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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, August 27

Time for Community
Gravy, people, it's nearly September. Where did the summer go? It was a pretty full one, wasn't it? Between the June hailstorm, the July heat wave, and the August earthquake, Mother Nature managed to pack a punch. But all in all, we think it was a pretty nice season. Mostly not too hot and not too humid, with plenty of porch evenings. We give it two thumbs up. Except for the mosquitoes. We give them an open hand smacked sharply down.

Since it's the end of August, that means it's time for another Community Day, when the FM throws open its imaginary doors to local businesses, groups, and folks who have something they want to share with you, the shopper. About a dozen participants have signed up and will be waiting for you when you get to the parking lot on Saturday. As usual, it's a good mix, this time including a nutritionist, a solar energy expert, crafters, churches, borough groups, and some good causes you may be moved to donate to, among others. The full list is here; check it out and you can hone in on your biggest interests on Saturday.

Remember to bring some nonperishable foodstuffs to donate to the local food bank (one of our Community Day participants, in fact). Drop your bag o' food off at the Market Manager tent and get a Market Buck in return. It ain't much, but it's still fun to spend wood.

Vendor and Product Update
Welcome Baby and MyHouse Cookies are our "sometimes" vendors this Saturday (though MyHouse is definitely edging into the "most of the time" zone). The fresh South Philly-grown figs flew out of Green Aisle's booth last week, so we're hoping for more this week. Green Aisle also carries whole, skim, and 2% milk from Maplehofe Dairy in Quarryville, PA. Within the next week or two, Harvest Local Foods will have some supremely local honey that's harvested in Upper Darby by Pam's husband Steve. (They say local honey is good for combating allergies, so give this a try if fall makes you cry, and not with sentiment.) On the lunch front, warm corn bisque is on the menu at John's MiniTreats. He describes it as "summer in a bowl." And Bonnie will continue to offer her $5 bouquets at least until the fall plants arrive. This may be the best deal at the whole Market.

And we are now going to let you in on the best discovery we've made all summer: Using some of Lansdowne Table's Marcona almonds roasted in olive oil and sea salt as a topping for vanilla ice cream is awesome. This is especially good when you also add sliced fresh peaches or nectarines. It's a dessert worthy of guests that takes about 5 minutes to put together. Be sure the almonds are room temp, and drizzle some of the olive oil onto the ice cream too. If you like sweet/salty combos, you'll like this.

Eat Your Veggies
Crozer-Keystone Health System's Community Health Education will be back this week with a little table holding information on how you can eat better by incorporating more fruits and veggies into your diet. We all know we should do it; just pick up a few recipes and give it a try. And they have cool giveaway for kids like collapsing Frisbees.

Market Mania
You may or may not know that there are several new farmers markets in the area. When the Lansdowne FM started in 2007, the Oakmont FM was also just kicking off up the road, and a market was starting in Swarthmore. The next closest was the well-established Clark Park market in West Philly. In the ensuing years, new markets have sprung up in Bryn Mawr, Bala Cynwyd, Media, Edgemont, and Ridley Park, and we may even be missing a few. This article in last Sunday's New York Times made the point that sometimes new markets can affect sales at other markets, which only makes sense: If you have a new market that's closer or better, why drive to your old market unless it's something really special to you? We bring this up only to say again that your support of the Lansdowne Farmers Market is greatly appreciated by the vendors, the organizers, and the borough. Those of us behind the scenes try to make the Market as enjoyable, welcoming, and complete as possible given space and resources, so if you have suggestions, please make them either by email or at the Market Manager tent. We're aware the Market has competition, and we want to keep you coming back. (In case you didn't know there were new markets nearby, just forget we said anything. And, for the record, our website is so much better than the other markets'. Just saying.)

For the heck of it, we just checked the standings for this year's America's Favorite Farmers Market Contest. The current Pennsylvania leaders can be seen here. We thank you again for casting enough votes last year to place us second in the state overall and second in boutique markets nationally. And we hope you thank us for not putting you through that again in 2011.

Here's an interesting little thing from Oakmont Farmers Market's weekly newsletter that may interest you. Recently launched in California is FoodPool, which is intended to be a "carpool for food," collecting extra backyard garden produce on a rotating basis from local gardeners to take to food banks, soup kitchens, and so forth. The long-term goal is to create FoodPools throughout the country. The FoodPool idea is a super-local grassroots kind of thing -- like a carpool -- so to succeed it will need organizers in lots of communities. The originator, Andrew Sigal, is preparing a FoodPool Starter Kit that will be available soon. If you would like to help in any way, please let him know.

Tonight, Tonight
Won't be just any night, not if you go to either the Concert at the Beach House or the film and discussion at the library. The house concert starts at 7:30 and features Maryann Price, a vocalist who has performed with Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, Asleep at the Wheel, and The Kinks (The Kinks, people!). The intimate gathering will put you in the immediate presence of this artist, and you won't be sorry. It's a $15 donation per person (which goes to Maryann), and you should bring your own bottle and a snack to share. Call 610-626-0012 or email Bob Beach for more details.

Starting an hour earlier, at 6:30, across town at the Lansdowne Public Library is The Stoning of Soraya M., a free film sponsored by No Place for Hate. It's a fictionalized account of actual events in Iran, when an innocent woman fell victim to a village's hatred and persecution. Read more about it at the website, including several glowing reviews. A discussion will follow the film, which is rated R for violence and graphic images. The popcorn is free (should you have the stomach for it), but you bring your own beverage.

Best Fest
Did you buy your tickets yet for A Taste of Lansdowne, the preview reception for the Lansdowne Arts Festival? So much fun, so little time to get your ticket (only until Saturday). Ditto the art classes at the Festival: sign up soon or miss out. If for some reason you've never been to the Lansdowne Arts Festival, pretty please block off a few hours to get there this year. It's two full days of free music and an art show and sale. Lots of locals stop by several times over the course of the weekend, taking in a band here, buying some earrings or a painting there, eating some barbecued chicken, etc. (If you have children or access to children, you may be particularly interested in the appearance of XPN Kids Corner's Kathy O'Connell at 10:30 Sunday morning.)

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: One of Lansdowne's most popular figures is this week's AoW -- teachers, jeweler, and ceramicist Liz Steel Coats -- she of the big smile and great attitude. Her business, A New Creation Art Company, offers decorative pottery made with recycled materials like broken glasses and old beads, as well as lovely necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings, which make great gifts and always get compliments.

Musician of the Week: And another homegrown Lansdowne favorite will be found in the music tent: the Mansfield Brass, which never need an introduction or amplification.

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 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

First Friday at Art Space Lansdowne
Friday, September 2, 6:00-9:00 pm; Free
25 S. Lansdowne Avenue

First Anniversary Open House at Lansdowne Scrubs and Uniforms
Saturday, September 10, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm; Free
5 N. Lansdowne Avenue;

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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