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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, June 28

First things first: the complete list of this week’s vendors is available here.

All Together Now

This is it, what we’ve all been waiting for: the last Saturday in June! Surely, some of you were waiting for the last Saturday in June, weren’t you? Those inevitable "last Saturdays" always bring something special to the LFM, and this one is no exception. It’s the season’s first Community Day, which means that we’ve opened up the other side of the lot for some one-off vendors, both large (PECO Energy) and small (Essence of Acupuncture), who want a minute or two of your time to introduce you to their services, causes, and products. Pop over and check them out; there’s always something interesting and unexpected over there. Community Day also means that we will be collecting nonperishable groceries (pasta, canned goods, tuna, coffee, etc), cash, or grocery store gift cards in the Market Manager tent to help restock the local food bank.

Heritage Goods

Relishing Grannies is the business of mother and daughter Yeadon residents Phyllis Hilley and Farah Newcombe, who had to look no further than their families and products when choosing that business name. They grew up eating the pepper and fruit relishes that their mothers and grandmothers made, so it’s only natural that they share the love with the generations that follow and with eager FM shoppers. Their recipes have all been family tested and perfected, and they’re only at the LFM once a month -- the fourth Saturday – so don’t miss their four varieties of relish this week or it’ll be ages (though not generations) till you can catch them again.

Garden Parting

Since it’s been with the LFM from day 1 and is also a local business, we tend to take it for granted, and Bonnie’s Wondergardens is often overlooked in this newsletter unless Bonnie calls and feeds us info. But we wanted to call your attention to a change in the Wondergardens’ schedule – to only the first and third Saturday Markets in July and August – so you have time to adjust your plant- and flower-buying plans accordingly. Bonnie (or Rose or John or Helene or one of her other helpers) will be at the Market this week and next, but then they go every other Saturday till the end of August. But you can always hit up the shop on Scottdale Road during its regular hours.

Dabble with Red Fife

A new local business, Kitchen Dabblers, developed a recipe for Red Fife Mediterranean Salad using loads of LFM ingredients, so we’re sharing it here. (Red Fife is a kind of wheat that North Star Orchard has.) Soak 1 cup Red Fife wheat for at least 4 hours in 1 quart of water mixed with lemon juice. Strain, rinse, and sort. Add grain, 1 quart fresh water, 1 tsp sea salt, and 1 Tbs olive oil to pressure cooker (natural setting) or rice cooker (rice setting). Dice and salt two tomatoes, one cucumber, one small red onion, and one or two stalks of celery. Blend 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar, 2 Tbs of herbed olive oil, and 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil to make dressing. Strain the cooked Red Fife (cooking liquid can be reserved for stock or break making). Toss wheat with half the dressing and chill. When ready to serve, toss with remaining ingredients plus 1/4 cup cubed feta cheese and rest of dressing. (Spelt, farro, or wheat berries can be used in place of the Red Fife.)

We Do It for the Kids

We didn’t make those fancy cootie catcher special events schedules this year (any idea how long it took to fold hundreds of those things??), so you may not be aware that Kidcentric Day is only a month away. It’s always the last Saturday of July, which is the 26th this year, and we’ll be offering many of the same things you’ve enjoyed in previous years – like the butterfly tent, the wet tent, and some demos and games. Of course, the microphone will again be opened up for kid performances of songs, telling of jokes, or playing of instruments. Get practicing! How about Camptown Races or five really good knock-knock jokes? We don’t give awards but every kid who performs gets a Market Buck (and photographed).


Neil’s Sharpening Service is in the house this Saturday! Got something dull? Bring it!

Get a Market Buck this week for bringing a bag of nonperishable food to the Market Manager text so we can hand it on to the community food bank. Look here and here for some good ideas on what’s especially needed.

Here's more market photos from John Kelly Green photography.


Artists of the Week

There’s a double dose of new in the Artist tent this Saturday when mother and daughter Penny and Wendy Emery, respectively, join forces to fill the space with handmade ceramics and silver, stone, and pearl jewelry. Penny creates one-of-a-kind functional pieces that often combine throwing, hand-building, sculpting, and distinctive glazing; and Wendy specializes in metalwork and started out as a chain maker, so her stuff is not like anything we’ve had at the Market before. You’re going to love both of their offerings.

Musician of the Week

Whoever’s idea it was to have DJ Nex Millen at every Community Day gets a gold star. Nex spins music we may not realize we want to hear until it’s actually coming out of his speakers, but then it’s like having an itch scratched. And he always plays a set or two for kids.



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.

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