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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, October 18

One of the things that the committee has been talking about recently, as we unpack the shed early on Saturday mornings (wearing our slickers and hats, trying to sidestep puddles) is October 2009, which has gone down in Market lore as the Worst Month Ever, because it rained -- mostly hard -- every single Saturday morning. It was initially bothersome and then annoying and finally almost hilarious because just really? (But we fought back by adding the bonus pre-Thanksgiving Market that year, for which the day was glorious, and all was forgiven though not forgotten, never forgotten.) So far, October 2014 is off to a similar start -- two Saturdays in, we've had two rainy Markets. Hopes are high, however, that this week will buck the trend. Come on, sunshine!

Living REAL Good

For your Thanksgiving table this year, Livengood Family Farm will be offering broad-breasted pasture-raised white organic turkeys, which are moved to fresh grass twice a week. Kristy Railing has order forms so you can select your weight preference (typically between 12 and 18 lb; the sooner you order the more likely you are to get the weight you want), and a $20 deposit will bring your bird to the November 22 pre-Thanksgiving Market. Livengood has even kindly provided us with some FAQs about their birds, so check it out if you have any Qs. Kristy will tell you a story about her first year raising turkeys - not the smartest critters - if you want to hear it.

Another thing to ask her about is the pawpaw fruit available at the Livengood booth. This piece at NPR describes it as "homely," and that's dead on, since our initial response to its spotty exterior was essentially a wrinkled nose and "What the heck is that?" The pawpaw (also according to that piece) is "the only temperate member of a tropical family of trees" and produces a fruit that has a custard-like texture when ripe and which reminds eaters of banana-mango-melon. They fruit can be hard to come by, but Livengood will have them for the next few weeks. (We passed on them last Saturday out of ignorance, but this week we're definitely trying one.)

Finally, ask Kristy how her foot is doing, since she turned her ankle on the curb at the Market a few weeks ago and fractured her radial head, hence that walking cast. Heal quickly, Kristy!


You may want to kill two birds with one stone by buying quality local goods (bird #1) at the LFM (stone) to give as holiday or host gifts (bird #2), or just so you have a good supply on hand for later. Spreading out purchases of the Market's many preserved products over the last few weeks of the season makes laying in these handy items easier on the wallet, so maybe start stocking up now. This week, the Avenue Deli will be on site with their jams, curds, and pickles; Creative Shepherd usually has some homemade jams or salsas; Fruitwood Farms has a variety of NJ-produced honeys; and Schobers has their fruit salsas, spiced peaches, and very tasty and affordable fruit spreads (try the tomato!).

Three It Is

It's the third week of October, so our 1/3 vendors are back up. Missing from the usual lineup is Waffatopia and Taste Artisanal Market, who can't make it this Saturday, but catch them November 1 and 22. Nonweekly: Avenue Deli, Chez Bonser Patisserie, Creative Shepherd Farm, Freeland Market, Penns Woods Winery, Spotted Hill Farm, and Take Me Bake Me/Mompops. Weekly: Bonnie's Wondergardens, Fruitwood Farms, Jerome's European Breads, Livengood Family Farm, MyHouse Cookies, North Star Orchard, Regency Café, Schober Orchards, and Wilson's Curiously Good Foods.

After taking a few weeks off, Green Zebra is back this Saturday, tomato-less alas, but toting their pasta sauces, ketchup, broccoli, cauliflower, greens, and winter squash.

Road Trip!

After the Market on Saturday, head out to lovely Chester County for the last (and best!) tasting event of the year at North Star Orchard. They'll be taste-testing dozens of unique and heritage apple varieties, plus holding their first-ever Pie Explorer contest. Submit your tastiest applely treat; winners will be selected in three categories. Oh boy -- pie!


Applications for the October 25 Community Day (last one!) are due this Saturday (last chance!). If it's something you've been considering, don't miss this opportunity to get your organization, products, or mission in front of many, many eyes for minimal expense and effort. (We make it a point to chat with the Community Day participants about their experience, and they always says it's terrific exposure.)

Also next Saturday is the Sweet Endings Dessert Contest. You're doing this, right? Grab whatever your Market ingredient is this week if you don't have it already (apples? eggs? honey? granola? chipotle sausage?!?), do the cooking thing, and bring your completed entry form, your dessert, and 5 bucks to the Manager tent next Saturday morning. Silent bidding and taste testing and judging will ensue, all for a good cause (money goes to the community food bank). If you're not entering, then come bid!

The folks we loved most over the past few days were Judy Veloski, Wesley French, and Mark French because they came out in the crap weather and helped us set up or break down the Market last Saturday. They got wet and lived to tell the tale.

Beer Here

This Sunday, help raise funds for Lansdowne's annual Fourth of July events at the Union Athletic Association of Lansdowne's Beer Fest Fundraiser at 2312 Garrett, taking place from 3 to 5 pm. Tickets are $25 per person. For more information, call 610-733-4863 or visit

Be a Friend to Animal Friends

It's been ten years since a dedicated group of Lansdowne residents banded together to help animals in our community. Support and join them for ther 10th Anniversary Celebration and Fundraiser at the Twentieth Century Club on Saturday, October 25! The $55 per person event features a full dinner including vegetarian/vegan options, open bar, and a silent auction to start your Christmas shopping early while you support homeless animals. Tickets may be purchased on the AFL website or by mailing your check for $55 each to Animal Friends of Lansdowne, P.O. Box 869, Lansdowne 19050

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 Eagle National Bank, a community bank recruited to its Lansdowne location by other businesses in the Marshall Road business district. Read more about their story.

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


Artist of the Week

Appalachian Surf Sliders Association seems like an odd name for a screenprinting business, but proprietor Jason Hudnut had his reasons for picking it. You can ask him about that while he prints a T-shirt for you on site this Saturday (weather permitting). He's been working on a special design just for Lansdowne, and we're eager to see what he came up with.

Musician of the Week

Stephen DiJoseph is the musician and filmmaker behind SynapTic Adventure, a website and movie. We're not entirely sure what to expect from this busy guy frankly, but it should be really compelling.



Poetry Slam presented by
Lansdowne No Place for Hate

Saturday, October 18, 3:00 - 4:00 pm, free
Art Space Lansdowne, 25 S. Lansdowne Avenue

Bingo Night
at First Presbyterian 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

Animal Friends of Lansdowne 10th Anniversary Gala Fundraiser
Saturday, October 25, 7:00 pm; $55
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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