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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, October 13

Looking Back and Forth

Hey, people, it's 10-11-12! And if you are somehow reading this at 8:09, know that you have blown our mind. Just. Blown. It.

Its being 10-11-12, our time together is running down quickly, with only three Markets left in October and the special bonus pre-Thanksgiving Market on November 17. The Winter Markets will start on December 15, but they're only 2 hours long, something to keep in mind if you tend to roll into the regular season Markets at noon. (And if you're thinking, "What Winter Markets?", go read last week's e-newsletter, which lays out the plan by which you can enjoy quality time in your favorite parking lot year-round.)

Before we jump further into the FM stuff, of which there is not a ton this week anyway, last Friday's relighting of the Lansdowne Theater marquee needs a little attention. If you were not there, you sadly missed one of the more wonderful public moments in the borough's recent history, as no measure of advance publicity and buzz could have outshone the moment when those lights finally brightened the refurbished marquee for the first time. It looked FANTASTIC! We can't imagine that anyone there was disappointed. (Though next time, actually closing Lansdowne Avenue for 15 minutes might be a good idea, since nothing can ruin a group photo like ten cars honking to hurry things up.) Well done, Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation; you have given the town a great gift.

Next Up

Last Saturday, for the first time in quite a while, all the vendors we were expecting -- that is, all those we told you to be expecting -- actually showed up. It was a lovely aberration, and after we'd brushed aside our tears of joy and surprise, we realized that the Market's customers always seem to be troupers about shopping no matter who's missing, and for that, we thank you again.

Here's who you should see this week in addition to all the weekly vendors: Akima Botanicals, Cupcakeology, Farm Fromage, FreshaPeel Hummus, Golden Valley Coffee Roasters, Oley Valley Mushrooms, and Paradocx Vineyards. If you're looking for an unusual Halloween gift for a special person or a finishing touch for your own costume, consider Akima's Cemetery scent perfume oil or spray. Kim describes the scent as conveying moist earth, freshly manicured plots, and roses, like you might come across you know where.

Over at Harvest Local Foods, customers have been requesting raw goat milk in addition to raw cow milk. Pam and company weren't able to get the goat milk for this week, but they will have drinkable goat milk yogurt, which is pasteurized, not raw. Bet that's just delicious too.

To Everything, Turn, Turn, Turnip

There were some beautiful turnips at the Market last week, and on the assumption that they'll turn up again this Saturday, we've gathered some recipes in the hopes that you'll give this underappreciated veggie a try. Maybe the easiest way to become friendly with the pretty purple and white root vegetable is to transform it into oven-baked fries doused in seasonings and parmesan cheese. (What wouldn't taste good prepared like that?) Here's a turnip gratin that's made better for you by using low-fat milk, and this smart recipe, inspired by colcannon, uses both the bulb and the greens, which are also edible. Finally, if you really want to go deeper with root vegetables (get it?), try this dish consisting of turnips, parsnips, and rutabagas, roasted together and then coated with a sweet and spicy glaze.

Perhaps, however, you have some bad memories of being forced to eat turnips as a child or are otherwise uninterested in partaking of them. In that case, you could just revisit one of the earliest Halloween traditions, and carve a few turnips into jack-o-lanterns, since the turnips at the Market have been plenty big enough, and those things actually make really creepy decorations.


Please, oh please, dear readers, enter the Sweet Endings Dessert Contest that's coming next Saturday. To enter, you will need a couple of ingredients purchased from Market vendors, whatever they may be. So get them this week if you don't have them yet! All the rules and timing info, etc, is on the application (linked above), but even if you're not entering, you should know that we're once again going to silent-auction-off all the entries, with the money raised going to the community food bank. More details here next week, but in the meantime, just figure out what you're going to make and pick up the Market ingredients. That's a great start.

October 20th is a also our final Community Day of the season, so, again, apply now or wait until June of next year to get in on Community Day. The deadline for applications is this Saturday, October 13, so you can see the need for action on this, yes?

Then, on the last Saturday in October, the 27th, we'll again have Halloween at the Market, when we encourage everyone to wear costumes, and kids can pick up some goodies at the Manager tent and wherever else vendors are participating in trick or treating (we'll try to be able to direct you when you come to the Manager tent).

Away from the Market

While we would never encourage you to stray from the North Lansdowne Avenue parking lot during Market hours, there are a few noteworthy events taking place this week that you may be able to incorporate into your Saturday routine.

If you happen to be a marketgoer that's eating for two, wrap up your shopping early and head across the street for Become Yoga's free preview of its Prenatal Yoga Series, a welcoming, empowering, and nonjudgmental space designed to fulfill your needs that will also include an introduction to Become Yoga's "Birthing With Confidence" workshop. Pre-registration is requested for this event, which begins at 11:45 am

Pedalers, take note -- the Lansdowne-Yeadon Elm Street Program is holding a free Bike Rodeo in conjunction with the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. The rodeo, which takes place a relatively short ride away from the market at Yeadon Community Park, will run from 10 am to 2 pm and offer free bike assessment by volunteers and important bike safety tips. Flat fixing, brake adjusting, and other minor repairs will be made free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis.



Artist of the Week

This Saturday brings a triumvirate of Lansdowne photogs to the Artist tent, when Bill Patterson, Owen Biddle, and John Kelly Green all bring forth their best shots from up the road and around the globe. (Given all the camera power these three pack, it might be a good idea to comb your hair before getting to the Market.)

Musician of the Week

You may remember Rupert Wates as the handsome singer-songwriter with the posh accent who came all the way from New York in that ghastly slush storm late last season and who ended up playing at the Regency because it was too awful to put him outside. The point is: When many Market regulars opted not to come a half mile because of the crap weather, he drove two hours. Also: handsome, accent, nice singing voice.



Friends of Community Cats Workshop
Saturday, October 20, 1:30-4:30 pm
Lansdowne Borough Hall, 12 East Baltimore Avenue
Sponsored by Animal Friends of Lansdowne

Celebration Theater's Sunset Poe-at-Tree: A Salute to Edgar Allan Poe
Saturday, October 20, 6:30 pm, $5
Sycamore Park, LaCrosse and Wycombe Avenues

In-Home Business Happy Hour
Presented by the LBPA
Wednesday, October 24, 6:00-8:00 pm
2312 Garrett, Drexel Hill
Email or for details

Free Film sponsored by No Place for Hate
Thursday, October 25, 7:00 pm; Free
Lansdowne Public Library

Lansdowne Folk Club presents The Special Consensus with guest Foxhound
Thursday, October 25, 7:30 pm; $15-$18
Lansdowne Presbyterian Church, 140 N. Lansdowne Avenue

Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra with guest conductor David Wetherill
Sunday, October 28, 3:00 pm; $5-$18
Upper Darby Performing Arts Center,
601 N. Lansdowne Avenue

Mozart's Requiem Choral Concert at Lansdowne Presbyterian Church
Saturday, November 10, 7:30 pm; Free
140 North 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.

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