And the weather looks great for June 21, our Opening Day!
Our Opening Day will feature students from the Onset School of Music, accompanied by teaching staff, as they help us kick off the season with some great music in what has become an annual event at the market. We are looking forward to listening to the following talented young people from Wakefield and beyond: Alyssa Adario, Samantha Lebruska, Isabella Scolaro, and Talia Scolaro of Lynnfield, Abbey Lidowski and Jeff Nathan of North Reading, Matt Barrett, Kylie Lough, and Will Politano of Reading, Laura McManus and Anthony Turilli of Saugus, and Callie Bennett, Jack Neal, Maya Neal, Sam Simpson, Alexie Petrov, and Molly Warncke of Wakefield. A big Thank You to them all!
We are really excited to have the folks from Wakefield Rocks with us this week. Started by Wakefield resident Cathie Murdocca, the mission of this new nonprofit organization is to allow our children and community to make a difference in our town. To this end, Wakefield Rocks organizes local youth to paint rocks at school, work or home that are then displayed and sold for a suggested donation of $2.00 to benefit a worthy cause. Rocks sold at our market this Saturday will benefit the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry.
And, before we go on, don’t forget:
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Barefoot Books, a local company that features award-winning books for children, many by local authors and illustrators, is joining us this opening day. Be sure to stop by to check out new titles and other educational fare, or to just hang out and have a read.
Yarrow, our wonderful Balloon Twisting Artist, will be with us again, and there will of course have hula hoops and sidewalk chalk on hand for kids of all ages. In future weeks, we will have visits from Curious Creatures and the Audubon Ark, a variety of live music, more events for kids, and, mark your calendar: the Friends of Beebe Library Book Giveaway will take place on September 6.
Our market accepts credit and debit cards as well as SNAP/EBT cards in exchange for “Market Bucks,” and our market will continue to match SNAP/EBT purchases up to $10 per visit so all of our neighbors can afford to eat healthy local foods.
New this year, we welcome Lilac Hedge Farm with their top quality pasture-raised beef, pork, lamb, goat, and poultry, Bondat Foods, offering fabulous rubs and spice blends that will wow your pallet, Roasted Granola with granola made from the freshest ingredients, including local honey and fresh Greek olive oil, and Pour Man’s Coffee, featuring hot and iced Fair Trade coffee.
New artisans include Vintage Gardens, a mom and daughter team that creates one of a kind garden accessories made from re-purposed/up-cycled dishes and china, and Wendy Jo Metal Designs, producer of fine contemporary jewelry and other metal designs primarily in the precious metals of silver, argentium, gold, and/or palladium.
Now, here’s what you’ve been waiting for – this week’s vendors!
Farmer Dave and Kelly’s Farm will be offering their usual wonderful assortment of in-season vegetables and berries, along with Charlton Orchards, who will also have their pasture-raised beef, eggs, and wine made from their orchard fruits. Lilac Hedge Farm, with pasture-raised meats and poultry, and Copicut Farms with chicken and eggs will be with us, as will West River Creamery, with the best cheese around. FYI, Flats Mentor Farm will be back with us in the next few weeks.
The Popover Lady, Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, Swiss Bakers, and Goodies Cookies will back, as well as Samira’s Homemade, In Good Taste (Salsa!), Fior D’Italia, Globe Fish, and Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish. Tower Root Beer will make their first visit of the season on this Saturday, and Bondat Foods, Roasted Granola, and Pour Man’s Coffee will be on hand, as well.
YES – WE WILL HAVE COFFEE AT THE MARKET!
Both Kaleidoscope Soap and Wicked Good Soap are with us, each with their lovely and distinctive hand-made soap and scrub products, and we welcome back Little Lemon Boutique with their quality fashion accessories for babies, kids and adults.
All about Corks will have wreathes, cork boards, cork cages, and more made from recycled corks, and Kittredge Candles will, I suspect, have some super new scents and styles on hand.
Bark for More will be back, too, with their Fido Fro-Yo (frozen yogurt for dogs) as well as other crunchy and chewy treats for our canine friends.
Our market will continue participating in the Plant A Carrot Campaign, a program designed to help farmers markets raise funds as well as raise awareness of farmers and farmers markets all across the country. “Carrots” will be available for sale ($5 each) all season at the market. To learn more and to get your very own Carrot, be sure to stop by the Market Manager tent!
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 21 through October 18, 2014. 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!