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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, June 8

Keeping Cool and Carrying On

Last Saturday was a good day to be a popsicle salesman at the Lansdowne Farmers Market. In fact, with 90+ degrees on June 1, it's looking like this whole summer could be a banner year for Mompops at the LFM. But only twice a month. Look for Issa again on June 22, and hope for a breeze in the meantime. Please also remember to drink plenty of water when you hang at the Market (available at the Regency's stand). We left so dehydrated last week it took two days to catch up, and we know better.

Maple Is a Staple

This Saturday will give you your first look at the Market's regular second and fourth (ie, 2/4) Saturday lineup, which consists of Amazing Acres Goat Dairy, Basic Batters, Cupcakeology, Lansdowne Table, Naughty Nutty Love, 1732 Meats, Vera Pasta, Paradocx Vineyards, and Akima Botanicals, plus all the weekly vendors.

In addition, coming only the second Saturday of each month is Ridge Valley Farm, aka Sue and her maple syrup. Though we tend to think of maple syrup when the weather gets cold, it's actually made as the days begin to warm up (relatively) in the early spring and the sap runs, so the stuff Sue'll have now is as fresh as we're going to get. With this in mind we will share with you the best granola recipe you will ever come across, the one that has half the borough in its thrall and for which you can get all the ingredients (including the hard-to-find coconut chips, not flakes!) at Lansdowne's Life More Abundant. But use Sue's grade B maple syrup instead of store stuff because it's local, small-batch, and better (so good it's what we hear they use at historic Shane Confectionary). And now, friends, the recipe.

The Cure

Ari and Elise Miller live in the oldest house in Lansdowne -- just off Baltimore on Owen Avenue -- prepare their cured meats at NoBL's old digs at 24 N. Lansdowne Avenue, and then sell the charcuterie at the Farmers Market in the lot between Owen and Lansdowne Avenues. This trip isn't exactly coming full circle, but it's tracing a very tight triangle of hyper-localness that Brooklyn pickle makers would be able to top only by growing cukes on their roofs, pickling in their kitchens, and selling from their front parlors. 1732 Meats grew out of Ari's home curing of meats for the past decade and some newfound free time on his completion of law school (the business name comes from the year the house was built). In addition to three kinds of bacon and new-this-week pancetta, he's working on a smoked paprika bacon for introduction soon, as well as a dry salami. Since it's good to leave the borough on occasion, one of 1732's bacons is soon to be featured at Hot Diggity, a South Street hot dog venue, and probably also in a meal at your house, be that in Lansdowne or as far-flung as Secane.

Tremendous Trio

With Vera Pasta, Amazing Acres, and 1732 Meats all on board for this Saturday, how about some recipes that combine pasta, goat cheese, and bacon or pancetta? Voila, with tomatoes! Voila, with peas! Voila, with spinach! Voila, with roasted squash! Voila, with peanut butter! Just joshing about that last one, but the takeaway message is that the trio of pasta, goat cheese, and bacon (or pancetta) tastes good with just about anything else you want to add.

Meating and Jamming for Father's Day

Next Sunday is Father's Day. While there will be plenty of good things at the Market that Saturday to make the day special for dad, here are a few ways to be better prepared and take a few less risks about getting what you want. First, contact Harvest Local Foods and let them know what sort of steaks or burgers you want to see at the Market on the 22nd (or simply place an order for pickup at their store). They'll be bringing extra meat that week, but preparedness is next to godliness, or something, so prepare. Second, pick up lots of bacon this Saturday when 1732 Meats is on site. Maybe a sample pack of all the kinds Ari and Elise have available would be a good Father's Day gift. If you're a bit more ambitious and want to bump papa out of his ketchup rut, pick up bacon this week and make this onion and bacon jam for on top of burgers. It also incorporates coffee, hot pepper flakes, and maple syrup (which you can also get at the Market this Saturday), making it the perfect Dad jam, right up there with some of the better Allman Brothers songs. Don't be surprised if he tries it on toast. Or a donut.

Name Game

Next week, Donna of Spotted Hill Farms is bringing a new baby goat to the Market, and we've again been asked for help naming her. So please stop by the Market Manager tent this week and next and vote for your favorite among Pickle, Gherkin, and Curry, or suggest your own cute name. Donna says this baby girl is tiny -- less than a foot tall at the shoulder -- so think small.


