday, June 11, 7:30 to 10:30 pm
$125 to $350
Philadelphia Zoo, 34th Street and Girard Avenue, Philadelphia

6-Week Summer Drum Workshop at the Twentieth Century Club
Two age groups: 6 to 9 years, 10 to 14 years; preregistration required
Mondays and Wednesdays starting July 6
$10 resident, $15 nonresident
84 South Lansdowne Avenue; 610-284-1493

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View from Lupine Valley

Growing Toward the Light
A fellow student asked my meditation teacher, "How is it that I can do so much meditation and yoga and feel like I am growing so much, then slide back into struggles?" I nodded my head, familiar with this feeling. My teacher explained that when we grow, we are ready for greater challenges.

A few days later, I saw this principle in action. My tomatoes and tomatillos, growing bushy and steadily toward the light, were now too close to it. I raised the light up a few inches and noted the huge gap between the seedlings and their source. How would they feel now, knowing they had been so close and had a new distance to go?

I vowed to keep this image in mind the next time I doubted my spiritual growth. It's not that I'm slipping behind, it's that my light has been raised and I am ready to grow to new heights.