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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, August 31

Starting this week with a doffing of the cap to the rash of folks who have written recently to express appreciation for this newsletter, the LFM website, and the Market itself. You are very welcome -- all three of you -- and please know that your reading Fresh Picks and attending the Market are equally appreciated. (Now please forgive this rather choppy and hastily composed newsletter; they can't all be winners.)

Easing Labor Pains

Hi ho, hi ho, it's back to serious work we go after maybe not applying ourselves as diligently as we might've the past few months, when the view out the window was often too alluring to resist and summer hours were sometimes observed on days other than Friday (admit it). With that in mind, make your Labor Day weekend as low-effort as possible by falling back on some prepared foods available at the Market.

A recent addition to the Market's prepared food wares is John's MiniTreats' chicken salad. Of course, this being John, it's not just boiled chicken dampened with mayo. No, the (all white meat) chicken is poached in a seasoned, herb-rich broth that has a French name that we missed, then combined with some other goodies, and finally dressed with a combination of mayonnaise, sour cream, Dijon mustard, bitters, and some ingredients even more secret than bitters. He sold 20 pounds of the stuff last week, people, so don't dink around if you want some of this.

If you've been tapped to take dessert to a celebration this weekend, we know from experience that a six-pack of mixed cupcakes or a Key lime pie will get set upon without hesitation at any gathering and ensures you will be invited back to future get-togethers (so wield this power judiciously, depending on whether you actually want to be regular invitee). If you are having a smaller celebration, say four of you or fewer, why not pick up several of John's pots de créme, which are so pleasing to the sophisticated palate and to virtually anyone who likes chocolate. (By the way, did you know this past Tuesday was National Pot de Créme Day? Because apparently dessert custard is now something that needs to be celebrated and that celebrating needs to be officially sanctioned.)

And if you've never taken a paint can of Paradocx's wine to a party, now's the time, friends. People are simply delighted by the cleverness of the packaging.

A Pop in the Mouth

For the past few months, we've had Mompops at the Market every week, even when Issa's other business, Take Me ... Bake Me pizzas, was off. Originally, the plan was to have Mompops weekly through Labor Day, but Issa says he'll keep coming every week as long as it's warm enough. So chances are that he and his little cart will be back several more Saturdays, but this is fair warning that a cooling off in the weather will put an end to Market popsicles (as well as to all those Market popsicle pictures). One way to prolong the Mompops joy at home is to order a case or two now. A "case" sounds like it'd be a gross or something, but it's really only ten -- ten popsicles in your choice of flavors for only $20, which is a savings of a dollar a pop. Buy one of the LFM's Come Chill in Lansdowne insulated cooler bags and then add a case of Mompops, along with the free ice pack he provides (Issa, you are too good to us!), and you have a fantastic hostess gift/dessert combo for your weekend parties. Or keep it yourself (more likely). To get the best selection of pops, use this order form to indicate exactly how many of each flavor you want, and Issa will have your custom case all ready for you on Saturday. Or just pick your flavors at the Market -- no big whoop.

Syrup? We Don't Need No Stinking Syrup!

In honor of Labor Day, Community Day, and Yet Another Day When We Must Feed Ourselves, we've invited a special guest this Saturday, Waffatopia, owned by Andrea and Brian Polizzi. Made from dough rather than poured batter, liége waffles (based on a street treat that the Polizzis ate in Belgium) promise to delight the senses with hints of cinnamon, vanilla, and caramelized Belgian pearl sugar imported from Europe. The individually baked waffles are bundled in packs of four or six to be ready for simple at-home heating for breakfast or a treat. You should know that some of them are stuffed with dark Belgian chocolate.

Five Alive

Folks, we're looking at the same alternating vendors as last week -- Amazing Acres Goat Dairy, Basic Batters, Cupcakeology, Lansdowne Table, Naughty Nutty Love, Paradocx Vineyards, and Vera Pasta, with The Avenue Deli subbing for 1732 Meats. We're sorry to tell you that Denise of Naughty Nutty Love will soon be relocating to Florida, so she is down to her last couple Markets with us. In other words, stock up now because in a few weeks Naughty Nutty products will be a thing of the past.

