It's been so great to see everyone coming out to the Market each week. Is there anything better than seeing all your friends and neighbors while wandering from tent to tent, wondering what fresh and new delight you might find at a vendor's table? While we gave you a taste (literally and figuratively) of most of our vendors at our opening pre-Memorial Day market in May, now we're settling into the regular routine provided by our stalwart weekly vendors being joined by alternating biweekly vendors.
That said, we were as disappointed as you were about the empty vendor spaces on the south side last Saturday. Even though each vendor is sent a schedule of the exact dates they are expected at the Market well before the season begins, getting into the groove proves to be a little challenging for some of them every time (*facepalm*). And to think that all they need to do is check the schedules or vendors page of the LFM website or read this e-newsletter to know when to show up.
As you may have noticed, there have been a few changes to the schedule already but never fear! Just watch this space every week. We will keep you up to date on each week's offerings.
Neil's Sharpening Service! This is your once-a-month opportunity to get your cutting implements, from knives and scissors to rotary mowers and garden implements, sharpened by an expert. Neil always visits on the month's second Saturday -- July 9, August 13, September 10, and October 8 -- as well as the bonus pre-Thanksgiving Market on November 19.
Upcoming changes: South Mountain Creamery is moving to a 1/3 spot, starting next week, June 18. Frecon Farms and Poniton Farm will be joining us as our third and fourth regular produce vendors as soon as their crops ripen in the next few weeks. Plus, the Ancient Kitchen and its sauces, spices, and jams will start on July 9 as a 2/4 vendor.
Did you know that 10 of our 32 vendors are brand new? Here are profiles of two that you'll see this Saturday.
Gosh, do we love pickles. Sour, savory, or sweet -- it's mighty hard to decide which preserved produce to pick up from Crisp & Co. Their offerings include grand dill pickles, sweet ginger pickles, spicy dilly beans, Victory pint pickles (made with beer from Victory Brewing Company), pinot noir beets, and savory cremini mushrooms. The company is based in Hockessin, Delaware, and founder Thomas Peter says he is "very passionate about pickles" and uses his training as a scientist and his interest in molecular gastronomy to create unique pickles of unparalleled quality. His recipe team includes Linda Ziedrich, author of two books on pickling and preserving.
, which is named after the Swahili word for "friend," specializes in fresh, authentic, and delicious African food like soups, stews, side dishes, breads, and spreads. Many dishes are organic, vegan, vegetarian, raw, and/or gluten-free and bring bold flavors, colors, and textures to dishes that promote a healthy, balanced diet of locally sourced foods. If this weren't reason enough to stop by, Rafiki has a social mission as well. The Lancaster-based business provides jobs for African women who have immigrated to that area and donates 100% of its profits to local and African charities, particularly Rafiki Africa Foundation
, which provides sustainable development designed to end physical and spiritual poverty in West Kenya.
Stay tuned for future articles about The Ancient Kitchen
, FBG Foods (salsas), Kiss my Soul Naturals
, Rebecca's Dumplings
, and South Mountain Creamery
. Want to know about Big Sky Bread
and Mitchell & Mitchell Wines
? See last week's newsletter
Oldies with Goodies
If you haven't stopped by Wilsons Curiously Good Foods and asked for a taste of John's new beer cheeses, you are totally missing out. He offers two versions that just beg to be scooped up by crackers or veggie slices or slathered on wholegrain or artisan bread for a sandwich with protein and veggies (or not) of your choice. His Chief IPA beer cheese is made with a hoppy brew from Levante, all dolled up with shallots, garlic, and Worcestershire sauce. His new smoky tomato beer cheese uses a Belgian-style wit (aka wheat) ale along with roasted tomatoes and spices. Seriously delicious.
Thankfully, the weather on Saturday is expected to be less oppressive than the past two weeks. But that doesn't mean a cold drink won't be wonderfully refreshing. You'll just drink it more slowly, enjoying it even more perhaps. The citrus punch at Kia's Cakes was borne out of necessity when they ran out of lemonade at the Market a couple weeks ago and Kia's husband, Sean, put together a concoction of white grape juice, sparkling lemonade, sparkling strawberry lemonade, a tiny bit of sugar for balance, and lemon, lime, and orange slices. Have some and make yourself scurvy-proof!
Red fruits and vegetables have played starring roles at the Fruitwood Farms and Green Zebra Farm stands the last few weeks. Luscious strawberries and their recipe-mate rhubarb have been spectacular. Green Zebra's heated hoop house tomatoes were the surprise guest stars of the season and made it onto sandwiches on Big Sky Bread with nuthin' more than salt, pepper, and mayo. Meanwhile, Fruitwood's insanely gorgeous radishes and red beets inspired us to go French and simply delicious, respectively. (Stay tuned for Fruitwood's golden beets, hopefully coming this Saturday!) Swiss chard, with its red or golden ribs, plays a great supporting role with many spring entrées.
There's still time to fill out an application (here) for the season's first Community Day, to be held on June 25, the last Saturday of the month. That's when we make a bunch of spaces in the parking lot available to people like you to promote whatever needs promoting, be it a business, charity, team, group, school, church -- whatevs. Applications are due by Wednesday, June 15, but if the dozen or so spaces are spoken for before then, that's it. There are a few important requirements and restrictions, so be sure to read the information on the application and in the first several questions of the website's FAQs.
So, who wants a Market Buck this week? Last week we required you to do some research but this time we're asking you to tell us what was the first fruit, veg, or ingredient that you purchased at this season's Market and what you did with it. We will share your ideas in future newsletters. Just come on by the Manager's tent, which is to the left of the music tent if you've never stopped by to say hello before.
More To Do Around Town
Lansdowne Parks and Recreation and the Lansdowne Public Library present a free screening of A League of Their Own at 8:30 pm tomorrow night in Hoffman Park. Bring low chairs and blankets and enjoy a movie under the stars. Feel free to arrive early and picnic prior to the showing.
On Sunday, take a poetry-themed tour of eight paintings from the InsideOut exhibit. Leonard Gontarek, a Philadelphia Poet Laureate finalist and author of six books of poems, will lead a pack of poets as they read selections related to each piece of art. The tour starts at 2:00 pm at the Twentieth Century Club (84 S. Lansdowne) and visits seven other locations before ending at Sycamore Park (E. Lacrosse and N. Wycombe Avenues). Free parking is available at both the Lansdowne Avenue and Highland Avenue parking lots, as well as the SEPTA lot.
Next Tuesday, June 14, the Lansdowne Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution is sponsoring its 22nd Annual Flag Day celebration, 7:00 pm at Borough Greene, Lansdowne and Baltimore Avenues. All are welcome to attend.