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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, July 26

Here's Looking at You, Kids

It's no surprise that our farmers market is a haven for children. While the adults shop, they make our day brighter by dancing to the musician of the week, enjoying messy goodies from the various vendors, petting the various and sundry dogs, drawing on the chalkboard, and generally making the market a much cuter place. To recognize their contribution to the general welfare of our community, each year we celebrate a Kids Day just for them.

For their entertainment, we're featuring live butterflies, spectacular birds from the Delco Bird Rescue, arts and crafts activities, and kids games like giant tic-tac-toe and the corn hole game. The famous farmyard scene with cutouts for your kiddies' cute faces will be making a comeback.

For our entertainment, we're inviting kids to sign up for open mic performances at the music tent starting at 10:45, where your little darlings can sing, play an instrument, or tell a joke. At noon, we'll have a performance by the Lansdowne-based Royal Excellence Drill Team, made up of 10 girls, ages 5 to 11.

Note that we will be closing off an additional row of parking spaces in the lot to give the Kids Day activities some elbow room. If you drive to the market, why not park for free (during market hours) at the Highland Avenue parking lot? There's an easy walking-pass-through to get to Lansdowne Avenue and the LFM.

Recipe Corner

Now that the zucchini (and their cousins, yellow squash) are coming in abundance to the market, it's time to think about how to make this veggie a more regular part of your diet. But, to misquote my favorite snark, what can you do with a zuke the size of a cricket bat besides throw it at recklessly speeding cars? Well, since we're pacifists at heart, how about making noodles?

We recently broke out our mandolin slicer with the julienne blades to create thin spaghetti-like noodles that can be served just like, well, spaghetti. We heated it up in a pan with a little olive oil and topped the al dente squash with a Ragu Bolognaise sauce. Make your own by picking up a bunch of tomatoes from the market's produce vendors, along with your choice of organic meats from Livengood Family Farm. The night before this missive was written, zuke-strings cooked with caramelized onions, a splash of cream, and a sprinkle of Pecorino Romano cheese was a hit in our household.

Or, how about tossing your julienned zucchini with pesto from Lansdowne Community Youth Garden? It will be available at the MyHouse Cookies tent, which is much quicker than making this Smitten Kitchen zucchini recipe. (As an aside, we are pleased that we found the online recipe because it got us thinking about zucchini as noodles. It also introduced us to this new kitchen gadget called a "spiralizer," which we are going to try to refrain from purchasing since we have enough gadgets already.)

Don't have a fancy gadget? Well, just use a vegetable peeler on zucchini and carrots and sauté the riotous heap of color in a bit of butter -- it's another nice side dish.

Okay, enough about zucchini already. It's not like you can cook it with chocolate or anything...or, can you?

Wilson's Curiously Good Foods

Mushroom soup for breakfast? But, of course! And, for lunch and dinner, too. This signature soup is one of the mainstays of Chef John Wilson, whose Wilson's Curiously Good Foods business has been one of our stalwart vendors, growing right along with the market. What started eight years ago as a part-time venture selling selections of baked goods and other sweet treats has morphed into a full-time business (as of April) that can cover multiple courses quite nicely. And, yes, his offerings can even be breakfast, if you're adventurous.

This week, he'll have his iconic mushroom soup (his personal favorite selection) as well as red wine beef chili and his famous pots de crème -- tiny but rich custard desserts -- that are to die for. For kids, there will be a lighter mac & hot dogs recipe that, if you've tried his wonderful take on traditional macaroni and cheese, is bound to be good. Trust us on that.

Stay Sharp

Once a month, Neil's Sharpening Service visits the Lansdowne market and even though we know that our residents are quite sharp themselves (they are patronizing the market, after all), they may have implements of cutting and slicing that need some attention to keep them at their best.

Never fear. Neil Jacob will sharpen a wide variety of items, including knives, scissors, garden cloppers, garden shears, rotary lawn mower blades, reel mower blades, hair clippers, animal clippers, axes and hatchets, planes, drill bits, circular saw blades, chain saw chains. The list goes on and on, really.

For prices and questions, visit or send Neil an email. Be sure to drop your implements off at his tent early in the day: his schedule fills up fast!

What's Up This Week:

Nonweekly vendors: 1732 Meats, Akima Botanicals, Amazing Acres Goat Dairy, Basic Batters, Cupcakeology, Golden Valley Farms Coffee Roasters, MoJo's Pop Co., MomPops Pops, Neil's Sharpening Service, Paradocx Vineyards, Relishing Grannies, Seventh Avenue Grill, and Vera Pasta.

Weekly vendors: Fruitwood Farms, Green Zebra Farms, Jerome's European Breads, Livengood Family Farm, MyHouse Cookies, North Star Orchard, Regency Café, Schober's Orchards, and Wilson's Curiously Good Foods.

Volunteers from last week included: John Martin, Jeantel Romain, Terry Baraldi, Georgi Gretzenberg, Bill Brown, Marcus diScuillo, and Jeannine McKnight. Special guest out-of-town helpers and avid newsletter readers were Sheila and Paul Prince.

Turning the Corner on Business Development

Economic Development in Lansdowne is turning the corner and the LEDC is a central force in making this happen. We are excited to bring to you monthly profiles of new developments in the central business district in our new e-newsletter and blog, Turning the Corner on Business Development.


Artist of the Week

Cybele Perry is bringing her handmade children's clothing, pillows, and quilts crafted from colorful and whimsical fabrics to the artist's tent.

Musician of the Week

Kids, get ready to dance! DJ Marci Taylor (aka DJ Wind Dancer) will be spinning the tunes this weekend. And, don't worry, parents -- there will be songs you can dance to as well.



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

National Night Out
Tuesday, August 5, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, free
Highland Avenue Parking Lot

Movie Night in the Park: Back to the Future
Friday, August 8, 8:30 pm; free
Hoffman Park Ball Field, Scottdale Road

A Taste of Lansdowne: The Lansdowne Arts Festival's Pre-Show Reception
Friday, September 5, 7:00 pm; $25
Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue

The Lansdowne Arts Festival
Saturday-Sunday, September 6-7, 10 am - 5 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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