Fresh Picks
November 11, 2010 | Visit the Farmers Market online at | Subscribe to Fresh Picks

Market News and More
Let's clear up any potential confusion right up front: Yes, this is Fresh Picks, the newsletter of the Lansdowne Farmers Market. However, there is no market this Saturday, November 13. While we don't normally send out Fresh Picks on weeks that the market is off, the market we have coming up the following week is oh-so-huge and frankly, a pretty big deal for all involved, so this advance week newsletter is a must-read for anyone planning to join us at the final market of the year on Saturday November 20.

Order Ahead of Time... Or Else!
The pre-Thanksgiving "bonus" market is more than just an opportunity to squeeze one more Saturday morning of good old community fun out of the dwindling 2010 calendar, it's a one-time opportunity to stock up for your Thanksgiving (and any other subsequent holiday) feasts. To make your shopping experience easier, we're providing a vendor-by-vendor rundown of what's being offered to help you keep your shopping list updated. Finally, and most important of all, we strongly encourage that you pre-order your goods in advance. To facilitate this, we're providing contact info and instructions for placing your holiday orders in advance with most market vendors. Don't end up disappointed that you slept late and missed the last batch of cranberries or sweet potatoes -- start making calls and sending emails to ensure you get everything you need. Here we go!


Cupcake Dreams
Julia from Cupcake Dreams will have full size pound cakes available for pre-orders in Pumpkin, Orange and Chocolate Chip. Cakes are $15 and serve eight to 10 people. Additionally, all of the usual cupcakes -- Vanilla, Chocolate, Red Velvet and Pumpkin -- will be available, dressed in their Thanksgiving best.
Phone: 201-320-7077; Email:

Harvest Local Foods
Harvest Local Foods isn't requesting pre-orders for any of their market offerings, but if you were thinking of picking up one of their fresh pasture-raised turkeys at their store, it's best to let them know. All of Harvest Local's Thanksgiving pre-order options can be viewed at their website, but visit them at the Farmers Market for fresh heirloom cranberries, root vegetables (sweet potatoes, beets, squash), cheeses, butter, pie crust dough, and breakfast meats.
Phone: 484-461-7884; Email:

MyHouse Cookies

Marie from MyHouse is offering pies in both large and small sizes. Varieties include pumpkin, apple crumb, apple classic, apple pear cranberry, apple caramel walnut, pecan, and chocolate pecan. Plus, in the not-for-dessert realm, three delectable quiche options: Lorraine, broccoli and cheddar, and caramelized onions and butternut squash. Pre-ordering is strongly suggested, as Marie often runs out of pies on normal market weeks.
Phone: 610-459-1869 (leave a message); Email:

Schober Orchards
Darlene from Schober promises seasonal vegetables, apples, fruit butters, and peach and apple ciders. Plus a special Veterans Day gift for all veterans: a free basket of apples and a gallon of apple cider. Inquiries and pre-orders are welcome.
: 856-694-1212; Email:

The Greenwood Kitchen
In addition to their regular fare, The Greenwood Kitchen will be offering gluten-free and dairy-free mini pumpkin pies, plus other holiday-oriented treats.
Phone: 610-342-7872; Email:

Natural Meadows Farm
Natural Meadows will have goat cheese, cow cheese and many of their reular offerings, plus a bunch of sausages: chicken country, chicken apple, chardonnay, curried chicken, and herbes de Provenance chicken sausage. In the must-pre-order department, Mark from Natural Meadows says that he will gladly bring a pasture-raised turkey ($3.50/lb; average 13 lbs.) to the market with advance payment of 50%. Please call for more info.
Phone: 570-854-4621

Regency Cafe
In addition to the providing the prerequisite hot beverage of choice for your cold weather market experience, the folks at Regency suggest placing pre-orders for favorites like pumpkin pie, apple pie and pumpkin cake, as well as Metropolitan breads (including pumpkin cranberry) and One Village Coffee (including Harvest Blend).
Phone: 484-461-9002; Email:

BT Baking
One of our newest vendors, BT Baking specializes in brownies, and promises to have plenty on hand including chocolate, peanut butter, and pumpkin flavors. BT's brownies are made with fair trade chocolate, mostly organic ingredients, and local ingredients wherever possible. Pre-orders are welcome, so call to stake your claim ahead of time.
Phone: 804-338-7545

Provisions Market
Marnie from Provisions will be back at the market this final Saturday and will be accepting pre-orders for rolls, breads, pies, cheesecakes, compound butters that you can still pick up in the store in time for Thanksgiving. If you're interested in any of Provisions' other special holiday order items, such as caramelized onion dip, mini crabcakes, or fresh cranberry sauce, or stuffing, feel free to stop by the store or call during business hours.
Phone: 484-461-7077; Store: 7 S. Lansdowne Ave.

