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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, July 30

It Takes a Market

Most weeks the Lansdowne Farmers Market contents itself with supplying excellent fresh produce, meat, and dairy items, plus fine-quality baked treats to keep your children well fed. The aisle is wide enough for wagons and strollers, and there are shady spots to sit when the wee ones' cheeks start to pink up. There's always room for children to dance in front of the music tent, and they continually attract the eye of our photographer. But once a year, we pull out all the stops, or several stops anyway, to make the LFM an especially fun outing for the prepuberty and preschool set. People, that Saturday is upon us.

We've noticed that kids like critters, so we've loaded up on them, with exotic birds from the Delco Bird Club, butterflies from Winged Wonders, and, starting at 10:30 am, McGruff the Crime Dog (kind of a critter) promoting August 2's National Night Out (see below for more info). They love to play with water on hot days, so we're providing a squirt tent where they can borrow a water blaster to cool off. Kids also like to get crafty, so they can make a journal for free with Marty von Rosenstiel, and they definitely like to throw things and play games, so we're pulling out our Corn Hole game. Kids tend to like both activity and a challenge, so Sarah Maccarelli of Hooping with Sarah will be standing by with lots of hula hoops to try out and even purchase (not just for kids!). They also like a cool summertime sweet and a good read, so we have Lansdowne YMCA Childcare Center at St. John's (right beside the Farmers Market) coming with frozen treats and used children's books for sale. (Did you know that the families of kids enrolled at YMCA Childcare get a full Y membership for free?) Foodwise, Provisions is back this week and will be offering that childhood favorite, hotdogs, and Made in the Shade Lemonade will also be back (staffing issues last week kept them away) with their kid-sized lemonade refreshers. Though there's no kid parade this year for fear of melting the children, John Green is back from vacation and likes nothing better than catching kids in the act of being kids, so be sure to check out his website next week to see if your little one was captured in a photo. (The whole family can even pose with our farmer cutout painting, making its 2011 debut this week.) Finally, the LFM T-shirts are coming out of storage, and even the casual browser will be surprised at all the cool ones that remain, many child-sized. All in all, we think there's plenty of stuff to keep your children interested, entertained, and happily fed for a few hours. (As well as to exhaust the folks behind the Market for the full weekend.)

Vendor and Product Update
We are delighted to announce the debut of a brand-new vendor at this Saturday's Market, and more local they could hardly be. Garden staff and several students from the Lansdowne Farmers Market Community Youth Garden will be selling their organic cucumbers, peppers, basil, and other herbs this week, with more variety to come over the next few weeks. Arrive early, since they will sell out quickly! And don't worry, if you miss it this week, they will be at the LFM until the end of August.

Spotted Hill Farm was scheduled to appear this Saturday and bring baby goats for Kidcentric Day, but Donna's husband Larry passed away last week after a lengthy struggle with lymphoma, so she will be taking some time off from our Market. Donna has been a vocal supporter of the LFM, as well as a consistently cheery and upbeat presence, so please keep her in your thoughts at this difficult passage.

We got the date of John's MiniTreats' vacation wrong in last week's newsletter. It is in fact next week, August 6, when there will be no chili or soup or, well, minitreats the Market. You've been warned (twice now in fact). Usually we have our alternating baked goods purveyors at the Market only one at a time, but we invited both MyHouse Cookies and B.T. Baking to come this week, since it is Kidcentric Day after all, which is a good opportunity for you to blame your purchase of both a pie and a half dozen brownies on the children this week.

Apples showed up for the first time last week -- those sweet little greenish yellow Pristines at Schober Orchard's stand. Fruitwood Farms had a fruit we'd never seen before but we're glad we bought -- bright yellow canary melons, which look like a squash but eat just like a honeydew. If you're looking for an easy main course from the Market, check out the fresh local pasta newly available at Green Aisle Grocery, and if you'd love to turn those apples or peaches or blackberries into a pie yourself but hate the thought of making crust, Harvest Local has premade pie crust from Flying Monkey Bakery in the Reading Terminal Market. Just roll it out, fill it, bake, and accept the compliments.

Aladdin -- Live, Free, and Tonight!
It seems this may actually be kid week in Lansdowne, since before Saturday even gets here there's a free bit of children's theater tonight when Lansdowne Friends School Summer Camp puts on Aladdin at 7:00 pm at 110 N. Lansdowne Avenue. Campers, faculty, and parents have all been working hard learning their lines, practicing songs and dances, building sets, sewing costumes, playing with makeup, finding props, losing props, finding lost props, and so on. Bring a child to this special and totally free event tonight, and you'll have a memory to share for a good long while.

