We Let the Dogs Out
We imagine that there are farmers markets out there that are even more dog-happy than the LFM, but we'd be willing to go head to head with any of the closest ones for the title.
Nearly all markets welcome well-behaved pups, one or two of the local setups may have regular dog treat vendors, and Clark Park has that geographic depression/doggie play area known as "the Bowl" right there,
but does any other nearby market have an entire event each year devoted to canine companions? Didn't think so. Thus, let the record show that the Lansdowne Farmers Market is officially the dog-friendliest market in these parts. And we have two --
two! -- water bowls in the manager tent to hammer that home.
Needless to say, this Saturday's Dog Day is pretty much our favorite special Market event of the year. The kids are adorable, yes they are (need proof? Check out
this page of gratuitous 2011 kid pix), and the desserts are wonderful, but the dogs, ah, the dogs. Especially the dogs when they're all lined up and presented to us -- one at a time, for full maximal appreciation -- during the Dog Parade.
It costs a buck to enter the parade, but we give the proceeds to Animal Friends of Lansdowne (one of the day's guests), and it's well worth that just to have center stage for a minute. The parade will start at 11:30, so please try to have
this form completed and dropped off by 11:15 (more forms will be
available in the Market Manager tent). We'll give awards in the categories Best Dressed (outfits optional!), Best Trick, Best Poser, Best Smile, Best Use of Tail,
Best Kisser (new category!),
and Funniest. As always, your pup will be encouraged to pose on our "Great Dog" platform, where photographer John Kelly Green will do his doggonest to get a good picture that you can view later on
In addition to
Animal Friends of Lansdowne (who'd be glad to have your donations of unopened unexpired cat food), we're welcoming two other animal advocacy groups --
Peaboo, which is devoted to promoting the side of pit bulls that doesn't make the news (their sweet and goofy nature), and the
Pennsylvania SPCA, which is coming with their big adoption van and some adoptables for your
consideration (likely even some sweet and goofy pits). The day will be rounded out with a dog grooming booth, where your pooch can get a quick touchup or nail trim for a nominal fee, two dog treat vendors
(Doggone Great from Drexel Hill and Better Bones from Glenolden), and some canine challenges. Suffice it to say that if you have a dog, like dogs, or are thinking about getting a dog, the LFM is worth a stop this Saturday.
Pudding Things Right
Is it possible that, in more than 5 years, we have never gone on (and on) about corn pudding in this newsletter? This is an omission that must be corrected posthaste, while there is still corn at the Market to "puddin' up," for corn pudding is as lovely
and homey a side dish as was ever pulled from the oven and plunked down on the table with a warning to "mind the hot." (What, don't your families talk like this?) We grew up eating a rather bare bones PA Dutch-style corn pudding similar to
this, but minus the vanilla and spices, so, yeah, bare bones but still
warming and delicious. Rare among corn puddings, this one uses low-fat milk and gets its savory sophistication from roasted garlic and fresh sage.
This recipe is jazzed up with mild cheese and peppers, and of course you'd want to use corn freshly cut from the cob because, why not?
This helpful page at NPR includes three recipes, from the most basic to a more complex, smoky corn pudding. But the cream (literally) of this crop probably has to be Ina Garten's
Sagaponack Corn Pudding, which simply couldn't help being
decadent delicious given its two kinds of cheese, half and half, and what have you. To counteract that rather high-fat affair, have a look at
this disarming recipe, in which
you grate corn straight off the cob into a cast iron skillet, bake it, and then season it simply afterward (the commenters are wild for it). The point here,
friends, is that if you do
not have a corn pudding in your repertoire, you should get one right away, and any of these is a great place to start.
We're having one of those throw-everything-into-fits fifth Saturdays this week, so who knows which vendors will actually show up? But if we had our way, it'd be these because they're
the ones who are scheduled: Cupcakeology, Farm Fromage, FreshaPeel Hummus, Golden Valley Coffee Roasters, Penns Woods Winery, and Oley Valley Mushrooms.
Before We Forget (Again)
We've been remiss in not announcing the upcoming Community Day #3 and Fall Festival before now, since they're both a mere three weeks away, on October 20. The application for Community Day is right
here and also at the Market Manager tent, and hopefully by now you know the drill about limited spaces, first come, blibbity blabbitty, etc. The deadline to get your application in is October 13. At a minimum, Fall Festival will involve another iteration of the Sweet Endings Dessert Contest, the rules of which are right
here. This year, to encourage more entries, we're going to award $50 real cash money to the top finisher. Truth be told, due to lackluster interest in 2011, we wanted to drop the dessert contest this year but have been talked into holding it once more to see if "the people" (that's you) are more enthusiastic now.
So plan to enter as a thanks to the folks who fought for it, k? The money we get from entry fees goes to the food pantry, as will any non-perishables you bring to donate that day.
Elm Street Farmers Market Today!
Rain or shine, the first-ever Elm Street Farmers Market takes place today from 4 to 7 pm in the parking lot at Yeadon Community Park,
400 South Union Avenue (at the intersection with Fairview). A second market will be held there on Thursday, October 25. The market will
feature some of your favorite vendors from the Lansdowne Farmers Market plus some new faces as well, so please stop by! For the record, "Elm Street"
is more of a concept than an actual place, so don't confuse yourself by trying to find Elm Street in Yeadon (which is why we'll repeat the handy
map link to help you find it).
The most recent Zagat list for best New American restaurants in Philadelphia has just been released, and guess who's
atop the list? None other than Lansdowne's own
Sycamore, which has continually ranked at or near the top of similar lists since opening 3+ years ago. Congratulations to Chef Sam and crew on the well-deserved accolades.
Read Poe at Tree
Would you like to enjoy a crisp fall evening under our historic Sycamore tree and tell tales of darker times among fellow aficianados of poetry?
Sunset Poe-at-Tree (taking place Saturday, Octoer 20) is Celebration Theater's one-night
outdoor poetry reading featuring the works of Edgar Allen Poe and other like-minded poets. To participate as a reader, please attend a casting call at
Art Space Lansdowne on Tuesday, October 2, between 7 and 8 pm. Feel
free to bring a Poe or similar story/poem to read. If you would like to read, but do not have a chosen piece, organizers will be glad to provide you with one.
Buy a Book, Help a School
The Lansdowne Friends School's annual
book fair is next week, and as usual is free to
attend, open to the public, and a great place to buy gifts for eager young readers. Next Wednesday (3 to 6 pm), Thursday (2 to 8 pm), and Friday (8 am to 1 pm)
stop by the school's Meeting House at 110 N. Lansdowne Avenue for a great selection of brand new books for readers up to middle school age. All proceeds from book sales benefit the school's library.
Relighting the Lansdowne
While you've probably already noticed the newly-restored marquee atop the
Lansdowne Theater entrance, you probably haven't seen the energy-efficient lighting fixtures casting their glow out onto the Lansdowne Avenue streetscape. That will change next
Friday, October 5, when the theater's official relighting ceremony takes place at 7 pm. A group photograph of all attendees will be taken once the marquee is
lit, and tours of the theater ($10 per person) will be offered following the lighting. Don't miss ? this significant milestone in the long-anticipated restoration of the theater.
Girl Scout Leadership Opportunities
If you're interested in helping out young people and making a difference in the community, the Lansdowne area Girl Scouts need your help. You
don't need to have a child in Scouts to help, just an interest in helping create confident, successful women for the future. The Community YMCA at Garrett and
Lansdowne is hosting a party for you to meet Scout leaders and explore your possibilities on Saturday, October 6, from 5 to 7 pm. Please RSVP by calling Christine Du Bois at 610 626-5030 or sending her