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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, May 26

Threatening (the) Weather

Oh, Weather, you fickle minx, don't think for one minute that we're going to stand for any nonsense this Saturday. You may have snowed on the Market in January and February -- and October, for heaven's sake! -- but we're on to you now, and we'll brook no shenanigans as the 2012 regular season kicks off. We're looking for sun, a nice breeze, maybe a light cloud cover, minimal humidity. We have some flexibility in this order, but don't take advantage of our good nature. Behave yourself. (If you must cause trouble, the Bryn Mawr Farmers Market is just up the road; take your bad self over there.)

The Starting Lineup

Welcome, dear readers, to the first e-newsletter of the 2012 LFM season! We can pretty much guarantee that this will be the longest one of the year too, so try not to freak out about the length. We haven't gotten any more verbose than usual over the winter, but what we have gotten is more vendors -- eight new ones since the bonus Market in November 2012, three of which you may have met at a Winter Market, but five that you've never seen in the parking lot before ever unless you folks were up to something cagey. Eight new vendors, people! And 18 returning vendors! And all but one of them will be on-site this Saturday. That's a lot of ground to cover, so bear with us as we try to give everyone an introductory newsletter shout-out.

As usual, many vendors are going to alternate weeks and share a space with another vendor. So with almost everyone there on Saturday, we've had to co-opt an extra row of parking spaces to fit them all in. (Needless to say, parking will be at a premium in the Lansdowne Avenue lot. Be clever and go directly to the lot on Highland Avenue; it's free over there during the Market too.) All the vendors that are new since November 2011 will be in that special extra row just this week so you don't miss them. Let's start with these newbies.

  • Akima Botanicals. Kim and Fred handcraft small-batch ecofriendly bath and body products -- including lip balm, perfume oil, and room spray -- from quality, natural ingredients, and they're tres excited to be joining the LFM. Bimonthly: 2nd and 4th Saturdays.
  • Amazing Acres Goat Dairy. Will and Lynne will have fresh goat cheeses from Chester County: plain and flavored chevres and a few bloomy rind cheeses. They say they've heard many wonderful things about the LFM, including that it's "a festival every week." We love it when our (well-deserved) reputation precedes us! Bimonthly: 1st and 3rd Saturdays.
  • Cupcakeology. Ashley and Toni joined us for our Winter Markets, where their gourmet cupcakes, made with lots of love, were met with lots of love (and lines of waiting customers). They're looking forward to bringing you and your family more happy moments, one bite at a time. Bimonthly: 2nd and 4th Saturdays.
  • Farm Fromage. Angela and Alvin will have a wide selection of local fresh and aged artisan cheeses all made in Pennsylvania from cow, goat, or sheep milk. (You asked for more cheese -- we got you more cheese!) Bimonthly: 2nd and 4th Saturdays.
  • Golden Valley Coffee. Maryann will be offering samples of Wild Tiger and Donut Blend coffees and selling bags of several other varieties of bird-friendly ground or whole-bean coffee that's roasted in West Chester, plus a variety of organic loose teas and tea sachets. (Call 610-719-0232 or email if you need a special grind.) Bimonthly: 2nd and 4th Saturdays.
  • John and Kira's. If you tried their bees, ladybugs, figs, cherries, chocolate bars, toffee, fruit squares, or mixed box of chocolates at a Winter Market, you'll no doubt be visiting Sarah for more (and bring your J&K card to get stamped!). These candies are a bit of a splurge but so worth it (and you're worth it too). Lansdowne is J&K's newest market; let's make it their favorite. Bimonthly: 1st and 3rd Saturdays.
  • Oley Valley Mushrooms. Those fancy mushrooms that gourmet recipes are always calling for and that you can't find? These folks have them. In spades. But these beautiful veggies are actually seasonal and prefer cold weather (who knew?), so check the vendor schedule to see when Oley will be around after this week.
  • Penn's Woods Winery. Red and white and dessert wines from a family-owned vineyard and winery in Chadd's Ford. Bimonthly: 1st and 3rd Saturdays.

So that's who's new. Here's who's returning and what you need to know right now (schedule changes from 2011 are in bold italics).

