MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, August 11
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.
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.
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 --
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!
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,
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!
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,
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,
Julia Prymak or
FEATURED THIS WEEK
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
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
UPCOMING LOCAL EVENTS
Lansdowne Friends School's
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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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.
Visit our sister market, the Oakmont
Farmers Market, Wednesday afternoons in Havertown for more
local produce, bread, meat, and other products.