Gift and Holiday Meal Ideas From Our Melrose-Wakefield Winter Vendors!

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Melrose-Wakefield Winter Market Details!

Check back here for updates. And, listed here or not, ALL our vendors will have great gift and/or holiday meal items.

Click the product type (or scroll down) for a growing list of ideas!


 Red Fire Farm:

Place Orders by Wednesday at 3:00p.m. for Sunday delivery to the Melrose- Wakefield Winter Market.

Bulk Orders

  Cooking for the family this Holiday or hoping to have hearty vegetables on hand for soups and warm baked dishes? Order local and organic vegetables in bulk. Carrots by the 25# bag, potatoes by the bushel or the half bushel, onions by the 35# bag, garlic, squash, and more of winter’s best storage vegetables. Order in Bulk from Red Fire Farm

Holiday Gift Boxes
A hand-packed half bushel box of winter season favorites: onions, shallots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, winer squash, garlic, and popping corn!

E-gift Cards to the Farm
A gift of organic produce! In any denomination for use at our farmstands and markets and towards our farm shares. Super easy to buy online and email or print out a gift card.

Deep Winter CSA
Three months of organic produce and local treats, from January through March. A locavore adventure! Order the CSA online.

Summer CSA Farm Share or All-Year Stand & Market Membership
Are you looking for a special present for…

Someone who loves to cook?
Or wants to build a healthier lifestyle?
Our CSA members often say that the shares helped them have a healthier year. And inspired them to cook more at home. You can order a Summer share in their name online, or a $300 Stand & Market Membership, which they can start using in January at our winter markets. Please contact us at the office if you have questions about it! 413-467-7645.

Farmer Dave’s

Give the gift of healthy food!

It’s the holiday season again!  Are you struggling with what to buy the foodie, localvore or avid gardener in your life?  Are you someone who spends the winter dreaming of the first tender CSA products of the season and would love to share that passion with your family and friends?  Well we have got you covered!

Did you know that your favorite farmer offers gift certificates?

Available in $25 increments Farmer Dave’s Gift Certificates can be redeemed towards the cost of a CSA share, at the East Street Farm Stand and at the Brox Farm Stand towards produce or our amazing selection of annuals and perennials!

Purchase your gift certificates now through our website or by calling Bethany or Elyse at (978) 349-1952.
2015 CSA Registration

Available Shares: Spring, Summer, Fruit, Late Fall Visit our website to register!
* Register before January 1st and choose an early registration gift!
* Register for all four shares at one time and save $50!

Give a Groundwork Share A Share in a loved one’s honor and help a neighbor in need!
Thanks to generous donations by you (CSA members) to the Groundwork Share-A-Share™ fund, we were able to subsidize the cost of shares in 2014 for over thirty individuals and families, as well as shares for local food pantries.

We’d love to be able to subsidize late fall shares as well. Please consider helping us in our efforts to make the CSA accessible to more families by donating to Groundwork Share-A-Share.

Meats and Poultry

Lilac Hedge Farm:

You can order your holiday roast online and pick it up at the market on December 21!  Click HERE for the holiday roast order page. Deadline to order holiday roasts is Thursday 12/18. You can also order all the regular cuts of meat via the note section on the holiday roast order form.

Along with all the usual cuts, this month you can get ground turkey, turkey breasts, turkey drumsticks, turkey wings and Lilac Hedge’s new Sweet Turkey Sausage.


Down East Cider

Cranberry and Original hard ciders can be pre-ordered by emailing [email protected] by end of day Friday 12/19.

AND, the first 10 people who make a Down East cider purchase on 12/21 will receive a free coupon for a Mason Jar drinking glass, a growler deposit waiver (a growler is a 64oz glass bottle we fill from the tap in the cidery) along with a tour and tasting at their facility in Charlestown MA.


 7ate9 Bakery:

We have just released our new Peppermint Cheesecake in time for the holidays. We would love if you could mention it through your various channels and also encourage pick up at the market for holiday orders. Customer can order anything on our website and there is a button at the checkout page where they can indicate they are picking up at the market. Also, our Mini Cheesecakes and our 4” Cheesecakes make great host gifts if traveling.

Our Peppermint Cheesecake comes topped with our dark chocolate ganache made with Taza Chocolate which perfectly balances the acuteness of the peppermint. The delicate crunch of crushed peppermint candy forms a delightful contrast with the creaminess of the filling. This one is only the second cake to be named Chef’s Favorite in the history of our business!


Goodies Homemade:

Busy bakin’!  Please let folks know they can preorder gift boxes of cookies – they can contact us through the website. Deadline for special gift packs is Friday December 19.


 Coutt’s Specialty Foods

 Having a hard time finding something different for that special someone?

Send, or give, them a special selection of Jams, Jellies, Marmalades, Relishes, McIntosh Applesauce or Cranberry sauce.  We always have that someone which we wonder what we can get for them…The postman,hostess gift, a house keeper/cleaner, a neighbor you want to do a little something for, etc.

Our products are free of the top 8 Allergens and most have no corn products.  About as close to homemade you can get without actually making it yourself!

How can we get it to you?
1) Order ahead and have me bring to the market Sunday 12-21-14, ready for pickup.
email what you would like [email protected].  Order deadline is noon on Saturday.

