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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, July 21


It's conceivable that you showed up to the Market last Saturday and did your shopping while the sun was shining, but only if you're really, really quick. There was about a 6-minute stretch when it wasn't raining, it wasn't pouring, and as far as we could tell, no old men were snoring. The rest of the day was intermittent periods of wet and very wet. As usual, the vendors were troupers and kept serving with a smile, the musician played while standing on a rubber mat to avoid electrocution (that's hardcore), and you shoppers did what you do so well -- shopped. The artist was sent home early to protect her goods, but both she and the musician will get rescheduled for another date later in the season. So two weeks ago was fire (when the temperature hit nearly 100 degrees), and last week was clearly water. Believe we're due for a rain of frogs. However, let's hope for a Saturday full of sunshine (and a clear, star-lit sky above Saturday night's outdoor theater event -- more on that in a bit).

Bon Appetit!

We've pounded out so many of these newsletters over the course of the five previous seasons of the Lansdowne Farmers Market that by this point of season six, only nine weeks in, we're desperate for an angle to give some direction and shape to the "news" here. Thank goodness for holidays, since they're automatic angles (Father's Day = meat, Fourth of July = barbecue and party fare, etc), but the problem is that we have to notice the holiday is approaching to take that fairly easy out. We misjudged how quickly the Fourth was coming on a few weeks ago and missed that one, and no sooner did last week's newsletter go out than it came to our attention that this past Saturday, June 14, was Bastille Day. Sacrebleu! Granted, Bastille Day (or La Fête Nationale, as the French have it) is not a super big deal in the United States. However, when you're writing a newsletter for a Farmers Market that offers a variety of wine, bread, and cheese every week, spacing on it is blowing a golden opportunity.

Fortunately, a three-week international sporting event in its 99th year is coming to its conclusion this weekend, so we feel justified in suggesting you watch the end of the Tour de France Sunday morning -- as the riders that remain after more than 2000 (largely grueling) miles make their way into Paris -- while tucking into a Francophilic early brunch of cheese (chévre is an obvious choice, and Doe Run's Hummingbird just looks French), a baguette or croissant, some fruit, a crisp white wine, and a few fancy chocolates for dessert, all of which can be obtained at the LFM, naturally. And since a Brit has been sporting the yellow jersey for over a week and would have to fall off his bike at this point to lose it (could happen but probably won't), celebrate the first English Tour de France winner ever by adding a nod to the full English brekkie in the form of a grilled tom-ah-to, since the Market is awash in gorgeous 'maters right now. (We make no claim that the suggested foods constitute even a vaguely authentic French brunch, only one that seems Frenchish to us, so please hold your corrective and/or outraged emails, though bemused and/or encouraging emails are always welcome.) If you can't wait till Sunday to join the peloton, get a leadout on Saturday with a crepe from Provisions. Just don't put ketchup on it. (Some day the Phillies will be a worthy springboard again, and we'll go back to them, promise.)

Thrice is Nice

The stars, the tea leaves, and our trusty hard copy desk calendar tell us that this coming week is the third Saturday in July and will be bringing back the so-called 1/3 vendors -- Amazing Acres Goat Dairy, Doe Run Farm, John and Kira's Chocolates, Penns Woods Winery, Provisions, and Spotted Hill Farm, with Lansdowne Community Youth Garden in that triply shared spot. (Spotted Hill has missed their past couple scheduled dates, so cross your fingers that Donna can make it this week; ditto John and Kira's and their temperature-sensitive goods.) Amazing Acre's cheese flavor of the week will be dill chévre, which they say is delicious on a baked potato or grilled salmon. In addition to Tour de France crepes, Provisions will be offering galettes, or rustic tarts made with summer fruits or vegetables, as well as more gooey cakes. A new addition from Provisions this week will be Parkmore burgers, which are barbeque burgers with slaw, a homage to Marnie's hometown of St. Louis (pronounced "sahlWEE" in Français; admission: we don't know French, but we do know Google).

Important Announcement

Tomatoes -- Jersey, heirloom, cherry, red, orange, yellow -- are now available at Turning Roots Farm, Local Harvest Foods, Schobers, and Fruitwood Farms. Do a nice thing for yourself and pick up some of these summer wonders, a mess of basil from the Community Youth Garden kids, and fresh mozzarella from Local Harvest, and have yourself a tomato-basil-mozz feeding frenzy. Just add salt and a drizzle of good extra virgin olive oil. Bread is nice for sopping. You are welcome for the reminder.

