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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, August 23

If you found Fresh Picks unusually informative over the past several issues, it's because the helm had been taken by an actual journalist, who made phone calls and conducted investigative reporting and found out things before putting cursor to digital paper. Big, big thanks to Maura Ciccarelli for filling in when help was needed. (We're afraid she's spoiled you though, and now you'll be expecting details or, heaven forfend, accuracy.)


Last week, Green Zebra Farm had the cutest eggplants for a dollar each (and late in the market day, they were two for a dollar!), which set us to looking for eggplant recipes. We found this article at Tasting Table, which right off let us know that we should not refrigerate our eggplant. Who knew? That piece leads out to this recipe for grilled spiced eggplant with yogurt and tomato-cucumber salad, which both sounds terrific and is a nice, long name that takes up a lot of space in the newsletter, which we're out of practice writing and may need help filling so hurray for long dish names and the celebration thereof. The eggplants used in this Lebanese-style stuffed eggplant recipe look like the ones Green Zebra had - not too large, not too small - and that may be what we end up doing with ours (still cogitating as of this writing). (That site actually has a lot of eggplant ideas that look worthy.) If you like to pick meals based on the looks of the food, this slide show of easy recipes at Real Simple doesn't even show you the ingredients until you look at the photo. Finally, Martha Stewart's recipe for roasted tomato and eggplant soup makes use of so many seasonal veggies and Market ingredients that we have to pimp it. (As always with online recipes, take advantage of experience and read the reviews, which offer insights from chopping the carrots smaller to a better garnish choice.)

Use Caution

Early in the season we mentioned that the parmesan pretzels at Jerome's European breads should be avoided, and we've barely been able to get one since. So we'd like to switch our AVOID warning over to the chocolate cherry pretzels. Seriously, stay away from those things or you'll be sorry. (You should also know that the workers at Jerome's will cut one of those looooong sandwich loaves in half for you if you're not up to 18 inches of bread, but they will snarl at you when you ask. [Not at all true.])

Another thing we should caution you to stay away from is the fresh Fromagina cheese that Amazing Acres Goat Dairy brings not enough of. This soft cheese is way too easy to dollop into soups, mix into dips, or smear onto crackers. That it appears at the Market the same week as Vera's Pasta is especially troublesome, since folding it into nearly any sauce you're making gives the sauce a creamy bite that no one is going to want to hear you bragging about. So best to just avoid the temptation.

And by all means stay away from Basic Batters' cinnamon sugar donut bites, if only because they are completely addictive and you'll be very sorry when you've eaten them all.

Early Warning

Kim of Akima Botanicals has let us know that she will be ending her Market season early this year, with September 13 being her last appearance. Because of how the schedule works, that means that this will be Akima's next-to-last time at the LFM. All this is to say: Check your schedule, and if you're not going to be around on September 13, this Saturday will be your last chance to get Akima products this year at the LFM, though you can check her website for other places to obtain her stuff.

Sharp as a Tack

Back this week: Neil's Sharpening Service. It's not too late to let the workers hone your reel lawn mower or garden shears, though you'll be kicking yourself for not doing it sooner. We have a pair of old-fashioned clippers pretty like these, which Neil and company completely brought back to life. Trimming the edge of the lawn by the flower bed with those is so much more satisfying, and quieter, than doing it with a weed whacker.

Vendor Rundown

Nonweekly: Akima Botanicals, Amazing Acres Goat Dairy, Basic Batters, Freeland Market, Golden Valley Farms Coffee Roasters, Neil's Sharpening Service, Paradocx Vineyards, Seventh Avenue Grill and Vera Pasta.

Weekly: 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.

Note that Freeland Market (aka, the Sausage Guy) is filling in for 1732 Meats this week and will also be back for the following two weeks, first for his regular 4th Saturday gig and then for the 5th Saturday that happens in August, which is being filled by 2/4 vendors this month.


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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Applications for the Community Day on August 30 are due by this Saturday, August 23, to the address on the app or they can be turned in at the Market Manager tent. The season's final Community Day will be October 25.

More thanks to the volunteers who came out to help us set up or break down the Market last week (in some cases, both!): John Martin, Terry Baraldi, Cathy Pregmon, Ellen Lustgarten, Wesley French, and Jeannine McKnight, Marcus diSciullo, Judy Veloski, Jevon Corpening, Melvin Steele, Georgi Grentzenberg.

A few folks have asked, so here's the date for Dog Day: September 27. (Psst: It's always the last Saturday in September.)

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 Lansdowne's Become Yoga, a studio which is owned and operated by Lansdowne residents Charla and Dimeji Ookewole. Read more about the story of their business here.


Artist of the Week

New to the LFM but not to Lansdowne art shows is Angela Urso of Beach Pebbles Jewelry. Many of her affordably priced mixed-metal rings, bracelets, and necklaces have words hand stamped on them. See if you can find just the right message or song lyric for a friend or yourself, or place a custom order.

Musician of the Week

Two's Blues. That's all we know, people; the sum total of our researching efforts turned up nothing more than the name of the group, and that was from the LFM website. We're guessing two people who specialize in the blues? Maybe one is a big blue dog?



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

Steve Gillette and Cindy Magsen
at the Lansdowne Folk Club
Thursday, September 25, 7:30 pm; $17-$20
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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