“10/17 Final Market Day! All Beverage Vendors, West River Creamery, Great Banjo Music, Plentiful Produce!”

Click HERE to learn about and link to all our vendors

Click HERE to view pictures from our last market day of the season.

With 26 vendors, including Aaronap Cellers, Tower Root Beer, and special last market visits from Akermann’s Maple Farm, Atlantic Saltworks, West River Creamery, and Downeast Cider House, pasture-raised meats, even more produce than ever from our farmers, and excellent banjo music all day long, our final market day of the season with be the place to be on a lovely fall Saturday morning.

We made #1 in Massachusetts and #17 Nation-wide in the Amercian Farmland Trust Farmers Market Celebration! Click HERE and scroll down that page for complete results.

NEW! Presto! Music, a music referral and networking service, will be sponsoring a tent/table to support the “presenting arts”. On various weeks, folks will have a chance to get information and talk to representatives of the Standing Room Only concert series, Wakefield Repertory Theatre, the Sweetser Lecture Series, Wakefield Music Boosters and other established Wakefield organizations. Look for the Wakefield Presents! banner.

Ed Britt and Don Borchelt will be back to help us wrap up the season, playing five-string banjo duets in the old-time clawhammer and three finger styles of banjo picking – the perfect backdrop for a farmers market! Ed and Don are both multiple past winners of the annual Lowell Fiddle and Banjo Contest.

Barefoot Books will be with us, offering their award-winning books and other fun and educational materials for children, many by local authors and illustrators. Be sure to stop by to check out new titles or to just hang out and read a story.

Yarrow will be ready to take requests for balloon art creations and our Kids Activity Tent will be in the center area with paper, crayons, scavenger hunt sheets and, while they last, little grab bags for the kids. There will, of course, be hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, and jump ropes on hand for kids of all ages.

And, before we go on, don’t forget:
Volunteers ALWAYS welcome and needed.
You can sign up here for spots and tasks throughout the entire season.

STILL NEEDED! As of Friday morning, we still need a 9-11 Credit Card and General Table help, SET UP and BREAKDOWN help, a Market Bucks Counter, and sign retrieval.  

Thank you to Heather and Michelle for already signing up!

Potential volunteers are always welcome to “shadow” a volunteer doing a task you are interested in learning how to do before you sign up for a market day volunteer spot.

Snap logoWe like to remind folks that, along with accepting credit and debit cards, we also proudly welcome SNAP/EBT transactions in exchange for “Market Bucks.” Our market continues to match SNAP/EBT purchases up to $10 per visit so all of our neighbors can afford to eat healthy local foods. Just stop by the Market Manager Tent to get your Market Bucks.

Now, here’s what you’ve been waiting for – this week’s vendors!

NEWSFLASH:  To make sure Aaronap Cellars has your favorite wine for you this Saturday, email [email protected] before Saturday with your request.

Copicut Farms offers bulk shares of chicken and pork, as well as fresh turkeys for the holidays. Ask at the market this Saturday or see their website.

Lilac Hedge Farm offers bulk shares of meats and poultry, as well as fresh turkeys for the holidays. See their website.

With the weather still fine for growing, but also with some chillier nights that bring extra sweetness to greens, there will be all kinds of fruits and vegetables, possibly even some berries and stone fruits, available from Farmer Dave’s, Kelly’s Farm, and Charlton Orchards. The list includes apples, pears, corn, greens, eggplant, and beans, hard squash, gourds, and just dug potatoes. Charlton Orchards will also have fresh cider, pasture raised –raised beef and eggs, and Kelly’s Farm will have their gorgeous cut flowers.

Flats Mentor Farm will, as always have a lovely selection of Asian greens, radishes, beets, squash, Asian cucumbers, and more, as well as beautifully fragrant fresh herbs.

Copicut Farms will have their freshly slaughtered chicken, eggs, and their own pork. Be sure to ask about their chicken and pork shares (you can stock up for the winter) as well as how to order a holiday turkey. And, West River Creamery will be here with award winning cheese and more!  All of the meats, poultry, eggs, from our farmers are from pasture-raised animals.