Hey lookit! It's the application for the season's first Community Day, to be held Saturday, June 29. If you don't know what Community Day is or why it might be something worth doing, go read the website's first several FAQs. For your $25, you get one parking spot, which is too small for a standard tent but will fit a table and umbrella nicely. Since we have so much food at the Market and those vendors follow strict rules about preparation and licensing, we are very restrictive about food sales during Community Day, but food is not the only way of getting the crowd's attention. These spots go quickly, and waiting until close to the June 22 deadline to turn your application in will probably mean you don't get a spot. Sooner = better.

We haven't seen many of those Lansdowne Farmers Market T-shirts we screened a few years ago wandering around the lot, so dig yours out and wear it on Saturday and we'll give you a Market Buck when you stop by the Manager tent. If you haven't gotten an LFM shirt yet, we'll have what's left for sale on Community Day, along with those Come Chill in Lansdowne cooler bags we're reputed to have ordered (one hopes).

Music and More: Outside the Market

Tonight, the Lansdowne Folk Club continues its 20th year of presenting great live music with a show featuring Brian Ashley Jones and special guest Mike "Slo-Mo" Brenner at the Twentieth Century Club. Tickets can be purchased at the door (cash only, please) and free street parking is available. Doors open at 6:30 pm with the show to begin at 7:30. For more information about Folk Club shows, visit, email, or phone 484-466-6213.

First Friday Tomorrow

Tomorrow night, art takes center stage as Lansdowne's First Friday events offer plenty of opportunities to see, buy, and experience the arts first-hand. From 6:00 to 9:00 pm, stop by Art Space Lansdowne (25 S. Lansdowne Avenue) to enjoy Manasee Mahajan's PaperPrecious paper creations, paracord bracelets and more by Paul Moffitt, glass works by Craig Vetter and Heather Crompton, and paintings/mixed media by Mary Bradi Begnardi. Across the street at Paddington Station (12. S. Lansdowne Avenue), the "Hollywood Collection Exhibit" is featured from 6:00 to 8:00. Meanwhile, host Rick Prigg presents an exhibit of new paintings and stained glass at his own Sycamore Studio (16 S. Wycombe Avenue) from 5:30 to 8:30. Admission is free to all First Friday events.

Also free and taking place tomorrow night is Become Yoga's monthly "on the house" session, beginning at 7:30. Register first, then grab a mat and join in this free session with one of Become Yoga's instructors.

You Dirty Dogs

It's scrub-a-dub-dub time for pets during Animal Friends of Lansdowne's annual Doggie Spa Day, which takes place this Saturday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Lansdowne Friends School (on N. Lansdowne Avenue near Stewart Avenue). Bring your pooch by for a wash, and you can get your face painted while you wait. Rain date is next Saturday, June 15.

5K Results Now Online

If you participated in last week's Memorial Day 5K, you have now officially been recognized on the interwebs. Congratulations, and check out where you finished among the nearly 400 participants.


Artist of the Week

Liz Steele Coats of A New Creation jewelry designs is one of Lansdowne's favorite daughters. In addition to teaching a variety of classes at Art Space Lansdowne and high school art classes at a local Catholic school and running the late fall Bit of the Arts show and sale, Liz makes pretty jewelry that makes the wearer look pretty too. Our favorites include her handmade precious metal clay pendants, which are gorgeous.

Musicians of the Week

We liked Rupert Wates even before he drove two hours in a snowstorm to play at a late-season Market a few years ago, but after that, he took a special place in the LFM's heart. He has great hair, a British accent, a beautiful singing voice, and a talent for writing songs that showcase it. In a word, he's dreamy.



Lansdowne Folk Club presents Brian Ashley Jones and Mike "Slo-Mo" Brenner
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

Oakmont Farmers Market Summer Food Swap
Tuesday, June 11, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, free
1601 Darby Road, Havertown, PA 19083
More info and registration

19th Annual Flag Day Celebration
Friday, June 14, 7:00 pm, free
Borough Greene, Lansdowne and Baltimore Avenues

Movie Night in the Park: Raiders of the Lost Ark
Friday, June 14, 8:30 pm, free
Hoffman Park, Scottdale Road

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

Small Business Seminar: Repair Your Credit with Tara Colquitt
presented by the LEDC and AAFEA
Tuesday, June 25, 6:30 pm, $5
Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue in Lansdowne.
To RSVP or for more info email

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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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