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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, September 13

Holy moly but last Saturday was a big sweaty bear, wasn't it? The weather has been so moderate and lovely all summer that we totally forgot the Market had a mister thingy to cool shoppers off until it was too late to set it up. But, then again, would anyone have wanted to be any wetter than we already were from our own schvitzing? If you came out to the Market last week, thanks for braving the heat and humidity and general uck factor of that day. It really was the pits.

A Is for It

We're gonna go out on a limb and say it's apple time. (See what happened there?) Those little darlings of fall started showing up a few weeks ago, and every Saturday their number grows, so let's do a quick roll call.

If you enter at the east end of the Market, you could be so distracted by their piles of corn and bins of peppers and beans that you overlook Fruitwood Farm's weekly selection of three or four of the over a dozen apple varieties they grow. One new kind, Blondie, has already come and gone. Mike Nelson says that this Saturday he'll be sending Gingergolds, Galas, and another brand new one - September Wonder Fuji - which is, as you might have surmised, an early version of that extremely popular October variety. In a few weeks, we'll get another new one, Cameo, which is sweet, plus Pink Lady, Granny Smith, etc.

At the other end of the Market is Schober Orchards, who delayed their return to the LFM this summer until their free fruit was ready, and boy is it ready now. For whatever reason, when we think "Schober" we next think "peaches" (also, "nectarines"!!!), but there's no reason we shouldn't think apples because they grow about a dozen and a half varieties, which ain't nothing. Right now, they also have Gingergolds and Galas, plus the delightful totally-lives-up-to-its-name Honeycrisp, and will be sending Empires, Cortlands, and Red Delicious to the LFM within the next two weeks, plus Stayman Winesaps, Golden Delicious, Fujis, and more in October.

Finally, crossing the aisle and moving toward the center of the Market's length, we find North Star Orchard, which isn't really "all about apples," though we're tempted to say that. Technically, Lisa and Ira at NSO specialize "in growing unique and heritage varieties of tree fruits," and when you start talking heritage tree fruits, our little friend the apple is at the top of the list, so if the Orchard isn't "all about" that fruit, it's at least "deeply into" it, with more than - wait for it - 400 varieties. Of course, we're not going to see them all in Lansdowne, but so far each week they are sending a variety you'll recognize and then a few that are unusual, like Crimson Crisp, Rubinette, and Showtime, or that they even developed themselves, such as Monolith from a few weeks ago. (Listen to this podcast if you want to hear how they name their trial varieties; it's quite interesting.) Over the upcoming weeks, Lisa says to look for Royalty, Golden Russet (a 400-year-old antique), Stellar, Winecrisp (not Winesap -- Winecrisp), and Gold Rush, among dozens of others. So if apples are your bag, you'll want to spend some time in their double tent. (And, thank you, Steve Jobs, for making uncommon apple varieties virtually un-Googleable.)

North Star writes out a brief description of the taste and uses of each apple they have on the price tag, but the young women who work the stand are happy to delve a bit deeper into that topic if you ask, as are the workers in the Fruitwood and Schober tents, so pipe up if you have any questions about what varieties are best for eating straight out of hand versus cooking or baking or throwing at bullies who are picking on little kids in front of your house.

One last thing: North Star is holding three on-farm Adventures in Flavor events in the afternoons of three Saturdays: September 20 and October 4 and 18. These will take place at the orchard, about an hour from Lansdowne. Each day will include tastings of dozens of apple varieties, farm tours, DIY cider pressing, and special tasty things such as Goo Fest, Applepalooza, and Pie Explorer. We personally happen to be from just that part of Chester County and can say unequivocally that these events will make for a much calmer and more authentic country farm experience than the Disney World atmosphere of some closer orchards (looking at you Linvilla, and shuddering a little).

BLTs (Yes, Again)

1732 Meats is finally returning to the LFM this week, and in celebration let's all buy some bacon and make BLTs before the tomatoes are gone. Yeah, we've covered this before, but you can get every single ingredient for an awesome (and we don't use that word often or lightly) BLT at the Market except the mayo. Speaking of mayo, here is a beautifully presented, detailed article with a link to a "recipe" for making the best possible BLT, which includes frying the bread in mayo instead of just toasting it. Even if our toaster weren't broken, we'd so be trying this.


To put it bluntly, we're losing a bunch of vendors mid-season and the 2/4 roster is going to change pretty dramatically. In every case, these vendors were doing well but their business was growing too fast to keep up with farmers market commitments or they decided to go in a new direction. So this Saturday will be the last time you'll find Akima Botanicals and Basic Batters at the LFM, and Cupcakeology won't be coming back at all. (Sorry, but we just found out ourselves.)

We've invited Mistress of Spice, who you might recall from the Winter Markets, and Mojo's Pop Co. to join us on the second and fourth Saturday's going forward. Plus, we're "in talks" with a new body product vendor for those weeks as well.

Lookit here for the full list of this week's vendors.


Have we explicitly stated how much we appreciate and love (platonically) the volunteers who've been coming out in droves to help set up and break down the Market? Well, we haven't said it enough probably (can one ever?). Big kisses to Helen and Joe Sanders, Ellen Lustgarten, Mark and Wesley French, John Martin, Kenny Byrne, and Judy Veloski for helping last week with Market stuff, and hugs to all the folks who volunteered at the Lansdowne Arts Festival too.

Dog Day's coming up on September 27. Work on those tricks for the Dog Parade. The crowd loves tricks! It also loves kisses and tail wags and general doggy enthusiasm. Mostly the crowd loves dogs. So bring em!

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. Check it out and be sure to leave a comment and let us know what you think!

Here's more market photos from John Kelly Green photography.


Artist of the Week

Margaret Mace's wonderfully scented soy candles from her Pure Scents Candle Company pretty much sell themselves if you just stop and take a sniff, so please stop, sniff.

Musician of the Week

David Falcone, the man with the guitar, a lot of the talent, and all of the hair.



Tai Chi in the Park with Gabrielle deBurke
Saturday, September 13, 10 am - 11 am; free (donations encouraged)
Hoffman Park, Scottdale Road
RSVP required; or 484-557-9605

Yoga in the Park with Gabrielle deBurke
Saturday, September 13, Noon - 1 pm; free (donations encouraged)
Hoffman Park, Scottdale Road
RSVP required; or 484-557-9605

Lansdowne Parks & Recreation Fall Programs Open House
Featuring class previews and instructors
Saturday, September 20, 9 am - noon; free
Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue

The Art of the Lansdowne fundraiser presented by the
Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation
Saturday, September 20, 7:30 pm; $30
Advance tickets available online

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

Rhyme, Rhythm and Reason Poetry Series
A Family Affair: poetry by Veronica Nocella, live jazz with Joseph and Ron Nocella
Open mic session to follow
Sunday, September 28, 2:00 pm, free
Regency Cafe, 29 N. Lansdowne Avenue

Harvest Flea Market presented by the
Ardmore Avenue Elementary School Garden Club; Vendors Wanted
Saturday, October 4, 8 am - 2 pm
Ardmore Avenue Elementary School, 160 Ardmore Avenue

Harvest Tea at the Simpson Gardens Dining Room
Saturday, October 4, 1:00 pm; $15
84 N. Lansdowne Avenue
Reservations and info: 610-623-1514

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