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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, September 28

Dogs: As Promised, Your Day Has Come

The notion that every dog will have its day has crept into the general consciousness from sources as diverse as Shakespeare (Hamlet, Act V Scene 1) and Toby Keith. And though many Saturdays may feel like some sort of dog-related special event at the LFM because there are always many pooches around, it's the last Saturday in September when we go hog wild (dog wild?) and devote a whole chunk of the Market to our favorite SSN-less visitors.

We were very lucky to have Animal Friends of Lansdowne agree to take over Dog Day this year, and they've been working tirelessly for the past few months to line up vendors and attendees to make the day the four-footed celebration it should be. If you've been thinking - even a little bit - about opening your home to new dog, you'll want to talk to the Chester County SPCA, coming with their adoption van, and to Senior Dog Haven and Hospice, which has a number of older dogs available for fostering or adoption. (An older dog can be a great choice if you're new to dog ownership; they're so easy compared with puppies and so grateful to be loved. We know this from experience.) Also coming are Perfect Paws Dog and Cat Grooming with info on tooth brushing and fleas, Glenolden Animal Hospital (the official vet of AFL), The Cottage Day Care, and groomer Alex Chapman, who will be offering nail clipping and ear trims for $10, which includes a bandana and a treat. Galleria Mona Original Art and Design will be on site with original dog and cat drawings, greeting cards, and stationary, including new pieces for Halloween (talk to Mona about a custom piece featuring your pet), and AFL will be selling an array of costumes for dogs as well as treats from Daisy's Delights in Ridley Park.

And all morning we'll be taking signups for the Dog Parade, set to start as close to 11:30 as we can manage. You fill out the form at the Market Manager tent, pay $1 per dog you enter, and get a number, and then we line you up at 11:30 and send you down the midway to the applause and admiration of the crowd. If your doggie knows a trick or likes to dress up, now's the time to break out that talent, since we'll be giving some awards (which frankly are pretty randomly chosen, so don't be at all disappointed if you don't win; the important part is participating). All the entry fees go to AFL, as does our gratitude for making this Dog Day what could be the best one ever.

Better Late

Late September probably seems like an odd time to be adding a new vendor to the Market mix. But it actually makes sense to try some new folks now that other vendors have petered out. To this end, please welcome Mistress of Spice, a small business that was spotted at another local farmers market and singled out for consideration at the LFM. Owner Thalia Noel makes custom spice blends for seasoning just about anything that needs it, from chicken and steaks to baked goods. Working up a nice piece of long-cooked meat? Maybe the Savory Roasting Blend could help with that. Need some help in feeling fallish? Try the Pumpkin Pizzazz.

Fourth Down

This is the fourth (and final) Saturday of September, which brings 'round our 2/4 vendors, of which the following remain: Amazing Acres Goat Dairy, Basic Batters, Cupcakeology, Lansdowne Table, Paradocx Vineyards, Vera Pasta, and 1732 Meats. We got word this week that Akima Botanicals will not be returning to the Market, citing continued health reasons, and Naughty Nutty Love is soon to be a Florida business. Good luck to them both. The good news is that this Saturday is one for Larry's Backyard BBQ, and if that smell doesn't drive the dogs crazy, we don't know what will.

Do It Yourself

Since it seems like we've also lost FreshaPeel Hummus, it might be time to learn how to make our own hummus, particularly if we can use some Market ingredients to do it. This roasted red pepper hummus is not at all fussy, and the reviewers are wild for the spices used. This one with spinach and lemon sounds like a great way to get kids to eat their green leafies. If you are bit more ambitious, try this hard squash hummus, which is both seasonal and rather elegant looking; it has fall brunch written all over it. Any hummus that you are making that has a chickpea base might benefit from this little trick we picked up from Smitten Kitchen: peel the chickpeas once you've cooked them, which will result in the smoothest possible hummus. So do not lament the disappearance of FreshaPeel from our Market. Instead, celebrate the opportunity to master a new dish, just the way you like it.


Next week we will unveil the application for the season's final Community Day, which is on October 19. Also on October 19 will be our Fall Festival, which may consist largely of the Sweet Endings Dessert Contest, and maybe something crafty for kids; we're still working on it. But start thinking about and eying ingredients for your dessert entry. More details will come shortly. Stick with us.

A surprising number of you claimed a Market Buck last week by recognizing that all the headings in the September 19 Fresh Picks were the titles of songs by the wonderful Avett Brothers. Congratulations to John Spicer, Michelle Ferro, and Deborah Gillette, who made us more than a little sanguine with their Avett recognition.

Enjoy John Kelly Green's photos from the 2013 Lansdowne Arts Festival right here. (How lucky did we get with that weather?) And if you haven't been keeping an eye on his nearly weekly photos from the Farmers Market, you can catch up on those here. (If you have a child, the odds are very good he or she is portrayed somewhere in those pages.)

For once we're not asking for extra help with setting up or breaking down the Market. We got it this week! But thank you to everyone who has come out when we've asked and lent a hand. We truly appreciate the response.


Internationally Recognized Zen Master Bernie Glassman Comes to Lansdowne

Bearing Witness to the Oneness of Life

Workshop: Oct 19th (10 am - 4 pm) - Lansdowne Friends School
Book Signing & Reception: (5 pm) - Soji Zen Center
Bernie Gives a Talk: Oct 20th (8:30 am-10:30 am) - Soji Zen Center


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A Reason for Rhyme

The Regency Café and The Mad Poets Society's Rhyme, Rhythm and Reason series continues this Sunday afternoon with a reading by special guest Mike Cohen. The free event takes place from 2 pm to 4 pm and will be hosted by poet Camelia Nocella. Following the performance, an open mic will be held for those wishing to share poems or music. For more information email


Artist of the Week

Cynthia Mould of Fauxever Yours can paint the dickens out of a landscape. Sometimes the painting is on canvas, and sometimes it's on an old shovel or serving tray, but it's always an evocative scene that brings the outdoors in, gloriously.

Musician of the Week

We love having Doc Terry (McGrath) as the musician on Dog Day because in addition to playing a number of interesting instruments you bang on in some way, he's a real veterinarian, so should trouble arise...



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

Rhyme, Rhythm and Reason with Mike Cohen
Poetry and open mic at Regency Cafe
Sunday, September 29, 2:00 pm; free
29 N. Lansdowne Avenue
More info:

First Friday at Art Space Lansdowne
Friday, October 4, 6:00 - 9:00 pm; free
Featuring photography by the Photo Arts Guild of Lansdowne
Amanda Villier, Owen Biddle, John Kelly Green, Bill Patterson & Maura Williams
25 S. Lansdowne Avenue

Lansdowne Friends School Book Fair
Wednesday October 9 - Friday, October 11
Times vary, see flyer for details
110 N. Lansdowne Avenue

Lansdowne Folk Club presents An evening with John Gorka
Thursday, October 24; 7:30 pm, $20/$23
Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue

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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.

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