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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, August 20

A Little Help from Our Friends
Most weeks this e-newsletter practically writes itself. There's lots of stuff going on around town, a buzz is in the air, and all we go is plug into it. Other weeks, however, it's pulling teeth. And if any week qualifies as a visit to the dentist, it's the third week of August, when attending the Market is no longer novel (it still pays off great dividends in products and socializing, but it's not something we need to talk you into), three days of rain have made it clear that summer is coming to an end so our thoughts are drifting to all the "summer stuff" that is still undone, and there's no big event in the immediate future to get all lathered up about. Bring on the Novocain.

Since we're finding this missive a bit of slog this week, we've enlist the help of a couple of Market friends for recipe contributions, since even if we can't write, we gotta eat, no? And to make this enjoyable for you, dear readers, we're going to run these recipes as the contributors offered them, with all the detail, precision, and nuance they provided.

Up first, Mayor Jayne Young, with two creations, a summer salad and a summer chutney.

  • Mayor Jayne's Nectarine Salad: Iceberg lettuce, nectarines, fresh basil, fresh mint, dried cherries. Chop everything up and toss with a little balsamic vinaigrette. "It's the mint that makes it."
  • Mayor Jayne's Peach Chutney: Peeled and sliced peaches, onion powder, salt, pepper, balsamic vinegar, sugar. [How much of each? "You know, enough. Till it tastes good."] Cook over very low heat for a while. [How long a while? "Maybe 20 minutes."] "Keep refrigerated and eat on everything, especially chicken."

Now, lifelong Lansdowne resident Terry Baraldi, with her cure for those hot summer evenings.

  • Terry B's Mojito Melon: This is a great way to use up those "5th day" leftovers. She used canary melon and cantaloupe (but there are no rules). Make mint-infused simple syrup by heating equal parts sugar and water to boiling, then throwing in several generous sprigs of fresh mint [such as available at the Community Garden booth]; cool. Squeeze the juice of one lime directly over your melon chunks. Then pour in cooled simple syrup and rum to taste. "Let sit for an hour, a day, or a weekend, since the rum just keeps making it better!" [Full disclosure: Terry brought a healthy sampling of Mojito Melon to the Market last week, and it was a hit, although it was only 10:00 am. We were even happier with it by 10:20. Go figure.)

Thanks for the leg up, ladies!

If Terry's recipe has you nodding and thinking, ah yes, fruit with a kick, you may also be interested in this piece on bachelor's jam, a lazy, boozy, no doubt divine concoction of whatever fresh fruit you have at hand, sugar, and vodka, combined as available and left to get acquainted for weeks. It's been a summer-long project for that Bon Appetit blogger, but with all the peaches and plums and whatnot still at the Market, we think a respectable "jam" can be ready by fall, no problem, if you start now. Finding interesting fruits to add could even be your late-summer hobby (good luck on those gooseberries!) And as long as we're combining fruit with spirits, this recipe for a sangria made with sparkling wine and peaches really needs some consideration, doesn't it? With that at hand, we might not even need the Novocain.

Schedule Mayhem (Otherwise Known as Vendor Update)
Despite our best efforts to keep you posted on who's-where-when both here and on the online schedule, we still manage to miss some updates and changes. So here goes, all in one place and current as of this morning. The bad news: B.T. Baking is taking the rest of August off. Look for them again on September 10. The good news: MyHouse Cookies (and pies!) is adding an extra week each month, so they'll be at our Market the first, second, and third Saturdays of each month, including this week, plus taking B.T's spot on August 27. Being the third Saturday, this would normally be the week to see both Welcome Baby and Ridge Valley Farm, but both had conflicts, so Welcome Baby will be coming next Saturday instead, and Ridge Valley will return with their maple syrup in September, on the 24th (Dog Day!) to be precise. We told you last week that Yellow Springs Farm asked for an extra appearance or two, so they'll be at the Market again on Saturday (two weeks in a row) with their fabulous goat cheese and other goat milk products. Finally, we still do not have a return date for Donna of Spotted Hill Farm and her lovely soaps, but we'll let you know as soon as we do. We have our fingers crossed for September, but in the meantime, please keep her and her family in your thoughts.

