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Market News for This Saturday, July 18

Five Down
Crumb. The Lansdowne Summer Concert Series is more than halfway over, with only three performances left. If you've made it to any of these shows, you'll agree that they've been a terrific addition to Lansdowne's already copious free-fun offerings, even when the weather was rotten and they had to take place at the Regency Café (keep an eye on the series link above if tonight's locale becomes questionable). Last week's crowd was considerable, and it would be great to surpass that tonight, when David Jacobs-Strain takes the stage, er, porch, at St John the Evangelist Episcopal Church on Lansdowne Avenue at 7:00 pm. Billed as a "blues phenom from Oregon," Strain is also mighty cute and has a very cool-looking guitar, which can contribute to an enjoyable evening even if you don't know diddly about blues.

Boroughwide Photo Walk
Remember that book A Day in the Life of America? It was a compilation of pictures taken by 200 photographers all over the United States on a single day -- May 2, 1986 -- and it was completely absorbing, in part because of the same-24-hours notion behind it. That basic concept has been expanded globally and opened up to include amateur shutterbugs for this Saturday's Worldwide Photo Walk, which will be led in Lansdowne by that man with the big lens, John Green. The idea is that people all over the globe will take photographs on July 18 and submit the best from their registered locale, and then the organizers select a winner. This plays out locally by having folks with digital cameras fan out all over Lansdowne for a couple of hours, take photos of whatever catches their fancy, and then reassemble at Cinema 16:9 to review the images. Sounds like fun, huh? Here is a message from John Green himself with more details, and here are some great tips if you plan to participate. Those tips include a lot of jibberjabber about lenses, but don't let that dissuade you if you have a point-and-shoot model; John still wants you out there pointing and shooting. The quest, he says, is for photographs not just pictures. (If you don't have time to read that whole tip sheet, scroll down to the "self-assignment" section, which contains some advice that can help you narrow your focus [no pun intended], since 2 hours isn't all that long even in the one square mile that is Lansdowne.) Remember to clean off your camera's memory card so you're starting with no images on it, and bring fresh or recharged batteries. So go register, then meet John for planning and map distribution at 8:00 am Saturday under the Lansdowne Theater marquee on Lansdowne Avenue. The photography and reviewing will be over by noon, which means you'll still have time to hit the Farmers Market. Stop by the Manager booth and tell us you participated in the Walk, and we'll give you a Market Buck. Happy shooting!

To Market, To Market
To celebrate his 1-year anniversary of participating in the Lansdowne Farmers Market (he got off to a late start in 2008), John Wilson of John's MiniCakes will be bringing his super-popular savory mushroom soup again this Saturday (after a 2-week hiatus), plus a new cold peach soup, as well as his usual minimuffins and cheesecake brownies. A more subtle change is that John is now offering his soups in three sizes -- 8, 12, and 16 oz -- so you can easily take a pint home for later. (Expect the mushroom soup to go even faster than usual now.) Happy anniversary, MiniCakes! Glad you joined us.

Greenwood Kitchen has also been adding products to their Market line. They now have macaroons in a bunch of new flavors, plus their crackers, crispies, and chips. All of these are sealed in plastic and keep well for a few weeks anyway. Jaynel is also making wheat- and gluten-free muffins and breads (possibilities include corn, blueberry, banana nut, corn, and cranberry walnut) for more immediate consumption, and they're flying off the table, so stop over early if you want some.

Because of a schedule mix-up on the 4th of July, it's been a while since Flint Hill Farm has been at the Market. Rebecca returns this week though, and will be bringing a few things for the first time, including goat milk yogurt (European drinkable style) and a fresh hot red pepper and parsley goat chevre. Now that tomatoes are available, try their farm fresh cow milk mozzarella, which is delicious cold but also melts great if you opt to put it on pasta, in a casserole, or on a pizza (think fresh tomato, basil, and mozz -- all available at the Market!).

Remember that Bonne's Wondergardens is taking this Saturday off from the Market, though her storefront is open both Saturday and Sunday. Catch her next week.

Too Fruity
The amount of produce that's become available at the Farmers Market has reached the level of unlistable, with tomatoes, cantaloupes, nectarines, and eggplants -- among other things -- all making their maiden 2009 appearance last Saturday. The only problem with this that some of us don't know when to stop buying because it all looks so good. It's eye-opening and daunting to get home and have to find fridge, counter, and windowsill space for it all. Getting everything eaten before it's past its prime is a recurring issue in our house with peaches in particular, to the degree that even the Recipe Booth's peach margarita recipe can't handle them all (and leave us able to still converse, that is). Once again, Epicurious to the rescue. This recipe for peach blueberry cake -- a cake that's really not a cake but more like an upside-down cobbler -- is a great find because it knocks off both excess peaches and surplus blueberries at one time, it's really easy, and it far exceeds the minimum levels for "pretty" and "tasty" required to be eligible for serving to guests. Just be sure to give it enough time to cool so you can slice it nicely, and note the reviewers' suggestions of a lower oven temperature than given with the recipe. This one's also easy to adapt to other fruits for when we get carried away with nectarines and blackberries or apples and cranberries, which will undoubtedly happen, so we may as well plan ahead.

Chillin' with Children
Next week, on July 25, we're taking over part of the other side of the parking lot again so that we can celebrate Kidcentric Day at the Farmers Market. We have lots of fun stuff planned that will go on all day -- storybook readings, art projects and activities, face painting, games with prizes, even visiting parrots -- plus a couple things that will happen for a shorter time, including a fire truck visit and a baby parade. Although our blogger poked tongue-in-cheek fun at the baby parade, we think it'll be a lot of fun, a chance for you to show off your little or not-so-little ones, since we're putting no age limit on "baby." If your baby is 35 and you want to show him or her off, we're glad to oblige. You just need to complete and turn in a form that'll be available the day of the parade so we can introduce each entrant as you take a short walk up the Market's midway and pose for a photo at the end. Costumes, dress up, getups, or other individualized expressions are welcome but not required.
Featured This Week

Artist of the Week: Cathy Pregmon and Barbara Monley design their handcrafted jewelry with fun and flair using unusual beads. Their pieces often have some size and heft, real presence, so if you find much jewelry too dainty, this may be the stuff for you.

Musician of the Week: Singer-songwriter Kevin Neidig plays at least three instruments -- guitar, banjo, and mandolin -- and counts Bela Fleck among his heroes. He characterizes his style as "Back Porch Evolution/Retro-Progressive Fusion." Our favorite genre!

Blog: Interview with musician Ken Neidig, veggie trials, thinking about herb, psychoanalysis.

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
July 16 to 23, various times; $5 to $7.50
Mr. Hulot's Holiday, The Drummer
35 N. Lansdowne Avenue, Lansdowne

David Jacobs-Strain at the Lansdowne Summer Concert Series
Thursday, July 16, 7:00 pm; Free
Lawn at St John's Church, Lansdowne

Christopher Bohn at the Regency Cafe
Friday, July 17, 8:00 pm; Free
29 N. Lansdowne Avenue, Lansdowne

Worldwide Photo Walk led by John Green
Saturday, July 18, 8:00 am to noon; Free
Starts at the Historic Lansdowne Theater
33 N. Lansdowne Avenue, Lansdowne

The Orphan Trains at Concerts at the Beach House
Sunday, July 19, 4:00 pm; $15 per person
Contact or 610-626-0012

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MAPThe 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.