Note: We are still hoping that Sandra of Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish will be joining us, to, but if not,  she will be a the Melrose-Wakefield Winter Monthly Farmers Market starting on November 22. More about that coming next few weeks!

The Fish Lady, will as always, have fresh, locally caught seafood, labeled with the fisherman who made the catch, as well as with advice for storing and preparing your purchases. You can learn more about this innovation local company at redsbest.com.

Atlantic Saltworks will be here with a really great product made right up the road in Gloucester. Co-owned by Wakefield resident Alison Darnell, this new company offers a light, flaky salt and salt-based seasoning mixes that will dress up any meal. Great for holiday and hostess gifts, as well as your own kitchen.

Fior D’Italia will have their pasta, including an amazing variety of ravioli, along with sauces and fresh mozzarella.  For the best Middle Eastern food, shop at Samira’s Homemade. From bread, spreads and salads to spinach pies, you can grab lunch for here or to go.

For amazing artisan loaves, stop by Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery. You’ll find lovely breads, sweet and savory baked goods, and sandwiches at Swiss Bakers. The Popover Lady has delectable popovers and pies around, and, for the very best traditional cookies by the four-pack, be sure to visit Goodies Homemade.

The Roasted Granola has a new flavor, Pecan Maple, using maple syrup from our friends at Ackermann Maple Farm. The will also have their usual original granola, bite-size snacks and wonderful local yogurt, and honey, as well.

Ackerman’s Maple Farm offers a variety of products including maple syrup, maple sugar, and maple cream from their 3000 trees nestled in the hills of Cabot, Vermont. Be sure to stock up for the winter!

Coutt’s Specialty Foods (Mothers Prize/Pure Preserves) will be here for their biweekly visit with jams, preserves, and relishes made from traditional New England – and quite tasty – recipes.

Aaronap Cellars is here this week with their really lovely assortment of award winning wines made right up the highway in Westford MA. If over 21, you can stop by their tent to sample their innovative, artisanal red and white wines from the best vineyards and orchards in New England and beyond. They have an amazing maple wine, too.

Downeast Cider House will be here with their hard cider in a variety of flavors, including Original, Unoriginal, (my favorite) and their seasonal Pumpkin, (flavored with pumpkin puree, and it is really good) and possibly Cranberry. If you can’t make up your mind after sampling, you can get a variety pack of 9 cans of your choice.

Tower Root Beer is back with the traditional root beer and more, including cream soda and the best ginger beer around. (Think Dark and Stormy) NEW:  In case you have not heard, they now have excellent Orange and Grape Soda!

As always, Pour Man’s Coffee will have the finest of hot and cold beverages, including Fair Trade coffee, teas, concoctions from fresh in-season fruits, and unique and totally delicious baked treats. You can also buy their special blend of Fair Trade coffee beans from Dean’s Beans at their tent.

Emmett’s Edibles will be on hand with treats that even the most discriminating dog will love, as well as little kitty treats with catnip. These are high quality treats made with human grade ingredients and no additives – only the best for your pets.

For artisans, we will have Kaleidoscope Soap, Trow’s Treasures (great herbal products) and artist Sue Wheeler with framed artwork inspired by organic designs and using a variety of mediums.

SNEAK PREVIEW: Don’t miss our last market day of the season next week on October 17!  Crops are still coming in strong, so plan on buying extra to freeze or can. Barefoot Books and Tower Root Beer will be here along with most of our regular vendors, and our super banjo guys will provide the perfect ambiance for the day. Stay tuned for news and updates about our last market day and also, about the upcoming Melrose-Wakefield Winter Market that will take place at Memorial Hall in Melrose from 11-3 the Sunday before Thanksgiving, the Sunday before Christmas, and the 3rd Sunday of January-April.

The Wakefield Farmers Market runs RAIN OR SHINE (except in dangerous weather, e.g. lightening or hurricane conditions).  The market opens at 9:00 a.m. and closes at 1:00 p.m. every Saturday starting June 20 through October 17, 2015.
Please visit  www.wakefieldfarmersmarket.org for a complete listing of vendors and upcoming events and to sign up for the email newsletter.  You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter. See you at the Market!

Wendy Dennis
Market Manager

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