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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, August 4

Kid You Not

It's again time to take stock and make sure we all came through Kidcentric Day in one piece — no losses to heat exhaustion, no one carried off by an exotic reptile, no children who've run away to join the comedy club circuit. That was a hot one, for sure, but also a fun one, as these photos and open mic videos attest. And how about a show of hands if that was the first time you'd seen a 75-lb albino Burmese python. (According to Jungle John, that astonishing snake was the descendent of albinos found in the wild in the early 1980s and taken into captivity for breeding. He said they wouldn't have survived long in the jungle because they lack the camouflage that normal python color provides.) Thanks to everyone who helped make Kidcentric Day special (especially the grownups, since you're the ones reading this anyway).

Snacking for the Gold

It has come to our attention through the magic of television, radio, newspaper, the internet, cable, telegraph, skywriting, and passenger pigeon that the 2012 Summer Olympics are under way in London right now. (If you didn't grill a tomato for your breakfast in honor of British Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins a few weeks ago, now would be a good time to get on that.) This translates in most households into a lot of time in front of the television watching sports we'd never dream of turning on the rest of the year, if in fact you can even find table tennis, fencing, canoe sprinting, and skeet shooting on TV in non-Olympic years. And what all this TV time necessitates is snacks, lots of snacks — food that requires no or minimal preparation but that we can feel okay about eating until we get around to making an actual meal.

Summer fruits are so obvious for snacking that we won't even bother to describe them here. (It's a nectarine. Yummy!) Also almost going without saying are fresh vegetables, like cucumbers sliced or cut into spears, tons of cherry tomatoes (because they go down just like candy), and sweet peppers cleaned of seeds and cut into rings or long pieces. Add hummus and some of the Market's cheeses and you're almost there. But the best TV snacks include a lot of crunch and some salt, and for this we turn to the basket of wonder that always sits near the Musician tent at Harvest Local Foods. It contains bags of blue corn chips, sesame crackers, and, best of all, hand-rolled hard pretzels from Hammond's, an 80-year-old family-owned business in Lancaster. While having the heft of a thick sourdough pretzel, they are not as tooth-shatteringly hard as Snyder's, which has earned them a spot on the podium as our 2012 Summer Olympics crunchy-salty snack. (Try them, but leave a bag for us, k?)

Another great thing to snack on is pickles, and these can be had both at Harvest Local and, in a crazy variety of vegetable and spice bath combos (eg, curried summer squash, bread-and-butter cukes, turmeric and bay onions), at Green Aisle. (Remember Becca, the nice young woman who filled in for a few weeks when Brian was away? She's the one who makes the pickles.) Alternatively, you can make a batch yourself using this super easy recipe: Combine thinly sliced zucchini and/or yellow summer squash, onion, and sweet pepper (red is prettiest) with some salt and ice in a bowl and chill for 3 hours, then drain and rinse briefly. Heat to boiling 1 cup cider vinegar, 1 cup white wine vinegar, 1 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon of mustard seeds, and 1 sprig of fresh or 1 teaspoon of dried dill; boil for 4 minutes. Place vegetables in a jar, pour in hot spice bath to fill, cover and chill well. You have just made zucchini pickles.

In the News

Green Aisle Grocery was just named Best of Philly Gourmet Market (City), for which we congratulate them heartily, and several of the makers of products they sell at the LFM also won Best-of awards, including Zahav (hummus) and Brauhaus Schmitz (sausages). Speaking of sausages from Green Aisle, some of their most interesting and delicious tube meat comes from Sweet Stem Farm, an outfit in Lititz that strives to raise its animals humanely and without hormones, and whose farmer was featured in this interview on Radio Times a month or so ago. This week Green Aisle will have locally raised oxtail and sweetbreads, as well as delicious salted butter from Green Meadow Farm and the flavored butters that Becca makes. Get in there and dig around in those coolers! There's good stuff to be had!

Schober's Orchards has been with the LFM almost since day 1 (they actually started in July of our first year, when their tree fruit came in), so we're happy to share this recent article about what a rarity such an old family farm is. (And no wonder given how much work a farm involves.) That's Darlene's son in the photograph, riding a tractor that's older than he is.

How to Love Eggplant

Last week we asked for your help with recipe ideas for underloved vegetables, and reader Josselyn contributed a link to this video for making Grilled Eggplant Roulade, which looks both easy and absolutely yummy (goat cheese, roasted red peppers, balsamic glaze — you get the idea). This is the sort of impressive-looking but not-hard dish that would leave guests indebted to you for your perceived efforts but that's not too fancy for just family. Plus, it's loaded with Market ingredients, which is always a plus. (We'd actually cut the eggplant just a little thinner than the man in the video does, not that we're control freaky or anything.) Thanks, Josselyn!

