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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, August 11

Mister Cool

Didja try out the Market's new mister last Saturday? Didja? Huh, didja? It was that tall blue thing between the Market Manager and Musicians tents, which, with a bit of water and a bit of pumping, broadcast a light and cooling mist down from above. Now, last Saturday was so wretchedly humid that you might not have even noticed the additional intentional moisture in the air, but delighted smiles were seen on the faces of many surprised shoppers, proving that our efforts were not for naught. We'll be setting it up every week it's hot enough to make the mist a welcome relief, so skirt round on the Artist tent side of the sandwich board if you don't want a spritz.

Schedule Shmedule

Green Aisle Grocery has decided to cut back to twice-monthly visits, so they will be moving over to a first and third Saturday schedule. Thus, don't look for Brian and those coolers of meats and cheeses this Saturday, but he'll be back on the 18th. Rest assured that Harvest Local Foods is still with us on an every-week basis, however, so please visit that stand for meat, eggs, and the like. There are a few possibilities for filling in the hole created by Green Aisle's absence on the second and fourth Saturdays, and we're working on that, but this Saturday the Lansdowne Community Youth Garden is going to take that space, since their shared spot will be occupied by Oley Valley Mushrooms. Other 2/4 vendors coming this week are Akima Botanicals, Cupcakeology, Farm Fromage, Golden Valley Coffee Roasters, Paradocx Vineyards, and Yellow Springs Farm.

Please note that Bonnie of Wondergardens fame will be at the Market only two of the next five Saturdays. She's coming this Saturday and the 25th, but she will be away on August 18 and September 1 and 8. We're not sure how this affects whether her shop on Scottdale Road is open, but you can always ask her directly or call the store (610-259-1733) if you have any pressing floral needs over the next month or so.

Recipe Roundup

Oley Valley Mushrooms isn't on our midst very often, so when they are, it's not a bad idea to have an idea for what to do with their wares. In honor of Lansdowne's newest restaurant, NoBL, which serves flavorful small plates (and which has a tiny internal store that serves some products you'll find at the Market), how about this tapas-like dish of mushrooms in garlic sauce? (In addition to the instructions for the mushroom dish, that page includes a link for a recipe for vegetable bouillon that looks like a brilliant thing to have in the freezer at the ready, summer or winter.) And while you're serving something vaguely Spanish, consider pairing it with some sangria -- red, white, or rose -- since (1) hello, it's delicious! And (2) you can get both the wine and lots of the fruit right at the Market.

Last week's Fresh Picks included an easy recipe for zucchini pickles, which we made ourselves and took to a party over the weekend, where they were gobbled right down while we humbly accepted compliments and acted like making them was a much bigger deal than it really was. (In case you are afflicted by the admirable habit of cleaning out your inbox regularly, all the old e-newsletters are archived right here.) The next logical thing to try is one of these recipes for pickled fruit. Although strawberry and cherry season is past, there are plenty of watermelon rinds to be had (just eat the watermelon and, voila, rinds!), and we ate watermelon pickles growing up and loved them. You just might also, and that's some classy upcycling!

Loose Ends

Applications have started coming in but as of this writing, there are still spots for Community Day #2 on August 25. Here's a blank application for you to complete and return if you're interested in participating. It's due back by August 18, but if the spots are all gone by then, we can't grow any new ones. In other words: first come, first served.

It's been a while since we offered any Market Bucks. How about a Market Buck this week if you'll stop by the Manager tent and chat about the Olympics with us -- your favorite event or athlete, something you found especially funny or moving, or how the heck the scoring in judo or omnium cycling works, because we don't understand either.

Free Fitness Consultations

Adrian Lugo, owner of Lansdowne's Personalized Fitness and Apparel (14 East Stratford Avenue), is offering free fitness assessments at the Granite Run Mall between noon and 5 pm every Wednesday through the end of September. Look for Adrian in the center of the mall (lower level, right in front of the elevator) to check your weight, body fat, and body mass index, and to discuss an overall fitness and nutrition plan that works for you.

A Taste of Things to Come

As we blaze through August, a look at the calendar ahead reminds us that the Tenth Annual Lansdowne Arts Festival is now just one month away. While we're sure to have plenty of news about the festival in the next few newsletters, this week seems like a good opportunity to invite you the Arts Festival's annual "Taste of Lansdowne" Pre-Show Reception and Art Sale, which kicks off Arts Fest weekend at 7:00 pm on Friday, September 7, at the Twentieth Century Club. This festive and fun festival fundraiser is your chance to check out all the goods before the general public and meet the artists themselves, all while enjoying food and drink from some of the area's finest dining establishments. At $25 per person, we think this falls into the "cheap night out" category, so register today!

Recycling Wishlist

Okay we lied -- one more note about the Arts Festival, mainly because it affects this week's Market. As we've mentioned here before, the art classes offered during the festival include a number of eco-friendly classes that are being dubbed "Recycling Saturday" (which by the way, is a great deal at just $10 for three fun classes... hint, hint). Well, these classes will make use of a number of somewhat random household materials, so if you have any of the following, please drop them off at the Market Manager tent: rubber bands, paper clips, plastic lids, metal jar lids, cardboard egg boxes, corks, toilet paper and paper towel rolls, chopsticks, scarves or pieces of fabric (soft and flexible preferred) and finally, used large padded envelopes.

Business and Pleasure

Next Thursday, August 16, the Lansdowne Business and Professional Association's Home-Based Business Network is holding a social meetup from 6 to 8 pm at 2312 Garrett (the bar located at that address in Drexel Hill -- one block west of Lansdowne Avenue.). The meetup includes a light buffet; drinks are available via cash bar. For more information, please email Julia Prymak or Bob Campbell.


Artist of the Week

As an artist, Liz Steele Coats is both talented and generous, teaching classes regularly at Art Space to enlighten those of us not born with her gifts. This Saturday she'll be showcasing a whole new line of whimsical and fine jewelry, including hand-hammered and molded sterling silver pendants.

Musicians of the Week

Bluegrass band Boulevard Express will be entertaining us on Saturday with guitars and a banjo and perhaps even a fiddle. Reserve your seat in the cafe early because they were mighty popular last year.

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



Lansdowne Friends School's
Renovation Picnic

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

Movie Night in the Park: We Bought a Zoo
Friday, August 17, movie at 8:30 pm; Free
Come early to picnic
Hoffman Park, Scottdale Road

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

Tenth Annual Lansdowne Arts Festival
Pre-Show Reception: Friday, September 7, 7:00 pm; $25
Exhibits and Activities: September 8 and 9, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm; Free
Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue

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