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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, November 17


Despite what the yard signs say, we all know that Halloween is not when the Lansdowne Farmers Market ends. That was in the olden days, before shoppers rose up and charged through the streets, wearing Ripe & Ready T-shirts, waving reusable shopping bags, and hungrily demanding, "More markets! More markets!" To which the early-rising, hard-working FM committee replied (quite reasonably), "But we're exhausted." And the thronging masses beseeched (in unison, as though they'd been practicing), "Fair enough. But how about maybe just one more? C'mon, you guys." And, lo, it came to pass that another Marketday was added to the calendar, and that day became known as the special bonus pre-Thanksgiving Market, and it was good, so very good. (And after that, even more Marketdays were decreed, in a sequence known as the Winter Markets, but that is a story for a later paragraph, my friends.)

So that extra-special, you-asked-for-it-you-got-it Saturday is upon us, and we try to make it doubly worthy of attention by inviting every vendor from the regular season to come back (and most are; to wit). It's going to be a full house, with vendors on both sides of the parking lot (and some shuffling about from usual locations), so consider parking in the lot by the firehouse on Highland Avenue, bring lots of money and shopping bags, and give yourself plenty of time to make your selections and visit with your neighbors. Plus, Animal Friends of Lansdowne is the Market's guest this week, and if it's not too cold they're bringing kitties. It's a timely opportunity to fall in love with a new little friend to warm your lap over the winter. As of this writing, the weather report is for 50 degrees and sunny -- in other words, a perfect day to bundle up and chill (ha!) at the FM.


Obviously, there's just no listing all the stuff you'll be able to browse and buy at this Saturday's Market. But, given next week's food-centric holiday, a few things deserve mention. Hopefully, you have your turkey on order from Harvest Local Foods already because it's now too late to get on that bus. But it's not too late to get organic Jersey cranberries from Pam and company; white and sweet potatoes and green beans from Schobers and Fruitwood; organic greens, peppers, and herbs from Turning Roots Farm; a mixed pound of exotic mushrooms from Oley Valley Farm; and cheese, cheese, cheese from three separate cheese vendors, Harvest Local, and Green Aisle Grocery. While you're at Green Aisle, pick up a jar of house-made pickles for the TV-watching portion of the holiday weekend. And, for goodness sake, up your game 200% by purchasing a quart of John's mushroom soup to use with fresh green beans for everyone's favorite turkey day casserole. (The family will carry you around the room on their shoulders for this improvement, so have a helmet handy if the ceilings are low.)

What will your family be drinking this holiday? If addition to being the bargain way to buy wine (four bottles worth for the price of less than three), Paradocx's paint cans are attention-getting crowd pleasers. People love to push the little button to refill their glass. But if your needs are more limited or you prefer to drink from glass, both Paradocx and Penns Woods Winery have a good variety of red, white, and rose wines, most of which you can sample right there, and the guys who work the booths are happy to make recommendations too. For the teetotalers and kids, Fruitwood has apple or Asian pear cider, and Schobers has apple or peach cider (every one of which plays well with the right adult add-in).

Finally, don't forget a floral centerpiece from Bonnie's Wondergardens.

The Life of Pie

If you don't want to risk being empty-handed in a few crucial categories on Thanksgiving day, it pays to plan ahead. Marie of MyHouse Cookies says they're not going to have loads of extra pies on Saturday, so if you know what you want, call her now (610-459-1869) and reserve it. She and Tom will be glad to hold that caramel-apple-walnut until you get there on Saturday. Likewise, Marnie at Provisions will take orders for pies (pecan or bourbon pumpkin), cheesecake (plain or pumpkin), or Le Bus bread. You can place your order at the Market for pickup or delivery later in the week. If you're baking your own dang pies, look for ready-to-roll-out piecrust and little pie pumpkins at Harvest Local Foods, or apples at Fruitwood and Schobers. Fresh coffee beans from Golden Valley and a nice box of chocolates from John and Kira's should round out dessert.

About Those Winter Markets

They're happenin'. No doubt about it. Come snow or whatever (as we found out repeatedly last year), there will be one the third Saturday of every month from December to April: December 15, January 19, February 16, March 16, and April 20. These are informal affairs, with no musician or artist, and vendors assemble as they arrive and sell mostly right out of their cars. It's important to note -- and remember! -- that Winter Markets are only two hours long, from 9:00 to 11:00 am. Nonetheless, they are so infinitely better than nothing and such a great chance to stock up, see friends, and eat yummy stuff that you won't want to miss a one.

Know what's a good idea? Like the Lansdowne Farmers Market on Facebook if you haven't yet. Even though we don't inundate you with updates, once in a while we think of something to share there (like this NPR piece that featured Chris and TJ from Turning Roots), so it's worth biting the bullet and clicking that Like button. That will be a good place to learn what vendors to expect at each Winter Market, in fact. A real good place.

Lawn Signs

Time to pull up the LFM lawn signs and stash them in your stashing place, readers! If you want to bring them back to us, do that this Saturday. Otherwise, hang on to them until we give you the signal late next May to put them out again. The one thing we don't want you to do is toss them unless they're truly mangled. Please just store them, if you would. (If you don't take your sign in and someone on the committee sees it, we might just grab it up to keep safe for next year; you can have it back then.)

