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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, June 21

It's the second half of June already. How did that happen? The second half of June means it's almost the Fourth of July (get your fireworks tickets from the Union AA on Saturday at the Market!), and the Fourth of July means that summer is nearly over! Or so our addled-by-short-summers-bookended-by-school brains tell us. Really, summer is just barely starting, with sweet corn and tomatoes, the true hallmarks of the season, still in our future. But time's whizzing by nonetheless, and if you haven't made it to the Market yet, haul yourself out this Saturday already! Here's who will be there.

Hold the Gluten (Or Not)

The new vendor under our spotlight this week is Chez Bonser Pâtisserie, or CBP as you will only ever hear us call them because faking a French accent is hard and often embarrassing for us. Very local (ie, Marshall Road), CBP is supplying the LFM with a variety of gluten-free gourmet baked goods on the first and third Saturdays and has a menu that continues to expand each week. In addition to the gluten-less goods she brings to the Market, owner Erica Clark has a full range of regular (as in not gluten-free) yummies available on her website by order. You can call her up and tell her what you want (including more gluten-free stuff than you'll see at the LFM), and she'll bring it to the Market for pickup there if that's how you want to do it.

Wooly Friend

We probably should have featured Spotted Hill Farm as our returning vendor two weeks ago when they brought those adorable little lambs for shoppers to enjoy and name (that'd be Brownie and Oreo). Spotted Hill has been with us for several years now, and owner Donna Howard has even helped us get more vendors by talking the LFM up at other farmers markets she does (that's how we got MyHouse Cookies, so big thanks to her for that). When she's not sharing livestock or singing our praises, Donna is tending her Nubian goat and Finn sheep herds and making goat's milk soap on her farm in Berks County. Her soap is, in a word, wonderful, and in another word, addictive.

Fruit Geek Podcast

Hope you've stopped by new vendor North Star Orchard's booth to try them on for size. (We're still working our way through the giant bag of garlic scapes we got last week.) We told you here a few weeks ago that North Star is a star in the farmers market circuit and that we felt lucky to finally get them for Lansdowne. That assertion is supported by this interview with owner Lisa Kershner (yes, the same Lisa who works the LFM booth) on the podcast Jack's Farm Radio, which we'd never heard of before, but it's pretty cool -- a weekly "casual conversations with folks in the food industry." Lisa really knows her stuff, and you'll come away much more knowledgeable about one of our vendors and may have a new podcast for your list. (Worth a listen just to hear what Lisa and her husband use as a naming basis for their trial varieties.)


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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Applications for the June 28th Community Day have to be in by this Saturday, June 21 (to the address on the application, not the Market Manager tent). But if you wait until then all the spaces may be gone. So, are you feeling lucky?

We're so gung-ho on helping the Union AA with their efforts to raise money for their fantastic Fourth of July events (a day that defines Lansdowne as a great small town) that we'll give you a Market Buck if you wear one of their new 2014 T-shirts or even if you buy one at the Market and bring it over and show it to us; you don't even have to put it on. You support them, we'll support you. It's that easy.

Thanks for help last week to volunteers Terry Baraldi, Marnie Miller, Lynda Kozarski, Meg Flisek, Wesley French, Candace Selph, Jeannine McKnight, and Mayor Tony Campuzano. Remember: Every time you help, you get entered into a monthly drawing for $10 in Market Bucks. You also get a load of points for being a cool person, but they're a more subtle form of currency.

A Chilly Welcome

As mentioned here last week, this Saturday will be the official grand opening of The Icery, providing us lucky locals with an in-town spot for water ice, gelato, ice pops, and other sweet (and often frozen) treats. There will be face painting with Stacey from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm, customers will receive 20% off their order all day long, and 10% of proceeds will go to benefit the Save the Lansdowne Theater campaign.


Artist of the Week

Marty and Helene Von Rosenstiel are Marty Glass and Sister Art and they'll be having their fifth annual BOGO sale (twofer treasures at ridiculously low prices) this Saturday. Marty will have her ever-changing collection of glass jewelry, bubble glass plates, fused glass bugs, panels, and mirrors, and Helene will have her beautifully detailed recycled Noel Schmidt purses, eyeglass cases, and card holders. And as always, the sisters celebrate Lansdowne!

Musician of the Week

Ever since the Market began, Lansdowne's own Bob Beach has scheduled all of the musical acts to grace the LFM stage. This week, he and fellow Greenwood Avenue resident Jim Klingler take one of their occasional turns at the mic, bringing a rich mix of folk, bluegrass, jug band, and country tunes played with a homey, feel-good flair.



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

Rhyme, Rhythm and Reason

Poetry and open reading with
Alice Wootson; music by Nick Filone
Sunday, June 22, 2:00 pm, free
Regency Cafe, 29 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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