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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, October 11

We got rained on at the Market last week, and it looks like we may well get rained on at the Market this week, which may dampen your experience but doesn't have to dampen your spirits. Last Saturday, members of the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra showed up in the wet with their delicate and valuable instruments and played anyway, one member shouting encouragement to the shoppers to appreciate their efforts, and we hope you did. If we have showers again this week, put on a slicker and bring your umbrella and come anyway. The Market is nothing without its shoppers.

Mixed Up

One of the new vendors that joined the Market recently when space opened up is the Mistress of Spice, who is Thalia Noel by given name. She combines high-quality spices into blends and rubs both savory and sweet - in combinations that you may not have thought of -- which provide a terrific shortcut to a tasty meal. Her product keeps well and her multipacks make thoughtful gifts for any cooks on your list, so start thinking about the holidays.

Fair Warning

The Sweet Endings Dessert Contest will be held on October 25, and we'd really like to see a bunch more participants this year, since last year's competition was a bit sparse. You make your dessert, including at least one Market ingredient, pay $5 to enter, and then your entry gets judged (top three places get Market Bucks) and silent-auctioned off, with the sales proceeds going to the community food bank. It's a good cause, and it's fun. The rules and form to enter are here. Importantly, this is your reminder that if you want to include any ingredients from 2/4 vendors, you'll need to pick them up this Saturday because the next time they'll be back is the day of the contest. Perhaps goat cheese, maple syrup, coffee, gourmet popcorn, or even bacon could be just what your signature desserts needs to take home the prize. (Okay, back off from the Goat-Cheesecake with Maple Syrup-Coffee-Popcorn-Bacon Glaze, since it was clearly our idea.)

Out Cider

While reading a magazine at the gym, we found a very simple recipe from Mark Bittman for making the couscous he claims to favor for his vegan breakfast. The flavorful trick to this super-quick dish is that it substitutes apple cider for water to cook the grain. Here's how to do it: Combine 1 cup of dry couscous, 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, 1 cinnamon stick or ¼ teaspoon of ground cinnamon, a dash of salt, ½ cup raisins or chopped up dried apricots, and 1-½ cups of apple cider in a medium pot over high heat. Bring to boil, cover, turn off the heat, and let sit for 5 minutes, then remove cinnamon stick and fluff with a fork and adjust seasonings before serving. Though he eats it for breakfast, this sounds like a nice side dish for this time of year and is easily tweakable to make it a bit more savory.

If this gets you interested in using cider in your meals, here are some other places you can find recipes: 5 at Simple Bites, 8 at Country Living, 19 at Delish, and 21 mostly sweet but a few savory at Brit + Co.

Vendor Lineup

You may have noticed that last week we told you here that the Regency would not be at the Market and yet there they were. That was our mistake, not the Regency's. It's this Saturday that George and Shirley told us they are taking off. So no coffee or Metropolitan bread for sale at the Market this week. In other notable vendor news, this is the last time Ridge Valley Farm's maple syrup and related products will be on site until the pre-Thanksgiving Market on November 22, so bear that in mind if the cooler weather is putting you in the mood for pancakes and waffles doused in their fine, fine syrup.

The summary: Nonweekly: 1732 Meats, Amazing Acres Goat Dairy, doTerra Body Products, Freeland Market, Golden Valley Farms Coffee Roasters, The Mistress of Spice, Paradocx Vineyards, Ridge Valley Farm, Seventh Avenue Grill, and Vera Pasta. Weekly: Bonnie's Wondergardens, Fruitwood Farms, Green Zebra Farms, Jerome's European Breads, Livengood Family Farm, MyHouse Cookies, North Star Orchard, Schober Orchards, and Wilson's Curiously Good Foods.


Last Community Day of the year is on October 25 and the applications are due by next Saturday. In 2013 we had a rush for spots on the third Community Day and had to turn some folks away; don't let that be you this year.

Ellen Lustgarten, John Martin, Marcus DiSciullo, Amie LaCourt, Mark French, Judith Veloski, and Bill Brown were our favorite people last week because they came out in the rain to help with Market set-up and/or breakdown. Bonus points for you, our foul-weather friends!

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 Todaro’s Music, a regional destination for musical instruments for over 20 years. Read more about the story of their business here.


Artist of the Week

Hurray, another brand new artist! This time it's Marian Schaner and Leslie Donnelly of Dye Me Up. They use a variety of contemporary and traditional techniques to essentially bunch fabric up to produce interesting and beautiful tie-dye designs on clothing and other products. Come early for best selection, tie-dye freaks!

Musician of the Week

Regular Market shoppers and annual returnees to the Music Tent, Slim Jim and Big Guy are back this week with their terrific covers (attention, Elvis fans) and great attitudes. They always get feet moving. Sometimes entire bodies.



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

Union AA Beer Fest Fundraiser
Craft beer samples and brewing discussion
Sunday, October 19, 3:00 - 5:00 pm; $25
2312 Garrett Road, Drexel Hill PA 19026
For tickets call 610-733-4863

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

Healthy Shopping Tour at Bottom Dollar Foods
Presented by The Food Trust
Tuesday, October 28, 1:00 pm; free
for information call 215-575-0444 ext. 4121
or email

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

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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.

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