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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, September 24

Release the Hounds
Dog ownership is a huge investment. It's costly to keep a dog in food, toys, supplies, and vet visits. It takes a lot of time and effort to train a dog how to be a good boy or girl and live safely and sanely among people. It's expensive to board a canine if you go away, and traveling with a dog can really limit your options. You have to practically build your schedule around making sure your dog gets out on regular walks, or pay someone to do it for you. Not all dogs play well with other dogs or children, and you have to work around such encounters if that's the case. It's really involved, dog ownership, and a commitment not to be taken lightly. But if you do commit, the rewards usually so far outweigh the costs that it makes no sense to even compare them. The trust, the eagerness to please, the big eyes, the smiles, the great welcomes, the companionship, the true love. There are few relationship investments you can make that will pay off better than getting, training, and keeping the right dog, and that's what we're celebrating at this week's Farmers Market with our annual Dog Day.

We'll admit right up front that we've had bigger Dog Days in the past. The Pennsylvania SPCA is not able to join us this year, we suspect because of budget cuts, so no homeless pooches will be tugging at your heartstrings. Maybe that's a good thing. Animal Friends of Lansdowne will be there though, with information about pets looking for their forever homes and opportunities to get involved with that great organization. We've invited a new dog treat vendor, Eileen Grunde of Better Bonz, whose all-natural biscuits were a hit with our own very finicky pooch when we purchased some at the Lansdowne Arts and Crafts Show back in the spring. We think your dog'll go for them too. Between about 10:30 and 12:30 an officer and a dog from the Upper Darby K-9 unit will be at the Market to greet shoppers and answer questions and probably show off a little, at least that's what we're hoping, since these highly trained animals have a lot of training, if not actual tricks, up their furry sleeves.

But most fun, of course, will be the Dog Parade, which will start as close to 11:30 as we can make it happen. You can complete this entry form at home and bring it the Market and pick up your number, or you can fill one out before the parade at the Market. Just ask at the Manager tent. We'll be giving some of those dog cookies to a winner in each of the following categories: Showmanship (think dog show prancing), Best Costume, Best Trick, Best Poser, Best Smile, Best Use of Tail, and Funniest. Plus, pro photog John Kelly Green will take a photo of your pup at the parade, which will then be available on his website. (By the way, last week we forgot to include this link to John's Arts Festival photos.) Everyone loves the dog parade, and your best buddies will get the moment in the spotlight -- and on our "Great Dog" platform -- that they deserve for the contributions they make to your life every day.

While we're on special events, it's probably not too early to mention that October 22 will be the Fall Festival at the Market, so get thinking about what you might want to enter in the Sweet Endings Dessert Contest. It should include at least a few Market ingredients as well as be seasonal, be pretty to look at, and be a taste sensation. That's not too much to ask, is it?

Applications for the season's last Community Day, on October 22, will be available here next week and at the Market next Saturday, October 1.

Vendor and Product Update
This Saturday is your chance to re-up on maple syrup, since Ridge Valley Farm will be back for the first time since July, and then they won't be returning until the special Market right before Thanksgiving. It's not quite now or never on the Ridge Valley products, but it's now or not for a long time, and maple syrup is such a great ingredient in cold-weather food (including dessert contest entries -- hint, hint). This is also a Community Garden week. In a bittersweet note, Todd and Kestra Kelly of B.T. Baking just added a new baby to the family, so who knows when they'll find time to send their brownies back to the Market. We may have seen the last of them. Also, last week we announced that Spotted Hill Farm would be returning this Saturday with Donna's goat milk soaps, but she needs a little more time to get ready and now will be back next week, October 1.

