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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, August 6

'Mater Matters
Does anyone leave the Farmers Market in mid-summer without tomatoes? Why would you, when you can have them in any color, any size, (almost) any shape, and from either Pennsylvania or New Jersey. Last week Turning Roots Farm seemed to be having their own little tomato fest, with tray after tray of the organic nightshades in red, yellow, and a subtly striped deep pink. One slice of a lot of these babies would be enough for a sizable sandwich. They also routinely offer baskets of smaller 'maters, perfect for salads, and cherry and grape tomatoes, the candies of summer veggies. Harvest Local likewise has a fine variety of organic tomatoes in all shapes and sizes (including purple ones last week), and if you don't require organics, both Fruitwood and Schobers have Jersey's finest in various degrees of ripeness from "right now" to "later this week, maybe even next" (and are typically happy to help you get a mixed lot). In short, if you haven't been leaving the parking lot with a variety of these edible summer signposts, (1) you have your own tomato patch at home, (2) you just don't like tomatoes, or (3) you bought them but left them sitting somewhere and were smacking yourself in the forehead when you got home.

For the past several weeks, we've been making lazy salads of nothing but chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, basil, sea salt and pepper, and red wine vinegar and oil, and frankly no one can get enough of it. Other ideas for tomato pairings:

  • Green or purple basil from the Lansdowne Community Garden
  • Bacon or hummus from Green Aisle or Harvest Local
  • Get the bacon, and you'll also need some nice leaf lettuce and heavy-duty but basically white bread from Provisions, Regency, or Great Harvest
  • Infused oil, fancy salt, or olives from the Lansdowne Table
  • Fresh mozzarella or goat cheese from Harvest Local
How do you like your tomatoes? And if you don't eat these most perfect and versatile of summertime veggies (fruits), we don't want to know.

Vendor and Product Update
community youth garden crewJohn's MiniTreats is away this week, so we'll have to do without his soups and deluxe sweet bites. (Provisions has been ramping up their lunch offerings, with both falafel wraps and beef fajitas last week, as well as savory veggie and cheese pies, so maybe it won't be too bad.) This is MyHouse Cookies' third week in a row at the Market, but after this Saturday they'll go back to their every-other-week routine. Thus, "pie up" now. The kids and supervisors from the Lansdowne Community Garden (pictured at right) will be around this week and every Saturday in August with herbs and cukes and zucchini and maybe even some of their own pretty tomatoes. Doe Run Dairy is making their second appearance on Saturday too, and if you haven't tried their artisan cheese, don't miss this chance because you'll have to wait another month. (Please bear in mind that the cheese from Doe Run and Yellow Springs are both made without preservatives and will not keep as long as "big-batch" cheeses. Take them home and enjoy them with your favorite libation within a few days.) Since we always forget to walk across the street to buy it, we've asked the Regency Cafe to send some bags of coffee over to the Market, a visual cue that should make it easier for you to remember too. Finally, Harvest Local Foods is offering $2 off per pound on Old Man Highlander cave-aged gouda from Calkins Creamery, which was recently highlighted in Grid magazine.


An App for That
The season's second Community Day is the last Saturday of this month, August 27, so that means we make the application available starting right now as well as this Saturday at the Market. If you want to take advantage of the big stage that is the LFM (1400 visitors last week, woohoo!), please read and heed the rules and have your application and fee to the address on the form by August 20. But as we always say, don't wait to apply -- if the spots are all claimed before the 20th, we're sold out.


Another Survey
The Lansdowne Farmers Market was started in 2007 with some guidance from the Food Trust in Philadelphia, and though we've long been on our own, we're grateful for their original support. Come fall, the Food Trust will be expanding their work into the Lansdowne/Darby area, including providing nutrition education to the students of Park Lane and Penn Wood, as well as offering a free, six-week hands-on cooking class for adults at Lansdowne Baptist Church. So they are able to provide classes that are useful and desired, they're looking for input using this survey. Print it, complete it, and find the Food Trust table at the Market this week, and they'll thank you with some free gifts. Or just find them and complete it at the Market for the same goodies.


Friday Night's More than Alright
Start your weekend with a bang by attending First Friday at Art Space Lansdowne, where several artists, dozens of attendees, and free snacks and drinks always make for a fine time. It's from 6:00 to 9:00 pm in the Hoff Communications building at 25 S. Lansdowne Avenue (follow the signs to the entrance around the side).

After that, head a few blocks north to the laugh fest fundraiser for the Lansdowne Theater at 2312 Garrett. Featuring several local musicians, Brew HaHa starts at 9:30, is only a $5 admission charge, and will coincide with the tapping of a special beer, Dark Humor, from the Ithaca Beer Company. Funny, cheap, and special -- what's not to love?


Antibullying Workshop This Saturday
The Lansdowne Baptist Church is sponsoring an antibullying workshop this Saturday that will cover warning signs, preventive measures, and what to do if your child is bullied. Presenters include Charles Williams III, PhD, Director of the Center for Prevention of School-Age Violence, Drexel University; Joseph Lesniak, Assistant District Attorney, Delaware County; and Carolyn Newton, PsyD, clinical psychologist. The workshop starts at noon at 17 E. LaCrosse Avenue in Lansdowne and is free and open to the public. Call 610-626-0637 for more information.


Soccer Registration This Sunday
The Lansdowne Boys and Girls Club is conducting a registration session for the 2011 season from 10:00 am to noon this Sunday, August 7, at the LBGC clubhouse at 9 West Baltimore Avenue (on Baltimore beside the Lansdowne Diner). Registration will be for boys and girls intramural teams and for all travel teams. Payment is due at the time of registration. Email president@lbgc.net for more information, and don't miss out on the fun!


We Have a Winner (Two Winners Really)
Congratulations to the combo of Sycamore and Cinema 16:9 for winning Philadelphia Magazine's Best of Philly award for Best Movie Night. We didn't even know they were in the running! Stop in either place and ask for details.

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.

FEATURED THIS WEEK

Artists of the Week: Billy of Billy Napoli Creations makes handmade clothing and accessories for the home and body. All of her patterns are original designs to create one-of-a-kind pieces using a variety of materials and notions. She has a great eye for fabric and loves color, making selecting among her pieces difficult but worth the effort.

Musicians of the Week: Boulevard Express is a traditional bluegrass and acoustic country ensemble from Philly that includes guitars, banjo, fiddle, and upright bass. Sounds great to us, just hope they can fit everyone in the tent!

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

NEWS

UPCOMING LOCAL EVENTS

Movies at Cinema 16:9
A Little Help
Call or go online for times and tickets
35 N. Lansdowne Avenue

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 Garrett Road

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

Grand Opening of Bottom Dollar Food Store
Friday, August 19, 7:45 am (ribbon cutting) to 10:00 pm; Free
48 W. Baltimore Avenue

Customer Appreciation Event at United Check Cashing
With free water ice or soft pretzel
Saturday, August 20, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm; Free
16 W. Baltimore Avenue

Maryann Price at Concerts at the Beach House
Thursday, August 25, 7:30; $15 per person
610-626-0012 or 1bobbeach@comcast.net

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

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

View the complete listing of local events.

Hooping it up.
McGruff and friend.

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