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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, July 12

Ah, July is finally here. Its seductively cool imposter was here last weekend following Lansdowne's famous Fourth of July celebrations. She sashayed around the Market last week with a beautiful blue sky and a fresh breeze, only to be rudely pushed aside this week by soaring temps and scattered thunderstorms... well, you know the Philly weather drill.

At press time, the forecast for this Saturday is looking good. To be honest, we'll be there, whether or not the weather cooperates, but it’s always nice to thank Mother Nature when she serves up a lovely day for shopping and catching up with friends and neighbors. Thank you, Mom!

Claim Them as Your Own

After a well-deserved weekend off, MyHouse Cookies will be back on Saturday with their delicious pies, cookies, quiches, and more, report owners Marie and Tom Connell.

This week, look for items with locally sourced ingredients, like blueberry pie (chef Marie's favorite) and zucchini in its sweet (zucchini bread) and savory (vegetable quiche) incarnations. Tom's non-local-but-locally-made favorite -- key lime pie -- will be there, along with an assortment of pies (apple, mixed berry, etc.), cookies (chocolate, chocolate chip, orange coconut, ginger spice, oatmeal cherry, etc.), as well as their other delicious quiches (spinach with feta, butternut squash with caramelized onions, Quiche Lorraine, etc.). If that doesn't tempt you, then a complete list can be found here, where you can also place an advance order if you wish.

And, here's a Fresh Picks exclusive: Did you know that MyHouse will sell you frozen cookie dough that you can bake in your own home's oven so you can honestly claim that your cookies were made at "my house"? Just place your order by any Wednesday through and pick up at the Saturday market.

Finally, in the coming weeks you'll see some additional folks at the MHC tent. Lansdowne Community Youth Garden volunteers will be selling the herby bounty of their summertime gardening/education/service project. Fresh basil is expected first and soon after that, you'll be able to purchase pesto, hand-made by the youth garden volunteers as taught by Marie in her professional kitchen. Yum!

Naturally Beautiful

Have you sampled the sumptuously good and eco-friendly bath and body products offered by Akima Botanicals yet? Twice a month (on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays), you have a chance to indulge in good-for-you skin care products, decadent lip balm, delightful room sprays, unique and unusual fragrances, and other products lovingly crafted by Kim Morgan. Plus, you're doing Mother Earth proud with these products that, whenever possible, include "organic, fair trade, responsibly wild-harvested botanicals and/or other ingredients free from parabens, pthalates, artificials dyes and preservatives."

What are her favorite offerings right now? The first is Face Serum No. 1, a skin care formula that hydrates, plumps fine lines, reduces redness, and provides anti-oxidant protection. As for fragrances, "I change up scents along with nature," Kim says, and so she's now wearing the intriguingly named Farmer's Daughter and Grove scents most often.

Roll Call

The growing season is really heating up now, with many summer favorites like tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans, zucchini, stone fruits, and berries crowding onto the tables along with the delicious but diminishing greens like kale and various lettuces. Rumor has is that peaches and some plums will be gracing the North Star Orchard table.

So, in the interest of helping you bring enough bags to hold your cornucopia of produce and products, make a note that our 2nd/4th week vendors are 1732 Meats, Akima Botanicals, Amazing Acres Goat Dairy, Basic Batters, Cupcakeology, Golden Valley Farms Coffee Roasters, MoJo's Pop Co., Paradocx Vineyards, Seventh Avenue Grill, and Vera Pasta.

As usual, our weekly vendors are Fruitwood Farms, Green Zebra Farms, Jerome's European Breads, Livengood Family Farm, MyHouse Cookies, North Star Orchard, Regency Café, and Wilson's Curiously Good Foods.

Can't wait for the newsletter to tell you who's coming? Or, heaven forbid, have you deleted this weekly missive before you've noted the week's schedule and don't want to be surprised on Saturday? Well, just mosey on over to our vendor schedule page online anytime!

To Those Who Have Asked

And, yes, to those who have asked, Schober's Orchards will be returning to the market any week now, just as soon as their crop of famous peaches and other fruits are worthy of sharing with the loyal Lansdowne crowd. We'll let you know as soon as we know. And, thanks to the many folks who've shown concern over their marked absence on the western end of the market. They'll be here soon!

Couldn't Do Without 'Em

Last week's mighty volunteers made short work of set up and break down at the Market and we are eternally grateful for their help. Really! Take a bow, folks: Rae Ashbridge, Terry Baraldi, Kelly Booker, Marcus diSciullo, Wesley French, Georgi Gretzenberg, John Martin, Jeannine McKnight, Jeantel Romain, Helen and Joe Sanders, and Seth Schneider. (Did we miss anyone? Let us know!)

Oh, and if you should find that you want to help out some Saturday, let us know.

The Countdown Is On...

Kidcentric Day is just two weeks away on July 26. That's when we invite tykes to the music tent microphone to sing, perform on an instrument, tell jokes, or simply stand there looking incredibly cute but shy -- all are valid for this early chance to steal the limelight.

Sci-Fi Under the Stars

Here's a great opportunity to pack up your picnic baskets and enjoy dinner and a movie, al fresco. Stroll down Scottdale Road to Hoffman Park for the free showing of Gravity at 8:30 pm. Show up a little early to do the dining part of the evening before the film, which is presented by the Lansdowne Parks and Rec Board and the Lansdowne Public Library.

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, 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 Saturday, July 12, at 1:00 pm. Please RSVP to Danielle by this Friday.


Artist of the Week

Pidge Molyneaux of MWMDesigns Jewelry Art will be featuring lots of leather bracelets and Kazuri jewelry, as well as a new line of extra-long glass and gemstone necklaces that can be doubled or tripled for versatility. The bright and colorful beads she uses are handmade in Kenya by Kazuri, a member of the World Fair Trade organization. Pidge's creative eye blends them with natural and organic materials as well as bits and pieces from vintage jewelry and some crystals and pearls for "bling."

Musician of the Week

Sweet-voiced Emily Bate will be the singer, guitarist, and songwriter gracing the music tent stage this week. A member of many Philly bands (including the terrific Cat's Pajamas kid-friendly band frequently seen on the Lansdowne Arts Festival stage), she has been self-releasing albums, touring, and performing since she was 16. She teaches international music classes for kids with All Around This World. Give a listen to one of her tunes.



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

Free Outdoor Theater: Twelfth Night or What You Will
Presented by Commonwealth Classic Theater Company
Sponsored by Celebration Theater
Saturday, July 26, 7:00 pm; free
Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue

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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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