MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, October 26
Don't Say Goodbye, Say "You're Welcome"
There was a time when this 23rd e-newsletter of the year would have dwelt on how the LFM's season has come to an end and wasn't it great and thanks to everyone who made it possible and stock up and see you next May. But much of that no longer applies. With November's bonus pre-Thanksgiving Market and then the once-monthly winter Markets, the LFM certainly isn't ending; more like it's just dramatically curtailing its hours of operation. So no need for fond farewells. But now is still a great time to thank everyone involved in making the Market possible, including but not limited to the Borough, which loans us the parking lot; the LEDC, which sponsors and supports the Market; the LFM committee members, who vet applications and make decisions and answer questions and set up and break down the Market every week; the extra volunteers, who step up when there's more work than the committee can handle; the vendors, of course; and you shoppers, without whom, well, what would be the point? Thank you, everyone; hope you enjoyed the regular season of the Market as much as we did.
All that said, do stock up this week because it's a full month until we reconvene for the pre-Thanksgiving Market on November 23. The Market skips the first three Saturdays in November, so no more weekly access to John's mushroom soup, Schober's peach cider, or those great pretzels form Harvest Local Foods. Buy extra of your favorite items that keep, ration them out carefully, keep your head about you, and you should be able to weather the LFM-free interim. (It's good practice because if you fail at this, what hope do you have for the zombie apocalypse?) The good news is that all vendors are invited to the November 23rd Market, including Neil's Sharpening Service and Larry's Backyard BBQ, so the product selection should be at an absolutely peak then.
Last week's Community Day seemed like an especially good one. There was a wide variety of participants, shoppers looked to be interested and engaged, and we personally left with a plum tree, so three cheers for Community Day! The Sweet Endings Dessert Contest ended with congratulations going to Kim Gutjahr, who took first place with her Peach Ginger Granola Bars, which used four Market ingredients, including the jarred spiced peaches that Schobers carries. (The recipe is here.) Finally, with contest entry fees, the silent auction of the desserts, and donations, we raised nearly $90 in cash for the community food bank, plus completely filled a car with bags of food you brought. Thus, further thanks are in order for the contest entrants, the judges, the auction bidders, and those who donated to the food drive. You da best.
The fourth Saturday in October brings us alternating vendors
Amazing Acres Goat Dairy,
Cupcakeology, Lansdowne Table,
Mistress of Spice, and
Larry's Backyard BBQ. Hopefully it's not too late to tell you that one of our favorite new products this year has been the fresh pastas from Vera's, which have a perfect texture and flavors that you can actually taste, unlike a lot of supposedly flavored pastas. (If a product of theirs is described as "spicy," prepare for a real kick.) The stuff freezes beautifully, making passing those three LFM-free weeks much easier. Try it if you haven't; it's great.
Most weeks, this newsletter includes links to at least three or four recipes as encouragement to (1) try new things and (2) purchase Market goods. What we want to know is, do you ever try those recipes? And if you do, have any become your go-tos? Please drop us a quick email and let us know your experience with LFM recipes, and if you have any favorites, link us up! (The recipe page at the LFM website is long overdue for an update.) Also, if you have any recommended online Thanksgiving recipes that will use FM ingredients, send us the link and we'll include them in the pre-Thanksgiving newsletter and give you credit for sharing.
Halloween x 3
Most towns don't offer as many opportunities to enjoy Halloween as Lansdowne does. We count at least three, meaning whatever you spend on costumes will be well worth it when you use them repeatedly. First, deck out the kids and yourselves in their super hero / princess / ninja / pirate / Disney character best and bring them trick or treating at the Market on Saturday. Vendors have been invited to bring treats for distribution to kids in costume, and most probably will, but come early before they run out. You know, you could also throw on a wig or something while you're at it, but leave the candy for the young ones. Then, Lansdowne borough's trick or treating is, as always, at dusk on Halloween proper, Thursday, October 31. No wimpy afternoon jazz for us; we wait until it's getting dark and spooky and then the fun begins.
Those two opportunities to become someone else and get loads of candy for it should satisfy the kids, so leave them home for the over-21 Halloween Ball at the historic Lansdowne Theater on Saturday, November 2. Despite a recent change in plans so that the event is now a BYOB (meaning you should tote along your favorite wine, beer, or other spirit, and ice will be provided inside), the Ball will no doubt be the 'Downe Town party of the year. The $45 ticket gets you into the vast, dilapidated, and pretty dang creepy auditorium, where great stuff awaits: music, sparkling cider, Pellegrino water, apple cider, sodas, and desserts from Shane's Confectionary, Franklin Fountain, Avenue Deli, and Hope's Cookies -- as well as people who know how to have a great time. If you don't want to bother with a costume (even a punny one), you can pay the $5 penalty fee, but then you don't stand a chance of winning the costume contest. A raffle will be held for one-of-a-kind prizes like front row tickets to see the Beach Boys and Silver Linings Playbook items. Get your tickets at Vinyl Revival or Regency Cafe. Our Ouija board says that if you skip the Halloween Ball, it will haunt you. Contact the theater office at 610-622-1234 or at email@example.com if you need more information.
And on That Note...
Thanks for taking an interest in the Lansdowne Farmers Market and for reading this newsletter. We'll be back in your in-box in a few weeks with
Discover Lansdowne, the biweekly version of this e-missive, which keeps you in the know on stuff going on around town. Until then, enjoy the pretty leaves!
Tonight: John Gorka
Fans of acoustic and folk music take note: Highly acclaimed singer-songwriter John Gorka is playing the Lansdowne Folk Club stage at the Twentieth Century Club tonight, and tickets are still available for $23 at the door. The "evening with" performance (translation: no opening act) begins at 7:30, doors open an hour prior. Get a taste of John's music at JohnGorka.com or visit his Facebook page.
FEATURED THIS WEEK
Artist of the Week
Meredith Parker of 79 West Designs is Lansdowne born and raised, and her nifty fair trade-crafted designs for dog coats, holiday stockings, wine bottle dress-ups, ornaments, and other items are carried in stores all over the country, as well as some catalogs that are probably sitting in your home right now. Get a great selection and the best prices anywhere on her products this week at the Market.
Musician of the Week
Members of the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra will be at the Market to tastefully play us off.
UPCOMING LOCAL EVENTS
Lansdowne Folk Club presents An evening with
Rhyme, Rhythm and Reason with Dave Worrell
Indie Film Screening at Vinyl Revival:
Book Sale at First Presbyterian Church
Lansdowne Friends School Open House
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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