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Market News for This Saturday, June 27

Third Time's the Charm?
Local news outlets are reporting that rainfall in June is up an inch and a half over normal. Surely they mean a foot and a half. Or maybe it just feels that way. Last Thursday -- in case you've forgotten, that was the persistently rainy day interspersed between two only occasionally rainy days, amid a week of mostly rainy days -- the second performance of the Lansdowne Summer Concert Series, like the first, was moved into the Regency Café. The crowd had picked up considerably though, so you seem to be getting the hang of this free concert stuff. Tonight, June 25, head to Lansdowne Avenue to see Josefin Berglund and Bronwyn Bird playing together as Familjian. You may remember Bronwyn from a rip-roaring 2008 Farmers Market appearance with her band Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers. It looks like this time the show might actually be held as planned -- out on the lawn of St John the Evangelist Episcopal Church at 7:00 pm -- and you'll finally get to uncork that bottle of "outside" wine.

Truth in Advertising
If anyone doubted that we were serious about the "Rain or Shine" business proclaimed on all the marketing material for the Lansdowne Farmers Market, last Saturday should have convinced them that we mean it. Rain it did, nearly nonstop the duration of the Market. If you came out, thanks for making the effort. If you didn't make it, that's a shame since everything was free. Not really, though there were some good stormy day bargains to be had, including free hotdogs courtesy of Mission Burrito. Thanks especially to the vendors, who probably had lower than usual sales in addition to wet everything but who were still great sports about it. Photos of last week's soggy Saturday and the previous week's more standard Market have been added to John Kelly Green's website, with appreciation to Marcus DiSciullo for his contributions.

The LFM's "Every Saturday" claim will be upheld next week on the 4th of July, when the Farmers Market carries on at its regularly scheduled time on one side of town while simultaneously having a presence in the borough's annual Independence Day parade on the other side. Nope, the LFM doesn't close for rain, and it doesn't close for national holidays either. We hope you'll find time on the 4th to come by the Market and pick up fresh vegetables (fingers crossed for corn!), salsa, bread, and the stuff you'll be eating after the weekend. And remember to look for the Union AA representatives this Saturday at the Market to purchase your tickets for the fireworks or just to make a contribution.

The Others
This Saturday will be the season's first Community Day, and if you're especially interested in a new church, a new school, environmentally thoughtful products, or holistic health solutions, you're in luck, because most of the day's participants fall into one of those categories, with offerings that range from chair massages to raffle tickets. All the folks and groups who signed up are looking forward to meeting you, so allow yourself some time to browse "the other side" of the Market on Community Day. You're sure to get home with new ideas and new contacts.

This Saturday, and every Saturday that's a Community Day, we'll be collecting nonperishable food items to help restock the local food bank. The cupboard always needs items like dry milk, pasta, sauce, peanut butter, jam, crackers, pancake mix, syrup, cereal, juice -- the stuff it's always handy to have. Baby food and pet food are also needed. Please make sure donations are not past their expiration date. Drop a bag of nonperishables off at the Manager booth, and we'll give you a Market Buck in thanks.

Market Additions
Already offering a wide array of ready-to-eat traditional and Mexican favorites, Mission Burrito has added a homemade, sit-down breakfast to their Market menu in the form of light and fluffy scrambled eggs with hash browns and bacon packaged in a to-go container, for breakfast at home or at one of the Market's umbrella tables. They say they're also soon to bring chili dogs, chicken fajita sandwiches, and enchiladas, so feel free to pester Jackie about whether those are available yet.

Learn from a Pro
This Saturday from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, Louise Bierig of our own Lupine Valley Veggies will be leading a class in organic gardening at the Soul Source Center for Conscious Living, 631 Fairview Road, Swarthmore. Louise will tell you how to manage everything pertaining to your kitchen garden, from watering needs to hungry visitors. The cost is $40; to register, contact her at 610-892-7604 or

A Fine Choice
Lansdowne is on the verge -- the very eve, in fact -- of a wonderful addition. Tomorrow, June 26, is opening night for Sycamore, a new restaurant at 14 S. Lansdowne Avenue, right where the Regency Café got off to its happy start. Sycamore will offer fine dining options that focus on local and seasonal produce and meats, plus classic and creative cocktail mixers to combine with the alcohol that you bring, all in a casually elegant "rustic modern" setting of banquettes, a copper-hued ceiling, and unadorned lighting. Chef Meg Votta and her front-of-house partners Stephen and Jennifer Wagner are all borough residents who are beyond pleased to be giving both neighbors and out-of-towners an exciting new option for eating well when eating out. Sycamore will be open Wednesday to Sunday, 6:00 to 10:00 pm; BYOB; reservations welcome.

