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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, July 5

Um, we forgot to remind you here last week that last Saturday’s Market would be the final one before the 4th of July. (While a holiday on a Friday makes for a nice three-day weekend, it complicates Farmers Market shopping, not to mention Farmers Market promotion, so we are torn about these sticky wickets. But we unreservedly heart Monday holidays.) Hope you are forward-thinking and organized and were completely cognizant of that impending foodcentric holiday and took matters into your own hands and stocked up on much of the picnic/barbeque/cookout stuff the Market has to offer when you had the chance. You did know the Fourth was looming, didn’t you? Please say yes. In any case, it’s tomorrow.

Seriously Creative

When Creative Shepherd Farm joined us last year, a lot of shoppers were interested in talking to owner Sebastian Interlandi about his journey from Penn Wood High School chemistry and physics teacher to upstate New York farmer. He’ll still talk to you about that, but he’s just as happy telling you about his 85-acre spread 15 minutes north of Rome, the many kinds of cheese he’s making, the dozen sheep he recently got for the milk they’ll produce in the spring, his 8 acres of certified organic crops, the trades he works with nearby farmers, the beers he’s brewing, or plans he has in the works for unusual crops and products. The dude has some interesting stuff going on.

This week, expect to find about six kinds of cheese, from his most popular, roasted garlic spread, through that salty workhorse that’s so great with so much, feta, to a very special truffle Jack cheese that would be a terrific thing to take to gatherings because it’s unusual and sophisticated and chances are good the kids will leave it alone so the adults can have something nice all to themselves (worth it at any price). Sebastian’s organic veggies are also coming in, so look for broccoli and shelling peas and snowpeas of unusual size. Best of all, he’s going to have his homemade ginger ale again, made with organic ginger and organic sugar and selling for $2 a cup or a mere $1 if you bring your own cup. (Know what’s in our future from Creative Shepherd Farm? Root beer floats. Not this week, but they’re coming. We kid you not. Stay tuned.)

The First Avenue

The Avenue Delicatessen has been a bright spot on Lansdowne Avenue since opening in the spring of 2013 and a bright spot at the Market since joining us last year. It’s become famous in the region for its unique mix of Italian deli and Jewish deli cuisines, with specialties liked Jewish wedding soup and Reuben arancini. Owners Laura Frangiosa and Josh Skaroff take great care with both their product and presentation and send some delicious and gorgeous stuff across the street to their Market booth. In addition to the enticement offered by their salads, sandwiches, and desserts, their jarred marmalades and curds are just begging to be added to gift baskets or beribboned and taken to a kind host. If you feel like something a bit more substantial or simply hot, you can mosey across Lansdowne Ave and eat in their charming restaurant or order takeout and even bring it back to the Market’s cafe area. (If you’re a fan of bagel chips, there are none better than the Avenue’s; they’re big, crunchy, and impossible to stop eating.) In celebration of Independence Day, the Avenue will be open from 8 am to 2 pm on Friday, so you can hop over before or after the parade, and will have red, white, and blue cupcakes – red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting and fresh blueberries – both in store and at the Market (if it’s not too terribly hot).

Just Now, Not Now, and Not Yet

We had a little extra space this Saturday so we invited MoJo’s Pop Co. to join us again since you seem to like their over-the-top popcorns and they seem to like the LFM. Popcorn for breakfast! Again!

Remember that starting this week, Bonnie’s Wondergardens is at the Market only on the first and third Saturdays of July and August. That means no Bonnie next week.

Normally on the schedule for this week would be MyHouse Cookies and Ridge Valley Farm (aka Maple Syrup Sue), but both are taking the week off. MyHouse will be back next week, and Ridge Valley on August 9. (We’ve suggested before that you stock up on that maple syrup. Hope you heeded that.)

We thought that Schober’s would be starting this week, but that loooooong winter and wet spring delayed their crop. They say if not next Saturday, pretty definitely the Saturday after that for those peaches we have come not rely on. Hurry back, Darlene and company! We miss you!

The full list of who you can expect this week is right here.


We forgot to list the June 21 volunteers last week, so this list is a composite of June 21 and June 28 volunteers: Ellen Lustgarten, Terry Baraldi, Cathy Pregmon, Dale Cranmer, Jeff Groves, Jeantel Romain, John Martin, Lynda Kozarski, Amie LaCourt, Adrian and Jane Miller, Jeannine McKnight, and Marcus DiSciullo. (If we missed you, please speak up!) Everyone who helped us set up or break down in June was entered as many times as they helped in our drawing for 10 Market Bucks, and the magical random number generator produced Lynda Kozarski as the winner for June. Stop by the Manager tent, Lynda, and collect your winnings! And thanks to everyone who helped. You have no idea how much easier you make it on the committee.

Reminder about Kidcentric Day, three weeks away on July 26. That’s plenty of time to teach your little one The Wheels on the Bus, Oh Susannah, or Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious for open mic. Get on that, won’t ya?

Friday the Fourth

The Union Athletic Association of Lansdowne is excited to present the annual Independence Day celebrations this year on Friday, July 4. Get in place before the 9 am parade start, when marching bands, antique cars, decorated bikes, and floats will head south from East Greenwood and Wycombe, turn right turn onto Stewart, then north onto Lansdowne Avenue to Essex, then back east to the Penn Wood High School field. At the field, there will be speeches, prizes, and games, plus free water ice for kids under 16. In the evening, don’t miss the festivities and a spectacular fireworks display at the high school field, featuring music and dancing, beginning at 7:45 PM. Fireworks are set to begin at 9:00 pm. Order tickets for the fireworks ($7 adults, $4 children) or make a contribution online. in case of rain, please check the Borough site and Facebook for updates.

Interested in Coworking? Looking for Shared Office Space?

The LEDC is looking into starting a coworking space at 130 E. Baltimore Avenue (southwest corner of Baltimore and Union Aves, across the street from the CVS). Coworking spaces have become very popular worldwide in the past few years. These shared office spaces, or "rental business studios" afford entrepreneurs and those working from home instant networking opportunities and camaraderie, as well as a desk, WiFi, conference room, and a kitchen area. Coworking is much more than just a space or a fancy desk, it is a community of people sharing resources, as well as a space to meet and work. Memberships will range from a day pass to full-time access. Read a recent Forbes Magazine article on coworking. Here are some local examples of coworking spaces in Center City and University City.

Interested? Join the LEDC for a tour of the space on Wednesday, July 9, at 7:00 pm or Saturday, July 12, at 1:00 pm. Please RSVP to Danielle by Monday, July 7. All are welcome, but you must RSVP.


Artists of the Week

July is shaping up to be jewelry month in the artist tent, with jewelry artists on board for the next three weeks. First up, Emkay Bead Designs is the business of Chadds Ford resident Myrna Koman. Her reasonably priced necklaces, bracelets, earrings, sets, and baseball caps and visors were hugely popular when she joined us last year. Early birds get the best selection.

Musicians of the Week

Hometown favorites Mansfield Brass return to the Market stage for another day of their bright, bold, and festive sounds. In case you didn't know, the five-piece group takes the Mansfield in its name from the street in Gladstone Manor.



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

Movie Night in the Park: Gravity
Presented by Lansdowne Parks & Recreation
Friday, July 11, 8:30 pm; free
Hoffman Park Ball Field, Scottdale Road

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