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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, September 3

Irene Shmirene
Last week's newsletter was written before the hurricane warnings got serious, so even though the weather forecasters were all beside themselves with doomsday scenarios by Thursday, we opted to stick with our original assessment that this was pretty nice summer, dagnabit, and to send the newsletter as written. And to really press our luck, we decided to go ahead with the Market as planned on Saturday. This was made easier because the hurricane wasn't expected to hit until Saturday night, and though rain was in the forecast for earlier on Saturday, we've withstood rain before (we're looking at you, October 2009). So carry on we did, mostly anyway, and the vendors reported a pretty good day, all things considered. We did close about an hour early when the wind and rain came and it looked as though the shopping was done, but we still think we won this one. Thanks to all the shoppers, vendors, and Community Day participants who didn't let hurricane warnings scare them away.

By the way, we sent out a notice on Facebook Saturday morning that the Market was indeed happening, so that's a good way of staying abreast of the situation when things get extreme and "rain or shine" doesn't seem so certain anymore. Simply "like" the Lansdowne Farmers Market on Facebook to get such last-minute updates in case the summer that brought hail, an earthquake, and a hurricane keeps it up.

Vendor and Product Updates
Before you set foot in the lot this Saturday, remember that this is a holiday weekend, so you'll want to stock up! This is also the first Saturday of the month, which means that Doe Run Dairy will be on hand with their appealingly rustic setup and delicious artisan cheese. Turning Root, who missed last week because they had their hands full securing their farm in advance of Irene, is expecting to be especially laden with organic produce this week because they harvested so much to prevent its being destroyed in the storm. MyHouse Cookies is back again, now featuring cookies in two sizes as well as their pies and quiches. (Maybe we should just start mentioning when MyHouse won't be at the Market.)

Green Aisle Grocery will have beef burgers and turkey burgers, duck breasts (now there's something unusual to impress your guests with), and new apple-chicken and mozzarella-basil-chicken sausages from Griggstown Quail Farm. (Green Aisle also often has duck eggs; ask Mica about them.) This week, John's MiniTreats will have cold blueberry soup that he says will be just as tasty as his other soups, chowders, bisques, and chili, which are all primo, as you know. Made in the Shade Lemonade should be back on Saturday, so use this opportunity to try their cucumber-herb lemonade if you haven't yet. Apparently Lansdowne drinks more of the cucumber version than any other market, which we think is a sign of our sophisticated palates . . . or something. And keep asking at Local Harvest about that honey from Upper Darby. It'll be along any Saturday and you don't want to miss it.

Giving Back
Quite a bit of food came in last week for the local food pantry from Market shoppers, and we thank you again for your contributions. Though they don't it for the acknowledgment, we thought you might also want to know that Great Harvest Bread and MyHouse Cookies have also been regularly sending their Market leftovers to the food bank, no doubt making some recipients of their fine baked goods very grateful. And nearly all the vendors are donating foodstuffs that will be cooked up and served in high style to the guests at the opening reception next Friday night at the Lansdowne Arts Festival. Thanks to everyone for being so generous!

Dogging It
September's special event is Dog Day, coming up on the 24th. That Saturday, the Market will host special guests like Animal Friends of Lansdowne, special vendors, and special things like the famed dog parade. For the parade, you have about 20 feet to show off and make an impression, so get working on that strut, sashay, or mosey.

Art Attack
Tomorrow evening, September 2, is the monthly First Friday event at Art Space Lansdowne, which will pair artwork for sale with free snacks and drinks and a start-of-the-long-weekend atmosphere for what's sure to be a fine time. Drop in for 10 minutes or stay a few hours; it's all good. First Friday is from 6:00 to 9:00 pm in the Hoff Communications building at 25 S. Lansdowne Avenue.

Can you spare five minutes for art, or at least entertainment? Produced and hosted by Lansdowne artist Michael Broussard and featuring Lansdowne hooper Sarah Maccarelli, Five-Minute Follies is a bit of the 15th Annual Philly Fringe Festival that's occurring this weekend. The show is a fast-paced tribute to the golden age of variety, with no act that's longer than 5 minutes! It takes place Saturday, September 3, at the Rotunda in West Philly at 4014 Walnut Street. Tickets are $10 here or at the door, and seating is limited. Doors are at 7:30 pm, and the show's at 8:30. (You'll actually need more than 5 minutes for this, since there's a whole bunch of acts, all short.)

Then next weekend, September 10th and 11th, is the Lansdowne Arts Festival, a super-swell couple of days of free music, free art show, and really cheap workshops. The LAF focuses on local artists but they change a bit every year, and there are lots of new faces for 2011. See a full list of artists here or musicians here (or you could just go to the LAF website and poke around yourself, which is a good approach to the festival itself -- just go and poke around for a while). We'll give you the hard sell on the Festival in the newsletter new week, but for now just plan on going, which you can do for free any time before 10:00 am and 5:00 pm Saturday or Sunday.

Get Scrub-bing
You may have talked with representatives from Lansdowne Scrubs and Uniforms at last Saturday's Community Day. They were there to promote their anniversary sale, which is all this month (yes, it's September already) at their store in the little mall on the corner of Lansdowne and Baltimore, near Papa John's. To celebrate one year in business, they'll be having a drawing every Saturday to give away a free item, such as a scrub set, a pair of nursing shoes, a tote bag, or a warm-up jacket. Just stop by the store, take a look around, and drop off a business card or leave your name, phone number, and e-mail address in the box. Then, next Saturday, September 10, owner Haseen Hardware invites everyone to attend an open house and to enjoy some refreshments to mark their anniversary. Store hours are here, or you can call them at 484-461-3954.

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: Photographer Ron Hartmann will be making his first appearance as LFM AoW, which increases the chances that you'll see something that captures your fancy since it's all new. His work hangs in galleries in Delco and Philly, and it can just as easily hang in your home.

Musician of the Week: Now JD Little, on the other hand, you will recognize, as he's been a regular performer in the music tent for a while now, and he always sets toes a tappin'.

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

Minas Jam Session at Le Cochon Noir
Thursday, September 1, 7:30-10:00 PM
5070 Parkside Ave, Philadelphia; 215-879-1011

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

Burning Bridget Cleary with guest Miss Brown to You at Lansdowne Folk Club
Thursday, September 22; 7:30 pm; $15 advance or $18 door
Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue

Minas Jam Session at Le Cochon Noir
Thursday, September 15, 7:30-10:00 PM
5070 Parkside Ave, Philadelphia; 215-879-1011

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

Electronics recycling event
Saturday, October 1, 9:00 am to noon; Free
Highland Avenue Parking lot

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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