Next Winter Market January 18, 2015!

ssheader8251The Melrose/Wakefield Monthly Winter Farmers Market will hold its 3rd market day of the season on Sunday January 18 from noon to 4:00 p.m. at Memorial Hall, 590 Main St in Melrose and will continue on the 3rd Sunday of the month through April, including February 15, March 15, and April 19.

New this month: We will have a “cafe” area on the stage where you can sit down at a table and enjoy a hot beverage and treat from Pour Man’s Coffee or a cup of clam chowder from Roberto’s Seafood. Yes, you read that right. There will be fresh, locally made chowder by the cup to enjoy while you take a break from shopping or in pints or quarts to take home.

veggiesAs always, Farmer Dave’s, Oakdale Farm, and Red Fire Farm will be at the market with variety of fresh, locally grown produce including winter squash, beets, onions, potatoes, carrots, cabbage, kale, collards, spinach, and Brussels sprouts, and Oakdale Farm also has eggs from their pasture-raised hens. All our farmers use sustainable, environmentally sound farming practices and Red Fire Farm has its organic certification.

For a wide variety of delicious pasture-raised meats and poultry, as well as eggs, we will have Lilac Hedge Farm and Shady Hill Farm on hand. Yes, local pasture-raised fare does cost more but the flavor alone is worth the price. Of equal value, pasture-raised products are also better for you than products from conventional “factory farms.”

lilac useAccording to Nutrition Journal 2010, 9:10, decades of research supports the argument that grass-fed/pasture-raised beef is superior to grain-fed beef, with a lower fat content, a healthier fat ratio, and higher precursors for Vitamin A and E and cancer fighting antioxidants. There is also a plethora of research, including studies published by the USDA and a number of scientific publications, showing that all pasture-raised meats, poultry, eggs, and dairy products have a healthier nutritional profile as well as a low level of pesticide and other contaminants.

Want pasture-raised cheese, too?  We’ve got you covered.  Dairy farmer and award-winning cheesemaker Jane Parent of West River Creamery will have her usual array of spectacular goat and cow milk cheeses from her farm in Vermont.

Also in the farm-fare category, we now have two hard cider vendors! Both Down East Cider and Far From The Tree use apples from local orchards, but they each have a unique take on this traditional New England product. We recommend trying some from each.

popoverWe’ll have more info for you as the market day gets closer, but here is a quick rundown of all the other great foods and artisan products you will find at the market on January 18:  Fresh fish, dips, spreads, sweet and savory preserves, fresh baked goods, seasoning mixes, teas, cheesecake, hand crafted candy, sodas made with cane sugar, soaps, candles, and herbal products.

In addition, Ed Britt and Don Borchelt will be playing great banjo tunes, and Miss Holly will be doing her wonderful cooking demonstrations starting around 1:00 p.m.

hollyAlong with credit and debit cards via our Market Bucks system, 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. Just stop by the Market Manager Table.

Again, we’ll have more details next week, but in the meantime, check back here and/or follow us on Twitter or Facebook to get ongoing updates as we get closer to our next market date on January 18.

See you at the market!