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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, August 9

Welcome to the halfway point of the market season. It's hard to believe that just 12 weeks ago the pickings were scarce on the produce vendor's tables. Now, just look at how the tables are busting out at the seams with dozens of varieties of vegetables and fruits, and that's not even counting all the meats, prepared foods, and specialty products that are now staples at our market.

In the Mood for Cooking?

Lansdowne's Jayne Young (formerly known to nearly everyone in the borough as "Mayor Jayne") offered a recipe for a corn salad that is chock full of market ingredients. First, take four cobs and use this clever America's Test Kitchen method of husking ears of corn without any leftover silk. (We've tried it and, yes, it works as beautifully as promised!) Cut off the kernels using this method or even this method. (People on the Internet are so clever!) Dice two yellow peppers, two nectarines, and two tomatoes. Thinly slice an onion. Sauté all the ingredients in a pan with a bit of butter or olive oil until everything is soft. Add some grill seasoning, if you wish. Serve hot or cold and pat yourself on the back for winning farmers market bingo by using five market ingredients.

Virginia Gavin suggested this unusual tomato and watermelon salad with basil and chevre cheese; again, all the main ingredients are available at the market. Have you seen this video for easily cutting up a watermelon? Watch it!

And, since keeping cool is always a fab idea, Grace Caputo offered up this clever recipe: How to make a plum cake on a grill. To that we say, hooray for dessert made outdoors!

Finally, Chris DiJulia suggested buying red, green, and yellow peppers and stuffing them with brown rice, tomatoes, beans (she uses chickpeas), onion, garlic, zucchini, jalapeno or other hot pepper to taste and sharp cheddar or fresh mozzarella cheese and roasting them off in the oven. We'd love these with the addition of some fresh corn cut from the cob and chili seasoning to take a trip a bit more south of the border. Scroll through Yummly's Stuffed Peppers recipes for different takes on this classic baked dish. Once you know the method, it's easy to improvise.

Not in the Cooking Mood?

Don't worry -- we've got you covered there too. Just saunter down the market aisle and pick up some prepared foods from this week's vendors: How about soup or chili from Wilson's Curiously Good Foods, a hand-held desserts from Cupcakeology, gluten-free baked goods from Basic Batters, a breakfast sandwich, Broasted® chicken or spinach spanakopita from Seventh Avenue Grill, and linguini or ravioli from Vera Pasta? You can round out your grocery list with other second week vendors including 1732 Meats, Paradocx Vineyards, Amazing Acres Goat Dairy, and Golden Valley Farms Coffee Roasters.

Also, we'd like to make a special public service announcement for those who love pancakes, waffles, oatmeal and other breakfast dishes that wouldn't be complete without a certain sweet accompaniment. Don't forget to pick up some maple syrup and maple-based treats from Ridge Valley Farm this week because, alas, they won't be back until Oct. 11!

Plus, because we always believe we should pamper ourselves whenever possible, check out Akima Botanicals, which will have signature fragrances, lip balms, and other beauty and skin products on offer at the market.

The standard weekly vendors include Fruitwood Farms, Green Zebra Farms, Jerome's European Breads, Livengood Family Farm, North Star Orchard, Regency Café, and Schober's Orchards.

Finally, please note that MyHouse Cookies will be taking off this Saturday; look for them again on Aug. 16.

Community Day #2

Gather round, everyone, for the next Community Day, which falls on Aug. 30. This is the day that the market increases by half to include market spots for local organizations, businesses, and private citizens for promotion and sales. Interested? Read these Frequently Asked Questions (which address all the rules and regulations you'll need to know), and here is the application, which is due Aug. 23. Spaces are claimed on a first-come basis, with priority given to applicants who were not already at the first Community Day.

So why do we do it? Because providing a community gathering place is at the core of the Lansdowne Farmers Market's mission, along with bringing fresh, local food to Lansdowne, fostering economic development in the Borough, and promoting Lansdowne and its events, businesses, artists, and musicians. Now, you know.


Akima Botanicals is donating 20% of ALL August profits to the International Stills Disease Foundation in honor of Stills Disease Awareness Month. Owner Kim is currently in full remission after her battle with "The Dragon" last summer. Details at

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Thanks to stalwart volunteers John Martin, Cathy Pregmon, Jayne Young, Pat Arone, Suni Best, Jeannine McKnight, Marcus diSciullo, Terry Baraldi, Amie La Court, Donna Hillary, and Wesley French who set up and broke down the market last Saturday. Your names will be entered into the monthly drawing for $10 in Market Bucks.

Back to the Future, Take Two

After being rained out back in June, the Lansdowne Park and Recreation Board's free showing of Back to the Future will finally take place tomorrow night in Hoffman Park. The movie starts at 8:30; attendees are welcome to arrive early and picnic in the park beforehand.

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 a rapidly growing business in Lansdowne: Mark Galdo Ceramic Tile Flooring Celebrates 13 Years in Lansdowne


Artist of the Week

Painter Cynthia Taylor Mould, a self-taught artist from East Lansdowne, brings her landscape oil paintings and painted home décor to the market this week. Since 1995, her custom murals, faux finishes, and painted furniture have graced many area homes and businesses through her Fauxever Yours decorative painting business. Today, her passion is painting in plein air to capture landscapes and enjoy the thrill of chasing the light.

Musician of the Week

What can we say about The Secret Goldfish? We'll let musician Tim Simmons' online samples speak for themselves.



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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