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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, September 22

Outing Yourself

We're keeping it brief this week, people. The combo of temperature/humidity/breeziness/pollen counts/declining mosquito populations has made it impossible to spend more time than absolutely required by law or employment conditions sitting inside writing or reading emails, or even outside staring into little glowy screens. Step away from the electronics, friends, and go suck up the big, beautiful world. Yes, there's plenty still wrong with it, but in Septembers as picture perfect as this one, it's okay to let yourself forget that for a while. Go for a walk or something. All the glowy screens will be here when you get back.


This newsletter has spent too much time this season telling you who to expect and then apologizing because those vendors didn't all turn up. We've really had a rash of no-shows lately, and you can believe that it's as disappointing to us as to you. (Also, who noticed that we had the "wrong" wine vendor last week? It was supposed to be Penns Woods, but Paradocx mistakenly arrived first and set up -- and we mistakenly let them -- and Cliff was kind enough to turn over the space for the week. Oops! Penns Woods will be back next week though.) As usual, we're sorry that a couple spots were empty last week; keep your fingers crossed that won't happen this week.

This is the fourth Saturday of the month and should be bringing the following alternating vendors to us: Akima Botanicals, Farm Fromage, FreshaPeel Hummus, Golden Valley Coffee Roasters, Paradocx Vineyards, and Ridge Valley Farm. Because Cupcakeology and MyHouse Cookies both asked for the week off, we invited Provisions to come for an extra showing, and Marnie will be bringing even more baked goods than usual to fill the void, such as small chocolate stout cakes, gooey butter cake, plum cake with cardamom and orange, apple brown Betty, and butterscotch blondies, plus fall soup, lentil and kale salad, and a limited supply of Le Bus breads. In addition, Yellow Springs Farm has revised their schedule for the rest of the season so that they'll be in Lansdowne only once a month. Their next time will be October 27 (that's a long way off, we know, but Catherine decided this after her last showing at the LFM, so we were unable to warn you).

PS. Scroll down a bit for an important announcement about a new farmers market coming (almost) to town next week.

Not Just for Snacking

Asian pears are now available, and aside from eating straight out of hand, they lend themselves nicely to other preparations, including main courses and dessert. In the main course division, these lunch-y quesadillas combine Asian pears and goat cheese and are topped with a quick homemade salsa that includes black cherries, but we bet any fruity salsa you have on hand would work well here. A fuller meal would be had with this noodle, beef, and Asian pear recipe (read the comments for how to turn it into a stir fry). This highly rated slaw looks like a perfect accompaniment to grilled shrimp or chicken that's been marinated along Asian lines, with things like soy sauce, sesame oil, and ginger. This simple dessert of sliced raw Asian pears (though poaching would also be nice) with a ginger-maple syrup gets points for being low-fat and straightforward and, apparently, quite impressive.

Next Week

Dog Day!!!! Bring the pooch for a trim, a challenge, some treats, the parade, and photos. Or, maybe even better, find a pooch (via the SPCA adoption van) to bring next year.

Flea for St Phil's

With the kids back in school, now's a good time to clean out the closets, attic, and drawers. And it's always a good time to pick up some thrifty finds that others no longer need. This Saturday, September 22, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, you can do either or both at the flea market to benefit St Philomena's parish, which is being held in Marian Hall (the parish's social hall) at 13 North Highland Avenue, Lansdowne. Get a table for $20 to sell your unwanted, unused, and gently used items, or just come and shop. For more information and or to make a donation, please contact Gerry Carmichael, at 610-368-9789, or call Jean in the parish office at 610-622-2420.

A Day in the Park

The annual Parks and Recreation Department-sponsored Park Day is this Saturday, September 22, at Hoffman Park from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Park Day fun comes in many varieties, including games with great prizes, a moonbounce, face painting, and music -- all free! Refreshments will be available for purchase.

Design a Park

Hoffman Park on Scottdale Road is a little over 40 years old, and your input is wanted on shaping the next 40 years of park life. Please bring your thoughts on the design and use of Hoffman Park to the Community Design Collaborative Meeting, Monday, September 24, at 6:30 pm at the Twentieth Century Club, where designers, engineers, and planners will help us envision positive changes for the park.

