Looks like a hot one is predicted for the next Wakefield Farmers Market, this Saturday, July 18 at Hall Park on the shores of Lake Quannapowitt. The market takes place each Saturday from 9:00-1:00 through October 31, 2020.
Over 700 people visited us last week and many of our vendors sold out. Live shopping is happening and things are getting back to a new normal. With this transition, there are many times when social distancing is impossible or we just forget, especially when chatting with friends that we haven’t seen since all winter and spring. I have to remind myself of the rules, too many times I go to hug someone and we both remember the rules.
The WFM asks that you follow all our rules and guidelines, social distance when possible, meet with friends outside the ropes (may I suggest a socially distant picnic with some yummy WFM finds), and most important, please wear a mask or facial covering at all times. They are uncomfortable and sweaty, I agree. I dislike wearing them and I’m getting a weird mask tan on my face. I look forward to the day I can put them in that new pink recycle bag residents receive now.
WFM is a healthy food source in the community, and we have immune compromised customers, vendors, volunteers, and all of their families, that we have a responsibility to keep safe. Our elderly, veterans, neighbors and friends are regular patrons, volunteers or vendors to our market. We don’t want to take the smallest chance of anyone in our community getting sick, or worse.
It would also mean no future markets. Now more than ever we need to support local farmers and small batch producers and your local farmers markets are a direct link to them. They are part of keeping our small part of the USA going and fed with fresh local produce and products, donating to local food banks and those in need of food, volunteering their time and skills.
To ensure everyone’s safety the Wakefield Farmers Market per the Massachusetts Department of Public Health direction, asks that everyone, over the age of 3, with no medical reasons, must wear a mask at all times while in the market area. We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work through this process. There’s no code book on keeping a farmers market virus free during a pandemic and we are all trying our best.
Let’s get back to what we have cooking for Saturday. Oh, and don’t forget to visit the WFM Market Kitchen page before the market to make your shopping list for a delicious market meal!
This week’s vendors include all our favorite farmers!
Farmer Dave’s – blueberries, all kinds of squash for the grill and for stuffing and pickling cucumbers! Here is a great grilled vegetarian recipe that even meat eaters in love:
https://farmerdaves.net/site/2020/07/14/summer-squash-and-onion-tacos/ . Pre-order and guarantee you get the produce that you want!
Fay Mountain Farm – Summer greens, delicious squashes, tomatoes and berries
Flats Mentor Farm – Delicious Asian Greens such as baby bok choy, water spinach, pea tendrils and more. Try the stir fry mix of veggies! Flats Mentor Farm are a cash only vendor with great prices!
Kelly’s Farm – berries, berries, berries. Freshly picked strawberries and blueberries, plus summer squashes. Fingers crossed this week brings flowers!
Lilac Hedge Farm – pasture raised meats for all your summer grilling and free range eggs. Try their Jerky, it’s amazing.
Roberto’s Seafood – The best seafood around is back! Last week I got the haddock, it was gone faster than it took me to cook it.
West River Creamery – Vermont cheeses of all kinds and pickles too!
Small Batch Food Vendors:
Coutt’s Specialty Foods – Tastes that take you back to your Mother’s, Grandmother’s, or even your own homemade jam/relish with its delicious, fresh and homemade flavor
Deano’s Pasta – fourth generation pasta makers from Somerville, MA. Last night, dinner was Cauliflower Gnocchi and cream sauce. I also added fresh tomatoes and spicy salad mix microgreens. Delicious! Pre-order for credit card orders and to ensure you get what you want before they sell out. Deano’s is a cash only vendor at the market.
Drive-by Pies – Has extra large chicken or meat pies that feed 6-8. Preorder drive-bypies.com. Hand Pies available in apple, cherry or blueberry, as well as small and large pies. Keylime available as preorder only
Fork on a Road – Suman will have her delicious summer meal kits! Visit your favorite farmers for the fresh produce listed on the recipe package, follow the recipe, and you have a delicious meal, side dish or appetizer.
Goodies Homemade – Susan is back with her delicious scones and yummy cookies. The chocolate cookies with creamy peanut butter and a big glass of milk, are my go to self indulgent cookie.
Single Barrel Cellar – Small batch artisan barrel aged maple syrup and coffee. Put the vanilla barrel in your coffee and let me know what you think.
The Roasted Granola – Each batch of our granola is made by hand and checked for quality. It is not too sweet, contains healthy nuts and seeds, has a touch of quinoa and is made with Greek olive oil. Constantly working to bake the homemade, small batch flavor into every bite
Small Batch Beverage Vendors:
Aaronap Cellars is offering a wine special to kick off summer sippin’ & BBQs. Super Rose Duo: 2 bottles of Chambourcin Rose for $24 (20% discount) Available by pre-order (www.aaronapcellars.com/buy-online) or in person at the market
Pour Man’s Coffee – your Saturday morning favorite is back with their signature coffee, brewed low & slow! Quarts, Gallons & by the cup! Pre-order and guarantee you get what you want before they sell out!
Emmett’s Pet Treats their handmade dog treats are a market favorite by many 4 legged guests
Per the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and our Board of Health, to keep our customers, vendors and volunteers safe we have a few new rules we ask everyone to follow:
- Mask or face covering MUST be worn at all times within the market.
- Enter at the back of the parking lot near the boat launch (ENTRANCE sign posted)
- Wait until a volunteer admits you, Do not jump the ropes, we have a maximum number allowed
- Follow signage (foot traffic is one way)
- If possible, send one person to limit crowds
- Social Distance at all times – 6ft all around
- Purses and reusable bags CAN NOT be placed on any surfaces
- Do not touch products, ask a vendor for assistance
- Exit is near the Entrance (sanitizing stations available)
- Keep it moving to allow for the next group pickup.
- Pre-pay when pre-ordering online for the first two weeks or follow. SNAP customers follow the instructions for each vendor.
- Unfortunately, we will not be offering the Market Bucks Program this season due to COVID-19.
- Everyone deserves high quality healthy food! We accept SNAP/EBT, Pandemic EBT. For SNAP cards, you will purchase “SNAP Bucks” that you can use to purchase items from the vendors. We also match SNAP/EBT purchases with up to $10 in market bucks!
- WIC and Senior Coupons can only be used for produce and some select items from Farmer Dave.
We need your help!!! There are plenty of volunteer opportunities at our market.
- Go to wakefieldfarmersmarket.org
- Click Volunteer tab at top
- Click the button that says “Choose a spot on Sign Up.com”
We have many short shifts available–many hands and all that.
Last but not least…
The Wakefield Farmers Market runs RAIN OR SHINE (except in dangerous weather, e.g. lightning or hurricane conditions). Website address: wakefieldfarmersmarket.org or you can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
See you at the Market!