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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, June 16

Remember Papa

With apologies to the vegetarian and vegan dads in the readership, once again Father's Day presents itself as the biggest meatcentric date on the summer calendar next to the 4th of July. Especially if you've been trying to cut back on everyday meat consumption in your household, this Sunday's holiday is a good excuse to indulge and even splurge a bit on some of the truly special meats the Market has to offer.

From day one, Harvest Local Foods has been supplying the Market with local beef, poultry, and pork products from pasture-raised animals that are humanely raised without hormones and antibiotics. Because burgers and steaks from grass-fed animals have less fat than supermarket meats, Harvest Local offers these helpful tips for grilling their meats for optimal results.

Every year we take this opportunity to tell you that the bacon from Harvest Local -- from Hendricks Farm in Telford, PA ("Telford": now doesn't that sound like a place where they'd know their bacon?) -- is perhaps the best in the world, and 2012 will be no exception. It's sublime. If you like your bacon extra smoky, you might prefer the Café Estelle slices over at Green Aisle Grocery, but one or the other will have your number. If not, we're sorry to tell you, but you don't really like bacon.

(Aside: for Mother's Day, we pounded out chicken breasts and cut them into thirds; spread the flat pieces with some softened goat cheese; dolloped on a mixture of sautéed spinach, garlic, and onions that we'd made earlier; and then rolled them up, wrapped them with a slice of bacon, and secured the whole thing with a toothpick or two. We grilled the rolls over gentle heat for 15 minutes or so, then basked in the praise as the family dug in. All of these ingredients are available at the Farmers Market. You too can be a hero.)

In addition to bacon, Green Aisle also has steaks and chicken and burgers, but they seem to make a real specialty out of all sorts of sausages. From Sweet Stem Farm alone, you'll find chorizo, Thai, Yuengling black and tan, and cheddar-beer varieties. These are in addition to brautwursts and bauernwursts from Brauhaus Schmitz. (They also usually have chicken-based sausages from Griggstown Quail Farm, but they're out right now.) In any case, if you like your meat ground, seasoned, and served neatly in tube form, check out the coolers at Green Aisle.

Another thing that dads love is pickles, and Green Aisle has them too. In addition to several varieties from a hipster picklery in New York, Green Aisle now has their own housemade pickles in all sorts of interesting combinations: spicy French breakfast radishes with ginger and chile, lemony garlic scapes, pearl onions with turmeric and bay, and snow peas with spring onion and pink pepper. (Pretty sure moms would like these also, and talk about a great gift when you go visiting.) While you're pickle shopping, pick up a jar of pickled red beets over at Harvest Local, which you can heat up and mix with peeled hard-boiled eggs to make pickled eggs. (We can't be the only ones who grew up eating these, can we?)


Into Thirds

This is the third Saturday of the month, which brings to Market a repeat of the alternating vendors from two weeks ago, plus Doe Run Dairy, which missed that first Saturday. Go to the vendor schedule for more precision about whom to expect. Couple things to note: First, this is Oley Valley Mushrooms' last week at the Market until July 14. Mushrooms won't keep for a month, but if you overbuy this week and they start to dry out a little before you get to them, just prepare them in some liquid and they'll be good as new. Second, if you buy four bottles of wine at Penns Woods Winery, Cliff will give you a free heavy-duty jute bag with dividers that can carry half a dozen bottles. You can also buy said bag for $9, but free has such a nice ring.


Berry Good Advice

We are fervently hoping that strawberry season has not come to an end because those little red delights pretty much encapsulate the start of summer, but if it is over, there are lots of other berries and cherries to enjoy either at the market already or coming soon. As you know, however, berries are fragile and will mold if you don't dispense with them quickly. Here's a tip a Marketgoer shared for prolonging the fridge-life of your berries: In a large bowl, make a solution of one part white vinegar or apple cider vinegar to 10 parts water (we're thinking that half a cup of vinegar to 5 cups of water ought to do it). Dump in your berries and swirl them around, then strain off the solution before refrigerating the fruit. The vinegar kills any mold spores, so your berries should keep for several days if not a week or more. Worth trying, no?


Odds and Ends

Don't say we never warned you: Community Day is full already. A passel of applications came in right off the bat, so we can't accept any more. Community Day 2 will be on August 25, so if you missed this one, you can try that one.

No one took us up on purchasing Market Bucks last week so you could give them to your kids or friends to spend. We still think it's a swell idea though, and we're going to encourage you to consider stocking up on these wooden nickels that anyone would be smart and happy to take.

