MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, May 24
Show of hands: Who’s ready for the 2014 Lansdowne Farmers Market season to start? Hmmm, looks like everybody. That’s what we thought. It’s been more than a month since the final Winter Market and 6 months since the last regular season Market, so we’ve waited long enough. Let the games begin! *fanfare* *applause* *lighting of torch*
As has become the custom, all vendors have been invited to attend the first Market, and most of them are going to. This makes for a full house, so as usual we are placing the newest vendors in the third row on the north side of the lot to make them easy to find. New vendors since the 2013 regular season (and their planned schedules) are as follows:
One more new vendor, North Star Orchard, will be providing us with a crazy variety of tree fruit and vegetables every week starting in June. So eight new vendors. That’s pretty cool, right?
Two Market favorites you won’t see on Saturday are Paradocx Vineyards, which will be along next week, and Schober’s Orchards, who are not starting until July and who will be focusing on apples, peaches, and their jarred products this year.
Note that next week is one of those random and confusing fifth Saturdays that plague us once in a while (right out of the blocks, sheesh!), and it will be attended by our 2/4 (ie, second and fourth Saturday) vendors.
Every year, the Market loses a few vendors for a variety of reasons, often simply changes in their business plans. We’re sorry to tell you that long-time favorite Harvest Local Foods will not be back in 2014. We’ve done our best, however, to replace their product line via other produce and meat vendors (North Star, Livengood, Creative Shepherd, Green Zebra, Freeland), though we can’t say that you won’t miss Pam and company themselves. Great Harvest Bread is also not returning, nor is John and Kira’s Chocolates, Lansdowne Table, or Larry’s Backyard BBQ. We wish them all luck in their future endeavors away from us. Fly, little birds, be free! May the wind always be at your back!
Hear ye! Hear ye! Neil’s Sharpening Service will be on site this week and once a month through at least August. Bring out your knives, your shears, your scissors, your clippers, your reel mowers, your sickles, your scythes, your machetes, your spears -- no, wait, don’t bring spears; that’d be crazy dangerous. But if you have a blade that needs sharpening that doesn’t make you look like you should be on the Discovery channel when you’re carrying it around, bring it and let Neil and company hone it. Come as early as you can though, because he often has to turn people away late in the Market to be sure to get through everything that’s been dropped off.
New vendor MoJo’s Pop Co., which will be tempting us with inventively flavored popcorns like bourbon bacon (seriously) and white chocolate macadamia, is at the Market only this week and on July 26 (Kidcentric Day). So if you like what they’re selling, fill your cart because it will be a while.
Market friend Animal Friends of Lansdowne -- ever in need of fosters, volunteers, and adopters -- will be our special guest for Week 1, as history dictates must happen. If we are very lucky (and they are very smart) they will have kittens for ogling and oohing. In the meantime, look at these lovelies they have available should you be considering a new addition.
Once again, the table in the Market Manager tent is going to start empty, so bring us your flyers, business cards, postcards, and advertising so we can help you get rich and famous. If you have an LFM yard sign stashed away in a garage or porch, please put it out now to help us get rich and famous.
Here’s the plan: To whip everyone into a frenzy for Monday’s Memorial Day 5K, pull out one of your old 5K T-shirts Saturday morning, stroll through the Market in it, stop at the Manager tent so we can give you a welcome-back hug, and collect a Market Buck.
Did we say we can’t wait to see you? Well, WE CAN’T.
It wouldn’t be a 3-day weekend without some Memorial Day events, and Monday in Lansdowne packs in a number of 'em. It all starts early -- 6:45 am early -- when walk-up registrations begin for the eighth annual Memorial Day 5K. The race start time is 8:00 am, beginning right by the registration area across from the Lansdowne Theater in the Farmers Market parking lot.
Immediately following the 5K, the Lansdowne Memorial Day Parade gets going at 9:00 am at Lansdowne and LaCrosse Avenues. The route makes its way over to the Penn Wood High School field and World War monuments for a salute to our veterans and ceremonies. The parade is co-sponsored by the Lansdowne Business and Professional Association and the Albert Clinton Wunderlich American Legion Post 65.
If all that activity makes you hungry, you don’t have to go far to enjoy the Lansdowne Baptist Church’s annual All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast taking place at the church from 9:30 am. The church, located at the northeast corner of Lansdowne and LaCrosse, will serve ‘cakes, sausage, coffee, and juice until noon. It’s for a good cause, with proceeds going to the Aaron Royal Scholarship Fund benefiting students in the William Penn School District.
Student Art Show
Next Thursday, May 29, Penn Wood High School hosts an Art Show featuring exhibits, demonstrations, snacks, live music, and free t-shirt printing (the printing is free -- you'll need to bring your own shirt, preferably not the one you're wearing). The show, sponsored by the Penn Wood chapter of the National Art Honor Society, takes place from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the school’s Green Avenue Campus (100 Green Ave.) and is free and open to the public.
FEATURED THIS WEEK
Artist of the Week
For their company Built by Birds, husband and wife team Heather Crompton and Craig Vetter take stuff that may no longer have much use, like empty bottles and old hardware, and reconfigure it into hurricane globes, bird feeders, storage jars, and even jewelry. Fun, upcycled stuff here, peeps; grab it.
Musician of the Week
When we say David Falcone, what’s the first word you think of? Guitar? Finger-style? Virtuoso? HAIR? All of these are reasonable responses. But the correct answer is awesome. Come early to get a seat in the cafe because he packs it.
UPCOMING LOCAL EVENTS
No Place for Hate Film:
Lansdowne Memorial Day 5K
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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