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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, August 13

Running Out of Time
You may have heard that this is officially Farmers Market Week. We understand this to be a national referendum requiring all US citizens to at least attend if not make purchases from a farmers market in their region. Failure to do so can result in deportation, fines, or cancellation of your grocery store super saver card. To avoid running afoul of this law, be sure to stop by the Lansdowne Farmers Market this Saturday, which is the final day of this event and therefore your last chance to avoid penalties.

All kidding aside, hurray for us, that we have our very own Market to hop over to when this week rolls around. And hurray for you for taking more than a passing interest in eating locally and supporting the little guys.

Try Something New!
We're at that part of the Farmers Market season when there's just so much fresh produce available that singling individual fruits and vegetables out for promotion seems almost mean-spirited as well as highly futile. You know what you and your family like to eat and that's what you're going to buy no matter what enticements we offer here. We hope you're at least open to trying some new recipes with old favorites though. With that in mind, here are some recipes we've recently come across that seem worth trying, and since we have other things to do than cook, maybe you could give a couple a go and let us know what you think. If you do and then stop by the Manager tent to tell us what you made and how you liked it in the next few weeks, we'll give you a Market Buck.

  • A lot of people think they don't like eggplant. We used to be one of them. But what we've discovered is that it's the texture of undercooked eggplant that puts us off, and if it's grilled or roasted until fully tender, it's a great base for lots of our other favorite flavors. This article includes four recipes (one with a spicy peanut sauce, yum!) that all seem worth trying.
  • In this article, Mark Bittman works his usual magic of convincing a person that it's not hard to eat well, his subject this time being heirloom tomatoes. Follow the link at the left for the recipes, including one for a creamy tomato-peach soup and another for a pureed salsa made with beer and tequila. All are easy, not fussy, and made with ingredients that are easy to find if you don't have them already.
  • If you've been intrigued by the squash blossoms that have turned up at the Market several times but abhor the thought of trying to deep fry anything this time of year, here's a recipe that uses them virtually raw and still sounds good.
  • This is the recipe we're most eager to try, though we may use Israeli couscous instead of fregola, which sounds like it would involve an all-day search at the Italian market. Corn, pasta, parm, scallions -- how bad could it be? We're thinking side dish.
  • On the sweeter side of things, this piece covers the author's efforts to make fruit smoothies without dairy using produce from her own farmers market. But if you follow the recipe links at the left (watermelon! plum! peach!) and get the fruit at our FM, we're totally okay with your incorporating dairy if you feel like it. Smoothies are already plenty virtuous.
  • Finally, we'd been thinking about this brown butter cobbler recipe ever since we came across it but were waiting to have the right combination of ripe fruit on hand. That happened last evening (peaches, nectarines, and blueberries), and we can happily attest that this is a fine, fine summer dessert, especially when just warm of room temperature and with a little vanilla ice cream atop.

Vendor and Product Update
Although they are regularly scheduled for the third Saturday of each month, we got a note from Yellow Springs Farm asking if they could also come this Saturday. We thought it would be silly to turn down an extra week of artisan goat cheese, so look for them this week, debuting Goat-za-rella, which they say is perfect for tomato season, as well as their "farmer's favorite cheese sauce," a gourmet addition for pasta, veggies, or chicken. Be sure to congratulate Catherine because Yellow Springs Farm's Fieldstone cheese won second place in the aged goat cheese category at the American Cheese Society competition last week, an international event that includes over 1600 cheeses. The next batch of Fieldstone -- as well as of their other ACS-winning cheeses from 2010, Red Leaf and Nutcracker -- will be ready starting in mid-September, so we should see them in early October.

Speaking of cheese, we asked Haesel of Doe Run Dairy about the blue mold we found on the Hummingbird cheese we purchased from her. She says that a certain amount of blue spotting is normal (and safe) and to be expected on stone cave-aged cheeses, just like the mold seen in your standard blue cheese. You can eat it or scrape it off and still eat the cheese. However, if there is a rank odor, yellow or orange mold, or the cheese appears dried out, there's a problem with the cheese and you shouldn't eat it. That's not been the case with our Hummingbird, but we thought you'd want to know.