Community Day Closing
Saturday is the last day to get your applications in to be a participant in August 27th's Community Day at the Market. Last we heard, there were a few spots left, so if you've been dithering over whether to do it, knock that off and, well, just do it. If you opt in, you get to meet the hundreds of shoppers who come to the Market that day, and your information will be included on a handout we make available at the Market and online, so it's one of the best promotional opportunities $25 can buy these days. You in?

Even if you're not going to buy a space for Community Day, you can still get in on the "community" part by bringing some food to donate to the local food bank. They always need nonperishables like pasta, rice, flour, sugar, peanut butter, tomato sauce, soup, etc, and we like to help keep them stocked. Bring your goods to the Market Manager tent next Saturday (so we're giving you a week to shop just for this), and we'll thank you with a Market Buck.

Festival Just Over the Horizon
The posters and other marketing materials for the Lansdowne Arts Festival have started showing up around the borough (heck, around the county), and all the local artistic types have disappeared into their studios, basements, and cubbies to get ready, which can mean only one thing: the festival is sooner than you might think. Being the weekend after Labor Day (that's September 9th to 11th this year), the LAF always seems to sneak up on us, but this year we plan to be ready for it, and that includes getting tickets to Friday evening's preview reception, A Taste of Lansdowne, when your $25 admission gets you all the delicious food you can eat (much of it from Farmers Market vendors), all the champagne you can drink, and first dibs on the art that's for sale, which is real advantage if you're a serious art shopper. It's one of the best parties 'Downe Town sees all year; miss it at your own social peril. It's from 7:00 to 9:00 pm on Friday, September 9, at the Twentieth Century Club, the locale for all the Arts Festival events. If you're less drink-in-hand and more hands-on, consider one of the super-affordable art classes offered Saturday or Sunday in conjunction with the Festival. Like Community Day, these spaces fill up fast, so don't tarry if you want to get into one of them.

Bottom's Up, Almost
If you've been eagerly waiting for the new Bottom Dollar in the Lansdowne Shopping Center to get itself open, whether because you plan to become a devoted shopper or because you just want to see what it looks like inside since, admittedly, it looks pretty darn good on the outside, your yen/curiosity will be sated as early as tomorrow, Friday, when the store has its grand opening between 7:45 am (the ribbon cutting) and 10:00 am. Stop over, take a peek, maybe even make a purchase. The new store, in case you hadn't noticed, is at 49 W. Baltimore Avenue, where Mission Burrito, a dry cleaner, Eckerd's, and a couple other places used to be. We trust the parking lot will be open by then.

The following day, on Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, the United Check Cashing establishment in the same shopping center is having a Customer Appreciation Day with free water ice or soft pretzels for stoppers-by. That's officially at 16 W. Baltimore Avenue, but it feels more like "just off Lansdowne Avenue between Sycamore and the bridge."

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: This is Bill Patterson's first time at the Farmers Market, but you may have seen his photos in the Regency Café or at Art Space Lansdowne, since he's a local. As are many of his pictures, capturing places and spaces you may recognize from just being around. But he's also quite a traveler, so if it's a shot of Paris you've been pining for, stop in his booth on Saturday. He may well be able to hook you up.

Musician of the Week: We got the beat now that we got Mike Nevin, percussionist, as this week's musician. If only we could think of something clever to say that would call for a rim shot . . .

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

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

Fall Garage Sale to benefit Animal Friends of Lansdowne
Monday and Tuesday, October 10 and 11, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm; Free
129 N. Wycombe Avenue

Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief, presented by Celebration Theater
Sunday, October 16, 7:00 pm; $5
Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue

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Enjoying an après-Market shady spot.

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