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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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.
UPCOMING LOCAL EVENTS
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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