Spotlight on Kids

The last details of next Saturday's Kidcentric Day are being nailed down even as you read. There will be some games, some crafts, some wonder-of-nature living things to touch, some silliness, maybe some water. Most importantly, however, there will be time to "exhibit," in the Jane Austen sense, that is. Starting around 11:00 and going for about 45 minutes, we're going to open up the microphone (and floor) in the Musician tent to any child who wants to perform for the crowd. We're thinking a song, a short dance, some karate kicks, juggling, a few good jokes (nothing blue, please), that sort of thing. We'll get a sign-up list started as soon as the Market opens, and we'll introduce the performer when it's their turn, and then take it away, little Emma or Dante! If you don't have a child of your own to encourage in this endeavor, your job is to find a talented kid and tell them about this chance to show off a little. There are no prizes, but all performances will be rewarded with a Market Buck and no doubt applauded loudly.

'Our Town' in Our Town

There's cheap dates, and then there's really cheap dates, and here in Lansdowne, this Saturday night's premier theatrical event definitely falls into the latter category. For the reasonable admission fee of $0.00, bring your friends, family, and anyone else to the lawn of the Twentieth Century Club to enjoy Thornton Wilder's classic Our Town, presented by the Commonwealth Classic Theater Company. The play begins at 7 pm; bring low-back chairs, blankets, and your beverage of choice. Food and refreshments will also be available for purchase.

Creation Station Seeks Donations

This year will mark the tenth installment of the Lansdowne Arts Festival, scheduled for September 7-9 at the Twentieth Century Club. As part of the Arts Festival Committee's continuing effort to broaden the appeal of this already-popular event, this year's fest will include the Kids Creation Station -- a series of art classes using various household items recycled into works of art. The Festival needs your contributions of materials to make this work, so if you have at your disposal any paper clips, plastic lids, jar lids, egg boxes, corks, toilet paper/paper towel rolls, chopsticks, scarves or fabric (soft and flexible preferred) -- please bring them to the Farmers Market this week. Just look for the collection box at the Market Manager tent.

Reminder: Free Yoga for Kids

As previously reported in the right column of this newsletter, Lansdowne's Become Yoga is offering a free introduction to Yo-Fu (a blend of Yoga and Kung Fu, of course!) for kids this Saturday. Bring your favorite 8- to 12-year old to the studio (above the Lansdowne Theater, across from the Market) by 11:15 am for 30 exhilirating minutes of fun and exercise; 13- to 17-year olds should arrive by noon for their turn.

Still More for Kids: Monday Movie Matinee

Beat the heat at the Lansdowne Library this Monday for an afternoon full of flicks and fun for everyone in the family. The double-feature matinee begins at 1 pm with a showing of Steven Spielberg's animated feature The Adventures of Tintin (rated PG). The afternoon continues at 3 pm with Teen Movie Madness -- featuring a youth-oriented movie to be determined by audience vote. Free refreshments will be available.

Local Sports Break

With the Phillies season in shambles and Eagles training camp not yet underway, it's an ideal time to take note of a local athlete's recent huge accomplishment. Lansdowne's Eric Futch, a 2012 Penn Wood High School graduate heading to the University of Houston in the fall, brought home the gold medal in the 400-meter hurdles at last week's IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain. Congratulations, Eric!


Artist of the Week

If your life is complete save for a friendly handmade glass bug, this is your lucky week, as Lansdowne treasure Marty von Rosenstiel of MVR Glass brings her colorful, clever, and kinda crazy fused glass jewelry, buttons, mirrors, and critters to Market, to Market, and is having a clearance sale to boot. Marty will also be leading the kids' crafts next week because that's the kind of giver-back that she is. (How have we made it this far in this description without using the word "whimsical"? Seems impossible.)

Musicians of the Week

We alerted you last week that Nex Millen was on board for this Saturday, just because anticipation is good for a person. To paraphrase his website: After turning the crowd on last year with an eclectic set of classic rock, funk, and soul, Millen was asked to return this year to keep the party rocking. Frankly, that's pretty it mildly (we danced, we sang, we pointed to the sky and waggled our arms, we begged him to come back ASAP), but it's appreciated how he gave us some dignity. Plan to be there for the music; it's gonna be fun.

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



Introduction to Yo-Fu: A blend of Kung-fu and Yoga for children
Saturday, July 21, 11:30 am to noon; Free
Become Yoga, 31 N. Lansdowne Avenue

Thornton Wilder's Our Town -- Outdoor Theater
Saturday, July 21, 7:00 pm; Free
Lawn of the Twentieth Century Club, 84. S. Lansdowne Ave

Paths of Glory (1957)
Free Film sponsored by No Place for Hate
Thursday, July 26, 7:00 pm; Free
Free admission and popcorn
Lansdowne Public Library

Kidcentric Day at Lansdowne Farmers Market
Saturday, July 28, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Minas at Burlap and Bean
Saturday, August 4, 8:00 pm; $15/$18
204 S. Newtown Street Rd., Newtown Square

Minas at Stoner Courtyard/Penn Museum
Wednesday, August 8, 5:30 pm; $5
3260 South Street, Philadelphia

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