Have you liked the LFM on Facebook yet? Go on ahead and do it. Our Facebook friends often get first look at photos from the Market there, and we use it to send out info about our vendors that has appeared in local publications. Also, sometimes that's where we tell you what you have to do to get a Market Buck. And this week that's what's going to happen, "like" it or not.


Grand 'Om'-pening

While you're enjoying your Saturday morning trip to the Farmers Market this week, you may want to take a quick trip across Lansdowne Avenue for the opening of another welcome addition to the Lansdowne business community. Become Yoga, located in the second floor of the Lansdowne Theater, rolls out the welcome mat for a free grand opening class designed for people of all abilities and experience. Grab your mat and your water bottle and bring along a friend or two for a "calming journey into peace." The event begins at 10 am and will feature live music, giveaways, and special offers!


Tonight -- Flag Day Celebration

The Lansdowne Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution presents its annual Flag Day Celebration at 7 pm at Borough Green, the small park on the southeast corner of Baltimore and Lansdowne, adjacent to Borough Hall. Salute the Stars and Stripes during this tasteful tribute. Here's an interesting did-you-know item about Flag Day: Although not an official federal holiday, on June 14, 1937, Pennsylvania became the first (and only) U.S. state to celebrate Flag Day as a state holiday. Thank you, Wikipedia!


Belly Dancing + Belly Filling

Head out of the house hungry for good food and a culturally authentic experience this Saturday when Shiraz, one of the area's top belly dancers, returns to Argana for a 7:30 pm performance. This is Shiraz's third gig at Argana since the restaurant opened, so if you want to enjoy a great meal accompanied by the passionate and professional artistry of Shiraz, we strongly suggest making reservations today!


Putting the 'Fun' in Fundraising

You may recall seeing a van blaring patriotic music coming down your block with a group of festive people singing and carrying on last year about this time. If you said to yourself, "Boy, that sure does look like a great time," then take note -- the Union AA wants you! Continuing its initiative to help raise funds for and sell tickets to the annual Fourth of July festivities, the Union AA is planning to "blitz" as many neighborhood streets as possible in the coming weeks. "Blitzers" are needed to help out every day between June 18 and 30 (with the exception of Sunday, June 24). The nightly campaign starts around 6:30 pm and finishes up around 8, so it's a quick and easy way to lend a hand and have fun on an early summer night. If you're interested, please email Pat Arone at pat@aroneassociates.com, or call 610-574-3449.


Calling All You Zombies

One of the many benefits to living in Lansdowne is the wealth of activities and programs available at the Lansdowne Public Library. Now that summer's here and school's out, if you happen to have some idle young hands and minds sitting around the house, you'd be wise to check out the many events taking place on the Library's event calendar. From book readings to movies and crafts, there's library-loads of stuff to do! This Monday, one of the cooler activities will take place at 2 pm when makeup artist Sarah Maccarelli uses her skills to transform young guests into living, walking zombies!


Lansdowne's "T.C." Curates Center City Exhibit

Lansdowne-raised artist Anthony Campuzano, known for his use of vivid color and hand-drawn text which he dubs "abstract journalism," takes a different approach as the curator of a new exhibit at the Fleisher/Ollman Gallery at 1616 Walnut Street in Philadelphia. From 6 to 8 pm tonight, Anthony and participating artists host an opening reception for A Complete Die, etc., which Anthony describes as "an 8-sided die, if you will, consisting of friends, colleagues and admired artists. Many of the artists are represented by a work that might be read as a detour from their usual practice or a glimpse into a lesser known side of their work." The exhibit continues at the gallery through August 24.

FEATURED THIS WEEK

Artist of the Week

As ebooks more and more replace the paper kind, let's hope that children's picture books hold out for as long as possible. Sylvia Nunez feels so strongly about storybooks that she's made a little business out of repurposing the pictures from old books so they can be regularly enjoyed. She mats and frames the illustrations, and the results are hard to pass without smiling. Don't bother even trying.

Musicians of the Week

Another double bill this week, featuring the quite different musical stylings of keyboardist Lore Constantine and guitarist Boy Wonder. First one then the other; they're not a supergroup.

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

NEWS

UPCOMING LOCAL EVENTS

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 jprymak@mac.com 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

The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)
Free Film sponsored by No Place for Hate
Thursday, June 28, 7:00 pm
Free admission and popcorn
Lansdowne Public Library

Independence Day Parade
sponsored by the Union Athletic Association
Wednesday, July 4, starting at 9:00 am
Starts at Greenwood and Wycombe

Independence Day Festivities and Fireworks
sponsored by the Union Athletic Association
Wednesday, July 4, 7:45 pm (fireworks at 9:00 pm)
Penn Wood High School field

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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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