Fresh Picks
June 24, 2010 | Visit the Farmers Market online at | Subscribe to Fresh Picks

Market News for This Saturday, June 26

Do It for Your Community
One of the goals of the Lansdowne Farmers Market is to "promote Lansdowne and its events, businesses, artists, and musicians" and we try to do that in many ways, such as including borough businesses as regular vendors at the Market, presenting truly local artists and musicians whenever possible, alerting you to stuff going on around town through handouts available at the Market Manager tent and promotions in this very newsletter, and, perhaps most profoundly, by sponsoring three Community Days, chances for small businesses, churches, schools, organizations, and practically any old body to purchase a spot for the day and get access to the Market's hundreds of shoppers. That, readers, is not an opportunity you are going to find at many other farmers markets, near or far, and should alone be reason enough for you to go vote for the LFM as your very favorite one. Hey, lookit -- here's a handy link for doing just that! Why doncha go take care of that right now? We'll be here when you get back.
Local Food and Local Farms

Now, don't you feel better for having done that? It's something easy off your to-do list.

So, back to Community Day. This Saturday is the season's first, and we had more applicants than we could fit. (Sorry to those of you who got shut out; try to move a little faster next time, which will be in August.) Here is a preview of the 15 participants, which include clubs, churches, schools, crafters, people raising money for good causes, and small businesses. Should be interesting and informative. Remember that these folks are eager to get to talk with you, so don't be shy. Engage, people, engage.

Dual Doula Deal
Has everybody caught on that the Soap Group consists of a rotating cast of vendors, only two of whom we've seen so far? This week, the third and final member will be introduced, Heather Busovsky of Welcome Baby Labor Support & Birth Services. While expectant families will likely find the Welcome Baby booth especially useful, since Heather is a professional doula and can help get you sorted on all manner of baby and birthing stuff, she also has a dandy array of body and aromatherapy products made from all natural ingredients and essential oils. Stop in for a sniff and to find out just what a doula is and does. Welcome Baby will be at the Market the last Saturday of each month, as detailed in our continually updated vendor schedule.

One of the things that Heather will be promoting is a Birth Circle Event the following day, Sunday, June 27, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm in the public room of the Lansdowne Public Library. This free baby- and child-friendly get-together is intended to offer a safe and comfortable environment for women to freely share the stories of their children's births, whether joyous and positive or traumatic and negative. All stories are welcome, as are those who are already mothers and mothers-to-be. Light refreshments will be provided. Reservations are recommended but not required. Call or email Lori Daley of Delco Doula Birth Services for further information (610-517-4794 or

A Shepherd, a Sheep, a Blog
One of the advantages of having a favorite Farmers Market is that you can develop relationships with the vendors and make special requests that might involve their growing or harvesting something they normally wouldn't (try that at Produce Junction) or making something available that they don't ordinarily sell, like, say, a whole sheep, butchered to order. Pastor David Braneky of the Lansdowne Baptist Church and his wife Leanne took just such a request to Mark Skinner of Natural Meadows Farm, and though it took a while, Mark delivered their lamb, in the form of two coolers' worth of parceled out and frozen meat, last week. Because it seems as though this was really Leanne's idea, she created an entertaining blog to tell the tale of her first sheep. Right now it's all about obtaining it, but we imagine it will also cover preparing and consuming it. If you're a fan of lamb, a proponent of nose to tail eating, or just interested in a blog that grew out of an LFM purchase, you're going to want to check in over there occasionally to see how things are progressing. If, however, you are a vegetarian, don't follow that link -- it opens to a photo you won't like. You've been warned.

If sour cherries make it to the market again this week, maybe give this Twice-Baked Cherry Pie recipe a go. It sounds delish (the link from the Times'  food page calls it "intensely buttery," our favorite flavor) and looks no harder than most pie recipes. Plus, cherry is the queen of all pies and as such is worth any amount of effort.

Photographer John Green is going to be on hiatus from the Market for the next several weeks, but he's updated his gallery with images from the past few Saturdays. It's accessible here or via the top link on the Photos page at the LFM website. And here are some non-John Green pictures from last week, which include shots of setting up the Market, just so you have an idea of what goes into it. As you can see, it's a lot of work, and we could often use some help, so maybe some Saturday you'll drop by the lot at 7:30, huh? Give it some thought. (Both sets of photos include pictures of Dan and Louise from Lupine Valley Veggies, a 2009 vendor, who stopped by the Market last week to show off their beautiful new baby, Jacob Daniel.)

Shirt Update
Newsletter readers have been bringing us shirt donations and orders for special printings on their own shirts, plus we've acquired a caboodle of new (ie, used) shirts for our next Ripe & Ready printing. This will be the last week to donate or "order" a special printing (and the last week we're selling shirts for a while), and we could really use more shirts for children and infants, so dig them out, folks, and bring 'em on over. The Farmers Market is a pretty good cause, right?