John's MiniTreats is returning this Saturday, and he's coming back in style. First, he'll have his cold peach soup again, the zing of which comes from its black pepper base. Second, how does warm American shrimp bisque sound? That's what we thought too. Finally, he's having a special on pots de creme: they're half the size of usual and one third the price. You can do the math or just believe us when we say it's a deal.

Did you remember to pick up a bag of whole bean coffee from the Regency's stand last Saturday? They also now have granola by the sack for purchase at the Market. Lansdowne Table's been sending a couple of $19 and $29 farmer plates out each Saturday, so the lucky folks who inquire about them early get to go home with all the cheeses and meats and accoutrements needed for a platter that's sure to impress. (Go here for The Lansdowne Table's updates about what they'll have as well as excellent ideas about how to use your purchases.)

This week and the 27th, Crozer-Keystone Health System's Community Health Education will be hosting an information table with educational materials that help families incorporate more fruits and vegetables into their daily meals. A CKHS health educator will offer information on USDA's new MyPlate nutritional recommendations along with other helpful resources. If you're shopping at the Farmers Market, you're probably already on the knowledgeable end of the spectrum when it comes to foods and nutrition, but you can always learn something new, so say hello to these folks. Children who come to the table will receive a free and fun giveaway that will help them get moving.

Community Day
You can get your application for August 27th's Community Day here or at the Market. Just get it in by the 20th for sure and earlier if you want a better chance at a spot.

Cultivating Cultured Kids
In terms of introducing children to the arts, Disney movies follow very closely on the heels of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Goodnight Moon in most households. The Disney film The Princess and the Frog will be screened tomorrow evening, Friday, August 12, at 7:30 in Hoffman Park on Scottdale Road. Sponsored by the Lansdowne Parks and Recreation Board, movie night is free and open to everyone. Bring blankets or chairs and snacks, or purchase refreshments on site.

If you have a preschooler or two around, you might want to know that Cinema 16:9 offers a free KinderHour every Wednesday at 1:00 pm and Saturday at noon. You're invited to bring your wee ones to enjoy the company of other parents, the (mostly) healthful snacks the theater specializes in, and a film. KinderHour is sponsored by the Lansdowne Friends School and is open to children up to 6 years of age and their accompanying adult.

Next Wednesday, August 17 at 7:00 pm, three writers from Pennsylvania -- Josh Berk, Allison Whittenberg, and Marie Lamba -- will be discussing multicultural teen fiction and then signing their own books at the Upper Darby Sellers Library, 76 S. State Road (not the Lansdowne Library). This is a great opportunity to meet and support local authors, and if any of them go on to greatness, that inscribed book you buy could pay off big.

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.


Artist of the Week: Deanne Haldermann of Deramics Clay Studio is always a crowd pleaser, with her beautifully thrown bowls, platters, and mugs. This year she may be even a bigger hit since she has a few new glazes and is offering 10% off purchases over $100 if you follow that link, print and complete the coupon, and bring it to the Market. Deal!

Musicians of the Week: It's been a while since we had two musicians in one day at the Market but that comes to an end this Saturday when both Lore Constantine and Marc Singer are on board for our entertainment. Their styles are quite different, so if one's not to your taste, perhaps the other will be. The Lansdowne Farmers Market, where you get a plenty of variety, right down to the musicians on a given day.

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
Call or go online for films, times, and tickets
35 N. Lansdowne Avenue

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

Multicultural author visit
Wednesday, August 17, 7:00 pm; Free
Upper Darby Sellers Library, 76 S. State 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

The Stoning of Soraya M. -- Free film sponsored by No Place for Hate
Thursday, August 25, 6:30 pm; Free; rated R
Lansdowne Public Library

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

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

Park Day at Hoffman Park
Games, prizes, moonbounce, music, magician
Saturday, September 24, 1:00-4:00 pm; Free
Scottdale Road

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Boulevard Express rocked the Market like a wagon wheel.
Savory bread puddings served up with a smile.

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