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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, June 30

Not Drowning, Eating

In a chat with Mike Nelson of Fruitwood Farms last week, he called where we are right now the "high water mark" of the season. He meant that there's about as big a variety of fresh produce at the Market now and for the next several weeks as we're likely to see. And while more fruits and veggies are still to come -- bell peppers, heirloom tomatoes, cauliflower, melons, grapes, apples, etc -- others will soon be done for the year, including (boohoo) cherries and blueberries. (Frankly, if anything ever gets us to start the FM earlier in the year, it'll be the fact that we miss a couple of weeks of the precious strawberry season by waiting for Memorial Day weekend to kick off.) This is not to say that it's all downhill from here. Just that we're in the zone where the selections from our growers are particularly varied and robust. Revel in it.

Even on the prepared food side of things, vendors have been ramping up their offerings, including fruit smoothies now available at the Regency stand, a bigger variety of soups and chilis from John's MiniTreats, additional baked goods from MyHouse Cookies, new breads all the time from Great Harvest, and, this week, substantial yummies from Provisions, including scones, shortcakes, banana bread, and - have you tried this yet? -- St Louis gooey butter cake.

The choices are especially impressive if you get to the Market on the early side, which is not a bad idea this week, given that temperatures could reach the mid-90s. The LFM at 12:15 is an entirely different beast from the LFM at the opening bell. Come see for yourself, sleepyheads.

Into Fifths

This Saturday is one of two fifth Saturdays of the LFM's main season (ie, most months have four Saturdays). This time, it's going to look a lot like a 1/3 Saturday in terms of vendors, and in an effort at providing equal time, the next time a fifth Saturday rears its disruptive head (September), it will resemble a 2/4 Saturday. Thus, the vendors that you usually see on the first and third Saturdays of the month will mostly be in attendance this week and next week, including Provisions, Doe Run Farm, Penns Woods Winery, Amazing Acres Goat Dairy, and John and Kira's. The exception is Spotted Hill Farm, since Donna is on vacation this Saturday, but she'll be back next week, along with (to really press the point) all these same vendors in their rightful spots, since that will be the first Saturday of July. All this is to say that with the Market's alternating vendor schedule, it's unusual to see the same sellers two weeks in a row, but that's what the fifth Saturday is setting us up for this week and next. (This paragraph courtesy of the Department of Redundancy Department.)

The wild card spot -- the one that's shared by three vendors -- is especially noteworthy this week, when it's host to the 2012 debut of the Community Youth Garden. The CYG is a gardening program for local high school students that was happily made possible this year by a successful online fundraising campaign back in the early spring. It's led by Nikki Silvera, a Penn Wood graduate and a student at Cabrini College, who is overseeing ten youths from the area in maintaining eight raised beds located on the Green Avenue campus of Penn Wood High School. CYG will be at the Market a few times a month during the summer. This week, they'll have lettuce, zucchini, peppers, mustard greens, basil, and mint, and they'd love it if you threw some support their way.

Two (Enticing) Things

Had you noticed that Amazing Acres has been offering a special chevre of the week at each of their appearances? Last time it was a chipotle chevre, which we heard made a great omelet (eggs + chevre = eggstasy). This week it will be horseradish chevre. Ask for a sample!

As long as blueberries have been available at the Market, we've been eyeballing this butter cake recipe with a name so clever and appealing we're not even going to tell you -- you have to go see for yourself. (Two links in one sentence to the very same recipe; you know we're serious.) Today's the day we make it. Stop by the Manager tent on Saturday if you want to know how it came out. (No samples promised, just honesty.)

Community Daze

The LFM has never had a Community Day sell out as fast as this Saturday's did. In barely a week, all the spaces were taken. (We make it a point to always tell you to get your application in ASAP, but this rapid response was a shocker.) The participants run the gamut from small in-home businesses (like Tupperware), through medium-sized local establishments (chiropractors and a local restaurant), to pretty big guns (like RCN and Bottom Dollar). They plan to share information with you about composting kitchen waste, pitbulls as pets, and helping kids in need, among other things. There will be free samples to try and free stuff to take home, as well as some things to buy, such as a cookbook put together by the very fine cooks at the Presbyterian Church. (This is probably as close to an LFM cookbook as you're going to get -- like three blocks close -- so we endorse it heartily.) There's also a raffle for some highly desirable local goods in a gift basket that includes a massage, tickets to Cinema 16:9, and dinner at Sycamore. Saturday is probably going to be a steamy one, but please bring some extra money and allow yourself some time to walk among the Community Day participants, who have great things to share with you. We thank them all for using the LFM to do so.