  • Bonnie's Wondergardens. Bonnie and Rose and a whole lotta stuff for you to grow at home or plop into a pretty vase for an instant interior upgrade. Weekly.
  • Doe Run Dairy. Haesel and Kristian bring fabulous artisan cheeses and pretty produce from a farm in Chester County. Now bimonthly: 1st and 3rd Saturdays.
  • Fruitwood Farms. Mike and company supply us with great fruits and veggies all season, starting with strawberries, greens, and asparagus this week, plus wonderful honey all the while. They love us, we love them; it's almost like a song. Weekly.
  • Great Harvest Bread. Debbie brings racks and racks of sweet, savory, and grainy goodness, and she loves to hand out samples. Weekly.
  • Green Aisle Grocery. News salesperson Brian replaces Mica for 2012 and will have coolers of local poultry, sausages, burgers, cheese, hummus, pickles, etc, plus their own-make butters and spreads. Weekly.
  • Harvest Local Foods. Pam and Jane will have favorites like Claudio's fresh mozzarella, thick-cut nitrate-free bacon, blue corn tortilla chips, bbq sauce, sirloin steaks, ground beef, and lots of leafy green veggies. Stop by and tell them what your favorite food is. Jane's is the delectable peach, and Pam's is whatever just came into season (she's afraid she's a fickle foodie and we cannot disabuse her). Weekly.
  • John's MiniCakes. Mushroom soup, chili, pots de crème, cake bars -- all from John's two hard-working hands. Weekly.
  • Lansdowne Table. Crazy-good prepared foods, olives, cheese plates, spice rubs, and other delicacies from the talents behind Sycamore restaurant. Weekly.
  • MyHouse Cookies. And pies; don't forget the pies! Or the quiches, for that matter. Tom and Marie bring all that, and this year they'll be hauling it in every Saturday. Now weekly.
  • Paradocx Vineyard. John and Kelly will have bottles and buckets of Barn Red, Whitewash, and Pail Pink, plus bottles of T-wine while they last. They want us to break the record for empty paint cans returned to Paradocx on opening day, so a prize will go to the person who brings back the most this week. (Plus you get a $2 credit for each bucket you return, win or no.)
  • Provisions. Marnie is coming only twice a month this year with offerings like crepes, breakfast burritos, and falafel sandwiches she makes on site, soup, jerk chicken, baked goods, and bread from Le Bus. Now bimonthly: 1st and 3rd Saturdays.
  • Regency Café. Stop by and say hello to Shirley and check out their new Market-ready salads and quiches on top of the other swell stuff you're used to seeing (and buying) there. Weekly.
  • Ridge Valley Farm. Sue will have a fresh batch of maple syrup tapped just this spring, plus some products made with that lovely elixir, like cakes and candies. Monthly: 4th Saturday.
  • Schober Orchards. Todd and Becky will bring peach cider and fruit spreads and fragrant wood for your fire pit, as well as greens and the like from neighboring farmers until their own fruits and veggies kick in. Weekly.
  • Spotted Hill Farm. Donna's soaps, made from goat milk from her own herd of nannies, are absolutely addictive, as we discovered when she missed a couple Winter Markets and customers were inconsolable. Bimonthly: 1st and 3rd Saturdays.
  • Turning Roots Farm. TJ and Chris grow organic produce and display it so prettily it's irresistible. This week they'll have the season's first greens and radishes, plus organic vegetable plants so you can grow your own at home, including tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and Swiss chard. They'll be expanding to two tents and adding more help -- Chelsea, Jenna, and Melanie -- as the season wears on. Weekly.
  • Yellow Springs Farm. Catherine shows off by offering both award-winning fresh and aged goat cheeses, plus a goat milk caramel sauce that is sinfully good. Forty-four goat kids were born at Yellow Springs this spring, and each one has a name! (See twins Casey and Christy here.) Now bimonthly: 2nd and 4th Saturdays.

Getting Promoted

It's time to pull out those LFM yard signs to alert passersby to your whereabouts on Saturday mornings. (Hey, if the Publishers Clearinghouse crew shows up to award you a giant sweepstakes check, you want them to know where to find you.) You can pick up a sign on Saturday at the Market Manager tent if you need one. Or, if you already have one on display, stop by anyway and tell us, and we'll let you pick out an LFM Ripe & Ready T-shirt for free! (See what we're up to here? You're already advertising the Market in your yard, so we give you more advertising for your body. Yes, we're taking advantage of your enthusiasm, but in a nice way.) You can also buy a shirt for only $5 with no sign entanglements. We already anticipate feeling especially generous with the Market Bucks on Saturday, so do stop over and say howdy-do, and you'll no doubt end up with one, especially if you mention this invitation. We're just that glad to see you again.

Also this Weekend

Of course you're going to make the Farmers Market the focus of your holiday weekend, but there's plenty else to do here in town. Starting tonight, when Lansdowne's No Place for Hate Committee presents a free showing of Stonewall Uprising at the Lansdowne Public Library. The film revisits the 1969 incident that marked the start of the gay rights movement in the United States. Free popcorn will be provided; feel free to bring a beverage. A discussion will follow the film.

