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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, August 2

From (Almost) A to (Green) Z

The names are oh-so-lyrical: Fourth of July, Black Cherry, Black Krim, Black Zebra, Blush, Brandywine, Cherokee chocolate, Cherokee purple, Green Zebra, Honey Delight, Jersey Beefsteak grown in PA, Lemon Boy, Orange Blossom, Orange Pineapple, Purple Swirl, Striped German, Sun Gold, Sunrise Swirl, Yellow Flame...

These heirloom tomato varieties (you knew they were tomatoes, right?) will grace the Green Zebra Farm table this Saturday, along with several specialty lettuces, green beans, and a few surprises. To make farmer Mitch Shapiro's favorite lunch, open a jar of his heirloom marinara tomato gravy and spread it on a flatbread with mozzarella cheese. For a heartier meal, top with toasted and steamed tempe or your choice of cooked meat (maybe one of the tasty sausages from Freeland Market?). Then, pop it under the broiler for a personal pan pizza ready quicker than you can say that list of tomatoes in the first paragraph.

Go for the Gold

Pennsylvania wines are now getting the respect they deserve. In a recent blind tasting against California contenders at the July 12 Judgment of Pennsylvania competition at Nectar Restaurant in Berwyn, our own Penns Woods Winery's 2012 Chardonnay Reserve got the gold, and its 2009 Cabernet Reserve got honorable mention. Yes, they won a gold against California chardonnays, people.

And it wasn't the first time the chard had won a gold medal. Let's face it: how can you not love a white wine that is described as beginning with "notes of crisp green apple and nutmeg" and finishing off with "a hint of toasted nut and vanilla creaminess"?

Based in Chadds Ford, the winery is owned by Gino Razzi, who emigrated from the Abruzzo region of Italy to settle in Delaware County. He had a three-decade career in wine importing before he himself learned the craft of winemaking that led to buying a winery with 25-year-old grapevines in the Chadds Ford area, proving that Pennsylvania-grown grapes can be quite fine for making wine. He now runs the award-winning winery with his daughter, Carley.

Stop by their stand this Saturday to get a wee taste of their wines. If you buy a bottle or two, know that $1 from the proceeds of each bottle will be donated to furthering wine and grape research in Pennsylvania. That's a cause we can stand behind.

First Saturday

First/third week vendors include: The Avenue Deli, Bonnie’s Wondergardens, Chez Bonser Patisserie, Creative Shepherd Farm, Freeland Market, Penns Woods Winery, Spotted Hill Farm, Take Me Bake Me/Mompops, Taste Artisanal Market, and Waffatopia.

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

Keeping It Cool

Bringing your own bags to the market is a great idea -- and an insulated bag (or two) is even better. You can keep your produce, meats, and prepared foods cold in a Come Chill in Lansdowne insulated bag, available at the Market Manager's tent. We often pop a few ice packs in our Chill bags to help keep everything cooler, since we tend to linger at the market catching up with our friends for hours on end. The bags are two for $10 or one for $6 and all proceeds go to support this wonderful little market founded in 2007.

Thanks All Around

We love our volunteers. These stalwart folks join us, rain or shine, to set up the market starting as early as 7:30 on special days like Kids Day last week, or at 7:45 on a regular Saturday Market. That's why we thank them each week. The July 26 volunteers were John Martin, Jeantel Romain, Jeannine McKnight, Marcus diScuillo, Bill Brown, and Jane Miller. This month's random winner of 10 Market Bucks is Kellie Bowker. Stop by the market tent to get your reward, lucky girl! (By the way, it's not to late to get in on the fun. If you want to help with the market, come by the Market Manager's tent and sign up!)

Special props to the LFM volunteers who braved the downpour last week to erect a tent over the Lansdowne Library's book table -- we do just hate to see a good book ruined.

We also would like to thank our musical and performing artists from last week. To DJ Marci Taylor, who volunteered to spin the tunes, thanks for making the Kids Day danceable and for coordinating the open mic. While Orla's rendition of ABBA's "Dancing Queen" was very impressive (all those words and musical stylings to remember!), the same can be said about the other performers who stepped up to the mic, including the round robin performance of "Let It Go" by that impromptu girl's quintet. Plus, lots of kids loved playing with the musical instruments that Marci brought. Thanks for the memories!

We also tip our hat to the Royal Excellence Drill Team, whose lively and uplifting dance performance wowed the crowds at the market. Thanks to Janeya Smith for choreographing a great show and introducing us to these young performers!

National Night Out

Once a year, we're fortunate to get an opportunity to get to know the men and women who keep our borough safe -- the police and fire departments. That night is next Tuesday, August 5, when National Night Out takes place between 6:00 and 8:00 pm in the Highland Avenue parking lot (behind the Dunkin' Donuts, next to the fire station). Sponsored by the LBPA and the Lansdowne Police, the night includes food, games, prizes, public safety demonstrations, and community groups.

Artist of the Week: You??

We still have some openings in the Artist of the Week tent starting in late August. If you make things yourself quite well, have enough of them to fill up a tent (or make a good showing), and feel you’re ready to try selling, submit an application and we’ll go from there. Not everyone gets in, but you definitely won't if you don’t apply. Give it a shot!

Brazilian Adventure

Next Wednesday, August 6, the results of a month's worth of study in Brazilian music and culture will come to fruition during a free 7:00 pm concert at at the Twentieth Century Club. The performance, "Brazilian Adventure," will feature eight local youths who spent the summer discovering Brazil's rich musical flavors with Lansdowne's own Patricia King and Orlando Haddad of Minas. The project is sponsored by the Union Gardens Elm Street Program, a project of the LEDC.


Check out the latest exhibit by the Lansdowne Window Art Project, iPhoneography, at 32 East Baltimore Avenue. All images in this exhibit were taken using either an iPhone (hence the name) or an iPad. Some images have been manipulated by the artist while other images are printed unaltered. The featured photographers are Bill Patterson, Amanda Villier and Mark Gavin.This is a project by the LEDC, LBPA, and Appligent Document Solutions to enhance borough streetscapes by hosting exhibitions in vacant storefronts in the downtown.

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.

This week's featured article is about one of Lansdowne's new BYOBs, AviAnna: Restaurateur with Four Seasons Experience Opens 5-Star Restaurant in Lansdowne


Artist of the Week

Name on Your Wall's Laura Piontkowski creates unique and personal works of art composed of words and numbers formed by photography of nature, architectural details, and everyday objects.

Musician of the Week

Blues musician J.D. Little hails from Yeadon but has a sound that comes from the heartland. His lyrical song, "Rid of Me" offers a taste of the originals he'll be mixing in with cover songs at the market on Saturday.



Free First Friday Open Mic Night
at Vinyl Revival

Friday, August 1, 7:00 pm, free
35-37 N. 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.

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