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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, July 13

Oy, the heat! Last Saturday was a scorcher, and July in general tends to be brutal. If it keeps up, we'll be forced to break out the Market's magical mister to lightly spray water on passersby. Walk near the Market Manager tent if you want to get a little wet, since a cool spritz is be the best way to fight an unwanted schvitz.

Just a Second

We've been sadly lacking in even-numbered Saturdays recently, what with the fifth Saturday in June followed by the first in July, so it's been a while since you saw the Market's 2/4 vendors. But the evens are finally due up this weekend, so think about what you've been needing from Amazing Acres Goat Dairy, Basic Batters, Cupcakeology, Lansdowne Table, Naughty Nutty Love, Paradocx Vineyards, Vera Pasta, and 1732 Meats. Plus, since it's a second Saturday, Sue of Ridge Valley Farm will be on site with her maple syrup and maple products. (You haven't had cotton candy till you've had it made with maple sugar.) Unfortunately, Kim from Akima Botanicals has been ailing and won't be at the Market again this week, but we're wishing her well and holding out hope she can make it back at the end of the month.

In some happy news, starting September 1, you'll be able to grab a maple-n-bacon cupcake -- and a crazy number of other flavors -- at Cupcakeology's new storefront in Terminal B of the Philadelphia International Airport. Congrats to the Morrises on their continued and continually increasing success. Happy to say the LFM was supporting them virtually from the start!

Lansdowne Tabla

Lansdowne Table is having a mid-summer revamp and going Mexican. Starting this Saturday, Steve and company will be offering a variety of tacos for eating on site (al pastor, shrimp, chorizo, chicken, barbacoa, and summer veggie), with traditional toppings (onion, sour cream, avocado, etc) or "superior" toppings like grilled scallions, orange segments, or pickled radishes. Add some scrambled egg to make it breakfastier. They'll also have a variety of housemade salsas and heat-and-eat sides. You're gonna be muy satisfecho.

Viva la Quiche!

And while we're covering the international news -- as it pertains to the Lansdowne Farmers Market anyway -- this Sunday, July 14, is Bastille Day, the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille and, for comparison's sake, France's equivalent to the 4th of July. Since Sunday's also about midway through the Tour de France cycling race, it'd be an especially appropriate time to indulge in a delicious quiche for brunch or dinner. MyHouse Cookies has several varieties, all of which are quite good, though our favorite is the caramelized onion and butternut squash. (If you decide to stock up on your faves, you can freeze the extras -- removed from the plastic clamshell and wrapped in freezer paper -- for a couple months. Just defrost in the fridge overnight then bake as usual.) Alternatively, it's easier than pie to make one yourself using the roll-out dough from Flying Monkey Bakery that Harvest Local carries, along with some of their eggs and cheese, or goat cheese from Amazing Acres, and some chard or other veg from one of the farms. In fact, while you can find and follow a recipe for quiche (here are ten), it's kinda hard to screw them up, so long as you use fresh eggs, milk, cheese, and your favorite add-ins, usually sautéed or roasted first. Don't fret about needing a special quiche dish either; as MyHouse proves, a pie pan works just fine. An especially nice thing about quiche is that it's good at room temperature, so you can make it early in the day and serve it later without heating up the kitchen again. Side of greens and you have a meal.


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Two Weeks and Counting

If you picked up one of the folded-paper Fortune Tellers we've been giving away in the Market Manager tent, you know that the next special event at the LFM is Kidcentric Day on July 27. As usual, there will be lots of fun stuff for kids, including butterflies and exotic birds, a wet tent, face painting, games, and an open microphone segment. Get the children practicing their song, dance, joke, riddle, instrument, or whatever else they want to do to earn a Market Buck for entertaining us. It was a ton of fun last year, and we're hoping for even more fun -- a few extra pounds anyway -- this time around.


In honor of the Tour de France, ride a bike to the Market on Saturday and get a Market Buck. If you don't ride, come by the Market Manager tent and mime riding a bike, which ought to be pretty funny, and we'll give you a Buck for the laugh.

Still no sign of those cooler bags that we're assiduously not thinking or talking about.

Hey, we're a little short on volunteers the next few weeks, so if you could help us with that, show up at 7:45 am Market day to set up or at 12:45 pm to break down. Neither task is hard or takes long, and you'll get plenty of helpful what-to-do-next support from the regulars. You'll probably even find it fun. Plus, we'll thank you in a shoutout by name on Facebook if you're cool with that. (By the way, the Market has more than 1100 likes on Facebook. You have liked us by now, haven't you?)

For a surprising number of Marketeers, it's all about that chalkboard.

Here's more market photos from John Kelly Green photography.


Artist of the Week

Billy Napoli has a real knack for picking eye-catching fabrics, finding unusual notions, and making delightful this-n-thats -- makeup bags, sleep masks, totes, aprons, lounge pants, and lots of other neato items. Check out the Etsy shop Billy Napoli Creations, and let Billy know if there's anything there you want her to bring to the Market to save yourself shipping charges. Her stuff is popular, so come early for the best selection.

Musician of the Week

More newbies in the Musician tent this week, when Lost Northern Tribe joins the LFM for the first time. Their Facebook page describes the Media band as a musical gumbo of many different styles, including honky-tonk, Americana, and Zydeco. Sounds yummy!



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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