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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, July 6

How about a nice, short newsletter for once, to go with the nice, short work week? Sounds like a plan. Here goes.

Weather or Not

Welcome to the first week of July! If you read this the day it lands in your inbox, it will be July 3, and tomorrow, Thursday, will be the 4th of July (you may have heard of it?), good old Independence Day, that quintessential summer holiday of friends, family, parades, cookouts, and fireworks (Lansdowne events schedule is here). If the weather cooperates, that is. If it doesn't, the 4th is still a legal holiday and a day off work for most people, so even if the fun outdoor activities get curtailed, make the most of this summer hallmark. In short: eat, drink, and make merry, whatever Mother Nature decides. (And then go to the fireworks on the 5th if they're rained out on the 4th; the parade, alas, is scratched altogether in case of inclemency.)

Vendor Deja Vu

This Saturday's vendors are essentially a duplicate of last Saturday's because of the fifth Saturday/first Saturday conjunction (which is exactly like the Harmonic Convergence except with cheese and coffee instead of planets, and minus the chanting and meditating). Thus, you will see alternating vendors The Avenue Deli, FreshaPeel Hummus!, Golden Valley Farms Coffee Roasters, John & Kira's Chocolates, John's MiniTreats, Penns Woods Winery, Spotted Hill Farm, Take Me...Bake Me/Mompops, and Taste Artisanal Market. For this week only, 1732 Meats will be sharing space with The Avenue Deli so you don't have to wait any longer to pick up more house-cured bacon or pancetta. We know that was getting to be a problem. MyHouse Cookies is off this week but should be back the 13th, along with the 2/4 vendors.

You should note that FreshaPeel now has guacamole and salsa - both freshly made, of course -- in addition to hummus. And with the blue corn chips that Harvest Local sells, you have a favorite, if not all-American, snack to have around.

Blade Runner

Finally, it's time for Neil's Sharpening Service to again grind its way into our hearts via our kitchens and garden sheds, creating fine edges where there once was dullness and dings. Neil and company can handle kitchen knives (not serrated, but you really shouldn't have to sharpen serrated knives), scissors, shears, axes, hoes, loppers, scythes, machetes, and so forth at the Market, and maybe even your reel mower, though they may have to take that back to their shop. But for goodness sake, if you bring a machete to the Market, be cool about it; don't wave the thing around. Pricing is typically by size and is outlined at the website.

There's an App for That

Most weeks, we try to share some recipes here that involve Market ingredients, as you may have noticed. But this week, we're taking the "teach a person to fish" approach and pointing you to an app that takes the form of a magazine (if you have an iPhone, it downloads to your bookshelf), and that offers all kinds of recipes (such as a variety of deviled eggs, duck fat Chex mix, summer drinks) and just food ideas (like gussying up purchased ice cream in minutes to make ice cream truffles or ice cream sandwiches). The Tasting Table Summer Survival Guide app is available here in a variety of different downloads, including as a pdf if you're not into the smartphone thing. It looks great as you leaf through it, even on a phone screen, and lets you save, share, and pin pages you want to keep, show others, or poke full of holes. If you consider yourself an "adventurous eater," you might even want to sign up for Tasting Table's weekly emails because they're always interesting (for example, right now you can enter to win a $1000 bar tab at a watering hole of your choice, which would be quite an adventure).

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Artist of the Week

Saturday will be April Hall's first official foray into selling the artful trays, message boards, and glassware she's been creating for Mama Hall's Handiwork. She likes to incorporate recycled bits, like wine corks and magazines, into her colorful and useful household items, which makes us like them -- and her -- all the more.

Musicians of the Week

Believe it's a first for Mike Mantra and Kenneth Parker in the Musician tent. They play together as part of a band, Audio Emotif, that creates "new permutations and fusions of Middle Eastern, Indian, rock, and jazz music." It'll be a fresh sound for the Market!

Also playing this week will be local favorites Mansfield Brass, playing music from a broad range of styles.



Lansdowne Business and Professional Association Networking Event
Monday, July 15, 10:00 am - Noon
Regency Cafe, 29 N. Lansdowne Avenue
Call 610-623-7329 or email or for details

Restorative Flow Yoga for all levels
Wednesday, July 17, 9:15 - 10:15 am or 7:15 - 8:15 pm; Sunday, July 21 11:15 am - 12:15 pm; free
Twentieth Century Club
84 S. Lansdowne Avenue
Registration required: contact Gabrielle; 484-557-9605

Gentle Grace Yoga for active seniors
and adults with limited mobility
Thursday, July 18, 4:30 - 5:30 pm, free
Twentieth Century Club
84 S. Lansdowne Avenue
Registration required: contact Gabrielle; 484-557-9605

Radiant Lotus Women's Qi-gong
for all ages/levels/experience
Thursday, July 18, 5:45 - 6:45 pm, free
Twentieth Century Club
84 S. Lansdowne Avenue
Registration required: contact Gabrielle; 484-557-9605

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) -- Outdoor Theater
Saturday, July 27, 7:00 pm; Free
Lawn of the Twentieth Century Club, 84. S. Lansdowne Ave

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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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