What to Do?

Lots of local happenings this weekend and in the near future, so if you're starting to feel a bit of the winter (or almost-winter) doldrums, why not get out and be a part of what's going on right here in Lansdowne.

  • LBPA Home-Business Happy Hour: Tonight, just hours from now, stop by Sycamore (14 S. Lansdowne Ave) for a gathering of work-at-home professionals from 6 to 8 pm. The LBPA will provide a limited amount of wine for this event, but if you're planning to stick around and dine afterward (make your reservations via OpenTable here), make sure you bring along your own beverage for the meal.

  • Ken Gaines and Victoria Vox at Lansdowne Folk Club: Houston-based singer songwriter Ken Gaines and ukelele-stumming and singing Victoria Vox take the stage at Lansdowne Presbyterian Church's Irwin Hall tonight. Tickets are $18 and are available at the door. Show begins at 7:30 pm, so get moving!

  • Jazz at NoBL: Although Sycamore's sister restaurant at 24 N. Lansdowne is still closed for the time being, the restaurant is hosting a jazz prix fixe dinner tomorrow where you can get a preview of some of NoBL's new menu items and service approach. The 7:00 dinner seating is $35 per person, and will be followed by an 8:00 performance by the Ojespa Jazz Project, a straight-ahead drum-bass-piano trio playing standards.

  • Scouts Spaghetti Dinner: Saturday, stop by the Lansdowne Presbyterian Church between 4 and 7 pm to enjoy a meal during the Lansdowne Boy Scouts' spaghetti dinner fundraiser.

  • History of Reading Terminal: The Lansdowne Arts Board presents a Salon Sunday forum hosted by Michael Holahan, longtime owner of the Pennsylvania General Store in Philadelphia's landmark Reading Terminal Market. Holahan will discuss the rich history of the market and the profound impact it has had on the local food system. This free event begins at noon this Sunday at Sycamore, 14 S. Lansdowne Ave.

A Bit of The Arts Ahead

Next weekend marks the beginning of the holiday shopping madness (which due to the calendar gives us an extra week of "joy" this year), so be sure not to forget the most enjoyable holiday shopping experience on this side of the planet. The annual A Bit of the Arts Holiday Art Show and Sale takes place on Friday and Saturday, November 23 and 24, and offers a welcome respite from the crowded malls and big-box store mayhem. Enjoy live music, delicious food, and fine gift offerings from more than 30 local artists. (See listing in the right column for times for each day.)

Online Shopping Benefits Animal Friends

Animal Friends of Lansdowne has set up two online shopping parties to help you help their cause when you buy gifts this year. Fifteen percent of proceeds from either the Scentsy party (think candles and body fragrance) or Velata party (fondue fun) will enable AFL to help take local animals in need off the streets and into loving homes.


Artist of the Week

Baby, it's cold outside! So why don't you buy me one of those cute felted hats from Ellen Lustgarten of In Stitches? Or maybe a holder for my smart phone. Or a set of nested felted bowls. Or a wine carrier. Cuz if you don't buy them for me, I'm buying them myself. And for all my friends because gift-giving holidays are coming.

Musicians of the Week

Greenwood Avenue residents and FM stalwarts Bob Beach and Jim Klingler will be the final act -- a homey, folky, feel-good one -- in the long, familiar, character-driven play that is the Lansdowne Farmers Market's summer season. Bob has scheduled all the musical acts since the Market began. Now would be a good time to thank him for that.



Ken Gaines and Victoria Vox at the Lansdowne Folk Club
Thursday, November 15, 8:00 pm; $15-$18
Lansdowne Presbyterian Church, 140 N. Lansdowne Avenue

Dedication of the Ronnie Hawkins Resource Room
Friday, November 16, 6:30 - 9:00 pm; Free
Lansdowne Public Library, 55 S. Lansdowne Avenue

Lansdowne Arts Board Salon Studio: The History of Reading Terminal Market
Sunday, November 18, Noon - 2:00 pm; Free
Sycamore, 14 S. Lansdowne Ave.

Lifetree Cafe Discussion: Preparing for the Worst - How to Survive a Catastophe
Sunday, November 18, 6:00 pm; Free
Regency Cafe, 29 North Lansdowne Avenue

A Bit of the Arts Holiday Art Show & Sale
Friday, November 23, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Saturday, November 24, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Ave.

Dave Mason performance to benefit the Lansdowne Theater
Saturday, November 24, 1:00 pm; $100
31 N. Lansdowne Avenue
Call 610-622-1234 for tickets

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting presented by the LBPA
Friday, November 30, 6:30 - 8:00 pm; Free
Veterans Mini Park, 30 N. Lansdowne Avenue

December Tea
Saturday, December 1, 1:00 pm; $10-$15
Simpson Gardens Dining Room, 84 N. Lansdowne Ave.
Reserve by calling 610-623-1514

Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert
Sunday, December 2, 3:00 pm; $5-$18
Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 N. Lansdowne Avenue, Drexel Hill

First Friday at Art Space Lansdowne
Friday, December 7, 6:00 - 9:00 pm; Free
25 S. Lansdowne Avenue

Holiday Bazaar
Saturday December 8, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Simpson Gardens, 84 N. Lansdowne Ave.
Call 610-623-1645 for info

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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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