MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, August 16
In case you didn't make it to the market last week, our reporters on the avenue -- Lansdowne Avenue, that is -- relayed that the market was overflowing with tons of veggies and fruits. That wasn't much of a surprise, of course, but they were so enthusiastic that we wanted to share the suggestions they had for some good eats this weekend.
Our friend Grace reported, "I bought beautiful bunches of scallions (very long green parts) from Livengood Family Farm that I cleaned, cut off the roots, brushed with olive oil and salt and then grilled, and we ate them like edamame, pulling the soft sweet innards out of the tougher outer layers with our teeth. It was delicious and smelled fantastic on the grill."
She also suggested splurging on a variety of tomatoes from Green Zebra Farm's table to make this heirloom tomato tart.
And, if you are inclined, throw something on the barbie. Freeland Market has amazing sausages and charcuterie (the smoked kielbasa is to die for!), and Livengood Family Farm also has several varieties of sausage (which come frozen) as well as organic meats and chicken that would be just wonderful on the backyard grill.
An oldie but a goodie
Something about this time of year makes us remember when we were about 7 or 8 years old and we were thrilled to lose our two front teeth in time for school in September. That gap was a badge of honor but it made it awfully difficult to eat the bounty of delicious, fresh corn on the cob that is flooding the markets now.
Mom had a solution, of course, as she always does: corn fritters. Salty, sweet, crispy and tender. Oh, heaven! Try this simple version and, if you want, add some chopped red pepper, cheese of your choice (cheddar, gouda, mozzarella), and a small amount of chopped hot pepper if you lean toward the spicy. The topping options are endless -- sour cream, maple syrup, pepper jelly, salsa, a fried egg (what a breakfast!) or whatever else takes your fancy. Or, just go with nothing at all, the way you would have preferred it as a kid.
To pick your corn like a pro without peeking, visit this helpful article.
Memories of summers gone by
Last week, in addition to HUGE peaches and GIANT Swiss chard, North Star Orchards had beautiful beets. That made us think of the wonderful Red Velvet Borscht our grandmom would make in the summer: it was a perfect cold soup with a dollop of sour cream.
Cousin Dorothea offered the following take on this iconic recipe: Heat a bit of butter or oil in your soup pot and sauté the following for about five minutes until golden (not brown): 1 large chopped onion, 1 cup chopped celery, 1 cup chopped carrots, 2 chopped cloves of garlic, and 3 large grated or finely chopped beets, all seasoned with salt and pepper. Stir in 1 teaspoon of fresh thyme and a bay leaf. Add 6-8 cups of water or stock (your choice) and bring to a boil and simmer, covered, for one hour until beets are tender. Cool slightly, remove bay leaf, and puree in batches. Add more liquid if necessary for desired smooth consistency. Return to pot and add 1/4 cup fresh dill (NOT dried) as well as a small amount of agave nectar (or sweetener of your choice) and apple cider vinegar, to get a pleasing sweet/sour taste. Add more salt and pepper if needed. Heat for five minutes. Serve topped with reserved steamed beet greens and yogurt or sour cream if desired. This soup is exquisite served cold!
Best of, close to home
The Avenue Delicatessen just made the "The Best Family-Friendly Restaurants in Philadelphia" list on the Serious Eats Website. That means both parents AND kids get something they love. The adults can enjoy the Deli's own tender corned beef and pastrami while the kids dig into the mouse pancake (which looks suspiciously like a certain animated rodent).
Not only did the writer compliment the restaurant (a "sunny and centrally located Jewish-Italian hybrid deli with a loyal local customer base") but he also complimented US, saying we were the "charming Delaware County suburb of Lansdowne." Thank you, Drew!
If you don't have time for a nice sit-down meal, get a taste of the Deli by shopping their LFM tent this Saturday (they are a first/third week vendor). Their offerings are always changing but they often have canned jellies and pickles, strata, chicken salad, quinoa salad, and more.
Our non-weekly vendors being featured on Saturday include Avenue Deli, Chez Bonser Patisserie, Creative Shepherd Farms, Freeland Market, Spotted Hill Farm, Take Me Bake Me/Mompops, Taste Artisanal Market, and Waffatopia.
Looking ahead, we wanted to note that 1732 Meats will not be at the Aug. 23 market and won't be back until Sept. 13.
Mark Your Calendar
Two Lansdowne Farmers Market vendors will be featured at two BYOB dinners this fall hosted by Alex Garfinkel Catering. The first, on Sunday, Sept. 21, will be a tasting of local charcuterie by 1732 Meats followed by a four-course dinner with an autumn theme at Red Hill Farm in Aston. Make reservations here. Then, on October 11, North Star Orchard in Cochranville is hosting a five-course dinner featuring the farm's wide range of apple varieties. Check out the menu here.
Those Community Day applications are due by next Saturday, the 23th, so get them in if you're serious about participating on the 30st. If the spots run out before the deadline, you know what happens.
We're looking to fill some Artist of the Week spots later in the market season. If you are interested, submit an application and we'll go from there. Would love to find some fresh talent out there to showcase.
We also have a lost-and-found announcement: If you lost a credit card while at the Market, it was turned in to the Market Manager tent (to the left of the Music Tent) and we gave it to the Borough to hold for you. Check with them during weekday business hours. (If you lost something else of value at the market, you can always email us at email@example.com.)
Finally, a big shout out to our volunteers last week: Terry Baraldi, Wesley French, Kim Guyjahr, Ellen Lustgarten, John Martin, Jane Miller, and John Moore.
Turning the Corner on Business Development
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FEATURED THIS WEEK
Artist of the Week
Musician of the Week
With traditional bluegrass music and three-part harmonies, how can you go wrong? This Saturday, Boulevard Express does it right.
UPCOMING LOCAL EVENTS
A Taste of Lansdowne: The Lansdowne Arts Festival's Pre-Show Reception
The Lansdowne Arts Festival
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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