On Sunday, the Lansdowne Arts Board presents the next installment in its Salon Sundays series at noon at Sycamore, 14 S. Lansdowne Avenue. This session features a discussion on the lives of artists as entrepreneurs led by Thaddeus Squire, founder of Hidden City Philadelphia, Peregrine Arts, and Culture Works of Greater Philadelphia. The event is free, but donations are appreciated.

Off and Running

Right up there with the Farmers Market on the list of big to-dos this weekend is Monday's one-two punch of the Sixth Annual Memorial Day 5K and the Memorial Day Parade that follows the race. If you haven't yet registered to run, it's not too late. Walk-up registration begins at 6:45 am, so set your alarm clocks. If you have registered already, you already know that the start time is 8:00 am this year (probably also alarm clock-worthy), so make sure all friends, family, and fans are ready to go as well. The race begins and ends in front of the theater and the municipal parking (ahem, Farmers Market) lot. This year's 5K is a Zero Waste event as approved by the Pennsylvania Resources Council.

Immediately following the 5K, the Lansdowne Memorial Day Parade starts promptly at 9:00 just up the block at Lansdowne and LaCrosse avenues. The route heads north on Lansdowne before making its way over to the Penn Wood High School field and World War monuments for a ceremony and closing events. Co-sponsors of this year's parade are the Albert Clinton Wunderlich American Legion Post #65 and the Lansdowne Business And Professional Association.

Anyone for Pancakes?

Surely a 5K run followed by a parade is going to leave plenty of folks hungry, so why not head back over to the Lansdowne Baptist Church for its annual pancake breakfast? The church, located at the northeast corner of Lansdowne & LaCrosse, will serve hot and hearty breakfasts from 9:30 am until noon, with all proceeds helping to support the Aaron Royal Scholarship Fund, which benefits students in the William Penn School District.


Artist of the Week

Mike Bomberowich's work is, in a word, Spec. Tac. U. Lar. At his Five One Two Wordworking shop right here in Lansdowne, Mike makes your basic, average, completely run-of-the-mill household accessories like cutting boards, rolling pins, bookcases, toys, rocking horses, rocking motorcycles, spinning wheels, music stands, violins, and dining room sets that seat 10. He's probably got a working lunar module in clamps right now. Seriously, you have to see this stuff to believe it. Been wanting your own full-size wooden Karmann Ghia? He takes custom orders.

Musician of the Week

Nothing like opening with three of the LFM's best, most favoritest musicians -- David Falcone, Bob Beach, and Jim Klingler -- to get things off to a happy start. Accomplished performers all (as well as all-round good guys; to wit, Bob voluntarily books all the music for the LFM), they'll make you glad you have ears (and knees to slap, like Jim's doing here).

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



Lansdowne Farmers Market Opening Day
Saturday, May 26, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Municipal lot at 30 N. Lansdowne Avenue

Salon Sunday: Artists as Entrepreneurs
seminar featuring Thaddeus Squire
Sunday, May 27, Noon
Sycamore, 14 S. Lansdowne Avenue

Lansdowne Memorial Day 5K
Sponsored by the LEDC
Monday, May 28, race at 8:00 am;
walk-up registration begins 6:45 am.
$15 youths; $25 adults
Lansdowne Avenue parking lot

Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 28, 9:00 am
Route begins at Lansdowne and LaCrosse Avenues and proceeds to Penn Wood High School for ceremonies

All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast
benefits the Aaron Royal Scholarship Fund Monday, May 28, 9:30 am - Noon
Lansdowne Baptist Church
17 East LaCrosse Avenue

First Friday at Art Space Lansdowne
Friday, June 1, 6:00 - 9:00 pm; Free
25 S. Lansdowne Avenue

Photography Exhibit: Travel & Nature by Bill Patterson
Friday, June 1, 6:00 - 9:00 pm; Free
Paddington Station, 12 S. Lansdowne Avenue

Illumination: The Light Within
Photography exhibit by Mark Gavin and John Gruber
Friday, June 1, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Saturday, June 2, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Soji Zen Center, 2335 W. Marshall Road

Volunteer Clean-Up at the Lansdowne Theater
Saturday, June 2, 10:00 am
31 N. Lansdowne Avenue (enter at rear of theater)

Owen Biddle Photo School Student Exhibition Opening
Saturday, June 2, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Regency Cafe, 29 N. Lansdowne Avenue

First Presbyterian Church 125th Birthday Celebration
Games for all ages, moonbounce, music, food, and more.
Sunday, June 3, 11:15 am
On the church lawn at Greenwood and Lansdowne Avenues

Lansdowne Folk Club presents The Steel Wheels
Thursday, June 7, 7:30 pm; $15-$18
Lansdowne Presbyterian Church, 140 N. Lansdowne Avenue

Doggie Spa Day
Fundraiser for Animal Friends of Lansdowne
Saturday, June 9, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
225 Wayne Avenue

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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.

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