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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, June 1

The Answer, My Friend

With opening day come and gone, we can now cross "Persevere in the face of devilish, blustery, nearly nonstop napkin-stealing, tent-lifting winds" off the Market's bucket list. And that's all we're going to say about that little annoyance because (1) we're just glad it wasn't raining too, and (2) mindless of the day's bad-hair potential, you all came out in droves and visited and ate and shopped and donated and generally made us proud to be part of a thing like this. In short, you rock. Now go comb your hair; it's a rat's nest.

The Avenue Is Crossing the Avenue

We told you last week that there were still a couple new vendors for you to meet. One is starting this Saturday and will be providing both take-home vittles and walking-around food like Jewish apple cake, cheesecake, flavored cream cheese, homemade pickles and jams, vegan white bean dip, salads, knishes, wraps, and strata. Lansdowne's newest business (for the moment anyway), The Avenue Deli, will be joining us biweekly on a first and third Saturday schedule, beginning this week. If you prefer something hot for breakfast, they'll have menus on site so you can call your order in while you shop (we recommend the lemon poppy seed pancakes), then hop across the street to grab it and bring it back to eat in the Market's cafe if you want. (Look here to see The Avenue featured prominently at as one of 20 hot restaurants right now. The piece notes that everyone talks about "the small town feel," so apparently they didn't notice our messy hair.) The Avenue will be alternating weeks with 1732 Meats, which means you'll be able to get more bacon next week.

(P.S. This Saturday will be our first week of the regular schedule, which typically alternates vendors on a first and third or second and fourth Saturday basis. So check the website to see who to expect for this first Saturday in June. We heard some murmurings about remembering your knives this week, but don't bother because Neil's Sharpening Service is not back until June 22. Like the LFM on Facebook for reminders about knives, updates on late cancellations, and other stuff.)

Getting to Know Rabe

Despite a surname that would suggest otherwise, we did not grow up eating broccoli rabe and have encountered it most frequently as an adult on good Italian sandwiches, its noted bitterness offsetting the richness of the fatty meat. (Apparently blanching in boiling water will remove some bitterness, and then just a quick saute finishes things; it's not a green that has to be cooked forever.) A Google search for ideas on how to prepare broccoli rabe returned so many good ones that more of the greens will be purchased this week. This is what we actually made with our first batch, and Vera Pasta's tomato and basil spaghetti proved a great base (though the actual tomatoes and basil haven't made it to the Market yet and came from elsewhere). This easy baked broccoli rabe with parmesan couldn't miss as a side dish, for adults anyway. This calzone featuring broccoli rabe with olives is going onto our shortlist to try with whole wheat dough, but if you prefer to leave the cheese and the Italian leanings behind and travel elsewhere, this Asian-inspired recipe could be the one for you. Broccoli rabe -- not just a condiment at Tony Luke's anymore.

Let Us Eat Cake

Maybe because of the wet spring, the strawberries we bought last week at the market were larger and not as sweet as they often are. That's probably a good thing because it kept us from powering through two quarts in a day, as is usual, and it encouraged baking with them. In our house, that means Martha Stewart's strawberry cake. Perhaps because it's an unfussy, homey thing baked in a pie pan, it makes a perfect breakfast cake, especially when you substitute 1/4-cup of fine cornmeal for a half cup of flour. (If you eschew, disdain, or otherwise avoid Martha, a slightly adapted version is available here -- with a longer sales pitch and more pictures.) This recipe is also great with blueberries instead of strawberries, and we've been known to make a pair to serve to guests while watching the Fourth of July parade. If you decide to do this, have the recipe standing by to hand out because you'll get requests.

Welcome Wagon

When the LFM started in 2007, it was tough going finding vendors willing to add another market to their Saturday schedule. Part of what changed that was landing a couple of vendors who were so enthusiastic about Lansdowne that they talked us up to fellow vendors at other markets, and the calls and applications started coming in. What you need to recognize here is that the enthusiasm wasn't only about good sales; it was about the general vibe of the LFM -- the music, the management, the community feel, the friendliness of the shoppers. So you personally figured into it with more than just your wallets.

One of our favorite vendors for help promoting the LFM elsewhere was MyHouse Cookies, helmed by Tom and Marie Connell. So we are truly delighted to report that they will soon be borough residents, having just bought a house on Highland near the school. They'll be moving in in a few weeks from Glen Mills, a lovely suburb, but apparently not the kind of community place that Lansdowne is proving to be. Please make it a point to welcome the Connells at the Market this week and perhaps even thank them, for they have paid us a great compliment.


The season's first Community Day will be June 29, and the applications will become available online via this newsletter next week and in hardcopy at the Market on Saturday, June 8.

We're still waiting on our insulated Come Chill in Lansdowne bags, so keep your eye on the Manager tent for when they show up. (Apparently last week we called them "insulted bags" here, but that was more applicable to what we've been saying about the slow-as-molasses printer than the bags themselves.)

Not all the available Market Bucks got claimed last week, so we're feeling pretty generous about them this week. Stop over and give us some feedback on last week's Market -- what you especially liked or didn't like -- and get a Market Buck for those opinions.

Pick up a special event fortune teller while you're there. Then you won't even need to read this long-winded thing to know what's coming up!

Jayne Young carries the No Place for Hate banner proudly during the final Memorial Day parade of her tenure as mayor.


Artist of the Week

Grace Caputo of Type O(-) just celebrated a rather significant birthday, so she's offering a deal on Saturday only: Bring her a used greeting card (don't buy a new one!) of any sort (Christmas, bar mitzvah, first day of school -- the weirder, the better) that you've signed over to her, and get a 50% discount on a pair of earrings with any full-priced purchase. She may be old, but she still knows how to have a good time. And recycle with flair.

Musicians of the Week

Hometown pride is running strong this week as Lansdowne neighbors Bob Beach and Jim Klingler fill the Market with their companionable performances of folk, jug band, novelty, and bluesy favorites, which better include plenty of Avett Brothers covers if they know what's good for their tip jar.



Sneak Peek of Hollywood Collection Exhibit and Marilyn Monroe Birthday Celebration at Paddington Station
Saturday, June 1, 1:00 - 3:00 pm, free
12 S. Lansdowne Ave.

Lansdowne Folk Club presents Christie Lenee and Brian Ashley Jones
Thursday, June 6; 7:30 pm, $15/$18
Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue

First Friday at Sycamore Studio
Rick Prigg, new work: paintings and stained glass
Friday, June 7, 5:30 - 8:30 pm, free
16 S. Wycombe Avenue

First Friday at Paddington Station
Hollywood Collection Exhibit
Friday, June 7, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, free
12 S. Lansdowne Ave.

First Friday at Art Space Lansdowne
Friday, June 7, 6:00 - 9:00 pm; free
Manasee Mahajan, paper creations
Paul Moffitt, paracord bracelets
Craig Vetter and Heather Crompton, glass creations
Mary Brady Begnardi, paintings

First Presbyterian Church of Lansdowne Community Picnic
Sunday, June 9, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Greenwood and Lansdowne Avenues

Long-Term Care Insurance Discussion
Lansdowne Public Library, 55 S. Lansdowne Avenue
Monday, June 10, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, free
email for info

The Art of Getting Stains Out of Those Vintage Linens at Paddington Station
Saturday, June 22, 1:00 - 3:00 pm, free
12 S. Lansdowne Ave

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