CD #2

Community Day #2 will be along before you know it, on August 25, so here's the application. Seriously, people — if you want to participate in this one, just fill out the app now and send it back with your check right away. That's what the people did who got in last time. We'll have apps at the Market on Saturday as well, but if you have a working printer, just do it now. They're due back by August 18, but if the spots sell out before then, that date doesn't matter.

Cool It!

Shoppers have been implying that the LFM would be a more enjoyable shopping experience if it were air-conditioned. We priced that out and found it untenable unless a hefty admission charge were instituted. Luckily, one clever friend of the Market took matters into his own hands and developed a mister system to deliver microdroplets of cool water to hot marketgoers. It will debut this Saturday, probably off the back of the cafe zone. Seriously, what other farmers market has such dedicated customers? Thanks, Harold!

E-Recycling, Responsibly

While not in Lansdowne itself, this Saturday's free electronics recycling event in Yeadon is open to anyone wishing to discard old televisions, cell phones, computers, video games, handheld electronics, microwaves, time machines — you get the idea. No-nos include refrigerators, stoves, hot water heaters or any appliances that require freon, but for the most part, if it has a plug, bring it. Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Resources Council, the entirely free event takes place at 541 Church Lane (site of the former Yeadon Theater, for those who remember) and runs from 9 am to 1 pm.

Friday Night Sights

The First Friday concept continues to pick up steam here in Lansdowne, with three local establishments opening their doors tomorrow evening for exhibits. At Art Space Lansdowne, stop by between 6 and 9 pm to check out the custom hoops and jewelry from Sarah Maccarelli Jordan, photography by Owen Biddle, handmade handbags by Julie Lange, and the Indian-themed artwork of Rinal Parikh. At the nearby Sycamore Studio, 16 S. Wycombe Avenue, the paintings of Kim Mullay will be on display from 5 to 8 pm. Rounding out the Friday festivities will be Paddington Station at 12 South Lansdowne Avenue, open from 6 to 8 pm.

Meet The Beat

Next Tuesday, August 7, is National Night Out, and once again the SEPTA Transit Police and the Lansdowne Police Department will host an opportunity to get to know the men and women who keep our streets safe. From 5 to 8 pm in the Highland Avenue parking lot (located behind Dunkin' Donuts), attend this free, all ages event for food and refreshments, activities, crafts, vendors, and fire and police vehicles. No word if McGruff the Crime Dog will be there, but like Santa Claus on Christmas, he probably has a lot of stops to make during this nationwide event. Regardless, join your neighbors and be a part of America's night out against crime.


As reassuring as it is to know that the police keep us all safe, a little preparedness and knowledge of self-defense skills can be a valuable safety asset. This Saturday, Grant's Kung Fu Academy will host a free self-defense class geared for the entire family from 1 to 3 pm. Learn warning signs and techniques that will help you fend off any attackers. Pre-registration is required for the class.



Artist of the Week

It's Georgi Grentzenberg's first time ever as AoW, though we don't know how the Market's gone this long without her. Her tiles, bowls, drawings, and jewelry pieces are alive with intricate and colorful imaginings that portray, in her words, "a very personal reality," but one that we're glad she's sharing with us.

Musicians of the Week

Another double bill this week, and a diverse one at that. First we get Celtic Women and Friends and their traditional Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Breton and American tunes (and yes, we believe that means bagpipes). In the late slot is Marc Singer, whose vocals and guitar are at the forefront of local blues-rock band Old Soul.

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, August 3, 6:00 - 9:00 pm; Free
25 S. Lansdowne Avenue

Paddington Station's First Friday
Friday, August 3, 6:00 - 8:00 pm; Free
12 S. Lansdowne Avenue

Sycamore Studio First Friday
Works by Richard Prigg and Kim Mullay
Friday, August 3, 5:00 - 8:00 pm; Free
16 South Wycombe Avenue

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

Grant's Kung Fu Self-defense class
Saturday, August 4, 1:00 - 3:00 pm; Free
2327 Marshall Road, Lansdowne

National Night Out
Tuesday, August 7, 5:00-8:00 pm; Free
Highland Avenue Parking Lot

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

Lansdowne Friends School's
Renovation Picnic

Tuesday, August 14, 6:00-8:00 pm
110 N. Lansdowne Avenue

Lansdowne Arts Board's Salon Sunday:
The Arts and Crafts Movement in the Delaware Valley
Sunday, August 19, Noon-2:00 pm; Free
Sycamore, 14 S. Lansdowne Avenue

Animal Friends of Lansdowne Dog Days of Summer Fundraiser at 2312 Garrett
Sunday, August 19, 2:00 - 5:00 pm; $20-$25
2312 Garrett Road, Drexel Hill

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