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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, June 14

Are You Feeling Lucky?

You know how when you want to just grab a quick cup of coffee from the Regency or pop into the thrift store you sometimes skip feeding the parking meter and hope for the best? C’mon, you do so do that. Well, you don’t have to press your luck during the Farmers Market. Parking is free in the Market lot (if you can find a spot and good luck with that), in the Highland Avenue lot beside the firehouse (which has a pass-through in the fence that will deposit you right behind the Avenue Deli), and even on the street. As if the Market itself weren’t boon enough, the borough sweetens the pot with the free parking on Saturday mornings. How’s that saying go? Oh yeah: booyah!

If you want to know stem to stern which vendors will be on site this week, you’ll follow this link and read the weekly list we provide for the whole season on this page. If you prefer to be surprised and just want to know a little bit about a few vendors of our choosing, then read on, oh bold one.

A New Twist

The new vendor for consideration this week is Jerome’s European Breads, or, as we think of them, the Pretzel People. In addition to a full range of French breads, baguettes, corn bread, sweet breads, and whatnot, the cute family that handles Jerome’s products brings a variety of thick, soft Bavarian-style pretzels each week, some sweet, some savory. Previous weeks’ selections have included sea salt, seeded, cherry chocolate, and olive oil parmesan (these aren’t very good though, so you should not buy these, especially if there are only one or two left and we haven’t gotten to the booth yet; then definitely avoid them). Jerome’s also has biscotti, croutons, and other breadish baked goods. If you are a gluten eater, you have much to be happy about.


You can catch Ridge Valley Farm at the Market only once a month, the second Tuesday, which is this week. The only reasonable response is to such limited access is to always make sure you have an unopened maple syrup in your cupboard just in case. And some maple sugar in the pantry. Perhaps some maple granola and cotton candy stashed on the snack shelves. But getting back to the main attraction, Sue and Jim Meyer make and sell both A and B grade syrups, and this guide gives you some insight into the difference. (We always go with B, for the record. And, yes, that might be on the season-ending exam.)

What Dad Really Wants for Fathers Day

Bacon, pancetta, steaks, beef sticks, jerky, beef and bacon chili, coffee beans, a paint can of wine, spicy pasta, fancy ketchup, leather stuff, bacon cupcakes, his own dang pie.


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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We discovered last Saturday that the only thing cuter than a two-week old lamb is a two-week old lamb that’s bleating. That little tongue! Donna Howard’s babies were the hit of the Market, especially because she’d let you pick them up and carry them around like human babies. A whole lot of people submitted a whole lot of clever names for these little guys, with the sweet treat-inspired Brownie and Oreo winning the day. Unfortunately, however, we gave the paper to Donna before we took down the name of the person who submitted those names, so if you did that, come tell us at the Manager tent and we’ll give you a few Market Bucks. Thanks for playing, everyone!

Community Day applications are still being distributed and accepted (and probably downloaded or picked up at the Market and never completed and hopefully recycled in that case). The big day is the last Saturday in June, the 28th, and we only have about 15 slots. Hundreds of shoppers come through the Market each week (we’ve counted!), and they dig checking out the extra stuff at Community Day. So isn’t it time you seized the bull by the horns and set up a table with a colorful tablecloth to make a big splash about whatever it is that you do so well or so devotedly? Yes, yes, it certainly is.

Our push for volunteer help setting up and breaking down the Market has been going swimmingly. Pretty soon we may just get a director’s chair and plop down and watch it all happen because the volunteers are rocking it. For helping last week, we thank Tangela James, Wesley French, Helen and Joe Sanders, Rose Fagan, Cathy Pregmon, Marcus diSciullo. Jeannine McKnight, Jane Miller, and Kilian Everly. All your names go into the hat for June’s $10 in Market Bucks.

