Don’t miss the 2nd Melrose -Wakefield Winter Farmers Market day of the season on Sunday December 21 from noon to 4:00 p.m. at Memorial Hall, 590 Main St in Melrose. And, mark your calendar – the market will also be held on the 3rd Sunday of the month through April, including January 18, February 15, March 15, and April 19.
From locally grown produce, to homemade sweet and savory foods, and from handcrafted candles or herbal fare to gift certificates for cooking classes, we’ve got your last minute holiday shopping covered. How about a pack of pasture-raised ground beef or a steak for your favorite carnivore? Or a selection of interesting vegetables for the adventurous cook in the family?
You can get fresh eggs, wonderful bread, Vermont maple syrup, amazing granola, and handcrafted yogurt to wow your overnight guests in the morning, fresh fish, meats, and poultry for the holiday or preholiday meals, as well cheeses from pasture-raised cows and goats, dips, spreads, sweet and savory preserves and baked goods, seasoning mixes, handcrafted candies and confections, and special teas or Fair Trade coffee.
Need some special beverages? Between Tower Root Beer, which offers cream soda, ginger ale and a really mean ginger beer along with regular and diet root beer, we will have two hard cider vendors: Far From the Tree Cider and Down East Cider. Both companies offer handcrafted hard cider made from local apples. However, each company uses a different production method and container type. If you 21 or over, you can try a sample of each before purchasing.
For stocking stuffers or that special gift, there will be soaps, candles, herbal products, and other unique artisan products on hand.
If you have youngsters on your list, be sure to stop by Barefoot Books. Featuring award-winning books for children, many by local authors and illustrators, you can’t go wrong there. You can stop by during the market day to take a reading break, too.
Pour Man’s Coffee will be there with amazing beverages and baked treats, our talented banjo duo Ed Britt and Don Borchelt will be including old timey Christmas carols in their selections, and Miss Holly will be sharing great recipes and menu ideas via cooking demonstrations starting around 1:00 p.m.
Here is the complete list of vendors attending the December 21 market:
Farms and Food: Farmer Dave’s, Oakdale Farm and Red Fire Farm, Lilac Hedge Farm, Shady Pine Farm, West River Creamery, The Fish Lady, Bondat Foods, Samira’s Homemade, In Good Taste, Fior D’Italia, Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, Swiss Bakers, The Popover Lady, Goodies Homemade, 7ate9 Bakery, The Roasted Granola, Coutt’s Specialty Foods, Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish, Doves and Figs, Soluna Garden Farm, Spindler Confections, Eventide Confections, Ackermann Maple Farm
Beverages: Pour Man’s Coffee, Tower Root Beer, Far From the Tree Cider, and Down East Cider.
Artisans: Kaleidescope Soap, Kittredge Candles, Mary Ellen Crafts, Sarah’s Originals, Trow’s Treasures, and Wicked Good Soap. Also, Barefoot Books.
Do you still have Market Bucks left over from the summer?
No problem! We will take both Melrose and Wakefield Market Bucks. IMPORTANT: Vendors will take only Melrose Market Bucks, so be sure to bring your Wakefield Market Bucks to the Market Manager table to exchange them for Melrose Bucks.
Along with credit and debit cards, the Winter Market also welcomes SNAP/EBT transactions in exchange for “Market Bucks.” The Winter Market will match SNAP/EBT purchases up to $5 per visit so all of our neighbors can afford to eat healthy local foods.
To end, here are some gift ideas: Rubs, salts, and seasonings from Bondat Foods and Soluna Garden Farm. A selection of less known root vegetables from the farmers paired with a gift certificate for a cooking class from Chef Holly Pierce (aka Miss Holly). Handcrafted confections from Eventide or Spindler. Award-winning cheese from West River Creamery. Candles from Kittredge Candles. A six-pack of root beer, ginger ale or ginger beer, or cream soda from Tower Root Beer. Hands-free hand moisturize from Wicked Good Soap. Beautiful handmade table runners and more from Sarah’s Originals. Cheesecake from 7ate9 Bakery, a gift pack of cookies from Goodies Homemade. And so much more! Plus, most vendors offer gift certificates, even the farmers!
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Be sure to stop by on Sunday to shop local and say hello to your favorite vendors.
They would love to see you!
See you at the Market!