On the product side, Fruitwood has had leeks for the past few weeks, and they are something to see, with green parts two or three times the size of those on leeks found in the supermarket. They also have a new variety of sweet potatoes, one with dryish yellow flesh and red skin, that you should try since sweet potatoes are all kinds of good for you as well as downright yummy. The apples are in full force over at Schobers, and they're always happy to let you sample a couple to figure out which kind you like best. Also, try their white potatoes; they're tastier than a white potato has a right to be. Harvest Local Foods always have a great variety of produce, but never much of any one thing, so get there early for best selection. The Lansdowne Table has added a new page to their website that pictures and describes the foods they carry at the Market, a sort of show and tell of gourmet noshies. John of MiniTreats missed the message last week that we were counting on him for lemonade since Made in the Shade vamoosed, so he was dry. However, this week he promises lemonade if it's warm or hot chocolate if it's on the cool side.

Fond Farewell
The closing of the St. Philomena School has stirred up a lot of sadness in this community. School is a formative experience, and teachers and classmates become part of lifelong memories. If you have any connection to St. Phil's, you are invited to attend a farewell mass at the church followed by a reception at Marian Hall, starting at 2:00 pm this Sunday, September 25. If you plan to attend the mass, please RSVP, including the number of people in your party, to or 610-331-2630 (just leave a message).

The Weekend Starts NOW
When we were in college, Thursday was practically the best day of the week. It was almost the weekend and thus when the fun typically started. Thursdays around Lansdowne are often when the weekend enjoyment starts too. For instance, tonight at 7:30 at the Lansdowne Folk Club is Burning Bridget Cleary with guest Miss Brown to You. Burning Bridget is an American band that plays foot-stomping Celtic music and who, interestingly, named themselves after the last woman burned for witchcraft in Ireland (the story is on their website). Opening for them is Miss Brown, a female duo that dabbles in many musical genres and seems unafraid to be a bit silly. Catch them both for $18 at the door tonight at the Twentieth Century Club. (While the show starts at 7:30, the doors open at 6:30, and Provisions will be on hand with full hot meals for dinner and sweets for dessert, so don't worry about eating before you go. But do BYOB.)

(Tune in next week, when Thursday night's entertainment includes a Concert at the Beach House and a free movie at the library.)

Park It
Once a year in early fall, the Lansdowne Parks and Rec Board sponsors a day of fun at Hoffman Park where all the events -- from the games with prizes to the moonbounce to the magician and face painting -- are free. Just bring a couple bucks for some snacks, which are available at the concession stand on site. Also bring a camera to record the expressions of delight; they never get old. Hoffman Park is on Scottdale Road, and Park Day is from 1:00 to 4:00, but come on the early side so they don't run out of moonbounce before you get there.

Learn to Feed Yourself
Beginning in two weeks, on October 8, a free cooking class will be offered at the Lansdowne Baptist Church, 17 E. LaCrosse Avenue, every Saturday for 6 weeks from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. The class will include low-cost cooking ideas, nutrition tips, grocery store tours, food tasting, giveaways, and raffles, and is a great way to get some tips about and hands-on experience in cooking and eating in a more healthful manner. To sign up, contact Jamese at or 215-575-0444 ext. 186.

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: The Market is foregoing an artist this week to have enough room on the usual Market side for the Dog Day tents.

Musician of the Week: Dog Day extends into the musician tent, where veterinarian and terrific musician Doc Terry McGrath will be performing, followed by Joe Breslin, who may or may not have a dog. (And we told ya you were gonna love Mooch's Basement last week, as the complete absence of available seats in the café seemed to confirm.)

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

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

Songwriters in the Round: Nashville and Philly at Concerts at the Beach House
Thursday September 29, 7:30 pm; $15 per person
610-626-0012 or

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

Lansdowne Arts Board 20*20 House Discussion
Tuesday, October 11; 7:00-9:00 pm; Free
Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue

Keith Greeninger at Concerts at the Beach House
Tuesday, October 11, 7:30 pm; $15
610-626-0012 or

Fall Garage Sale to benefit Animal Friends of Lansdowne
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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Contemplating enough apples to put several doctors out of business.

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