And One for the Grownups, also Tonight
Geared toward an older audience, the next showing in No Place for Hate's monthly film series at the Lansdowne Public Library is tonight also. The movie is Sidney Lumet's Twelve Angry Men, and it has a lot to say about the American judicial system and racial prejudice. It's a classic. Admission and popcorn are free; stick around for a discussion afterward, also free. The show starts at 7:00 at 55 S. Lansdowne Avenue.

Come Together on Night Out
In a little community like Lansdowne, it's nice to be on at least a nodding basis with the people who keep the peace and keep you safe -- the police and fire departments. Next Tuesday, August 2, is National Night Out, the perfect opportunity to get to know these fine folks a little better in a celebratory atmosphere that doesn't involve parking tickets or statements or anything alarming. Taking place between 6:00 and 8:00 pm in the Lansdowne train station parking lot (the side with the station), National Night Out will feature free hotdogs, hamburgers, water ice, and drinks, music by a DJ, McGruff the Crime Dog and his nephew Scruffy, and a chance to get to know the local police force and fire department, state police, and Septa transit police. You can introduce your family to local law enforcement and learn more about Neighborhood Watch and taking back the community. It's also a terrific time to say thanks. The event is completely free, and all ages are welcome.

Laugh Along but Not Alone
As you've probably heard if you've been around these parts longer than the latest heat wave, a move is afoot to save the Lansdowne Theater. In a show of community support, local businesses often participate in the fundraising effort, as Sycamore did back in May. Now it's 2312 Garrett's turn. Next Friday night, August 5, at 9:30 pm, the pub is hosting Brew HaHa, a laugh fest featuring local standup comedians such as like John Wendel, Tyler Shuman, Kristofer Price, and Christopher Smith. A mere $5 admission donation at the door gets you a couple of hours of giggles, chuckles, guffaws, and the occasional rueful smile. In honor of this special occasion, the barkeeps will be tapping a keg of critically celebrated Dark Humor beer from Ithaca Beer Company. Like 2312 Garrett on Facebook to get the latest information on events, or call 610-626-9900 for more information.

It's a Working Vacation
There's still time to sign up for the Lansdowne/Yeadon Elm Street Project's summer workcamp, taking place from August 8 to 12. They need help doing basic home repairs, light landscaping, and rain barrel installation at the homes of elderly, disabled, and low-income residents. To help or donate cash, food, or gift cards toward this effort, call 610-745-4063 or fill out the online volunteer form.

The Survey Says . . .
The results are in! More than 175 people responded to our 'Downe Town business survey. We discovered that many of you would love to add a bakery, a hardware store, a book store, an ice cream shop, and more restaurants to Lansdowne. If you're interested in more details on what responders thought, feel free to contact the Main Street office for additional information about the results. Although we thank all our survey-takers, only one can be the winner of dinner for two at Sycamore. And that winner is (drum roll, please) . . . Francesca Merritt! Francesca is a Lansdowne resident, and we hope she enjoys her night out! Special thanks to Steve Wagner of Sycamore for offering that generous prize.

MAP The 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.


Artists of the Week: Karen Grasso is a master needleworker and recycler, turning bits and bobs of yarn and string and fabric into bags and cloths and savers and other useful household helpers. Buying something from Karen lets you support handmade, support recycling, and support a local artist all at once. Trifecta!

Musicians of the Week: Ridley Creek played for us last year and is returning again this year, but their website is not very revealing. Let's hope they like kids.

Check out what's coming in the weeks ahead, music and art-wise, by visiting our continually updated online schedule.



Movies at Cinema 16:9
How to Live Forever, Troll Hunter, Lucky
Call or go online for times and tickets
35 N. Lansdowne Avenue

Aladdin -- Free children's theater at Lansdowne Friends School
Thursday, July 28, 7:00 pm; Free
110 N. Lansdowne Avenue

12 Angry Men -- Free Film sponsored by No Place for Hate
Thursday, July 28, 7:00 pm
Free admission and popcorn
Lansdowne Public Library

Kidcentric Day at Lansdowne Farmers Market
Saturday, July 30, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

National Night Out
Tuesday, August 2, 6:00-8:00 pm; Free
Lansdowne Train Station

First Friday at Art Space Lansdowne
Friday, August 5, 6:00-9:00 pm; Free
25 S. Lansdowne Avenue

Brew HaHa at 2312 Garrett
Friday, August 5, 9:30 pm; $5
2312 Garret Road

The Princess and the Frog -- Free movie in the park
Friday, August 12, 7:30 pm; Free
Hoffman Park, Scottdale Road

Lansdowne Arts Festival
Saturday and Sunday, September 10 and 11, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm; Free
Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue

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A rare quiet moment at the Great Harvest booth.
Stock up on John's wares this week, because he's away next week.

For more pictures from the LFM, go here.
Photos courtesy of John Green.