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MARKET NEWS for this Saturday, September 3

Must we admit that Labor Day is just four days away? Where has the summer gone? If you're like us, you haven't figured out what you'll be making for this annual end-of-summer long-weekend celebration. So, we'd better get cracking on ideas for how to use the Market bounty to its fullest.

Vendors Up!

Weekly: Big Sky Bread, Frecon Farms, Freeland Market, Fruitwood Farms, Green Zebra Farm, The Icery, Kia's Cakes, MyHouse Cookies, Poniton Farm, Rebecca's Dumplings, and Wilsons Curiously Good Foods. Biweekly: The Cottage Kitchen, Creative Shepherd Farm, Mediterra, Mitchell & Mitchell Wines, MoJo's Pop Co., Relishing Grannies, Taste of Puebla, and Vera Pasta. Soap: Kiss My Soul Naturals.

This week will be The Icery's last week providing life-saving water ice to Marketgoers in the spot between Fruitwood Farms and the café. Starting September 10, Bonnie's Wondergardens will return to that venue, offering up fall favorites to spruce up your garden. Remember that The Icery's store is right across the street, in case you need to get a water ice, gelato, or other cold concoction/infusion to feel chill again.

Rebecca's Dumplings' pork and vegetable dumplings are moving from biweekly to weekly this Saturday through the end of the season.

Cook's Corner

If you want to up your Labor Day or late-summer dinner game, here are a few ideas using fresh Market ingredients.


  • Need a delish dish to bring to the barbeque? How about this hot corn dip?
  • Fruitwood Farms has had some nifty grapes that are ready for good eatin' out of hand or to accompany a cheese plate, but these pickled grapes with cinnamon and black pepper are even better! (Don't turn your nose up until you've tried these overnight wonders.)
  • Sometimes you find the strangest combos online. But when you try them, boy, are they good! Three words: peach tomato salsa.

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Alternatively, make the holiday easy on yourself by checking out the many prepared foods available at the Market this and every week.


Weight Loss Challenge at Downtown Nutrition starts next Wednesday September 7th at 6:30PM. You can win Cash Prizes. Wellness Classes and Free Workouts for all Ages and Levels!

Downtown Nutrition, 12 N. Lansdowne Ave. Call Scott at 484-631-8674

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Next Week!

Next Sunday, September 11, the center of our 'Downe Town will be transformed into a vibrant street fest from noon till 6:00. Introducing the Lansdowne Arts on the Avenue Festival! If you've been a fan of the Lansdowne Arts & Music Festival at the Twentieth Century Club for lo these many years, this is the new and improved format and venue for that community favorite. What's the lineup, you ask? More than 30 artists and makers of all sorts! Live music! A YMCA Kids Zone in the municipal parking lot (aka the LFM lot) featuring an inflatable obstacle course! Arts and crafts workshops for children and adults! A food court with a one-day-only-licensed craft beer garden in the rear lot behind the Lansdowne Theater and the Avenue Delicatessen! Obviously, Lansdowne Avenue will be closed from Baltimore Pike to E. LaCrosse Avenue to accommodate all this cultural goodness. The countdown starts now!

After you've enjoyed the festival, stop by the 20*20 House at (naturally) 20 Lansdowne Court from 5 to 7 pm for the opening reception of multimedia artist Elisabeth Nickles' exhibit Process: New Work from Nepal.


We've been totally off our game this season when it comes to distribution of Market Bucks. We just keep forgetting to include little "tasks" to earn them in most newsletters. But this week we're looking ahead and going for an old favorite: wear any T-shirt promoting the Lansdowne Arts Festival in years past and a Market Buck you shall have!

You know who's the best? You people who read the newsletter are the best. And you subgroup of people who read the newsletter, see our pleas for help, and then show up to lend a hand (or send a hand) are the best of the best. Thank you, yous guys.


Artist of the Week

Jewelry artist Cathy Pregmon (Beads in the 4th Reinvention) makes one-of-a-kind handcrafted jewelry featuring semiprecious stones and organic materials such as horn, bone, seeds, and nuts. Texture, color, and variety make her creations funkadelic as well as fabulous.

Musicians of the Week

One-man band Jay Gullo makes a return visit to the Market this week, bringing along his world fusion music style. An accomplished vocalist and musician (guitar, piano, trumpet and potentially more), he's got a background in dinner music, jazz, rock, blues, country and pop. It's sure to be a great show.

Want to plan ahead? Check out our upcoming artistic and musical artists on our schedules page.



Steve Gunn returns to Lansdowne
Solo concert in the Lansdowne Theater lobby
Saturday, September 10, doors 6:30 pm; show 7:00; $30
31 North Lansdowne Avenue

Lansdowne Arts on the Avenue Festival
Sunday, September 11, noon - 6:00 pm; free
North Lansdowne Avenue, Baltimore to LaCrosse

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