John's MiniTreats
Don't risk it! If you must get your hands on some of John's mushroom soup, chili or other treats, please call or email him now! If you don't call ahead and you miss out, don't say we didn't warn you -- at last year's Thanksgiving market he sold out by around 10:30.
Phone: 484-453-8737; Email:

Ridge Valley Farm
Ridge Valley Farm returns following their successful LFM debut at the Halloween market, when they brought delicious maple syrup in two grades (who knew they graded syrup?) and market goers grabbed it up. If you're looking for some sweet gifts or are in need a couple of extra bottles for a long winter, please let them know so there is enough for all. Don't forget about their extra special maple cookies.
Phone:215-234-9334; Email:

Bonnie's Wondergardens
This is another "do not risk not pre-ordering" vendor! If you must have that perfect center piece or anything in the flower department, give Bonnie a heads up by calling her.
Phone: 610-259-1733; Store: 233 Scottdale Rd.

Soap Group/Spotted Hill Farm
Looking for a unique gift for an important person in your life? In search of that special soap to wash away that holiday stress? Drop Donna a line to make sure she has what you want.
Phone: 610-473-9637; Email:

Lastly, these vendors below will also be there with have their regular products, but if you need more of what you usually get or have a special request, please do not hesitate to check in.

Fruitwood Farms:; 609-221-8842
To You, From Me Soaps:; 215-850-3577
Turning Roots Farm:; 610-551-4639
Welcome Baby:; 267-577-5907

Family-Friendly Fun from Celebration Theater
Venture back in time to the days of the Wild West, where two dim-witted crooks attempt to land their fortune by kidnapping the nephew of Ebenezer Dorset, the richest man in town. That's the story that makes up Celebration Theater's presentation of O. Henry's The Ransom of Red Chief, which takes place the next two weekends at the Twentieth Century Club. Perfect for the entire family, this rollicking tale is sure to draw laughter from folks of all ages. Performances take place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings through November 21, and begin at 7 pm. For tickets and more information visit

More to do this Weekend
Two noteworthy activities are going on this weekend on the North end of town, starting Saturday at The Garden Church's Holiday Bazaar, featuring crafts, books, music, baked goods, Nelson's Chicken & Ribs, and more shopping at the Secret Garden gift shop. The bazaar runs from 9 am to 3 pm at the church, 82 North Lansdowne Avenue. On Sunday, families may learn about the Lansdowne Friends School, for children entering Pre-Kindergarten (3 year olds) through sixth grade at the school's Open House, beginning at 2 pm. Cll (610) 623-2548 to RSVP.

What Autumn Leaves
Peak fall foliage season has passed, and for most residents of this tree-rich borough, that means there's a heck of a lot of yard debris accumulating on the ground. So this weekend seems as good as any to break out the gloves and rakes for some cleanup duty. The Borough of Lansdowne has conveniently scheduled its next Yard Waste Wednesday for Wednesday, November 17, so be sure to check out the complete guidelines for yard waste collection. Remember, leaf pickup is not part of this program, and should be disposed in accordance with the leaf collection program.

On the opposite arc of the botanical circle of life is the latest installment in the Baltimore Avenue Tree Planting program. Volunteers are welcome to help with the planting of trees along the Baltimore Avenue corridor on Saturday, November 20. This project is a continuation of the TreeVitalize Municipalities program, which started in November 2008. For more information or to volunteer, please email Borough Manager Craig Totaro.

MAP The Lansdowne Farmers Market takes place 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

There's no Market this week, and therefore no Artist and Musician of the Week either, but look for more info in this space next week about Ellen Lustgarten's fabulous knitted creations and the many talents of Lansdowne's own musical treasure, Bob Beach.


Upcoming Local Events

Movies at Cinema 16:9
Freakonomics, The Complete Metropolis
Call or go online for times and tickets
35 N. Lansdowne Avenue; 484-461-7676

The Ransom of Red Chief presented by Celebration Theater
Friday to Sunday, November 12-14 and 19-21, 7:00 pm
$10 per person; $39 for 5 tickets
Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue

Holiday Bazaar at the Garden Church
Saturday, November 13, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm; Free
82 N. Lansdowne Ave

Holiday Tree Lighting presented by the Lansdowne Business Association
Friday, November 19, 6:30 pm; Free
Municipal Lot at 30 N. Lansdowne Ave

Spaghetti Dinner served by Lansdowne Boy Scout Troop 63
Saturday, November 20, 4:00 to 7:00 pm
$5 for 12 and under, $8 for adults
First Presbyterian Church, Lansdowne and Greenwood Avenues

A Bit of the Arts Holiday Art Sale
Friday, November 26, 3:00 to 8:00 pm
Saturday, November 27, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm; Free
Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue

View the complete listing of local events.

Even in late October, you could still find a strawberry at the Market.
The star of the show, Red Chief, played by Chick Hallinan.
A market scene that you could only see on Halloween.

Photos courtesy of John Kelly Green.