Some clever LFM fan had the bright idea of uploading a photo of herself and her dog wearing Ripe & Ready T-shirts to the Photos area at the LFM Facebook page, and we like that initiative so much that we want to invite her to stop by the Market Manager tent for two Market Bucks (one being for the dog, of course). We also want to encourage you to take a picture of yourself wearing your Ripe & Ready shirt somewhere other than the FM -- preferably somewhere farflung (how about standing at the edge of the Grand Canyon or in front of the Eiffel Tower? It is vacation season, after all) -- upload it to the photos section on Facebook, identify yourself at the Manager tent, and we'll give you a Market Buck too. It might seem like a lot of work for what is basically a wooden nickel, but it's a labor of love, isn't it? Think of it as sort of like Flat Stanley. This offer will go on all season, but we're going to cut you off at two Market Bucks total for shirt pics, though you are welcome to post as many portraits of yourself Ripe & Ready (so to speak) as you want. You guys look so good in them.

Finally, we've been told that some of the Ripe & Ready logos are fading when the shirt is washed. Try turning it inside out before putting it in the machine. That should help. You know, if you were trying to get that paint out, it wouldn't budge.

Who's on Third?
Next weekend is the 4th of July holiday and because Lansdowne does not hold Independence Day festivities on Sunday (don't ask us), once again, the 4th of July parade will occur at the same time as the Farmers Market -- Saturday, July 3, at 9:00 am. We wouldn't ask you to miss the parade, but once you're done marching or watching, head over to the Market for the goods you'll need for the day's and weekend's celebrations: meats for grilling, salad greens, cheeses, bread, pies and cupcakes, flowers for the hosts, and so on. Jersey corn on the cob picked fresh. (Yes, that's a complete sentence when it comes to the 4th of July.) You get the idea. Sure, it's a busy day with much to do, but making time to hit the Market is one of the gottas.

Concert Series a Go Again!
Everyone who enjoyed it last year has been anxiously awaiting news of whether there would be a second series of free musical concerts this year, and it was just announced that indeed there will be. Huzzah! (Does anyone really say "huzzah" anymore? Did anyone really ever say that?) The Lansdowne Summer Concert Series 2010 is four weeks (and four shows) long, starting in mid-July and ending in early August. Briefly, here's the lineup: July 15, Ronstadt Generations; July 22, Caleb Hawley; July 29, Shannon Wurst; and August 5, Anne McCue. All shows are Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm on the Lawn of St John's Church on Lansdowne Avenue and are totally, entirely free. More details to come as we get closer, but consider your Thursdays taken! Again we say huzzah!

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.
Featured This Week

Artist of the Week: We have a brand new jewelry artist this week, Vivian Mulder of Rockformation. In addition to having a surname with serious pop culture cred (please oh please, let her have a cat or dog named Scully), Vivian knows what she's doing when it comes to working with beads, stones, and precious metals. She also incorporates recycled material into her one-of-a-kind wearables, like that way-cool bracelet shown on the artist schedule page. You know the deal with one-of-a-kind artists: the early bird gets the choicest worms.

Musician of the Week: Holy moly, the musical guest this week is Minas! Minas! While we see Patricia and Orlando shopping at the Farmers Market regularly, they've never been the musical act before, so it's a great honor to have them, particularly given that it will be only a few days before PBS airs the On Canvas show that features them (that's Wednesday, June 30, at 8:00 pm, with a repeat July 4 at 2:00 pm). Their Brazilian beat will make the predicted heat on Saturday not only feel tolerable but also seem appropriate. If only the Market had a ciapirinha vendor!

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
35 N. Lansdowne Avenue

Audrey Auld and Anne McCue at Concerts at the Beach House
Sunday, June 27, 5:00 pm; $15, BYOB or 610-626-0012

Minas at Picanha Grill
Friday, June 25, 7:00 pm
6501 Castor Avenue, Philadelphia

Independence Day Parade and Fireworks sponsored by the Union Athletic Association
Saturday, July 3, starting at 9:00 am

Minas at Psalm Salon
Saturday, July 3, 7:30 pm; $16
5841 Overbrook Avenue, Philadelphia

Minas at Picanha Grill
Friday, July 16, 7:00 pm
6501 Castor Avenue, Philadelphia

Minas Brazilian Carnival Night at Bryn Mawr Twilight Series
Saturday, July 24, 6:30 pm; $10 per person donation 9 S. Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn Mawr

Mooch's Basement at Rose Tree Park
Wednesday, July 14, 7:30 pm; Free
Routes 1 and 252, Media

Minas at Rose Tree Park
Saturday, July 31, 7:30 pm; Free Routes 1 and 252, Media

Do you have an event to announce?
Send your upcoming events to to have them included in this space!

View the complete listing of local events.

market photo
Farmers Market MVPs Jevon and Ian get ready to place the signboards around town.

market photo #2
Singer Andra Taylor played it cool on a hot day.