MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, September 21
And just like that, we're well into the double digits of September, and the evening air can raise a goosebump or two with no effort. Fall officially starts with Sunday's autumnal equinox, meaning it's time for a reminder that we're down to only six Markets left in the regular season (seven with the bonus pre-Thanksgiving Market in November). Time for some reflection: What did you do with the 17 Markets that have passed? Did you use them wisely? Were you "all in" -- a Market regular who shops and eats and enjoys the music every week you're in town? Were you more of a dabbler, occasionally stopping by for an hour of shopping and socializing before moving on to other pressing plans? Or did you largely opt out, finding other things to do to occupy your Saturday mornings and coming by the Market only a couple of times at the behest of a friend or neighbor, if at all? (You know who you are.) Whatever your habit has been, it's important to acknowledge that more than two thirds of the season is now past, gone, kaput, so if you've been mostly opting out (horrors!) but for some reason still read this newsletter, your time to enjoy your local farmers market is running out for 2013. And if you're a regular, you need to start thinking about what you'll do with your Saturday mornings just a few weeks from now. We're sure that T he Regency Café, The Avenue Deli, and Vinyl Revival have some good ideas for you. (Yes, once-monthly Winter Markets will kick in in December, but more on that later.)
I and Love and Soup
Last week we asked you to tell us what your single favorite product is at the Lansdowne Farmers Market. Not surprisingly, we got a variety of answers, and since we don't have much else to write about, here they all are: garlic bacon from 1732 Meats, sweet corn from Fruitwood Farms (two votes), vanilla cupcake (and cupcakes in general) from Cupcakeology, blueberries, soap from Spotted Hill Farm, cinnamon bread from Great Harvest, chèvre and rosemary fig spread from Taste Artisanal Market, sour cherries, cheese from Creative Shepherd Farm, knife sharpening, bread from Regency Café, and the winner, with four votes (not that it was a competition), John's MiniTreats mushroom soup. That soup came out on top the last time we asked this question too, maybe three years ago; it may have to be retired to the LFM Hall of Fame next time to give something else a chance.
And It Spread
A lot of cancellations landed in our in-box this week, people, so Saturday's lineup is down to
The Avenue Deli,
Golden Valley Farms Coffee Roasters,
Spotted Hill Farm,
Taste Artisanal Market and
Creative Shepherd Farm. John and Kira's and Take Me...Bake Me/Mompops just let us know that they're taking this week off, returning the first Saturday in October, and as far as we know, FreshaPeel Hummus is still on hiatus from our Market.
The Greatest Sum
A couple of items have shown up at the Market recently, which, when combined with the recent drop in temperature and a little elbow grease, add up to perfect package: pierogi. The actual equation is potatoes + flour + something in the onion family + sour cream = heaven. Pick up some supplies on Saturday and invite some friends over on Sunday before the game to make these simple, basic pierogi. The dough needs to be refrigerated for somewhere between 30 minutes and 48 hours (pretty flexible on that time, aren't they?), so you could whip that up on Saturday and stick it in the fridge and just put the 'rogi together Sunday. There are other more complicated recipes out there, but the easier you keep it, the more time you have to enjoy the results and the rest of the day. All the math related to pierogi is pretty simple, really.
Please spread the word about next Saturday's Dog Day (on September 28). In addition to the adoption van and the groomers and vendors that Animals Friends of Lansdowne has invited, we'll be
having the Dog Parade mid-Market, 11:30ish. Prizes will be given for Showmanship, Best Dressed, Best Trick, Best Poser, Best Smile, Best Kisser, Funniest, and Best Use of Tail, so you have a week to practice in those categories.
FEATURED THIS WEEK
Artist of the Week
Karen Grasso, of Grassroots: Homegrown Handcrafts & Needlework, has been coming to the Market as both a shopper and an artist for several years. We love her way of producing useful and pretty items for the home and self, often using dribs and drabs of yarn leftover from larger projects. She's added serious scarves and wraps to her line, so there's definitely some new stuff to see.
Musician of the Week
UPCOMING LOCAL EVENTS
Free Electronic Waste Recycling
Sponsored by Lansdowne Borough
Saturday, September 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
Rhyme, Rhythm and Reason with Mike Cohen
Do you have an event to announce?
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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