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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, October 19

There we were, so mentally prepared for rain last Saturday as to be almost psyched about it, and it ended up being a perfect early fall day, nothing a couple of layers or a sweatshirt couldn't handle. That left us feeling lucky that we'd dodged 4+ hours of being cold and wet but also wondering where everyone was, since it was a great day to be outside but the Market was oddly quiet last week. We only have a few more of these full-blown Markets with tents and music and an artist and all that left this year, folks, so try to haul yourselves over this Saturday, okay? We missed you last week.


It isn't every Saturday that we have a bake-off at the Market. We ditched the rest of what started out to be Fall Festival 7 years ago, mostly because we were out of room, but we've kept the Sweet Endings Dessert Contest since the first year because it's fun, as is the silent auction we use to sell the entered desserts. It's not too late to opt in (rules and entry form here), but you need to include two ingredients from the Market. We actually allow you to use two ingredients purchased from our vendors even if not at the LFM, which means that if you're in a pinch, you can run over to Harvest Local Foods for fruit or jam or butter, or stop by the Regency Café and get a brownie to add to your Apple Brownie Crumble or whatever. Bring your dessert to the tent next to the Market Manager booth as close to 10:30 as you can get it there because we want to allow plenty of time for shoppers to be dazzled by your mad skillz and to place their silent auction bids. The entry fee is $5 per item, but the first place winner takes home $50 in cash courtesy of Fruitwood Farms (second and third place get oodles of Market Bucks). (All entry fees and silent auction money is donated to the community food bank.) In the past we've had cakes, pies, crisps, bread puddings, dumplings, turnovers, and a few sweets we're no doubt forgetting about. One thing we're sure about though: no one has entered ice cream yet...

Judges this year will be Jayne Young (performing one of her favorite "duties" in her final months as Mayor of Lansdowne), Mike Nelson from Fruitwood Farms (yes, he's done this before, but he's donating the prize money, so he got right of first refusal of the slot), and shopper volunteers Jeannine McKnight and Marcus DiSciullo. Thanks to everyone who volunteered to judge. The contest judging starts at noon, and purchases from the silent auction should be paid for and picked up immediately following announcement of the winners.


Right behind all the dessert contest hoopla, on the other side of the lot, will be the season's final Community Day, giving local folks a chance to promote whatever it is they're into and giving you a chance to talk with organizations and business owners and get the lowdown. A full list of participants is here, but a couple new ones to note are Jan Hill, who will have grafted fruit trees for sale, and Lambert Planning and Design, which will have a sign-up sheet available offering 15-minute consultations free of charge to anyone who wants to discuss their home improvement or renovation project.

And, because it's Community Day, in the Market Manager tent we'll be collecting food donations (or cash if that's what you'd like to donate) for the local food bank. We'll take any nonperishable food; here's a list of suggested items (different from the one last week, so check it out). Suggestion: If you recently became disgruntled with Barilla pasta because of comments made by the company president but have a stockpile of it in your pantry, consider donating that pasta to the food bank so it doesn't go to waste but you don't have to eat a product from a company you no longer support. It's a win-win.


It's the third Saturday of October (how'd that happen?), which brings the following alternating vendors to Market, to Market: The Avenue Deli, Golden Valley Farms Coffee Roasters, Penns Woods Winery, Spotted Hill Farm, Take Me...Bake Me, Taste Artisanal Market, and Creative Shepherd Farm, plus, of course, our usual every-week contingent of Fruitwood Farm, Bonnie's Wondergardens, The Regency Café, John's MiniTreats, Harvest Local Foods, Great Harvest Bread, MyHouse Cookies, Schober's Orchards, and Green Zebra Farm. That's it; no one-offs this week.


Last week we staggered home under a head of cauliflower that might have crushed lesser shoppers. This was silly, for we constitute the entirety of our one-person home, and this thing was food for the masses. But it set us to looking for cauliflower recipes, and we want to share a couple because they're so unexpected and guest-worthy. (Cauliflower is not usually a visually striking side dish or a go-to when planning a meal for friends, but these dishes may put an end to that thinking.) In the first, a whole (not enormous) head of cauliflower is poached in wine and herbs, roasted until the top achieves a brown crust, drizzled with olive oil, and then served still whole so you and your dining companions can dive in, cut/tear/break it into pieces, and drag those pieces through the accompanying whipped goat cheese dip. Lookit that thing; it's gorgeous, like a really classy blooming onion! Another recipe with an eye-catching presentation is this one from famed farm-to-table chef Dan Barber for cauliflower steaks and puree. The ingredients could hardly be more basic, but the preparation methods (a combination of pan frying and roasting for the steaks and of boiling and smoothifying for the puree) produce two very different tastes and textures that complement each other. So, round up some friends and dazzle them with, of all things, cauliflower.

Looking Ahead

Next week: Trick-or-treating at the Market. Kids in costumes get treats at the Manager booth and at participating vendors. Yay!

After next week, the Market takes three full weeks off and then triumphantly returns for the bonus pre-Thanksgiving Market on November 23. (We may have previously said that the bonus Market was on November 16, but we would have been mistaken in that case, so please adjust your calendars accordingly.) All vendors are invited for that, so it should be a banner day and includes the rarer birds like Neil's Sharpening Service, Larry's Backyard BBQ, and Ridge Valley Farm, plus music and an artist. (Should you become hungry during those fallow off-weeks, many of our lovely vendors are at the Oakmont Farmers Market in Havertown on Wednesdays from 2:00 to 5:30.)

Then, after the November 23rd Market, the LFM switches over to its winter schedule , which brings us back together the third Saturday of every month -- to wit, December 21, January 18, February 15, March 15, and April 19 -- from 9:00 to 11:00 am only. Can't even tell you what the vendor mix will be for those Markets but we like to try out new businesses over the winter, and it's always fun to see who's there, selling out of a van.


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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Light the Night

Musical Candlelight -- the duo of guitarist Steve Giordano and vocalist Carla Jenkins -- will perform at the Lansdowne Friends Meetinghouse at 7:30 pm this Saturday, October 19. The duo's romantic, haunting music blends elements of Brazilian samba, acoustic jazz, and ballads to create a unique acoustic atmosphere. The performance is part of the Lansdowne Friends Presents Original Works series; a $15 donation is suggested.

Park Talk

The Lansdowne Parks and Recreation Board is holding an Open House at 7 pm on Monday, October 21, in Borough Hall. This session is your chance to discuss ongoing projects, volunteer opportunities, and upcoming activities and events. If you'd like to share your thoughts, lend a hand, or make a suggestion, please attend this meeting. All ages are welcome; snacks and drinks will be provided. For more information call 610-284-1493.


Artist of the Week

This is a good time to think about who you'll be giving gifts to come the holidays because this week's artist, Jim Ryan, paints subjects that indicate you were really thinking about the recipient when you selected their present. Talk to him about personalizing his work; he's always amenable.

Musician of the Week

Nex Millen!



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

Lansdowne Parks and Recreation Open House

Monday, October 21, 7:00 pm
Lansdowne Borough Hall
call 610-284-1493 for details

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.

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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