?One of the LFM's Community Day traditions is collecting goods for the local food bank, and it wouldn't be much of a tradition if we skipped it this time, would it? Please bring your nonperishable donations (pasta, rice, peanut butter, soup, sugar, etc.) in bags or boxes to the Market Manager tent, and then we'll pass the bounty on the community food bank at the Lansdowne Presbyterian Church. Thanks in advance for your anticipated generosity.

Mid-Week Weekend

With this year's Independence Day falling smack in the middle of the week, it's not entirely clear if the Wednesday festivities are the beginning or the end of a long holiday weekend. Regardless, be sure to get out and celebrate the Lansdowne way -- the quintessential small-town, big-hearted salute to everything that's great about America. Start early with the classic parade, featuring marching bands, antique cars, decorated bikes, floats, local dignitaries, and the like. The route begins at 9:00 am at East Greenwood and Wycombe Avenues and makes its way to along Stewart, Lansdowne, and Essex en route to the Penn Wood High School field for a flag raising ceremony.

The celebration continues in the evening with more festivities and a fireworks display at the high school field. The sensory overload starts with live music and a DJ, beginning at 7:45, with fireworks set to begin shortly after dusk, likely sometime around 9:02-ish. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. Don't forget to buy your tickets to the fireworks in advance - you have until Monday to order at (the website of the the Union Athletic Association -- the wonderful group of people that throws this big party every year).

Theater, Casually Speaking...

Celebration Theater, which we last heard from in May with its hilarious take on Cinderella! Cinderella! at Penn Wood High School, is hosting a casual meet-and-greet discussion about theater in Lansdowne. The meeting takes place on Wednesday, July 11 at 7:00 pm at a to-be-determined location. To learn more, see the official invitation or just send an email to if you're interested in attending.


Gathering ingredients for that Fourth of July fruit salad.

Proof there's no such thing as a wrong way to eat a cookie at the Market.
Here's more Market photos from John Kelly Green Photography.

Artist of the Week

For the second consecutive week, we have a brand new AoW -- Suzanne Oleykowski of Soley Inspired. We happened onto her work at the Lansdowne Arts and Crafts Show earlier this year, and around the time the third person pulled out a beautiful pendant she'd bought from Sue to show it off, we know Soley Inspired needed to come to the Farmers Market. Sue combines her knack for making jewelry with a talent for creating glorious raku pottery (not for the faint of heart, that process -- ask her about it), and ends up with some truly unique and special pieces.

Musicians of the Week

Bluesman Jay Gullo and hometown heroes Mansfield Brass will be operating in tandem to fill the day with music, from guitar licks to oompa-pa-pas. Don't forget that all musicians at the LFM play for nothing but tips (and the glory, of course), so please be generous.

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



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

Minas Duo at World Cafe Live at the Queen
Friday, June 29, 8:00 pm; $19
500 N. Market St., Wilmington, DE

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

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

Paddington Station's First Friday Gallery
Featuring Marcus diSciullo
Friday, July 6, 6:00 - 8:00 pm; Free
12 S. Lansdowne Avenue

Sycamore Studio First Friday
Stained glass exhibit by Richard Prigg
Friday, July 6, 4:00 - 8:00 pm; Free
16 South Wycombe Avenue

Minas Octet at Rose Tree Park
Saturday, July 7, 7:30 pm; Free
Rt. 252, Upper Providence Twp.

Monthly Photo Salon at Owen Biddle Photography School
Sunday, July 8, 3:00 pm; $10
31 N. Lansdowne Avenue

Minas House Concert and Drum Jam Session at Jim and Penny Klinger's
Saturday, July 14, 7:00 pm; $15 donation
86 East Greenwood Avenue

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