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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, June 7

Nobody say anything about the fantastic weather we've been having, okay? Just move around with a concerned expression on your face, glancing worriedly at the sky from time to time, keeping an umbrella close. Once in a while mutter, "Tut-tut, it looks like rain." Galoshes would be a nice touch. These small steps should help reverse psychologize any forces that might think we are becoming complacent about our luck in these matters. WE ARE NOT. We are grateful, oh ye forces of Nature, and that is why we pretend it isn't happening.

Full list of this week's vendors is here.

New Star

Pop quiz: How many new vendors are joining the LFM this year? Hint: it's more than five, less than ten. Anyone? Anyone? Okay, since we didn't say this would be on the test, we'll just tell you again: There are eight new vendors, eight, seven of which you've met over the past two weeks. The eighth is starting this Saturday. After years of stalking them, the LFM has finally snagged Chester County's vaunted Northstar Orchard, which is known far and wide at farmers markets but never at ours. Until now. Specializing in tree fruit (hence the "Orchard" in the name), Northstar will be bringing an astounding variety of apples, peaches, plums, and European and Asian pears to our Market on a weekly basis, as soon as those things really start making the branches sag. In the meantime, they'll have other vegetables and related products. Those of you who have been missing Schobers will be glad to welcome Northstar (plus Schobers will be back with their fruits starting in July). Look for them on the north side of the Market (appropriately).

Half Foot of Flavor

At the opening Market, there was a line all day at Freeland Market's booth, which is one HECK of a sausage maker and vendor. That time, Ben Moscia had at least a dozen kinds of fresh sausage on hand, with nice big photos and descriptions of each laid out at the front of the booth. Since all the sausages come to the Market fresh not frozen, he offered close-up inspection and even a sniff test if you wanted it. (Did anyone who smelled those ramp sausages not buy them? It's impossible.) Freeland also has smoked and cured meat, and fancy stuff like pâté and duck confit if you want it, though you may need to order it special. Grilling season is upon us; get some sausage upon your grill.

Rebranding Success

John Wilson and his small, special dessert bites and preposterously good mushroom soup, chilis, pasta sauce, and other fruit and vegetable soups have been at the LFM for several years as John's MiniTreats, a name really didn't cover much of what he was offering. This year, John has rebranded his business as Wilson's Curiously Good Foods, and none of the claim in that name is open to debate. He's Wilson, he makes food, and it is indeed curiously good. Ask him about his secret ingredients some time. He'll tell you, and you will be astounded.

Lamb Slam

Once or twice every season Donna Howard from Spotted Hill Farm brings us a kid, a baby goat, to fawn over (is that an infant animal pun? sorta maybe). This week she's mixing it up a little though, and bringing twin lambs (baby sheep) for our enjoyment. We're stressing this difference because she kept talking sheep and we kept responding goats. They are not the same! Again, she's looking for names for these little ones, so if you have some ideas tell Donna or tell us at the Manager tent and we'll see what we can come up with for her. (We're suggesting Chop and Vindaloo.)

Reader Recipe

Last week, Fresh Picks reader Meg Levitt sent in this recipe for a kale salad she made -- invented all by herself out of thin air and Market ingredient to be honest -- and we so much appreciated not having to scare up some recipes ourselves that we are sharing it here. So, almost exactly as submitted, Meg's Kale Salad.

"I took one large bunch of the Dinosaur Kale and sliced it into thin ribbons, added kosher salt, and scrunched it up in the bowl -- sort of a vegetable massage, as I read in several cooking blogs. On top of that, I put a whole orange supremed (cut the skin off and separated into sections) and squeezed the extra juice from the skins over the salad. Sprinkle liberally with dried cherries or cranberries, your choice, and some maple candied walnuts from the maple syrup people. Cut half an apple into very small chunks and put that in, along with about half of a cranberry chevre from the goat cheese people crumbled over the top. Thinly sliced gorgeous red radishes and baby purple onions go in too. For dressing, I used juice from half a large lemon, 2 teaspoons or so of honey (if it's warm it mixes in and emulsifies the dressing), and some olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. You could keep adding things, snap peas come to mind, cut into bite-sized pieces, which keeps them from stabbing the inside of your mouth, but I think that's about all it needs. I let it all sit for about an hour, and I think the raw kale benefits from this steeping time, not sure as I never made one before."

