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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, November 19

Can't Hardly Wait!
With 23 Markets down for 2011 and one to go, there's no denying that the end is near. Get out the sandwich boards! All week, people have been excitedly telling us they "can't wait for the last Market!" We get what they mean -- they're happy for the opportunity to shop and fraternize this Saturday at what is indeed 2011's very last Market -- but the phrasing sounds a bit like they're eager for it to be over, like "I can't wait to take my last exam!" or "Really looking forward to having this last mole removed!" Taking it on faith that a desire for the Market to be over and done with is not what's intended, we're rolling out the best, most complete shopping opportunity of the whole season, with 18 vendors stocked to the gills, plus an artist and musician. This means that space will be tight and some vendors may be shifted from where you're accustomed to seeing them, so look carefully and ask at the Manager tent if you can't locate a favorite. (Also, though they won't have a booth on Saturday, Animal Friends of Lansdowne will be drawing and announcing the winner of its quilt raffle near the end of the Market day.) With the season officially coming to an end, we'd like to remind the many good folks displaying Lansdowne Farmers Market lawn signs that it's time to bring them in for the winter. Thanks to all of you who have chipped in to heighten LFM awareness!


Be Prepared
This is the time of year when we remind you to stock up for heaven's sake on the things that are (1) going to keep well, and (2) going to make great little gifts over the next few months -- stuffed into stockings, piled into baskets, or bound with a bow and delivered to holiday hosts. There's a slew of these small nonperishables available, and you'd be a smartypants indeed to bring extra money and sturdy bags to take home containers of honey, fruit butters, jams, maple syrup, oils, finishing salts, rubs, pickles, salsa, wine, and the like. Likewise the body products -- salts, lotions and soaps. Not only will you be supporting local businesses with these purchases (and, in case you had not heard, there's a move afoot to spend money close to home this holiday season), you'll have a stock of giveables that you can, of course, give to yourself if you decide to. (Gathering items for the gift closet that end up being used in your own home is a great American tradition.)

A clever shopper might also consider purchasing extra prepared foods and freezing them for down the road. Great Harvest's bread will keep in the freezer up to three months double bagged in their own bread bags (just tell Debbie you want to freeze it and she'll give you a couple). MyHouse's fruit pies and quiches can be frozen for a month or two by taking them out of the clamshells and wrapping them tightly in plastic or freezer wrap; defrost them in the fridge or pop straight into the oven. The soups and chili of John's MiniTreats freeze beautifully, you just have to get to the Market early enough to score a couple quarts. Apple cider freezes to fine effect after the plastic jug is opened and some cider removed (and drunk!) to allow for expansion (trying buying a few small ones so you can defrost on an as-needed basis all winter). This is certainly not an exhaustive list of what's worthy and capable of being frozen, but it gives you an idea of where to start. So head to your freezer and toss the old popsicles, dried out waffles, and top layer of your wedding cake to make some room for this stuff!


Product Update
Assume that the bulk of the vendors will have the seasonal goods you would expect this time of year. A few vendors will have special products or first-time products this week or have special offers, and that's what we're going to detail here.

  • Schober Orchards: In honor of Veteran's Day, all vets will be given a free basket of apples and gallon of cider courtesy of Darlene and company.

  • Fruitwood Farms: For those of you who can't get enough of Asian pears, try their new Asian pear cider. Mike says it's decidedly different from apple cider.

  • Turning Roots Farms: The snow put the kibosh on their more delicate greens, but TJ and Chris will have broccoli, winter squash, and lots of carrots. All of these are terrific side dishes for both regular and holiday meals, and this simple recipe from Mark Bittman produces the most delicious carrots we've ever made at home. Seriously, try it.

  • Bonnie's Wondergardens: Bonnie is going over the top with Thanksgiving centerpieces, arrangements, and baskets; the first touch of Christmas in the form of wreathes; and ornamental cabbages and other seasonal plantings.

  • Harvest Local Foods: Pam's bringing ready-to-roll pie crust and heirloom cranberries, among other helpful holiday items, plus, for the first time, skeins of local wool from the sheep at High View Farm in New Jersey, which provides HLF with lamp chops. (And if you want to pick up one of their fresh, pasture-raised turkeys at their storefront next Tuesday or Wednesday, order it already: 484-461-7884 or buylocal@harvestlocalfoods.com.)

  • The Lansdowne Table: They do the work for you with their regular ($19) and large ($29) farmer's plates, loaded with cheeses, charcuterie, and delicious extras, for Thanksgiving or even a few days after. (If you can't find little gifts for the foodies in your life at this stand, you're just not trying and your foodies should find new gift shoppers.)

  • Green Aisle Grocery: Sweet salesperson Mica is done for the season (sob!) so Grocery owner Adam will be bringing local eggnog made from organic grass-fed cows raised on a farm in Lancaster, as well as highly giftable all-natural scented soy candles in two sizes (10 oz for $15 and 6 oz for $8), also made in Lancaster.

