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News for This Saturday, September 18

In the off chance that no one has asked you this yet today, allow us: Where did the summer go? Seriously, where? It was here one minute, with all the heat and humidity (but little of the rain) we've come to expect in the Northeast, and then it was just gone, which we realized as we stood shivering while waiting for the dog to do her business at 6:30 am earlier this week. Summer doesn't formally end until next Wednesday, the autumnal equinox, but it's clearly out to lunch already, whether or not it's officially left the building, and that's just fine with us. Don't know about you, but our summer has been harder and sadder and all-round worse than most we've experienced, so we're not sorry to see it ending this year. C'mon Fall - bring us your colors, your smells, your chill, your promise of change. We welcome it all.

1, 2, 3 for our Fourth
One of the best things about this mostly woebegone summer is that the Lansdowne Farmers Market has been going gangbusters, a triumph worth enumerating. First, all returning vendors are reporting higher sales than in 2009, and a few have set records repeatedly this season. (The LFM is now the number 1 market for Fruitwood Farms, outpacing the formidable Collingswood Farmers Market, and rising from a lowly eighth place -- of nine -- in 2007.) The success of the 2010 season so far is especially notable given the weak economy and the fact that the money being spent is going to local businesses, farmers, and producers. Second (literally), you all know by now that Lansdowne managed to eke out a second place finish in the America's Favorite Farmers Market contest (a fact that generated this article in the News of Delaware County), but we were also among the top 20 vote-getters for any size market nationwide, which really is pretty impressive (and shows what voting early and often can get you). Third and finally, in the umpteenth week of our fourth year, new faces still appear at the Market every Saturday as word spreads of our little paradise of food, music, art, community, and John's mushroom soup. Perhaps even better, we see many, many of the same faces week after week. The About page at the LFM website states unequivocally, "The best friend you can be to the Market is to be a good shopper -- come regularly and make purchases," and we couldn't be happier that the LFM has so many dear friends. Thank you; please come again!

Market Good News, Bad News
We'll start with the bad. With the change in weather, you might expect a dramatic change in produce at the Market, but that happens slowly. Broccoli, cauliflower, and pumpkins are still a few weeks off, but when they get here they'll be fabulous as always; you can depend on it. This week might be your final chance to get sweet corn (perhaps to try creamed with blue cheese and pine nuts, as in this NY Times recipe) and nectarines, and we may have already seen the last of the melons. Peaches are over, and tomatoes are on a fast train out of town. This will even be the last week for peach pies from MyHouse Cookies! (Eating seasonally has its perks, but no fresh peach pies come late September isn't one of them.)

Now for the good news, especially if you're a fan of apples. Red Delicious, Empire, Cortland, Honeycrisp, Molly Delicious, Gingergold, Gala -- Schober Orchards should have them all this Saturday, plus freshly pressed cider. Red-skinned, white, and sweet potatoes are all on offer, as are red peppers, eggplants, squash, and lots of good-for-you dark greens (see Local Harvest or Turning Roots for the greens). Mark Skinner was in an industrial kitchen earlier this week making and canning the Chicken Vegetable Soup that Justin will have for $10 a quart at the Natural Meadows Farm stand on Saturday. Also in the prepared food division, John of MiniTreats is adding homemade pasta sauce to his weekly offerings. This time it's High Octane Marinara, a spicy and complex red sauce that you can sample at the stand and purchase by the pint -- frozen, so it's always in season. Maria Atanacio's To You, From Me soaps and body products also seem to transcend the calendar, but she has nonetheless developed a few new bars that hint of the fall if you like to take your seasonal immersion into the bathtub.

Dogging It
Good gravy, next Saturday, September 25, is Dog Day already! We've perhaps been remiss in our promotion of this event, but it seems as though if we have a Market the dogs will come, Dog Day or no, so maybe we're okay without a ton of advance notice. The big things to know: The PSPCA adoption van will be there with canines that need homes. Photographer John Green will have a tent for individual photo sessions with your pooch, producing pix you can purchase after viewing them digitally later at his website. Animal Friends of Lansdowne will have dog stuff and a quilt raffle, among other things. Local groomer Alex Chapman will be available for inexpensive nail clippings, trims, and touchups. Finally, the ever-popular dog parade will kick off as close to 11:30 as we can get the pooches registered and moving. And, yes, there will be prizes again. Can we get a belly scratch for all that?

