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News for This Saturday, September 4

Plastic-Free Saturday!
As we head into Labor Day weekend and the bountiful stretch of markets that make up the late-summer/early-fall Market schedule, the first Saturday in September brings another one of the many earth-friendly initiatives undertaken at the market this year. The fine folks at RCN have given us their reusable cloth grocery bags so we can have a plastic-free market this Saturday. That's right, either bring your own bag or our market vendor will give you a RCN reusable bag for you to tote your wares home in this week and beyond. The RCN bags are a made from handsome blue fabric and have easy-to-carry handles, but what really matters is that Marketgoers who use the bags will do their part in reducing the number of plastic bags that end up in landfills.

Speaking of plastic bags, if you happen to be like most of us, you probably have a stockpile of plastic grocery bags that you've been saving for who-knows-what reason. Well, here's a good reason -- bring your (intact) plastic bags to the Market this week and we will do our best to ensure that they are reused by our vendors when no other eco-friendly bags are available. You can also bring your own plastic bags to separate those fruits and veggies if you want to (especially those oh-so-delicate grapes).

King George Takes the Crown
Well, voting for the America's Favorite Farmers Market contest finally came to an end this week, and a last look at the standings confirms that in the category of boutique markets, the Lansdowne Farmers Market sits almost atop the list. Our last-ditch effort to gather votes did give us enough support to land in the second place behind King George Farmers Market in Virginia, just a few votes ahead of us. Three hundred votes counts as just a few, right? Thanks to everyone who did their part in casting their vote for us (again and again). It's heartwarming to see just how many loyal Market supporters did their part in getting out the vote! Of course, we can stop suppressing our true feelings about coming in second and acknoweledge that hey, it was a dumb contest to begin with.

Festive Look Ahead
Technically, next week is not a special event week here at the Market. However it is a special weekend in Lansdowne, with the return of the Lansdowne Arts Festival on September 11 and 12 -- just in case you haven't noticed the giant banner spanning North Lansdowne Avenue. Now in its eighth year, the festival returns to the Twentieth Century Club for another weekend full of creativity and celebration. While we fully expect that you'll be spending some quality time at the Festival admiring the jewelry, crafts, and artwork available for sale, along with the free music, the art demonstrations, the kids' art activities, and the art classes, be sure to stop by the Market as well. Our advice: Spend the entire weekend 'Downe town, wear comfortable shoes for strolling, and plan your Arts Festival experience ahead with this schedule.

Dress for Success
From the how-to-look-good and save-a-dollar department, here's an offer: Help us promote the above-mentioned Lansdowne Arts Festival by wearing your old Arts Fest t-shirt to the market and earn a free Market Buck. Come on, we know every household around here has to have an old Arts Festival shirt tucked away somewhere, right? To double the fun, wear an Arts Festival shirt with a "Ripe and Ready" logo on it and earn two market bucks. Hint: unless you bought one of these LAF/Ripe and Ready shirts at the market earlier this year, you're out of luck. These beauties are not sold in stores.

Raining Cats and Dogs
At the market next week will be the good people (and pets) from Animal Friends of Lansdowne. Of course, the AFL visit next week is really just a warmup for Dog Day at the market, which comes two weeks later on September 25 and features such pet-centric activities as a pet adoption van, photos by John Kelly Green, a pet parade, caricaturist, nail trimming, ear cleanings and more. A hearty "Woof! Woof!" to that!

Weekly Vendor Update
Here's this week's roundup of weekly vendors at the market this week: Complementing the Animal Friends of Lansdowne visit is Bone Appetite Barkery, offering their usual selection of dog bowl delectables and more, while To You, From Me Soaps brings a lush assortment of handmade body products crafted with all natural ingredients. Tom from MyHouse Cookies returns, and promises a difficult selection of pies this week (we mean difficult only if you have to choose just one), including Apple Caramel Walnut, Peach Raspberry, and Peanut Butter Cup. Can you top that? (Sure we can, with some ice cream...get it?)

John of John's MiniTreats says his offerings this week will include duxelles, a minced mixture of mushrooms herbs, and onions sauteed and reduced to a paste. If you plan on ordering some, you may want to check out the proper pronunciation first, since John will not be selling any ducks. Consult our vendor schedule for the complete weekly roster.

More News to Use
Unofficial market photographer John Kelly Green continues to add new images to his website. Check them out, and remember that if you purchase a Market photo from John, he will donate 25% back to the Farmers Market. Everybody wins!

Finally, congratulations to John Kelly (no relation to the above-named photographer) of Lansdowne, who was the winner of RCN's spectacular prize raffle at the market last week. John takes home a Krups XP2010 combination espresso and drip coffee maker plus a stainless steel frothing pitcher.

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: Denise Pettit brings her Aestheticals line of jewelry, T-shirts, mugs, bags, and other fun stuff back to the Market after being rained out a few weeks ago. Denise's reasonably-priced creations are funky, eye-catching, and certainly one-of-a-kind.

Musicians of the Week: Singer-songwriter/instrumentalist Kevin Neidig has drawn comparisons to Jason Mraz and Ray LaMontagne, and has been called a "maestro of guitar, banjo, and mandolin."


Upcoming Local Events

Movies at Cinema 16:9
35 N. Lansdowne Avenue

Back to School Bash at Lansdowne Baptist Church
Saturday, September 4, 12:00 to 2:00 pm; Free
17 E. LaCrosse Avenue

Eighth Annual Lansdowne Arts Festival
Preview: Friday, September 10, 7:00 to 9:00 pm; $25
Show and sale: Saturday and Sunday, September 11 and 12, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm; Free
Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue

The Burns Sisters with special guest Greg Klyma at the Lansdowne Folk Club
Thursday, September 23; 7:30 pm; $15 in advance, $18 at door
84 S. Lansdowne Avenue; 610-622-7250

Dog Day at the Lansdowne Farmers Market
Saturday, September 25, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm; Free
Lansdowne Avenue Parking lot

Lansdowne Theater Benefit: Mad Ron's Prevues from Hell at Cinema 16:9
35 N. Lansdowne Avenue
Friday-Sunday, September 17-19, various showing times
35 N. Lansdowne Avenue

Park Day
Saturday, September 25, 1:00 to 4:00 pm; Free
Hoffman Park, Scottdale Road

Minas Duo Concert
Monday, October 4, 12:30 pm; Free
Swarthmore College

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market photo
A patron in purple picks peppers.

Photo courtesy of John Kelly Green.