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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, June 2

Strong Start

Someone we respect as an authoritative voice on all things Lansdowne declared last week's opening Market "a great time," "a banner day for Lansdowne," and even "one of the town's signature events," and we ran right home and recorded it in our diary as something to be proud of. (Then we took a nap, 'cause we were pooped.) Hopefully, you thought something similar or just had a terrific shopping and socializing experience without even trying to describe it in quotable terms. Thanks so much for coming, and if you didn't come last week, it's too bad because you missed a great time, a banner day -- dare we say a signature event.

The Vendor Waltz

Many shoppers said they liked the opening Market's three-row layout, but this week it'll be back to its usual two-rows-with-midway setup that has served it so well. Last week you got a look at all the 2012 vendors except the Community Youth Garden (still waiting for their first harvest) and Spotted Hill (Donna was sick), and this week you'll see what the usual "first and third" Saturday Markets will look like, since many vendors have schedules based on appearances twice a month, either first and third Saturdays or second and fourth Saturdays, with the occasional fifth Saturday going to the highest bidder. (Kidding, the two fifth Saturdays that happen during the Market season are split so that each space-sharing vendor gets one.) All this is pretty confusing when presented like this (it took two calendars, a spreadsheet, and a slide rule to work it out in the first place), so please consult the online vendor schedule each week to be sure about who will be there, barring late cancellations.

The method behind the alternating schedule madness was to have two cheese makers, one sweets-only vendor (cupcakes or chocolates), one body product vendor, and one wine seller on site each week (that's right: wine will be available every Saturday, so cheers to that). It gets a little messier when we explain that Provisions is splitting a space with Golden Valley Coffee (so some weeks we'll have made-to-order hot breakfasts and some we won't), and that another space is being shared by three entirely unrelated vendors -- Oley Valley Mushrooms, the Community Youth Garden, and Ridge Valley (maple syrup) -- in a sequence seemingly determined by high tides and gold prices. Seriously, check the schedule.

So now that you've heeded our advice and consulted the online schedule (twice), you know that this week, in addition to the regular weekly vendors (of which MyHouse Cookies is now one), you'll see Doe Run and Amazing Acres for cheese, Penns Woods for wine, Spotted Hill for soap, John and Kira's for sweets, Oley Valley Mushrooms, and Provisions. (Marnie is no longer going to be selling bread though, since Great Harvest and the Regency are now filling the Market's needs on that front.) So, to sum up what we've been trying to explain, this is what first and third Saturdays at the LFM will look like (with the exception of the mushrooms, since that slot is a wildcard). Next week, more briefly since you should have the gist by then, we'll tell you about second and fourth Saturdays. (Just be glad there's no quiz.)


If you didn't stop at Amazing Acres or Penns Woods Winery last week, try to hit them up this week. First off, the people working at both stands are really nice (folks must be catching on that service with a smile works), and the product is great both places too. Will and Lynne at Amazing Acres would love to give you a sample of the many kinds of chevre (the cranberry and the rosemary lemon are the most popular) they make from the milk of their dozen goats. They recommend their soft Fromagina for cooking, for an extra tang where you might otherwise use ricotta or cream cheese in ravioli or cheesecake. Over at Penns Woods Winery, you can also sample their offerings -- red, white, and rosé. Their Bancroft rosé is delectable icy cold and was just what we needed in the heat of last Saturday evening.

Worth Noting

Now is a great time to be dark leafy greens lover, since last week we counted at least four kinds -- kale, Swiss chard, collard greens, mustard greens -- as well as spinach, arugula, bok choy, and a plethora of lettuces, which were at least green and leafy, if not all that dark. We came home with some bok choy, intent on duplicating a side dish served at Vietnam Cafe in West Philly (where you should eat if you haven't and eat again soon if you have), and this recipe works nicely. If we're lucky, garlic scapes will be available for another week or two (garlic scape carbonara, anyone?), as well as strawberries, though combing the two is not recommended. (Hats off to Fruitwood Farms for some of the best strawberries we've ever had without picking them ourselves.) Since we're always looking for a reason to eat chunky sea salt almost right out of the package, we were glad to find both radishes and snow peas, which work great as a conveyance mechanism. (Rinse them first so the salt sticks better.) If you're interested in growing your own crops, Bonnie's Wondergardens has vegetable and herb seedlings (plus an array of pretty plants for your flower beds and window boxes), and Turning Roots has a nice variety of organic plants for both full-size and bite-size tomatoes, as well as chard and peppers.

It's a delight to have Oley Valley's fresh and gorgeous mushrooms at the Market. Their oyster mushrooms in particular are something to crow about. Here's some information about oyster mushrooms, including recipe ideas. But an important thing to remember about oyster and cremini and shitake and even plain white button mushrooms is, no matter what the recipe says, don't put them under water and wash them. Trim them, yes, and brush them off or wipe them with a dry paper towel if they have actual dirt hanging on them, but mushrooms are like sponges and will hold water if you submerge them or rinse them, so avoid that, since it will affect your ability to sauté them properly if they're watery. (You can find contradictory advice on the internet, but ignore it. We're from Southern Chester County, ie, mushroom country, and have growers in the family, so trust us on this: don't wash mushrooms.)

We told you here last week that the Regency tent would have ready-to-eat quiche and salads, but Shirley decided to hold off a week because of the heat. Try her again this Saturday. If you want a quiche to heat up at home, we can't even pick a favorite from the selections at MyHouse, though the green olive and potato one they introduced over the winter is a contender. One last thing: the mushroom soup at John's Minicakes? Still fabulous.

