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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, June 9

2/4 Time

Now that you have a taste of the typical first and third Saturday Market, let's move on to second and fourth, shall we? An important thing to know right off the bat is that Provisions will not be at the 2/4 Markets, so no short-order Marnie cooking up breakfasts to order. (Over at the Manager tent, we will be requiring anyone who frantically inquires, "Where's the crepe lady??" to sign up for the newsletter immediately.) There are plenty of other good breakfasts at the Market -- baked goods, granola, quiche, creamy soup, berries, and so forth -- so we'll get by just fine; don't panic. (Especially with all the free samples vendors are offering!)

In Provisions' spot will be Golden Valley Farms Coffee Roasters, a West Chester business that sources its beans carefully (including bird-friendly and fair trade varieties), and also offers organic tea. To help with your selection you can try a small samples of 2 of the 10 or so different blends and roasts they bring each time they come (they have a total of 18 and switch them out from week to week). This Saturday they'll be sampling their Artisan and Guatemalan blends and have a special offer of a free Red Stone Cafe travel mug when you buy two bags of coffee.

Another new vendor on the 2/4 schedule is Akima Botanicals, a local small business specializing in ecofriendly bath and body products. Proprietor Kim (she of the bold black tent) makes lip balms, roll-on perfume oils, room and body sprays, and even antibacterial and antimicrobial sprays for yoga mats (useful both for disinfection and to persuade them not to smell like the sole of a tennis shoe). Look for Akima where Spotted Hill's soaps were last week.

Farm Fromage is this week's new cheese vendor. At Farm Fromage, they make cheese and sell products from other cheesemakers in PA, so their product line will change a bit each time they come. (Keeping it fresh -- we like that.) Their cheeses are sold mostly in cuts of one third of a pound and include both cow's milk and goat's milk varieties. Two popular ones that they expect to bring every time are their Beer Tomme and Camembert. Ask for a sample. (For most 2/4 Markets, Yellow Springs Farm will also be on site to sell their goat cheese and caramel sauces, but Catherine couldn't make it this week. She'll be back next on June 23.)

Collingdale's Cupcakeology started over the winter and became an immediate favorite because of the variety and quality of their offerings. Like chocolate? They have four or five (maybe even six) different cupcakes featuring chocolate, plus others with peanut butter, fruit, bacon, you name it. Picking a flavor or two might be the hardest decision you'll make all day; it's easier to get a mixed half dozen. They'll be where John and Kira's was last week.

The final regular 2/4 vendor is Paradocx Vineyard, which has done a brisk business since their first visit late last season. They offer tempting tastes and will give you a $2 credit for each of their wine paint cans you return. In addition to being conversation pieces, those 3.5-liter cans hold the equivalent of four bottles of wine and so are economical, especially if you have large get-togethers in your future. (Drink them within two weeks once you tap them.)

The wildcard slot this Saturday again goes to Oley Valley Mushrooms, who we're trying to have as often as possible while it's still relatively cool and before the Community Youth Garden's produce kicks in.

Peas Are Our Peeps

One of our favorite spring veggies is peas in all varieties. So far, the Market has featured two types of edible-pod peas: tender snow peas, great for stir fries and eating out of hand, and sugar snap peas, a somewhat more robust cousin, which can also be eaten raw but that also stand up well to the heat of quick roasting or grilling. We have a hunch that our favorite variety, shelling peas (aka English peas or, most adorably, sweet peas), will make an appearance this week, and we're ready just in case with this recipe for gnocchi with peas, though skipping the gnocchi and just slathering on the butter is also a fine option. (Have a double helping of kale for lunch to balance it.)

Cherries at the Market! Both Sweet and Sour! Woohoo!

And Harvest Local has ready to roll out pie crust. Just sayin.


Market shoppers clearly love Market Bucks and not just because they're a free dollar, but because they're cute and fit nicely in the hand and it's fun to spend something other than actual cash that the vendors will gladly accept. (Attempts to trade comic books for pies and young children for tomatoes may not be so successful.) Bearing this in mind, a Market shopper made a great suggestion that we're going to act on. While we'll continue to give out Market Bucks for doing whatever random thing we come up with (this week, we're looking for Ripe & Ready shirts again, so hope you did a load of wash), you can now purchase Market bucks in $5 bundles to give to your kids to spend or to pass on to neighbors to encourage them to come to the Market or to put into a local friend's birthday card or to give to just about anyone to let them know the Market is important to you and you want it to be important to them too. Five dollars' worth of Market Bucks will cost you, well, $5, but we guarantee that you'll get your money's worth. So stop by the Manager tent and buy some Bucks! And while you're there, pick up a Naturally Neighborly patch too. You can even purchase it with your new Market Bucks though that might be a little odd.

A Day for All

The 2012 season's first Community Day will be the final Saturday of this month, June 30, and applications are available here as well as in hardcopy form at the Market on Saturday. You know our spiel by now about what a good opportunity this is to introduce your business, organization, or self to the community, and if you're simply an observant shopper who's noticed the scores of people that come through the Market every week, you knew all that without ever reading it here. In short, you get a lot of exposure bang for 25 bucks on Community Day, so don't be shy if you have something to promote -- sign up. Apps are due by June 23 to the address on the form. (Please don't turn it in at the Manager tent because we're busy with other things and may misplace it, and then you'd be perturbed at us because you didn't follow the directions, and that's not really fair now, is it?)