One Small Step

The Borough of Lansdowne invites you to participate in a brief online survey to inform planning for pedestrian walkway improvements in Lansdowne's Central Business District. This survey is open to anyone who visits, works in, or lives in Lansdowne's CBD. Your participation is a vital component to this planning project and will be used to shape the overall plan, so please tell us where you walk. Access the survey here:

Elm Street Farmers Market

Okay, we don't want you to cheat on the LFM but the folks of the Elm Street program (a sister program of the LEDC) are doing a couple of evening markets in Yeadon to gauge interest. Go on over and show them the love and support you show your Saturday market. The first Elm Street Farmers Market will be next Thursday, September 27, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm, in the Parking Lot at Yeadon Community Park, 400 South Union Avenue (the intersection of Fairview and Union). A second will be Thursday, October 25, same time and place. For more information, go here. (For the record, "Elm Street" is more a concept than a place, so don't confuse yourself by trying to find Elm Street in Yeadon.)

We Are All Precious

Nominated for multiple Oscars and winner of the Dramatic Grand Jury and Audience Award Prizes at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, Precious is the NPFH film for September. Not an easy film to watch, Precious is full of bigotry, abuse, prejudice, and hatred. All the things that NPFH educates against are there but it also includes love and hope and "vibrates with the kind of energy derived only from anger and hope." The screening, next Thursday, September 27, at 6:30 pm at the Lansdowne Public Library, will be followed by an audience discussion.


The Lansdowne Folk Club presents The Barn Birds (Jonathan Byrd and Chris Kokesh) on Thursday, September 27, still temporarily at the Lansdowne Presbyterian Church, 140 N. Lansdowne Avenue. Tickets are $15 with advance reservation or $18 at the door.Doors open at 6:30 pm, and the show begins at 7:30 pm. Provisions of Lansdowne will have freshly prepared dinner and desserts available for sale before and during the show. For reservations or information call 610-622-7250 or email

Salon Sunday

The Lansdowne Arts Board continues its Salon Sunday series on Sunday, September 30, at noon, with A Look at Community-Based Arts. Speaker Caroline Chernoff is a teacher, scholar, cultural worker, and performer who has worked with a wide variety of nonprofit and community-based organizations in Chicago, Philadelphia, and Oaxaca, Mexico. She will discuss the role of art in community and society. The free discussion takes place at Sycamore, 14 South Lansdowne Avenue. For more information, call 610-633-3997.


Artist of the Week

We have slowly been amassing a collection of Deanna Haldeman's affordable and beautifully glazed hand-thrown ceramic work by buying a piece or two nearly every time we run into them. Even if you think you don't need any more cereal or ice cream bowls, maybe Fido would appreciate a special water bowl and it's always good to have a couple around for little gifts. Also, Deanna is super nice and a regular LFM shopper. Support her, please!

Musician of the Week

JD Little returns to the musician tent with his guitar and an arm-length repertoire of songs you know and love.



Bingo Night at First Presbyterian Church
Saturday, September 22, 7:00-10:00 pm; $10
Lansdowne and Greenwood Avenues

Free Film sponsored by No Place for Hate
Thursday, September 27, 6:30 pm; Free
Lansdowne Public Library

Lansdowne Folk Club presents The Barn Birds
Thursday, September 27, 7:30 pm; $15-$18
Lansdowne Presbyterian Church, 140 N. Lansdowne Avenue

Dog Day at the Lansdowne Farmers Market
Saturday, September 29, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Harvest Tea at the Simpson Gardens Dining Room
Saturday, September 29, 1:00 pm; $15
84 N. Lansdowne Avenue
Reservations and info: 610-623-1514

Movie night at the park: We Bought A Zoo
Saturday, September 29, 1:00 pm; $15
84 N. Lansdowne Avenue
Reservations and info: 610-623-1514

Relighting of the Lansdowne Theater's Historic Marquee
Friday, October 5, 7:00 pm; Free
31 N. Lansdowne Avenue
Tours of the theater after the lighting are $10

Minority or Women Owned Business Certification Seminar by Kelli Artis
Tuesday, October 9, 6:00-8:00 pm
$10 per business, $5 per Lansdowne or Yeadon business
Cinema 16:9, 35 N. Lansdowne Avenue
Learn the steps necessary to apply for federal and state certifications as a minority- or woman-owned business; sponsored by the LEDC

Friends of Community Cats Workshop
Saturday, October 20, 1:30-4:30 pm
Council Chambers at Lansdowne Borough Hall, 12 East Baltimore Avenue
Learn about the Trap/Neuter/Release program; sponsored by Animal Friends of Lansdowne

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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.

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