Sounds fantastic. Thanks, Meg!


Do you run out of fresh, local foods before Lansdowne Farmers Market day? Harvest Local Foods can fill that gap! Come for local produce, meats, dairy, eggs, and pantry goods on Wednesdays and Thursdays 4-7 pm, 303 Windermere Avenue (off Marshall).

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Ta-da, the Community Day application. The first Community Day of 2014 is coming down the pike, stopping at the Market on June 28, then burning rubber out of town, leaving better publicized businesses and better informed shoppers in its wake. If you have a hobby or a business you want to get in front of people, a $30 space at Community Day is money well spent. Check the Market FAQs and the application itself for answers to questions we're not addressing here if you're interested (the gist is we're pretty restrictive of food sales or giveaways if you'd be stepping on any vendor toes). Apps are due by June 21 to the address on the form, and (say it with us now) spaces are allotted on a first come basis, so when we're full, we're full.

Time for the volunteer shoutout! Thank you to Rae Ashbridge, Kelly Booker, Ellen Miller, Rose Fagan, Marcus diSciullo, Ellen Lustgarten, and Wesley French, who helped us set up and/or break down the Market last week. Their names went into a digital hat with the passel of volunteers we had on May 24, and one name was drawn to win the 10 Market Bucks we're giving away to one volunteer each month. And that winner is . . . Meg Flisek! So come on down (to the Market Manager tent), Meg, and get your winnings, which you can spend anywhere or any time at the LFM (no fine print here!). If you would like a chance to win such a bounty, come out and help us this or any Saturday, 7:45 for setup, 12:45 for breakdown. It's actually fun.

Weekend Roundup

Away from the market but still in town, there's plenty else to do. Tonight, get an early start to the weekend at the Lansdowne Folk Club show featuring Zoe Mulford, Pat Wictor, and Cheryl Prashker. Tickets $18) are available at the door.

Tomorrow, the LBPA's Home-Based Business Committee holds a 5:30 pm networking event at AviAnna. Enjoy a bite to eat (at your expense) and lively conversation, at this BYOB event. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Saturday is the rescheduled date for the Lansdowne Library's Fix Your Bike Day, from 10 am to 1 pm in the library lot. Stop by for free minor repairs and flat fixes, safety tips and more.

New BYOB Open!

The LEDC welcomes Patrone Italian Bistro to our central business district! Located at 16 S. Lansdowne Avenue (former Sycamore location), they are open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday, 5 pm - 11 pm. Their menu is a fine selection of regional italian dishes. Try it out and Yelp about it!


Artist of the Week

Julie Lange of On 3 Designs isn't content to simply take great fabric and turn it into cool bags, infinity scarves, and necklaces. She also likes to silkscreen on the great fabric, making it even greater and, of course, making the piece one of a kind. So if nifty stuff that no one else has is your thing, try On 3 Designs.

Musician of the Week

Cassendre Xavier has a big beautiful voice and a big beautiful personality and always wows the LFM with her big beautiful sound. She truly is one of our favorites, and we have a hunch we may be one of hers.



Zoe Mulford, Pat Wictor, and Cheryl Prashker at Lansdowne Folk Club
Thursday, June 5, 7:30 pm; $15-$18
Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue

First Friday at Art Space Lansdowne:
A Taste of Chester County
Friday, June 6, 6:00 - 9:00 pm; free
25 S. Lansdowne Avenue

LBPA Home-Based Business Gathering at AviAnna
Friday, June 6, 5:30 pm; BYOB
55 E. Baltimore Avenue

Car Show Block Party at Stephanou's Service Center
Saturday, June 7, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
2319 Marshall Road

Movie Night in the Park: Back to the Future
presented by Lansdowne Parks & Recreation
Friday, June 13, 8:30 pm; free
Hoffman Park Ball Field, Scottdale Road

Animal Friends of Lansdowne
's Doggie Spa Day
Saturday, June 14, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Lansdowne Friends School, 110 N. Lansdowne Avenue

Flag Day Celebration
Saturday, June 14, 7:00 pm; free
Borough Greene, Lansdowne and Baltimore Avenues

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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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