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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, October 8

All's Fair
The forecast is predicting mild, beautiful weather for the next several days, meaning that lingering at the Market on Saturday fits right in with the carpe diem approach we should all ascribe to a bit more. When the weather is nice like this, moods are upbeat, and the Market feels more like a tiny county fair than a shopping place. (Speaking of upbeat, the excellent DJ last week had the place swinging like a party. Nex can come back any time!) To facilitate chilling when it's chilly, MiniTreats and Provisions are making sure there are plenty of warm, ready-to-eat foods (we call them "walking around foods") available to encourage you to grab a bite and stay a while. John of MiniTreats is planning to bring mac and cheese (breakfast of champions), in addition to his usual mushroom soup and red wine chili, with those decadent chocolate blasts he calls pots de crème and pumpkin cheesecake bars for dessert. Over at Provisions, Marnie will have chicken soup, biscuits and gravy, Mexican vegan scramble, plus her much-loved breakfast crepes and burritos. And for dessert? Whoopee pies. Uh-huh.

Vendor and Product Update
If anyone needs further convincing that fall is here -- beyond the nip in the air and the color that's coming into the landscape -- pumpkins will in fact arrive in great quantities at the Market this week. Last week was a touch too early, sayeth our vendors, even though the big stores that truck them in from the deep south have had them for a few weeks. That's the difference between seasonal produce that's local and seasonal produce that isn't: the local stuff actually obeys the season.

Turning Roots has been bringing lovely radishes and beets, the former a great snack when rinsed and dipped in some salt and the latter a terrific side dish or salad add-in. Some of us were comparing notes on preparing beets last week and discovered that after years of roasting them, which takes some time, we'd all recently taken the shortcut of steaming or boiling the beets, and we were still perfectly happy with the result. So give mom's old-fashioned cooking method a try if you haven't in a while. It's less involved and you get to eat much faster. (And you can always go back to roasting the next batch if you decide you like that better.)

Vendor-wise, B.T. Baking is officially out for the season. We send our best to Todd and Kestra Kelly and wish them luck with their new son. MyHouse Cookies was more than happy to fill that void though, and so will be coming to all the remaining Markets with their pies and cookies. The Community Youth Garden is on board for Saturday with whatever is good and ripe, which is typically the theme of the Market as a whole -- good and ripe.

Proof the LFM is fun for all ages.

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

Prep Work
Send us an email right now if you'd like a chance to be a judge at the Sweet Endings Dessert Contest on October 22. We'll give you through the weekend to fire off that note (though there's no time like the present!), then we'll randomly pick one volunteer to be part of the judging. Everyone who's judged in the past says it's great fun, and Mayor Jayne counts it as one of the best things about her mayorship. If you get picked, we'll send you a note and announce your name here next week. Then you just show up at contest time on the 22nd with an empty stomach and open mind.

We hope that if you're not thinking of judging, you're planning to enter the contest. All the better! The basics are that you need to use at least two ingredients you got at the Market, and your dessert should be at least somewhat seasonal and at least somewhat original. All the rules and the entry form are here. Even the people who don't win seem to have had a grand time just participating. Unless you're scheduled to appear on Chopped, this could be your best chance to have your culinary skills lauded publically for some time (and our judges aren't nearly so critical).

Community Day #3 is October 22 as well. Applications are here, the deadline to apply is October 15, and if we have any spaces left by then, we'll be very surprised, so apply soonest for your best chance of securing a spot.

Second Chance at the Book Fair
Oops! The Book Fair at the Lansdowne Friends School is in fact this week, not last, as we claimed so boldly here previously. It's today at 2:00, in fact, and runs until 8:00 tonight. Then it picks up again tomorrow at 8:00 am and runs until 2:00 in the afternoon. Got it? 2:00 to 8:00 today, and 8:00 to 2:00 tomorrow. Borders is closed now, making in-person book browsing harder and harder, so all the more reason to head over to 110 N. Lansdowne Avenue and buy a book or two for the little ones in your life.

Make Space in Your Life for Art
By starting on a Saturday, October has made us wait as long as possible for the month's First Friday event at Art Space Lansdowne, but it's finally here, coming up tomorrow evening, October 7, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. These evenings are always free and open to the public, with free snacks and drinks once you get inside. It's a swell way to see new art and crafts from local artisans and to hang with friends and neighbors. You can even pick up a card good for a half-price appetizer that same evening at Lansdowne's award winning BYOB, Sycamore. How can you resist?

Check out Art Space's new offering of classes and workshops for the fall (including one on making Halloween costumes -- brilliant!), most of which require a time commitment of only a few hours and don't cost much either. Treat yourself and sign up for something. You'll meet some new people and learn a new skill or improve one you have already. We're lucky to have the Art Space in our midst. Take advantage of that!

This is probably also a good place to mention that next Tuesday evening at 7:00, the Lansdowne Arts Board is holding an open meeting to introduce 20*20 House, a planned arts center scheduled to open next September. The meeting is for anyone interested in the project, and the Board hopes to elicit "questions, concerns, and encouragement." The forum is at the Twentieth Century Club at 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue, and 20*20 House is just behind it, at 20 Lansdowne Court.

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: Maura Williams is a Lansdowne photographer of excellent eye, and her landscapes often reflect the calmness and patience of her own nature as well as the same qualities in Nature.

Musician of the Week: To be perfectly honest, the sound isn't working on our computer, so you'll have to go to Vilebred's website to get a sense of what they might be doing, acoustically, at the Market this Saturday because we just can't tell anything from the text.

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, October 6, 7:30 to 10:00 pm
5070 Parkside Avenue, Philadelphia

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

Lansdowne Arts Board 20*20 House Discussion
Tuesday, October 11; 7:00 to 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

End-of-Season Potluck Celebration at Turning Roots Farm
Saturday, October 15, 4:30 on; Free
Bring a dish or drinks to share; musical instruments welcome
3500 Coventryville Road, Pottstown

Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief, presented by Celebration Theater
Sunday, October 16, 7:00 pm; $5
Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue

Minas Jam Session at Le Cochon Noir
Thursday, October 20, 7:30 to10:00 pm
5070 Parkside Avenue, Philadelphia

Minas Duo at Picanha Brazilian Grill
Friday, October 21, 7:00 to 9:30 pm
6501 Castor Avenue, Philadelphia

Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen with special guest Granville Automatic at Lansdowne Folk Club
Thursday, October 27, 7:30; $15 advance, $18 door
Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue

Sorry Wrong Number and Trifles at Celebration Theater
November 4, 5, 6 and 11, 12, 13; Times; $9 Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue

Minas Duo at Picanha Brazilian Grill
Friday, November 11, 7:00 to 9:30 pm
6501 Castor Avenue, Philadelphia

Minas Duo at Bala Cynwyd Library
Sunday, November 13, 2:00 pm
131 Old Lancaster Road, Bala Cynwyd

Roy Book Binder with special guest Phil Minissale at Lansdowne Folk Club
Thursday, November 17, 7:30; $15 advance, $18 door
Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue

Bonus Pre-Thanksgiving Farmers Market
Saturday, November 19, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Lansdowne Avenue Parking Lot

Bit of the Arts Show and Sale
Friday, November 25, 6:00 to 9:00 pm; Saturday, November 26, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm; Free
Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue

David Jacobs-Strain and Bob Beach with special guests Erik Balkey and Annie Donahue at Lansdowne Folk Club
Thursday, December 1, 7:30; $15 advance, $18 door
Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue

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