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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, September 17

We'll Take 17 on 17
In the kind of coincidence that amuses us greatly but that makes most people just shrug, this Saturday, September 17, is the 17th Market of the LFM's 2011 season. The 17th is the 17th, get it? Then next month, October 22 will be the 22nd Market! We couldn't have planned this level of completely meaningless number/date convergence if we'd tried, people. (And anyone who looks back and figures out if any earlier Markets in 2011 fell on "their" date will get a Market Buck by stopping by the Manager tent to tell us. To help you get started: Market #1 took place on May 28.)

The takeaway here, in case you were wondering, is that we are well over halfway through the 2011 season. In fact, next week, will be the three-fourths point, as we hit Market 18 out of 24. (That's counting the 23 consecutive Markets from Memorial Day weekend to Halloween, plus the bonus pre-Thanksgiving Market that will occur November 19.) So if there's anything you've been meaning to try but haven't, this is your reminder that you're running out of time. Before you know it, you'll be out of chances and looking at many, many calendar flips before the Market starts in 2012.

Vendor Updates
This is the happy Saturday each month when we welcome Yellow Springs Farm and their fine artisan goat cheese. They'll have their usual variety of soft goat cheese flavored with herbs from the farm, as well as the last goatzarella (that's goat milk mozzarella) of the season, which is a great complement to some of the last tomatoes of the season. They will also be bringing an as-yet-undecided aged goat cheese; they say whichever wheel looks perfectly mature and ready on Friday will be cut just in time for our Market! Heather of Welcome Baby, who missed August because of the hurricane, is looking forward to the perfect weather that's predicted for Saturday. The kids (and the occasional adult) of the Lansdowne Community Garden are hoping you stop by for some of their hot peppers or herbs (you could use their basil in this recipe for shortbread cookies), and as usual now, MyHouse Cookies will be on hand to literally sweeten the day. Provisions will also be back with breakfast, lunch, and, if you take it home and can hold off that long, even dinner.

The bad news is that Made in the Shade lemonade has withdrawn from the Market for the remainder of the season. The good news is that John of MiniTreats has his own homemade lemonade that is perhaps not as elaborate as the Shady product but it's pretty darn delicious and will serve us well as long as the weather's making cold beverages a must. The best news is that we've heard from Donna Howard that Spotted Hill Farm will be returning to the Market next Saturday, the 24th, with those goat milk soaps everyone loves. She'll be a sight for sore eyes.

Talking 'Bout Products
Bonnie's Wondergardens is really getting into the swing of the season with beautiful red and yellow fall dahlias, fall pansies, mums, and the ever-popular ornamental peppers. Any garden that's been subjected to the weather we've had is ready for some sprucing up, so get to the Market early for the best selection. It's a bummer to see someone carrying a great plant (or bouquet) to their car only to find out that was the last one Bonnie had.

Unfortunately, the hail in June and the 33 inches of rain they've had recently in Monroeville, NJ, were too much for Fruitwood Farms' pumpkin patch. Mike lost his whole crop. But both Fruitwood and Schobers will be checking with neighbors to see if they can find some pumpkins for our Market. We have our fingers crossed, since a great fall pleasure is watching shoppers hefting giant pumpkins around the parking lot while the kids are enlisted to help with the minis.

Green Aisle Grocery has been happy to send new products to our Market all seasons, and this week is no exception. For your football-watching pleasure, they'll be offering 8- and 20-packs of chicken wings from Clover Patch Farm. They're also bringing a new white wine chicken sausage that sounds slightly sophisticated and great for fall.

We checked this week and Harvest Local's very local (Upper Darby) honey is reallllly close to being ready. It's been collected but has to be packaged. So it's 75% of the way there. Just keep checking. Or, wander over to Fruitwood and pick up some of their honey, which is also delicious but perhaps not as charged with local pollen.

Come, Stay!
Next Saturday, the 24th, is one of the Market's most poopular, er popular, events, Dog Day. Leashed, well-behaved dogs are always welcome at the LAF, but on Dog Day they take center stage. We're still rounding up special guest vendors, but count on Animal Friends of Lansdowne for sure. The Dog Parade will be the day's highlight, with prizes for Showmanship (overall presentation), Best Costume, Best Trick, Best Poser (for a photo on our "Great Dog" stage), Best Smile, Best Use of Tail, and Funniest. It's a dollar per dog to take part in the parade, and the entry fees go straight to AFL, so everyone wins: your pooch gets to be the center of attention for a minute and have a photo taken, and the less fortunate local critters get some support. Here's the entry form, which you can complete at home and bring to the Market Manager tent that day, or we'll have some there for you to fill out. The parade starts at 11:30 next Saturday.

Game On
You know all the bragging you've done about how great you were at Space Invaders in college? Time to put a joystick where your mouth is. Tomorrow evening, Friday, September 16, Cinema 16:9 invites you to come play classic video games on the big screen from 5:00 pm to close for only $5. It's fun for the whole family, but especially for the dudes. Watch or cheer on your favorite player. The invitation doesn't specifically say whether this is a BYOB event, but that part only makes sense. Give them a call with any questions.

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: All that complimentary stuff that was here about Liz Steele Coats a few weeks ago when the hurricane blew through and the artist got cancelled still holds true. She's just as nice, pretty, and talented now as she was then. Come see for yourself.

Musician of the Week: Mooch's Basement was an unknown quantity when the group played the LFM last year, and they knocked everyone's socks off. So now it is a known quantity, one that necessitates sock garters. They're that good.

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 15, 7:30-10:00 PM
5070 Parkside Ave, Philadelphia; 215-879-1011

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

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

Saint of 9/11 Film presented by No Place for Hate
Thursday, September 29, 7:00 pm; Free
Lansdowne Public Library, 55 S. Lansdowne Ave

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

First Friday at Art Space Lansdowne
Friday, October 7, 6:00-9:00 pm; Free
25 S. Lansdowne Avenue

Fall Garage Sale to benefit Animal Friends of Lansdowne
Note change of date
Saturday, October 15, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (raindate October 16); 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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Nothing but roses.

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Photo courtesy of John Green.