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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, July 19

Hello, shoppers! It occurred to us that you might want need some recipes (formal and informal) to use up the growing bounty of this week’s market. Read on...

Instant Party

Three words: Marinated Asiago Spread. Two weeks ago, we took just a tiny spoon’s worth of this Taste Artisanal Market spread and instantly bought a jar. Oh, my. Our first thought was to dollop it into composed salads -- chop cucumbers, tomatoes, corn, zucchini, and other veggies and combine with any pasta/rice/wholegrain of your choice and toss with a lemon vinaigrette. Or, keep it even simpler and toss hot pasta with the spread for a quick entree or side dish.

But, why stop there? Pick out a wine from one of our vendors (Penns Woods Winery this week or Paradocx Vineyard next week) and then call your friends. Put out bread and/or crackers and add a jar of Southern Pimento Spread and, voila, you have an instant party. (Seriously, how did we not know about this versatile cheesy goodness up here in Pennsylvania? Did we miss the memo?)

Taste has a number of honeys made by Lancaster bees and infused with lavender, figs, chai spices, or lemon and walnuts that would be great combined with cheese from the market. This week, ask Sebastian from Creative Shepherd Farm what might be nice; next week, check in with Lynne of Amazing Acres Goat Dairy about her chevre. Or, simply go simple and use the honeys in tea or dribbled over nut butters or fruit. You can’t go wrong.

Taste is a first- and third-week market, so pick up what you want to carry you through the coming fortnight. Founded four years ago by Lisa Ferraro Klinge and her husband, Steve Klinge, Taste now operates out of West Chester’s Artisan Exchange collective and we’re happy that they bring their fine handmade products our market.

Oh, and now that we’re thinking of it, you can add some fine charcuterie to your Instant Party by moseying down to fellow first- and third- week vendor, Freeland Market.

We are happy to help you be a gracious host.

Fruit and Vegetable Explosion

"Five a day" servings of produce is not a hard target to meet these days now that our farm vendors are overflowing with fruits and veggies like the proverbial cornucopia. Even the number of produce vendors is expanding: Fruitwood Farms, Green Zebra Farm, and North Star Orchard will be joined this week by the long-awaited Schober Orchards.

Going down the list of vendors, Fruitwood will be featuring sweet corn for the third week and last week’s small number of sugarplums will be increased this week, says farmer Mike Nelson. Nectarines and peaches will also be abundant -- grill the halved fruits and drizzle with one of Fruitwood’s honeys to make a delightful light dessert.

On the veggie side, why not make a hearty main dish for that Instant Party you’re planning? Use tomatoes, green beans, cucumbers, and yellow and green squashes to riff on this Provencal Vegetable Gratin recipe.

Okra lovers (you know who you are) will be happy to hear that more of this unfairly vilified vegetable will be coming this week (it sold out fast last week!).

Since sweet cherries are still available, we highly recommend the recipe we made recently: Roasted Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream with Bourbon and Chocolate. Yes, it is as delicious as it sounds. Finally, be on the lookout in the next few weeks for blackberries and then you can make this intriguing sweet corn and blackberry ice cream.

Rumor has it that Green Zebra Farm sold about 350 POUNDS (yes, you read that right) of their organic tomatoes last week. So, after you’ve made sauces, salsas, salads, soups, and such, consider this easy oven-candied summer tomatoes recipe. Use in a week or freeze for when this fruity vegetable is not readily available. Make a quick bruschetta by putting the tomatoes on top of olive-oil-and-garlic-rubbed toasted bread. Green Zebra’s offerings will also include zucchini, cucumbers, lettuce, onions, and more, so be sure to stop by.

North Star Orchard, which expanded to two tables to handle its bounty, reports that they’ll have more yellow and white peaches, plums, and maybe some nectarines in addition to an assortment of veggies. Check out their variety of recipes conveniently located on their website, including seven plum recipes, two garlic scape recipes, and nearly 30 (yes, that’s right, we counted!) peach recipes.

Last but not least, this week sees the return of Schober Orchards with ripe peaches and blueberries (perfect for homemade smoothies!) and their wide variety of fruit butters and salsas that can be added to your cheese board (see Instant Party above). Does the much-loved peach cider count as a fruit? Who cares when it comes to cooling down with a chilled drink that you, your kids, and your friends can enjoy on a long summer’s day. You can also celebrate this vendor’s return by making this absolutely delicious (and easy) Peach Ice Cream from Saveur.

V is for Vendors

This third-week vendor list includes the following:

Nonweekly vendors include: Avenue Deli, Chez Bonser Patisserie, Creative Shepherd Farms, Freeland Market, Penns Woods Winery, Spotted Hill Farm, Take Me Bake Me/Mompops, Taste Artisanal Market, and Waffatopia.

The weekly vendors: Bonnie’s Wondergardens, Fruitwood Farms, Green Zebra Farms, Jerome’s European Breads, Livengood Family Farm, MyHouse Cookies, North Star Orchard, Regency Cafe, Schober’s Orchards, Wilson’s Curiously Good Foods.

Don't forget: next Saturday (July 26) is Kids Day -- full of fun and activites for the youngest marketgoers. Be sure to check next week's newsletter for details. To get a preview of next week, please check our vendor list and their schedules.

Market Bucks

To prove that you’ve read this important market missive, stop by our Market Manager tent (just left of the music tent) and drop off a printed copy of your favorite recent recipe (original or not) using your favorite fruit, vegetable, or product bought at the market in recent weeks and we’ll give you a wooden coin "buck" to spend anywhere in the market that you wish. Our favorites will be featured in an upcoming edition of the newsletter!

Last week’s stalwart helpers were Terry Baraldi, Molly Connors, Georgi Gretzenberg, Amie LaCourt, John Martin, Marnie Miller, Jane Miller, and Jeantel Romain. Also, to keep us honest, we have some corrections. In the market newsletter for July 5, we forgot Ellen Miller and misspelled two names -- Rae Asbridge and Kellie Bowker. Our apologies!

Block Party Saturday

The Union Gardens Elm Street Program, under the direction of the Lansdowne Economic Development Corporation, is hosting a ribbon-cutting and block party to celebrate the completion of the new park entrance/orchard at 129 Fairview Avenue. The new park entrance is made possible through the combined support of the LEDC, the Borough of Lansdowne, and a grant from PECO. The ribbon-cutting will be held this Saturday, July 19, at 2:00 pm, followed by a block party for local residents in the park (Interboro) until 6:00 pm, featuring a DJ, games, face painting, and free food.


Artist of the Week

Cathy Pregmon of Beads in the 4th Re-Invention will share her funky and sophisticated jewelry at the market this week. She’ll be showing a preview of her Lansdowne Arts Festival offerings, along with leather and vegan bracelet options, her "summer fun" jewelry line, and other pieces that incorporate organic materials such as nuts, seed, horn and bone as well as fair trade and Kazuri porcelain. Plus, she’s having a "Christmas-in-July" sale. Her online Etsy store is just getting started, so stay tuned!

Musician of the Week

The very talented singer Clyde Barrow returns to the market this week with his mixture of material by Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Van Morrison, Otis Day and The Knights, Johnny Maestro, Buddy Holly, Paul Simon, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Freddy Fender, Dion, Elvis, and Roy Orbison. That’s along with some of his own charted hits from his illustrious career. (And, because we like to ask these things, his performance name is a pseudonym, which means he is not related to that infamous partner of Bonnie Barrow.) See more about Clyde and his career, along with some videos of performances, at



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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