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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, October 1

It's one of those weird weeks where you'll be getting (and, we hope, reading) this e-newsletter at the end of one month, but the Market's not until the start of the next month. This Saturday's Market takes place on October 1, meaning the LFM is entering its final full month of activity for 2011. At least we have five Saturdays instead of the usual four to play with, then there's always the bonus pre-Thanksgiving Market on November 19, in case urgent business or family matters (or a house on a lake in the Poconos) take you out of town for the entirety of October.

Because it's a weird week, there's much to announce for the upcoming month at the Market plus several end of September activities going on around town (see below for those). As usual, the Market will be holding its Fall Festival the next-to-last Saturday of October, in this case, October 22. And, as usual, the big event of the day will be the Sweet Endings Dessert Contest, which gets bigger and is more hotly contested each year. We'll do a silent auction of the entries again too. (And next week, we'll ask for a volunteer judge from among readers of the newsletter, so get ready for that.) If our farmers can come up with enough mini pumpkins, pumpkin decorating will be in the cards for kids, and if not, we'll tap some creative types to lead the young-uns in jackolanternizing (how's that for a made-up word?) something else, maybe apples or squash. Richard Aldorasi will be on hand too, leading interested parties in the creation of marbled silk scarves, which was hugely popular last year.

October 22 is also the season's last Community Day. Applications are right here or available at the Market Manager tent starting Saturday. Get them while they're hot. We fully expect Community Day to sell out in advance of the October 15 submission deadline, so do not wait to apply! Really.

Vendor and Product Update
So all that's coming up in three weeks, but what about this week, right? Let's not get ahead of ourselves, you must be thinking. Okay then, this week, MyHouse Cookies is back with pies (including pumpkin, the real proof it'll be October by then). Doe Run Dairy is definitely coming this Saturday with some organic produce and their lovely artisan cheeses. And finally, finally, Donna of Spotted Hill Farm will be back with a fresh batch of her lovely soaps.

Also in the "finally, finally" category is the ultra-local honey at Harvest Local Foods. Pam's husband harvests it from bees he keeps in Upper Darby, so outside of raising it in the Youth Garden, it couldn't come from much closer. HLF is also bringing readymade (roll it out yourself) pie crust and some pie pumpkins. We've given Schober Orchards and Fruitwood Farms the okay to get carving pumpkins from farmer friends to resell at our Market. Some may be coming from as far away as Maryland, but since the hurricane and otherwise extensive rains destroyed the crop in much of the Northeast, we'll have to take what we can get from as close as possible. (Two little punkins made it to the Market from the Community Youth Garden last week, but they were snapped up instantly.)

Apples, pears, and root vegetables are also coming on strong, and this page at Saveur magazine's website links out to all sorts of great information and good-sounding recipes for produce that's at the Market right now, including soups, gratins, and tarts and pies. The photos are enticing to say the least.

Book Friends
Every year, the Lansdowne Friends School has a book fair that's free to attend and open to the public. It's today from 2:00 to 8:00 pm and tomorrow from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Meeting House at 110 N. Lansdowne Avenue. The sale offers books for readers up to middle school age and is perfect for early holiday shopping. Plus, it raises money to buy new books for the LFS library -- a classic win/win.

Take Your Pick
Two attendance-worthy events are taking place tonight, so we'll just toss out the details and you can decide which is better for you, depending on your tastes, your interests, and perhaps your budget. First, No Place for Hate's free monthly movie is The Saint of 9/11, the story of Father Mychal Judge, chaplain of the Fire Department of New York, who died at the World Trade Center on 9/11. You have undoubtedly seen the famous photo of his body being carried from the scene. The movie starts at 7:00 pm at the Lansdowne Public Library and will be followed by what is sure to be a heartfelt discussion. Popcorn is provided for free, but bring your own soft drink.

You should bring your own "hard" drink (if you wish) and a snack to share to tonight's Concert at the Beach House, featuring three singer/songwriters performing in the round -- Grammy winner Don Henry from Nashville and locals Craig Bickhardt and Lizanne Knott from Philly. These intimate shows in the living room of a private home are always terrific, not to mention a rare opportunity to meet and talk with up-and-coming (or already up!) artists. The show starts at 7:30, and your donation of at least $15 (c'mon, there're three performers tonight) goes straight to the musicians. Call 610-626-0012 or email Bob Beach for more information and the address.

Unload With a Conscience
Competing with the Farmers Market this week will be the electronics recycling event taking place in the parking lot on Highland Avenue, beside the firehouse, from 9:00 am to noon. Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Resources Council, this is your opportunity -- for free -- to responsibly discard any old TVs, computers, video games, phones, handheld electronics, etc. Nothing -- repeat, nothing -- that is taken ends up in a landfill; it's all disassembled and recycled. It's a terrific program and, again, it's free, plus there's no limit to how many things you can bring. Many communities charge by the piece at events like this. It's likely to be crowded, so expect a wait.

Dig In
While taking the time to recycle your electronics is certainly a good deed, an even better deed would be pitching in for an hour or two on Saturday over at the Lansdowne Community Youth Garden. The garden, which is located between the football field and the tennis courts (triangulate between East Essex and North Greenwood), is under the purview of a number of local teens and a few adult advisors. On Saturday between 10:00 am and noon, they could use some help building a shed, shoveling soil, pulling out old plants, weeding, and harvesting. Grab a pair of garden gloves and head over. Or skip the gloves and get your hands right into the soil -- it feels good and the dirt'll wash right off!

Home Garden Extraordinaire
And that provides a nice segue into this next piece. Congratulations to Margo Russell of East Essex Avenue, who received a high honor in the Penn State Extension's 2011 Delaware County Garden Contest. Master gardeners judged Margo's home garden to be worthy of a third place award in the ornamental garden category, among all gardens entered in the whole county. Well done, Margo!

Red October, Part 3
It's time for the LFM's annual celebration of the Phillies' making the postseason, which never gets old. Come to the Market showing your Phillies pride with a cap, a shirt, a bag, or whatever, and we'll give you a Market Buck at the Manager tent.

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: After a cold snap a few weeks ago, it's been warm, a little too warm to feel like fall, but the weather report is promising much cooler temps by Saturday, making Diane Orleman's appearance just what fashionable ladies need. Diane's hat, scarf, and bag designs are handmade from snazzy yarns and fibers and typically incorporate distinctive and unique buttons and other findings. If you like to get noticed, you'll like these pieces.

Musician of the Week: Two firsts in the music tent this week -- hip hop artist Nex Millen and, well, hip hop.

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

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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Big dog.
Bigger dog.

For pictures from Dog Day 2011, go here.
Photos courtesy of John Green.