Get a Market Buck this week by trying something new. Buy something from a vendor that you’ve never purchased from before, come tell us at the Market Manager tent, and we’ll give you the coolest wooden nickel around, one that you should always take despite that old adage against such acceptance. (Essentially, we are paying you to expand your LFM shopping zone.)


For the remaining three markets in June, the Union AA of Lansdowne will be on hand accepting donations for the July 4th fireworks extravaganza. Some very nifty Lansdowne Fireworks t-shirts wil be available in sizes S to XXL for $15 each. Email or visit the UAA online for home delivery of shirts and/or tickets. Also, door-to-door solicitations have begun in the borough; please be generous to the volunteers who come calling.

Just in Time for Summer! Frozen Delights!

The LEDC welcomes The Icery, the newest addition to the gourmet food scene of downtown Lansdowne! Specializing in italian water ice, authentic gelato, ice pops, and mini cakes, The Icery's grand opening will be Saturday, June 21. Until then, you can try out one of their over 30 flavors of italian ice or gelato during their modified hours this weekend: Friday 11 am - 10 pm; Saturday 10 am - 10 pm; Sunday 10 am - 7 pm. Check out their website for summer hours and more information.

Hello, McFly?

The Lansdowne Parks and Recreation Board and the Lansdowne Public Library present a showing of Back to the Future at 8:30 pm on Friday, June 13, at the Hoffman Park Ball Field. Bring a chair or blanket and come early to picnic! Refreshments will be available for purchase.

For the Dogs

It's once again time for Animal Friends of Lansdowne’s Doggie Spa Day -- your opportunity to pamper your pooch with washing, grooming, and more! This Saturday, bring your pooch to the parking lot of Lansdowne Friends School, 110 N. Lansdowne Avenue, between 11 am and 3 pm. Proceeds benefit AFL.

Still More for the Dogs

Also on Saturday, Vinyl Revival presents a Rockin’ Rescue Event on beginning at noon, with an animal adoption event, movie screening, and special in-store sale to benefit the Finding Shelter animal rescue and puppy mill survivors in need of veterinary care. Finding Shelter will have adoptable dogs on site beginning at noon, and at 2:00 pm there will be a showing of Uncaged: Second Chances for Puppy Mill Breeder Dogs. Director Ann Metcalf and producer Chris Shaughness will be on-hand to answer questions. A $5 donation to the screening is requested; all proceeds from the screening will go towards vet costs of puppy mill survivors. Vinyl Revival will donate 20% of all sales on June 14 to Finding Shelter.


Artist of the Week

Just in time for Father’s Day, Black Kettle Leather brings leather belts and guitar straps and manly wrist cuffs to the Market, in simple, compelling designs and at prices that will have you buying in multiples. This is artist Linda Jordan’s first time in the Artist tent, and she also has plenty of stuff for the ladies too.

Musician of the Week

If you’ve ever poked your head into Todaro’s Music on Lansdowne Avenue, you might have been impressed by the surprising range of instruments, in terms of variety, cost, and size. But what the shop specializes in is unusual stringed instruments, so if you need a mandolin or ukulele, Todaros’ is as good a place to start as any. This week, shop owner Joe Todaro and friend Mark Linkins of the Philadelphia Mandolin and Guitar Ensemble are going to fret it out in the music tent. Bet they will come well-armed.



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

Rockin' Rescue Event at Vinyl Revival
Saturday, June 14, noon - 3:00 pm
35-37 N. Lansdowne Avenue

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

Lansdowne Friends School Open House
Thursday, June 19, 5:30 - 6:30 pm; free
Lansdowne Friends School, 110 N. Lansdowne Avenue

Independence Day Parade
Sponsored by the Union Athletic Association
Friday, July 4, starting at 9:00 am
Starts at Greenwood and Wycombe

July 4th Festivities and Fireworks
Sponsored by the Union Athletic Association
Friday, July 4, 7:45 pm (fireworks at 9:00 pm); tickets
Penn Wood High School field

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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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