2) Want to have it shipped?, put in code “WakeMel”
It will match the pricing listed below + the shipping.  We can’t guarantee for Christmas, but we can assure you it will be special.

3) Pick it up at the market.
A gift box is great for any occasion
A single is great for a stocking stuffer for special someone.

3 pack – $15.00
4 pack – $18.00
6 pack – $26.00  Jams, Jellies and Marmalades only

We will be bringing Mincemeat this market!


The Popover Lady:

You can purchase gift certificates and,  a wide assortment of  pies or popovers at can be pre-0rdered at to be picked up at the 12/21 market. Check for deadlines!


In Good Taste

Pam’s Salsas and Salstina! What could be more perfect for the holidays. It makes the perfect hostess gift.  And what could be better for the football season ? What’s your taste? Mild or spicy? Both are delicious and make game watching special. Order yours today….[email protected]


Bondat Foods:

“Gifts and stocking stuffers for cooks and food lovers for less than 25 bucks!” 

1) Four Flavor Small Sampler Set for $18 in a rustic gift box. Include four 1 oz. jars of All Purpose, Chocolate Chipotle, Cluck Yeah! and Taco Night spice blends. I’ve attached a photo.

2) Six Flavor Sampler Set for $24 in a rustic but upscale gift box. Includes the four flavors of the Small Sampler with the addition of the new Sweet, Sour, Spicy and Savory Asian Blend and the Lemon Sesame Fish & Seafood Blend.

3) Choose any two spice blends for $15 and we will wrap it in a kraft holiday gift bag with green and red holiday tissue. I’ve attached a photo.

4) We are happy to fill advance orders. Just email: [email protected]

5) We are happy to offer gift certificates in denominations of $5.

Soluna Garden Farm

Customers can order online from our website until 5:00pm on Friday December 19, and we will have their order ready for pick up at the market on Sunday December 21. Our full offerings of individual certified organic herbs, spices, and teas are available online, in addition to all of our own blends, which we’ll also have at the market.

Click HERE for our shopping page!

Great gift and holiday food ideas include: our mulling spices, vanilla extract kit (to make your own vanilla extract at home–fun and easy!), Tuscan and Za’atar dipping blends.

Handcrafted Gifts

Trow’s Treasures

My herbal pillows or herbal eye pillows would make a lovely hostess gift. I recommend lavender and peppermint for headaches and stress relief. Also my best sellers are my catnip toys, 2 for 5 dollars. Order in advance to assure you get just what you want.

Kittredge Candles

Kittredge Candles will be at the market on Sunday with candles, soaps, lotions, lip balms and perfumes.  With over 100 different fragrances, there is something for everyone.  Come pick up your Christmas favorites like Fraser Fir, Gingerbread, Egg Nog or Winter in New England or pick from one of our growing list of “Weird” fragrances like Bacon, Beer, Dirt, Fenway Park Outfield, Popcorn, Peanut Butter and even new Buttery Mashed Potato!

We will have LOTS of stocking stuffers available, including 48 flavors of lip balms!

Not sure what to get?  It can be hard to pick out just the right fragrance for someone else. So we also have gift certificates for all those fragrance-loving folks on your gift list.

Email us at [email protected] by noon on Saturday if there is anything special you would like us to be sure to bring along.

Gift Certificates for Cooking Classes with Miss Holly

Chef Holly Pierce of Sweet Thing Food:

Special Pricing for our Winter Market Customers!

Note: All prices good for certificates purchased before December 25, 2014
  • Cooking class for 2 people:    $145
  • Cooking class for 4 people::   $195
  • Cooking party for 6 people:   $285
  • Kids Party for 6-8 children with cupcake decorating: $325Prices includes food cost, travel within a 10 mile radius of Melrose, and class time (2 hours). Gratuity is not included. Sample menus available.

Links to All Vendors

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Note: Not all vendors will be at each market.

Ackermann Maple Farm
Dick’s Market Garden
Farmer Dave’s
Lilac Hedge Farm
Oakdale Farm
Red Fire Farm
Shady Pine Farm

West River Creamery

Local Food

7 ate 9 Bakery
Bondat Foods
Coutt’s Specialty Foods
Down East Cider
Doves and Figs
Eventide Confections
Far From The Tree Cider
Fior D’Italia
Goodies Homemade
In Good Taste
Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery
Pour Man’s Coffee
Roberto’s Seafood
Soluna Garden Farm 
Spindler Confections
Swiss Bakers
The Fish Lady
The Popover Lady
The Roasted Granola
Tower Root Beer
Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish


Barefoot Books
Hall Brand Sugar Scrubs
Kaleidoscope Soaps

Kittredge Candles
Mary Ellen Crafts
Sarah’s Originals
Trow’s Treasures
Wicked Good Soap

Emmett’s Edibles
(canine treats)

Winter Markets
Nov 23, 2014
Dec 21, 2014
Jan 18, 2015
Feb 15, 2015
Mar 15, 2015
Apr 19, 2015


Volunteer at the market!

3 easy steps…
Go to VolunteerSpot and type your email – VolunteerSpot does not share your email with anyone.
– Review the options listed and and choose the spot(s) you like
– Sign up!  It’s that easy.