Two Movie Nights: One for Them, One for You

One of the most popular movies of last year -- among both young and old, small and large -- was The Muppets, a funny, sunny, no-doubt punny live-action musical in the tradition of old-fashioned let's-put-on-a-show-to-raise-money-to-save-something-we-love extravaganzas. We mention this because it's the film being shown at this summer's free Movie Night in Hoffman Park on Scottdale Road, tomorrow evening, Friday, June 8. Arrive any time after 6:00 pm and bring a blanket or low chairs, snacks, a picnic dinner -- whatever you need to be comfortable outside for a couple of hours. The movie will start at 8:30. In our book, nothing beats a free movie accompanied by fireflies.

Once you've indulged the kids in the free movie on Friday, you won't feel bad about settling them with a sitter to head out and spend a little money on Saturday evening, June 9, which is featuring a truly special event you won't want to miss for fear of hearing from others about how great it was. Cinema 16:9 and the so-new-it's-not-even-actually-open-yet NoBL (sister restaurant to Sycamore) are teaming up to offer the acclaimed film Music From the Big House at 16:9 paired with a wine, cheese, and music reception at NoBL, during which you can meet the musician on whom the documentary focuses, Canada's Queen of the Blues, Rita Chiarelli, who will also perform. Movie showtimes are 5:30 and 9:00, and the musical performance and reception is at 7:30, so you can see the film then meet-and-greet or vice versa. Importantly, tickets can't be purchased through the website for this special event, so call 484-461-7676 to reserve yours now using a credit card; they're $17 for 16:9 members, $9.50 for Greenlight ticket holders, and $20 for nonmembers (online 16:9 deals do not apply this time). You can also buy tix in person at 16:9.

Tonight: Steel Wheels Rolling

Despite the ongoing renovations of the Twentieth Century Club, the Lansdowne Folk Club continues to bring top-notch musical acts to Lansdowne. Tonight, the acclaimed Americana/roots four-piece The Steel Wheels pedal into town for a 7:30 pm show at the LFC's temporary home at Lansdowne Presbyterian Church's Irwin Hall. The group's authentic, hearfelt harmonies are augmented by fiddle, upright bass, and mandolin, as can be heard on their most recent release Lay Down Lay Low. (Disclaimer: while they're not literally riding bikes to this show, last year the cycle-crazy crooners actually did an 11-day tour of the midwest traveling entirely by bike, covering over 600 miles along the way.) Opening tonight's show is the Pittsburgh-based Broken Fences. Doors open at 6:30 pm, show begins at 7:30 pm; tickets are $18 at the door.

Cleanliness is Next to Dogliness

We all need a day at the spa every now and then, so why not treat your pooch to some pampering too? In an effort to raise funds for a good cause and provide a valuable service to the canine-companioned community, Animal Friends of Lansdowne is holding another Doggie Spa Day this Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm at 225 Wayne Avenue. While dog washers and groomers take care of your pooch, owners can get a little pampering with a chair massage and refreshments. Chances are your dog reads this newsletter too, so avoid hurting Fido's feelings and bring him out for some scrubbin'.

Fitness Open House

If you're looking to get in shape but not interested in a "big box" type of gym experience, Personalized Fitness and Apparel may be just for you. Owned by lifelong fitness fanatic Adrian Lugo, the business recently opened up at 14 East Stratford Avenue. On Saturday, PFA is hosting an open house between noon and 4 pm. Stop by and check out the facilities during a ribbon-cutting ceremony, complete with live music, games, free nutrition supplement samples, and raffle prizes.


Artist of the Week

This is the season of dads and grads, and, sure, you can give them pens or ties or gift cards. Or you can give them something unique and memorable and useful that they'll prize and talk about and use, like the hand-carved walking and hiking sticks created by Lansdowne resident Bob Bartmann. He imbues his carvings with faces and features and a whole lot of character, creating good companions for even the most solitary sojourners. Give your favorite dad or grad one of these sticks and know that your good wishes will be a tangible part of your special person's adventures.

Musicians of the Week

A double bill this week, with fiddler Chris Liakos and guitar guy Pete Glaze. There will be strumming, there will be singing, toes will be tapped. (And if they have CDs for sale, throw one of those in with your dad/grad gift. 100% Market-originated gifts are just the best.)

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



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

Flag Day Celebration
Thursday, June 14, 7:00 pm; Free
Borough Green, Lansdowne and Baltimore Avenues

Grand Opening at Become Yoga
Introductory yoga class, music, and prizes
Saturday, June 16, 10:00 am; Free
31 North Lansdowne Avenue, 2nd Floor (above the Lansdowne Theater)

Dine With the Docs: Sleep Disorders
Free dinner and discussion presented by Mercy Health
Tuesday, June 19, 6:00 pm; Free
Mercy Fitgerald Hospital, 1500 Lansdowne Avenue, Darby, PA 19023

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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