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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, October 12

This time last week, Fresh Picks mentioned how October was getting colder by the day, which may have been true at the time of writing, but then temperatures rose well into the 80s last weekend and left everyone sweaty and discombobulated and muttering about Indian summer, though technically we'd have needed a frost before the warm-up for that term to apply. Now it's again chilly and we may be looking at rain on Saturday, about which we will not prematurely complain, but we will remind you that the Market carries on even in the face of the wet, the cold, and the unpleasant. (Note: That's a description of the possible weather, not of the volunteers who are stuck out in such weather for hours.)

The 12th of Now or Never

Because they are barreling down on us at full speed, we'll start by reminding you that next Saturday (the 19th) is both Community Day and the Sweet Endings Dessert Contest, and that you will need to do some things by this Saturday (the 12th) if you want to participate in either (or both). For Community Day, you need to download, complete, and send in this application. For the Dessert Contest, you need to make sure that you have two ingredients from the Market that you can use in your creation -- fruit, dairy products, eggs, spices, honey, maple syrup, cheese, bacon (yes! bacon is huge in desserts now), whatever. So if you don't already have your choices, get them this Saturday or you'll be in a bind. And here's the entry form for the contest, which you'll need to turn in on the 19th. Please consider yourself reminded.


Starting this week, Harvest Local Foods will be taking preorders for fresh, local, pasture-raised Thanksgiving turkeys. These birds eat grass and insects while they roam around outside and are not given growth hormones or antibiotics, so they're both more naturally raised and more flavorful than supermarket toms. They're $5.50 per pound, and you select from four size ranges and pay half when you order. They will be available for pickup at the Harvest Local Foods storefront on Windermere Avenue on Tuesday and Wednesday of Thanksgiving week (ie, November 26 and 27), or you can ask for delivery on Wednesday. (Note that they won't be at the bonus pre-Thanksgiving Market on the 23rd because they'll still be roaming around and eating bugs then.)

HLF has also let us know that this week at the Market they'll have fresh daikon radishes with the greens attached. This is worth alerting you to because it's hard to find daikons (and many other veggies with edible greens) that haven't had their tasty and nutritious leaves snapped off after harvesting. But Harvest Local has found a farmer who will supply the radishes intact. Pam even sent this recipe for using the greens, though if you miss out on the daikons, it looks like that dish would be delicious using any dark green leafy veg. But don't forget the radish portion too. This is a recipe for a sweet and nutty side dish that uses both the radish and the tops. And here are two recipes in keeping with the recent trends for anything pickled and anything turned into chips.

The Last Second

Saturday, that is. Here's what that means: Amazing Acres Goat Dairy, Basic Batters, Cupcakeology, Paradocx Vineyards, Vera Pasta, 1732 Meats, Mistress of Spice, and Ridge Valley Farm. This is typically a Lansdowne Table week, but Steve's taking it off, so catch him and his traveling taqueria on the 26th.

When she came two weeks ago, Carrie Ann from Basic Batters had a new item with her that looked wonderful -- glazed apple-cranberry muffins, made with organic apples and cranberries and, as always, gluten- and dairy-free. She's been steadily expanding her product line since she started with us back in May, so stop by her tent and have a look (and a taste) if it's been a while since you checked on her goods. (Have you tried her donut bites? Oh my.)

With 1732 Meats and their small-batch pancetta on site this week, new sweet potatoes in abundance, and a nip in the air, now would be a good time to turn on the oven and make this savory individual side dish, which is no big whoop to prepare and special enough for guests: sweet potato and pancetta gratin


You were already alerted above to Saturday's looming deadline for Community Day applications and Dessert Contest ingredient purchasing. We don't do push notifications (what are push notifications anyway?), so you're on your own now. God speed, little shopper.

Wanna be the shopper judge of the Dessert Contest? Send us an email by Tuesday, October 15, and we'll pick a name randomly to help us out with that. Before you volunteer, please be sure that you'll be at the Market on the 19th and available for up to an hour starting around 11:45. Please also like sweets and have no restrictions on eating nuts, dairy, etc.

Remember that we're collecting food for the food bank next Saturday at Community Day. Here is a handy list of items always in demand, to which we'd add tea and coffee and hot cocoa mix. We'll give you a Market Buck that day in thanks for a bag of food.

As to a Market Buck this week, we're plum out of ideas. How about you just swing by the Market Manager tent and tell us why we should give you a Market Buck and no matter the reason, we will. Couldn't be easier.

Lookit! More Dog Day pictures.


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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Witching Out

Fall weather appears to have arrived just in time for Celebration Theater's one-night-only presentation of The Witch's Tale Saturday night in Sycamore Park. Head out to the park at 6:30 pm to hear chilling readings from the classic horror radio series. Admission is $5 and includes snacks and cider; bring chairs if you'd like to have a place to rest your bones during the performance. In case of rain, this event will take place at Art Space Lansdowne (25 S. Lansdowne).


Artist of the Week

It may be Diane McGettigan's first time in the Artist tent but she's an old hand at selling her wares, with more than 2000 sales from her Etsy shop, Handmade Cottage. Her chunky crocheted hats, scarves, and cowls are super popular, as are her patterns. See them up close and personal on Saturday.

Musician of the Week

Two musicians on board for Saturday -- JD Little, who we've seen before, and Sarah Flynn, who is new to the Market (we think). Enjoy them both, tip them both. It's the right thing to do.



Lansdowne Friends School Book Fair
through Friday, October 11
Times vary; see flyer for details
110 N. Lansdowne Avenue

Union Gardens Famers Market
presented by the Lansdowne-Yeadon Elm Street Program
Thursday, October 10, 4:00 - 7:00 pm
Fairview and Union Avenues
Yeadon, PA 19050

Readings from "The Witch's Tale"
presented by Celebration Theater
Saturday, October 12, 6:30 pm, $5
Sycamore Park, LaCrosse and Wycombe Avenues

Concert: Musical Candle Light
Saturday, October 19, 7:00 pm; free, donations appreciated
Lansdowne Friends Meeting House
120 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

Halloween Ball at the Historic Lansdowne Theater
Saturday, November 2, 8:00 pm - midnight, $45
Tickets available at Regency Cafe and Vinyl Revival
or by calling 610-622-1234

Lansdowne Friends School Open House
Sunday, November 10, 2:00 pm
110 N. Lansdowne Avenue
call 610-623-2548 for details

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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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