Blood and Guts for a Cause
The Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation's fundraising efforts are moving into high gear over the next few weeks, with the Outreach Campaign in full swing, the Faces Campaign premiering next week, and "Mad Ron's Prevues From Hell," a movie partially shot in the Lansdowne Theater, showing this weekend at Cinema 16:9. Made in 1987 on a shoestring budget, "Mad Ron's" is a cult film compilation of horror movie previews from the 1950s to 80s interspersed with scenes of Ron Roccia, the "demented projectionist" who is showing the gory trailers to an audience of zombies (including Happy Goldsplatt, a zombie ventriloquist dummy, naturally), who just happen to be watching the movie on the big screen of the Lansdowne Theater (shortly before it closed for good). Shows are in both the upstairs and downstairs theaters at 16:9 at various times Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings (see the pulldown menu on this page to reserve your tickets, which are $10.50 each), with all proceeds going to the HTLC restoration fund. (Try this article from the DelCo Daily Times if you need more convincing.)

News Flash: Fooderies Change Hours!
Starting next Tuesday, September 21, Sycamore will be open Tuesdays, leaving Monday as the only evening lacking fine dining (for purchase) in 'Downe Town. The BYO is celebrating this expansion of hours with the introduction of a $49 chef's tasting menu on Tuesday nights, a more high-end variation on the $29 casual prix fixe menu now offered Wednesday and Sunday evenings. The Tuesday menu is intended to allow chef Sam Jacobson to knock out diners with truly "show-stopping" items, and may be expanded to additional nights in the future. The tradeoff for this is that Sunday brunch is no longer being offered except for special occasions. Sign up for Sycamore's newsletter or become a Facebook fan to stay abreast of all these developments.

Luckily, 2312 Garrett is stepping in to fill the Sunday brunch gap. The newish gastropub at, well, 2312 Garrett Road in Drexel Hill is now opening at 1:00 pm on Sundays so you can catch all the NFL football games while having a Yuengling lager for $2.00 on draft (or $2.50 in a bottle) and enjoying a salad, burger, or whatever else strikes your fancy. Of course, Bloody Marys are also an option.

MAPVisit 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: After last week's highly successful Lansdowne Arts Festival, art budgets might be stretched thin, so it's a good thing that this week's artist, Janine S. Domingues-Vasquez of Scarlett Ink, has items that are very affordable as well as very desirable. Her handmade cards and stationary are colorful and embellished with wire, thread, and other little niceties that make them pretty and pretty unique. Buy a box!

Musician of the Week: You may have seen guitarist Marc Singer playing with Old Soul last week at the Arts Festival, where they pretty much rocked the house, or tent, as may be more accurate. His week, Marc will show us what he can do by his lonesome in a much smaller tent.


Upcoming Local Events

Mad Ron's Prevues from Hell at Cinema 16:9
To Benefit The Lansdowne Theater
35 N. Lansdowne Avenue
Friday to Sunday, September 17 to 19, various showtimes; $10.50
35 N. Lansdowne Avenue

Trunk Monkey at 2312 Garrett
Friday, September 17, 9:00 pm; Free
2312 Garrett Road, Drexel Hill

Fall Yard Sale at the Garden Church
Saturday, September 18, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm; Free
82 N. Lansdowne Avenue; 610-202-3789

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

Minas with Tony Salicandro at Giumarello's
Thursday, September 23, 7:00 pm
329 Haddon Avenue, Westmont, NJ

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

Preserving the Harvest Workshop
Saturday, September 25, 1:00 to 4:00 pm; $40
Contact Louise Bierig at 610.892.7604 or to register

Harvest Tea sponsored by the Secret Garden Gift Shop
Saturday, September 25, 1:00 pm; $15 per person
Simpson Gardens dining room, 84 N. Lansdowne
Reservations and info: 610-623-151

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

Round Mountain at Concerts at the Beach House
Sunday, September 26, 7:30 pm; $15 per person
For reservations and directions, 610-626-0012 or

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

Book Fair at the Lansdowne Friends School
Wednesday, October 6, 3:00 to 8:30 pm, and Thursday, October 7, 12:00 to 8:00 pm
110 N. Lansdowne Avenue; 610-623-2548

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