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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, September 14

Seven Eight Habits of Highly Successful Marketgoers

  1. Come early. Fewer birds, more worms. You know how that saying goes.

  2. Stay late. There are often some deals to be had in the last half hour, especially if you're interested in bulk purchases. Might as well ask, right?

  3. Come hungry. Many of our vendors offers taste samples, from small bits of cheese to whole peaches. If there weren't such good food available at the Market and across the street, you could probably make a breakfast of the samples.

  4. Try everything. Well, maybe not everything, but at some point, try something from each vendor so you can be sure it was a vendor's product that didn't suit you and not his or her looks or prices, because both of those can be deceiving. That small chunk of cheese may not seem so expensive when you find you eat every bit of it, as opposed to the supermarket stuff that your family ignores until it's desiccated or moldy.

  5. Bring a friend. Although you're sure to run into someone you want to catch up with or invite to share your table in the café, if you bring a friend, you can turn to them for help carrying your purchases or to borrow a few bucks if you run short. (But bear in mind the friend you bring may be banking on using you for the same services.)

  6. Allow plenty of time. A rushed Market experience is better than no Market experience, but it's also one fraught with regrets about the things you missed or forgot to go back for. A slow pass east and a slow pass west (or vice versa) constitutes a good plan.

  7. Stop at the Market Manager tent. We know stuff, and we'll tell it to ya. Plus there's information about local businesses, deals, and upcoming events that you won't want to miss, free items, and sometimes things to buy.

  8. Read the e-newsletter. Because even when we misinform you about what vendors to expect or some other detail, you can typically count on a good recipe link or two, a chance for a Market Buck, and heads-ups about other stuff going on around the borough.

Two Timers, a Farewell, and Another Change

Thanks to that fifth Saturday in August, this will be the third time in the past four weeks we've had the 2/4 vendors at the Market. To wit: Amazing Acres Goat Dairy, Basic Batters, Cupcakeology, Lansdowne Table, Naughty Nutty Love, Paradocx Vineyards, Vera Pasta, and 1732 Meats. This is also a week for Ridge Valley Farm's wonderful maple syrup, which we will be using for yet another batch of this killer granola we told you about before, and you should be making it too because everyone else is. (If Lansdowne became known as the town where everyone makes and eats the same granola, would that be so bad? We'd probably make it onto Ellen if that happened.)

It saddens us to remind you that Denise, the proprietor of Naughty Nutty Love has decided to relocate to Florida at the end of the month and will be taking the business with her, so this is her last week at the Lansdowne Farmers Market. Although she currently offers mail order, we don't have details on that, so please talk with her this week about how you might continue to enjoy her crazy good spreads and brittles beyond buying cases now, which is also an option. This week she'll have buckeye bars, indeed a cruel way to tease us before she heads out of Dodge. Nevertheless, good luck, Denise.

After we sent out last week's newsletter, FreshaPeel Hummus let us know that they are having staffing problems and may not be able to return to the LFM if they can't get them solved. That was bad news to be sure, but we're hopeful they're able to work it out and come back soon. In the meantime, we've been talking with Waffatopia about coming back for another visit and also with a vendor of spices and spice blends. We'll keep you posted.

Peachy Bedfellows

There are peaches at our Market that are so big they have to be seen to be believed. A child holding one of these things would look like Cindy Lou Who clutching that Christmas tree ornament that rolled into her bedroom as the Grinch was making off with her tree. They're so big that you might be a little intimidated about just picking one up and biting into it, fearful of drowning in juice or maybe not even being able to finish it. Here are a few ideas for making good use of these massive fruits by cutting them up and combining them with another fruit or vegetable, which ought to show them that they're not the boss of you even if they are bigger.

A newsletter reader sent in a link to this recipe for a salad of peaches, tomatoes, and soft cheese and said she was going to substitute Creative Shepherd's mucca fresca cheese for the burrata it calls for. Whatever cheese you use, now is the time to make this salad while tomatoes, peaches, and basil are all LFM compatriots. This chilled peach and tomato soup is described as "the ultimate summer food," so you have just over a week to get it made and eaten before September 22nd's autumnal equinox sends summer 2013 packing. We've shared this recipe for browned butter peach/nectarine cake/cobbler before, but last week we shared actual pieces of one around at the Arts Festival, and that brought on requests for the recipe, so here it is again. As our slash-heavy name implies, you can use peaches, nectarines, or both to produce this cake with cobbler qualities (then stand back and watch it disappear).


Things are clicking for Dog Day on September 28 like dog toenails on a tile floor. Animal Friends of Lansdowne has lined up the Chester County SPCA adoption van, Glenolden Animal Hospital, a couple of groomers, Better Bonz dog treats, and more. Look for a flyer this Saturday at the Manager tent, and be thinking about how to show your poochie pal off to best effect at the dog parade -- costume? trick? kisses? just getting it to stand on our Good Dog platform? The crowd loves it all.

Those Come Chill in Lansdowne insulated bags have recently been proved both to keep food cool longer than regular reusable bags and to make customers look smarter too, in both senses of the word. They're brilliantly stylish! Get yours now! (Well, Saturday, anyway.)

The T-shirts for this year's Lansdowne Arts Festivals were so appealing that we can't wait to start doling out Market Bucks for them next August, though in fact we can wait and will wait because it would be seriously jumping the gun to pay people to wear shirts the week after the event. But instead we'll give you a Market Buck Saturday if you take a moment to send us an email or answer our Facebook post about what your single favorite item is at the Market. If you could buy only one thing, what would it be? Next week, we'll include the list of your favorite items here in Fresh Picks. Just stop at the Manager tent on Saturday to tell us you submitted your favorite thing.

Is there a chance in the world you haven't liked the LFM on Facebook yet? We're over 1200 likes, so you are in the minority if you haven't. (Go ahead -- be that way.)

Did You Attend the Arts Festival? Take Our Survey!

Thank you to everyone who came out last weekend for our 11th Annual Lansdowne Arts Festival! The LEDC wants to hear from attendees, artists, volunteers and performers about YOUR arts festival experience. This helps us in our planning for next year. Share your thoughts with us by filling out this brief survey.


Artist of the Week

Lovely, good-smelling, soy-based candles coming our way this week via Pure Scents Candle Company owner Margaret Mace. Soy candles burn much more cleanly than regular wax candles, which is what makes them more desirable than the mass-produced kind. Margaret's candles are available in a variety of jars and travel tins and about a billion scents, and we've never regretted having one on hand when we needed a last-minute gift or wanted to make an evening feel more special.

Musician of the Week

Fiorenza-Dowlin is a duo that's been performing together for more than a decade and at the LFM for the past few years anyway. They compare themselves to James Taylor and Cat Stevens and other artists who can play a guitar and sing a pretty song, so expect a mellow Market morning.



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, September 21, 1:00 - 4:00 pm; Free
Games, prizes, moonbounce, and more
Call 610-284-1493 for information

Lansdowne Folk Club presents North Sea Gas and David Falcone
Thursday, September 26; 7:30 pm, $15/$18
Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue

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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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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