  • Yellow Springs Farm: A worker from the farm will be offering goat meat and goat cheese chocolate truffles (gift alert! [the truffles, not the meat]) for the first time this Saturday.

  • Paradocx Vineyard: Carl and Susan will be handing out mulled samples of their Spiced Wine ($35 a can). The Vineyard is also offering a thoughtfully selected Holiday Gift Pack (three bottles for $50). If you've finished a can of wine, remember to return the bucket this Saturday for a $2 credit on your next purchase.

Culture Stock
Lansdowne is gaining some serious cred (not sure whether that's street lingo for "credit," "credibility," or "accreditation," but whatever it is, we got it) as a place that supports arts and culture in nearly all forms and many ways. Thanksgiving to New Year's is always a high time for such events, so another list is in order to get the most information out quickly. Thus, in order of occurrence:

  • Roy Book Binder with special guest Phil Minissale at the Lansdowne Folk Club: Tonight at 7:30 at the Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue; $18 at the door.

  • The Magic Flute at Cinema 16:9: High-definition film of Mozart's opera performed at Milan's La Scala Opera House; appropriate for and open to all ages; Sundays, November 20 and 27, at 1:30 pm, and Tuesdays, November 22 and 29, at 7:30 pm; $20.

  • Bit of the Arts Holiday Show and Sale: Jam-packed with local artists and artisans (always some new ones and always some returning favorites; follow the link for the list), live music, and a student art show; Friday, November 25, 6:00 to 9:00 pm (that's Black Friday), and Saturday, November 26, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, at the Twentieth Century Club; free admission.

  • David Jacobs-Strain and Bob Beach with special guests Erik Balkey and Annie Donahue at Lansdowne Folk Club: More music than you can shake a stick at; Thursday, December 1, at 7:30 at Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue; $15 in advance, $18 at the door.

  • First Friday at Art Space Lansdowne: Another winning combination of artsy types with stuff for sale (follow the link for exhibitors), free snacks and beverages, and nice folks to talk with; Friday, December 2, 6:00 to 9:00 pm; free admission.

  • Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra Holiday and Youth Concert: Featuring the Upper Darby High School Chorus; Sunday, December 4, 3:00 pm; Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, Upper Darby High School; $5 to $18.

  • Rick Prigg Painting Show: In a space that will soon be a new restaurant brought to you by the owners of Sycamore (which, BTW, just placed in the top 100 restaurants in the country in Open Table's Diners Choice awards), see and purchase this Lansdowne artist's wonderful land-, sea- and airscapes at a special one-day-only event (follow the link for a preview); Saturday, December 10, 4:00 to 8:00 pm, 24 N. Lansdowne Avenue; free admission.

  • Although it doesn't really fit this list of events, it bears mention that Paddington Station Antiques on the Avenue (beside Sycamore), which carries gifts, art, and antiques, has reopened for shopping Thursday through Saturday, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm, at 12 S. Lansdowne Avenue; 610-574-3449.

The Future
Being that the end is near, this is the last issue of Fresh Picks until May of 2012. (Sounds like forever, doesn't it?) In a couple of weeks, you'll get the cold-weather version of this e-newsletter, Discover Lansdowne, which will come to your in-box every other week and do its darnedest to keep you posted on what's happening in 'Downe Town. Thanks for wanting to know!

FEATURED THIS WEEK

Artist of the Week: Rained, snowed, and sleeted out last time, Ellen Lustgarten of In Stitches will be present and accounted for with her colorful knitted and felted and altogether useful items (think gifts, people, gifts).

Musician of the Week: Who would have expected Rupert Wates to drive down from New York City in that storm we had at the last Market? We sure didn't. Then he showed up in the midst of all that yuck and we had to do something with him, so The Regency Café took him in (thanks, Regency!). Undeterred and clearly determined to play for the LFM, he's coming back this Saturday, and we're sure you're gonna love him. Please throw him an extra buck for showing up last time.

Check out what's coming in the weeks ahead, music and art-wise, by visiting our continually updated online schedule.

NEWS

UPCOMING LOCAL EVENTS

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

Minas at World Cafe Live at the Queen
Saturday, November 19, 8:30 pm 500 N. Market Street, Wilmington, DE

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

First Friday at Art Space Lansdowne
Friday, December 2, 6:00-9:00 pm; Free
25 S. Lansdowne Avenue

Christmas Tree Lighting presented by the Lansdowne Business and Professional Association
Friday, December 2, 6:30 pm; Free
Municipal Lot at 30 N. Lansdowne Ave

Christmas Tea at Simpson Gardens
Saturday, December 3, 1:00 pm; $10-$15
Simpson Gardens Dining Room, 84 N. Lansdowne Avenue

Youth and Holiday Concert of Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra
Sunday, December 4, 3:00 pm; $5-$18
Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, Upper Darby High School

Do you have an event to announce?
Send your upcoming events to events@lansdownesfuture.org to have them included in this space!

View the complete listing of local events.

The Lansdowne Community Youth Garden table.

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

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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.