Iron Anniversary

So this is the Market's sixth year, can ya believe it? The traditional gift for a sixth anniversary is something made of iron. In lieu of offering you anvils or filings, we opted for iron-on patches that we think encapsulate the best qualities of the Lansdowne Farmers Market in two words: "Naturally Neighborly." (Thus following the LFM T-shirt slogan "Ripe & Ready" and the birdhouse slogan, uh, "Put a Bird in It.") These handsome little patches can be ironed or stitched onto any kind of cloth and are available at the Market Manager tent for $3 each while they last (which may be a while since we got 500, but come get one soon and be the first on your block).

Things That Don't Fit Under Another Heading

Paradocx Vineyard would like to thank everyone who returned cans last week for a $2 credit and who participated in their raffle. Three winners of free tastings at Paradocx in Landenberg were drawn at the end of the opening Market: Amy McClenahan of Lansdowne, Dan Bonsall of Drexel Hill, and David Falcone of wherever supercool musicians go when they're not performing. Congratulations, winners!

Earn a Market Buck this week by wearing one of the just-mentioned Ripe & Ready T-shirts and presenting yourself at the Market Manager tent for inspection and possibly a photograph. Finally, the application for the season's first Community Day (on June 30) will be made available through this e-newsletter next week or at the Market in hardcopy on June 9.

Late breaking news: Look what the Philadelphia Tribune had to say about the LFM! (Spoiler alert: it's nice.)

Friday Art Explosion: Fashion, Photography and More

By now you've probably grown to expect a night of culture on the first Friday of every month, with Art Space Lansdowne hosting its usual monthly exhibit from 6 to 9 pm. This month is no exception, as Art Space hosts a fashion-centric display from designers Cari Brezina and Nicole Haddad. However, there are several other venues in town also hosting exhibits that coincide with this Friday night.

After you stop by Art Space Lansdowne (or before if you like), pop across the street to Paddington Station Antiques (12 S. Lansdowne) for a display of work by photographer Bill Patterson. The exhibit, which features his travel and nature photography, is free to view and is open from 6 to 8 pm. Early visitors are welcome.

Meanwhile, just a short distance away, another exhibit of photography will take place at the Soji Zen Center, 2335 Marshall Road. Illumination: The Light Within features the work of lensmen Mark Gavin and John Gruber, and is open to the public from 7 to 9 pm Friday and from 3 to 5 pm on Saturday, June 2.

Finally, beginning Friday and continuing throughout the month, the Owen Biddle Photo School presents its first student show at the Regency Cafe. Six photographers have taken on the technical challenges and created pictures that remind us of our debt to those who came before us while bringing fresh interpretations to classic themes. The resulting photographs are unusual and evocative, and totally worth a trip to the Regency! On Saturday, stop by for an opening reception from 4 to 6 pm.

Lend a Hand at Theater Clean-Up

Feeling strong? Don't mind getting a little dirty? If so, the Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation would love your help at its volunteer clean-up event Saturday starting at 10 am. The goal is to remove dirt and other junk from the basement under the theater's stage, but if turnout is strong enough, you'll be able to take on additional tasks elsewhere in the building. For a quick recap of the theater's history and the ongoing restoration, check out this snazzy new mini-documentary. Coffee, water, and iced tea will be available. If you're able to pitch in for a few hours, please email to RSVP or call 610-622-1234 and leave a message. Volunteers are asked to enter the theater through the stage doors at the rear of the Dollar Tree parking lot.

Epiphany House Fundraising Raffle

Imagine a neighborhood designed to support the adoption of special needs and foster children. Epiphany House has, and they'd like to build it! Learn more about this project at their website. You can help support their effort by purchasing a ticket to their fundraising raffle, which will draw a winner June 30 at the Lansdowne Farmers Market. The winner gets a massage, Cinema 16:9 tickets, wine, and a $100 gift certificate to Sycamore! To sell or purchase tickets, email

Happy Birthday, First Presbyterian!

The First Presbyterian Church of Lansdowne is turning 125 and plans to celebrate this Sunday on the lawn of the church beginning at 11:15 am. Stop by and enjoy games for adults and kids, a moonbounce, music, fun, food, and more! The Church is located on the corners of Greenwood and Lansdowne Avenues.


Artist of the Week

Pidge Molyneaux of MWMDesigns makes one-of-a-kind jewelry of natural, organic, and Fair Trade materials -- including gemstones, pearls, and crystals -- to produce reasonably priced pieces with wide appeal. Do you still owe Mom a Mother's Day present? Stop by Pidge's table to set that straight.

Musician of the Week

Every summer the Market is treated to the music of Adelante, and every summer we have trouble describing that music here. It involves keyboards, percussion, bass, chimes -- not your usual combo. Give a listen and see what you think.

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



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 Reception
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

Movie Night in the Park: The Muppets
Presented by Lansdowne Parks & Recreation Department
Friday, June 8, movie begins at 8:30 pm
Hoffman Park, Scottdale Road

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

Home Based Business Networking Meetup
Presented by the LBPA
Thursday, June 14, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Regency Cafe, 29 N. Lansdowne Avenue
email for details

Salon Sunday: Case Studies in Artist Co-ops
Seminar featuring Cari Brezina, Nicole Haddad, Jennifer Hoff, Richard Prigg and Lele Tran
Sunday, June 24, Noon; Free
Sycamore, 14 S. Lansdowne Avenue

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The overriding color of the early Market season is, appropriately enough, green.

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


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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