This Saturday is the penultimate visit of Neil's Sharpening Service. Miss him this week and you'll have to wait until the bonus pre-Thanksgiving Market on November 16 for a good honing. And please try to come in the first half of the Market if you have things for him to sharpen. Last time he visited he had to turn away several customers late in the day because he had so many knives and other blades still to get to. He's thrilled with the response he's gotten in Lansdowne and thanks you for trying to come earlier if you can.

Random Bits

Worthwhile things we've come across but cannot combine in any meaningful way.

  1. NPR says we should all stop washing raw chicken. (Based on that video, NPR should now issue warnings not to put cheese near the sink. No good will ever come of wet cheese, with or without chicken germs.)
  2. If you're grilling some meat this weekend, be bold and try these campfire grilled potatoes instead of potato salad. Then kick some dirt on your grill, saddle up, and ride off into the sunset.
  3. Where our recent obsession in this newsletter with corn off the cob and eggplant was inevitably leading: sweet corn polenta with eggplant sauce.
  4. And make these peach halves with almond crumble when you have little time to prep dessert but plenty of time to bake it, plus have that dieting friend coming who wouldn't eat a proper dessert anyway.

Community Day

Thanks to everyone who signed up to participate in this Saturday's second Community Day of the season. There's a wealth of handmade crafts coming, as well as opportunities for a free tree, a chair massage, and a free photo shoot, among other things. Several local businesses, including Art Space Lansdowne and Wawa, also want you to get to know them a bit better. See the whole list of participants here and allow yourself some extra time to peruse the Market's bonus row this Saturday.


Those Come Chill in Lansdowne cooler bags are now in! They're $6 each or two for $10, so you can't balk at the price. Be the first on your block to have one! Or the second or third -- it doesn't matter because life is not a competition, people. But these bags are nice and you'll want one eventually so why wait.

For one last week, we'll give you a Market Buck for your Lansdowne Arts festival T-shirt wearing services. Try to wear one you haven't yet so we can see your full collection.

The next big special event at the Market is Dog Day, coming September 28 and for the first time being sponsored and organized by beloved Market pals Animal Friends of Lansdowne. They're doing a great job of getting fun visitors and vendors lined up, plus the Dog Parade is of course on the schedule. Miss it and you'll end up you know where.


Artist of the Week

Because she frequently works weekends, it's always difficult to find a Saturday that will work for Deanna Haldeman of Deramics Clay Studio, but it's worth the effort because her ceramics are the perfect mix of rustic and refined, everyday and special. Working on a potter's wheel and often mixing her own glazes, Deanna creates pieces that feel good in the hand and look great to the eye. Fill one of her bowls with Market grapes and you have a top notch centerpiece or gift for a friend.

Musicians of the Week

It's Community Day this Saturday, and that means that DJ extraordinaire Nex Millen will be back to turn the Market into a block party (minus the ever-present bouncy castle). Had the Market a roof, it would surely be raised.



11th Annual Lansdowne Arts Festival
Pre-Show Reception: Friday, September 6, 7:00 pm; $25
Exhibits and Activities: September 7 and 8, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm; Free
Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue

Dragon Spirit Yoga - Vinyasa Mellow Flow
for experienced beginners
Sunday, September 8, 11:00 am - noon
Free, donations accepted
Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Ave.

Oakmont Farmers Market Fall Food Swap
Tuesday, September 10, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
1601 Darby Road, Havertown, PA 19083
More info and registration

Dragon Spirit Yoga - Restorative Flow
for all levels
Wednesday, September 11, 9:30 - 10:30 am or 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Free, donations accepted
Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Ave.

Dragon Spirit Yoga - Gentle Grace
for active seniors and adults with limited mobility
Thursday, September 12, 4:30 - 5:30 pm
Free, donations accepted
Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Ave.

American Legion Post 65 meeting
Tuesday, September 17, 7:30 pm
Lansdowne Borough Hall
All active and non-active duty service members welcome

Park Day at Hoffman Park
Sponsored by Lansdowne Borough
Saturday, Sept. 21, 1:00 - 4:00 pm, free
Games, Prizes, Moonbounce and more
Call 610-284-1493 for information

Harvest Tea at the Simpson Gardens Dining Room
Saturday, September 28, 1:00 pm; $15
84 N. Lansdowne Avenue
Reservations and info: 610-623-1514

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