More Business News
Longtime Lansdowne business Before Our Times Antiques is holding a huge sale! That's the silver lining. The cloud is that the sale is because the store is closing, although owners Fran and Gene Wayne will continue to participate in regional sales and the like. Stop in the shop at 54 W. Marshall Road Wednesday to Saturday, between noon and 6:00 pm, until July 18 to take advantage of the bargains, and send them an email at to get on their list so they can keep you informed of where they'll be once the storefront is no more. Or just call and wish them luck with the new venture: 610-259-6370.

Tonight at 7:00 pm is the monthly free vegetarian cooking class with Chef Johnetta Frazier at Life More Abundant, 25 N. Lansdowne Avenue. To ensure yourself a seat, call or email Carl: 610-259-0101 or

Save the Dates
Two upcoming events in Lansdowne are one-offs, meaning they're not part of a series or a monthly event but rather are happening only once, so put them on your calendar now to ensure you don't forget about them and plan something else, like vacation or knee replacement surgery. We'll give you more details as they get closer, but for now just note the dates and keep them free.

On Wednesday, July 15, there's free outdoor theater as the Commonwealth Classic Theater Company presents A Midsummer Night's Dream on the lawn of the Twentieth Century Club at 7:00 pm. It's quite possibly the best play ever written that features fairies, a donkey-headed human, and a wedding.

And on Saturday, July 18, photographer and borough resident John Kelly Green will be leading the Worldwide Photo Walk, Lansdowne division. The group will meet at 8:00 am, wander around town taking pictures until 10:00, then repair to Cinema 16:9 to take a look (on the big screen) at what's been captured. The best photo will be selected and submitted as Lansdowne's entry in what is an international contest, with more than 1000 sites currently registered, so the competition will be fierce. Nonetheless, we're pretty confident that Lansdowne can win this thing. All we need is you and your digital camera. Register here.

Marching for Diversity
This e-newsletter weekly touts the plusses of Lansdowne - the Farmers Market, the musical events, the places to eat, the parks, the people - but the borough has another distinction that's noteworthy: it has been designated an official No Place for Hate by the Anti-Defamation League. This means the borough has committed to diversity and promoting respect for differences, and on the 4th of July that commitment is being taken to the streets. You are invited to walk in the parade with the No Place for Hate contingent, which will be giving out stickers, pins, and bookmarks. Or you could just carry a small sign and wave to people you know. Contact Donald Verlenden if you'd like to participate.

The Recipe Booth
I sit here after a long day at work and anxiously await the old significant other's return from his dog walking journey -- first to share with him my story about the odd fellow I encountered on the train, and second to dine on our meal of chicken stuffed with herbs and goat cheese served on top of pasta with deconstructed pesto (scroll to the bottom of the page for the recipe). This meal highlights two Farmers Market ingredients, creamy goat cheese and fresh herbs, and serves two.
Featured This Week

Artist of the Week: Before she heads off to China next week to see an eclipse, Marty von Rosenstiel is stopping by the Farmers Market this Saturday with her knockout collection of fused dichroic glass jewelry, buttons, zipper pulls, plaques, ornaments, garden stakes, and cell phones. Okay, no phones yet but now that we've brought it up, she'll probably have them next time. She's that clever.

Musician of the Week: Guitarist William Grey Butler says that he writes and performs music mostly for his own enjoyment but hopes that others might take some pleasure in it too. That seems like a very reasonable goal and one he's likely to achieve on Saturday. We'll be glad to help.

Blog: Interview with musician William Grey Butler, dissing Mother Nature, pet psychic, Old Man Marlsbury.

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


Upcoming Local Events

Familjian at the Lansdowne Summer Concert Series
Thursday, June 25, 7:00 pm; Free
Lawn at St John's Church, Lansdowne

Rupert Wates at the Regency Cafe
Friday, June 26, 8:00 pm; Free
29 N. Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne

Movies at Cinema 16:9
June 25 to July 2, various times; $5 to $7.50
Witness to War, Noise, Do the Right Thing
35 N. Lansdowne Avenue, Lansdowne

The Carpenter Ants at Concerts at the Beach House
Sunday, July 5, 4:00 pm; $15 per person
For reservations and directions, 610-626-0012 or

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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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.