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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, October 4

As always, Dog Day was a ton of fun, with pooches of all sizes and shapes and lineages (often unknown) milling about and then lining up to be seen and admired, and the crowd obliged them with lots of applause and zero catcalls (since catcalls at a Dog Parade would have been very out of place). The event also generated an ample sum of cash for Market buddy Animal Friends of Lansdowne, which will now use that money to aid local critters who need a helping hand, a home, or something to look forward to. We all need something to look forward to, right, even if that's just a belly scritch? (Photos from the Parade and from the whole day are available for free download or very reasonable purchase at John Green's website.)

Get Out Your Calendars

Peeps, we are rounding the final curve and coming into the backstretch of the regular season of the Lansdowne Farmers Market, for it is October, and if October comes, can winter be far behind? The answer is no, no, it cannot. Winter is waiting to pounce, and by some accounts, it's gonna be another stinker. But we're going to cram in six more Markets before that happens; we hope anyway.

The last Saturday this month, October 25, will be the final Community Day (applications here), as well as the Sweet Endings Dessert Contest (rules and form here) and anything else fun we may decide to do for the end of the season, like a craft for kids or something.

Normally, we say that the LFM runs "until Halloween," but this year October 31 is a Friday, so we decided to go one extra day, to tiptoe into November for the last consecutive Market before we take two weeks off and then come back on November 22 for the bonus pre-Thanksgiving Market. In short, you get one extra Market this year, namely, November 1, which will be when the Market's trick or treating happens.

So, you get all that? If not, just keep reading this newsletter and keep coming to the Market until we say, "Okay, that's it for now. Stay home."

Short Takes

We rattled on here about apples for something like 47 paragraphs a few weeks ago, so we're going to be brief this time. North Star Orchard will now be featuring an Apple of the Week every Saturday, which means they will tell you a little something about that variety and cause a rush on that apple, if last Saturday is any indication. Perhaps it was Hannah's notation that last week's was "the apple of your dreams" that did it. Also, this Saturday afternoon from 2:00 till 7:00 is Applepalooza at North Star, with lots of contests and games and fun for the whole family, plus apple tasting and an apple-themed potluck dinner. If you're thinking about getting out to an orchard this weekend, make it North Star. You can get there in an hour down route 1.

Schobers' peaches might be over for the season, but Fruitwood still has some! And plums!

MyHouse Cookies, which originally came to us only with pies and quiches, has been ramping up the cookie side of their Market presence, and last week introduced an adorable little shortbread sandwich cookie with scalloped edges and raspberry jam in the middle, dusted with confectioners sugar, which sold out pretty much before the Market opened because they looked fantastic. We cried for a while when we didn't get any, and then we asked them to send quite a few more this Saturday. Don't dillydally if you want some of these things though. Demonstrate purpose and resolve.

Get Canned

We happen to know that there's a group of residents in this town who get together to make and jar (or "can" as it is commonly known) applesauce, salsa, jam, chutney, and other foodstuffs made from Market ingredients for later use. There's nothing like a pantry lined with jars that you filled yourself! This article at Tasting Table is a brief overview on what you'd need to undertake such a thing - the actual items and the basic know-how - and also includes links to recipes for raspberry jam and pickled carrots. So if this is something you've been thinking about, check out the article and go from there. You have to start somewhere.

First Saturday Vendors

The October 4 lineup brings us alternating vendors Avenue Deli, Chez Bonser Patisserie, Creative Shepherd Farms, Freeland Market, Neil's Sharpening Service, Penns Woods Winery, Spotted Hill Farm, Take Me Bake Me/Mompops, and Waffatopia, plus all the weekly vendors except The Regency Café, which is taking the week off, so you will have to figure out the coffee sitch on your own.


We really can't say enough about the volunteer help we've been getting. So instead we'll just list the names of the folks who helped last Saturday -- Terry Baraldi, Bill Brown, Jeannine McKnight, Marcus DiScuillo, and Barbara McCann - and announce that the $10 in Market Bucks for volunteering in September go to Kenny Byrne, who we fully expect will put them toward broasted chicken, because he is a BIG FAN. Congrats, Kenny, and thanks for helping, everyone!

Above we told you about the upcoming Community Day on October 25, as well as the Sweet Endings Dessert Contest the same day. Hope you haven't forgotten already!

Did you notice above that we also said Neil's Sharpening Service will be at the Market this Saturday? Well, we did.

We forgot to collect items for the community food bank at the last Community Day (oops!), so let's do that this week and we'll give you a Market Buck for your donation. The food bank can always use nonperishable goods like rice, sugar, cereal, potato flakes, pasta and sauce, and so forth. See what you can put together in the next few days and bring it to the Market Manager tent. Thank you in advance for thinking of families that could use a little help.

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

This will be the first showing for Type O(-) this year, so Grace Caputo will have some new jewelry pieces on offer, plus all the older pieces are going to look fresh because you haven't seen them in ages! Come see if you can find a piece that speaks to you.

Musician of the Week

The Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra has a nice new website and is kicking off its new season on November 2. They're sending a few talented members to the musician tent this Saturday to class up the place and whet our appetites for that.



Lansdowne Friends School Book Fair
Wednesday October 1 - Friday, October 3
Times vary; see flyer for details
110 N. Lansdowne Avenue

Lansdowne Friends School Chili Dinner
Thursday, October 2, 6:30 pm; $5
For information call 610-623-2548
110 N. Lansdowne Avenue

First Friday at Vinyl Revival
Preview of FirstGlance Independent Film Festival
Friday, October 3, 7 pm
35 N. Lansdowne 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

Musica Sacra: A Sacred Music Recital with Francesca Merritt and Jason Noll
Sunday, October 5, 2:00 pm; free - donations only
First Presbyterian Church of Lansdowne,
140 N. Lansdowne Avenue

Fire Prevention Open House
Presented by Lansdowne Fire Company
Tuesday, October 7, 6:30 pm; free
26 N. Highland Avenue

Bingo Night at First Prebyterian Church
Prizes include cash, TV. Kindle Fire
Saturday, October 18, 7:00 pm; $10
140 N. Lansdowne Avenue

Dave Nachmanoff with Cassendre Xavier
at the Lansdowne Folk Club

Thursday, October 23, 7:30 pm; $17-$20
Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue

Second Annual Halloween Ball
at the Historic Lansdowne Theater
Saturday, November 1, 8:00 pm; $45
Tickets and more information

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