MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, September 27
Fine Time for Canines
This is the Lansdowne Farmers Market's 8th season, and this coming Saturday will be its 7th Dog Day, meaning it took us only a year to realize how important those critters were going to be to the feel of the place -- so critical that we wanted to celebrate them. But it was only last year that someone had the good idea of turning over planning of the event to Animal Friends of Lansdowne, which both relieves the LFM committee of some work (the main impetus) and connects the event better with the local community that rescues, cares for, and generally celebrates dogs and other animals (a bonus!). Plus, AFL gets to keep a chunk of the money generated by the event, so know that you are supporting good stuff when you come out and take part in the Market on Dog Day. It's a tail wagger, for sure.
As usual, the special event participants will be in the extra row. There you will find the following: Kadee Nelson, a professional groomer at Doggie Style Old City, at 3rd and Market in Philly, who will be offering a variety of mini grooming options for $5 each; Galleria Mona, a lovely artist who specializes in depicting animals on her notecards and other artworks and who does custom pet portraits; representatives from Glenolden Animal Hospital, AFL's go-to pet docs; reps from Helping Paws, a trap-neuter-return organization that works to prevent overpopulation of homeless animals; folks from Francisvale Home for Smaller Animals, a rescue group in Radnor, which might -- just might -- have a few dogs available for adoption with them; and of course, AFL itself.
No matter when you usually shop at the Market, plan on being there at 11:30 for the Dog Parade, which, truth be told, is less a parade and more of a one-dog-at-a-time runway stroll, and all the better for it. You fill out a form, pay a buck per dog (all of which goes to AFL), tell us a little something about your magnificent beast, and then enjoy the adulation of the crowd as your dog is announced and has his or her moment in the spotlight, culminating atop our "Great Dog!" podium (if you can get them there) and some frenzied photo snapping by friend of the Market John Green. It's your newsletter writer's favorite half hour of the whole Market season. Don't miss it.
We've mentioned already that this is the time of year when some vendors are dropping out, others are moving in, and still others are changing what they bring to the Market. On the minus side, Akima Botanicals, Cupcakeology, and Basic Batters are out for the season. Vera Pasta would normally be on this week, but they are going to miss Saturday's Market. Finally, Green Zebra Farm is low on both products and help (those cute boys went back to college, and of course they never call, they never write), plus has an event to attend that will take it away from the LFM this Saturday, so we may have seen the last of Mitch, but we're hoping he'll find his way back in a week or two, at least with his sauce and ketchup. Keep your fingers crossed.
On the plus side, we have a brand new body products vendor, doTerra, the business of Christine Fressas, who you may have met at the last Community Day. She will be making and selling creams, salves, bath and body products, and household items that incorporate essential oils and natural ingredients, and will be at the Market the second and fourth Saturdays from now on. In addition, Freeland Market is now going to be at the Market every week. (That's Ben and his amazing sausages and meat products, FYI.) He won't be in his usual space this week or any 2/4 Saturday because 1732 Meats owns that spot on those days, but seek and ye shall find him somewhere on site. MoJo's Popcorn has also been added for 2/4 Saturdays starting this week, as has the Mistress of Spice, who you met at the Winter Markets. This Saturday is also one of Relishing Grannies' monthly appearances. Finally, Schober Orchards will be bringing vegetables for the remainder of the season. (And they say that this will probably be the last week for peaches and nectarines, so bear that in mind when shopping.)
The volunteers once again made short work of Market set-up and breakdown last week, and at this point we think you must be enjoying it or why would you keep coming back? So maybe it's you who owe the Market thanks, huh, John Martin, Marcus diSciullo, Jane and Griffin Miller, Bill Brown, and Julia Prymak? Just kidding. On behalf of the Market, we thank you.
Start thinking about what you want to make for the Sweet Endings Dessert Contest on October 25, and if it includes peaches or other ingredients that may go bye-byes soon, lay them in now.
Neil's Sharpening Service will be back next Saturday, October 4, so remember your underperforming knives and machetes then.
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FEATURED THIS WEEK
Artist of the Week
Lansdowne born and reared Meredith Parker of 79 West Designs doesn't hand make everything she sells, but she designs it all, and then it's carried in upscale stores and catalogs. But she sells it to us at the Market for bargain prices. Looks for dog jackets, holiday decorations, and household items, all at a steal.
Musician of the Week
If it's Dog Day, it must be Doc Terry (McGrath) – hammered dulcimer player, veterinarian, parade judge, all-round good guy.
UPCOMING LOCAL EVENTS
Steve Gillette and Cindy Magsen
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