ALL the News for 6/16/18: Strawberries and So Much More! Great Nonprofits with Cool T-shirts and Kindness Rocks, Los Sugar Kings Duo, Great Weather! 😊


Opening Day is this Saturday June 16 and, so far, it looks like the weather will be perfect. As we welcome back our wonderful farmers and many of our specialty foods and artisan vendors, we’ll have great music from the Los Sugar Kings Duo, a cooking demo by Suman Shah, and visits from representatives from The Savings Bank (our Music Program Sponsor) and the Wakefield Independence Day Committee. We are also excited to welcome Girl Scout Troop 62842 as they introduce their Kindness Rock Garden that will be located at Hall Park. Wakefield Farmers Market takes place at Hall Park (next to Veterans Field, GPS 468 North Ave Wakefield MA) each Saturday through October 13, 2018.

You will just have to come see the garden, but Click Here for info about the Kindness Rock Project.

From all the feedback at the Festival by the Lake last week, I know that there are a lot of folks joining me in looking forward to 18 Saturdays of freshly picked fruits and veggies, specialty foods, artisan fare, great music, and fun events, all in a friendly, stress-free place where we can hang out with our neighbors from Wakefield and beyond.

WE ARE HIRING! Looking for a part-time job and love our market?
See our ad on Wakefield Patch for a Market Day Coordinator.

Our nonprofit guest this week is the wonderful Wakefield Independence Day Committee, the group that brought back and now continues to bring the biggest July 4th parade in Massachusetts and 2nd biggest in New England to our town. Volunteers will be on hand offering ways to help support parade, including some great T-shirts and other items for sale as well as ways become a one-day or ongoing part of the team that makes this great annual event happen.

For live music, we are excited to have Patino Vazquez and Dan Abreu, the latter a resident of Wakefield

The Wakefield Farmers Market Music Program is sponsored by The Savings Bank

join us this week. The two are part of Los Sugar Kings, a Boston-based Cuban Roots, Rock & Reggae Fusion quartet who write, record, and perform across the North-East United States and are 2015 New England Music Award Winners. Their Facebook page describes them as: “Standing at the midpoint between Cuba, Jamaica, America, Africa, Spain, Ireland, England, Portugal, Italia and Ethiopia.” They are sure to wow the crowd as they do every year at WFM, so don’t miss this chance to hear them! Music will start around 10:00 a.m.

Suman Shah, a great local chef who wowed us last summer with so many tasty and nutritious recipes, will return to our Market Kitchen Tent for the season, thanks to the Wakefield Cooperative Bank, our new Market Kitchen Tent and Farm/Food Education sponsor. Welcome to WFM, WCB! Be sure to stop by to say hello and see what delectable dishes Suman prepares using produce chosen that morning from our farmers.

The Wakefield Farmer Market Kitchen Tent and Farm/Food Education is sponsored by the Wakefield Cooperative Bank.


Along with Yarrow, our magical and trusty balloon twisting artist, we will also have a henna tattoo artist visiting several times during the season! Wakefield resident and high school student at Austin Prep Kayla Russell will debut at our market this Saturday. We will of course also have hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, and jump ropes on hand for kids of all ages, and the Kid’s Activity tent will be set up and stocked with plenty of paper, crayons, as well.


Now, here’s what you’ve been waiting for – the official list of week’s vendors!
For more about our vendors, Click HERE

Produce: Charlton Orchards, Farmer Dave, and Kelly’s Farm will have plenty of in-season produce, with fresh greens and berries the highlight. We must wait a few weeks for Flats Mentor Farm, but they will be coming. Farmer Dave’s now has a kitchen to turn his produce into a number of great items such as jarred and pickled products, marinara sauce and dehydrated produce, baked goods, and (hopefully) will also be bringing Baer’s Beans (dried legumes grown in Maine) to our market. Note: All items may not be available each week.

Pasture-raised Meats, Poultry, and Eggs: Lilac Hedge Farm will have all you need for locally raised meats, poultry, and eggs, along with their local. honey. They also have yummy jerky type products, as well.

NEWSFLASH: The Fish Lady will not be here for at least a few weeks and we are not yet sure if she will be able to come back this season. We’re on it and appreciate your patience!

Cheese: West River Creamery. Along with the VERY best cheese, Jane will also have her delightful pickled produce and mustards.

Maple: Ackermann’s will have their delicious pure maple syrup and other tasty maple products.

Specialty Foods: Coutt’s Specialty Foods with preserves, Deano’s Pasta, and  Habibi Gourmet Food (Mediterranean fare)

Baked Goods: Goodies Homemade (the BEST Cookies), Swiss Bakers (pretzel rolls!) The Bread Shop (also offering freshly milled flour), and Roasted Granola, which also offers locally made yogurt.

Beverages: Aaronap Cellars (wine) and Tower Beverages (craft soda). Plus, Pour Man’s Coffee where you can get a hot or cold beverage and unique treat to enjoy at the market as well as Fair Trade coffee beans from Dean’s Beans to take home.

Pet Treats: Emmett’s Edibles, with healthy treats for your canine and feline friends.

Artisans: Hiller’s Silver Studio, Sarah’s Originals (aprons, placemats, and more) as well as Alsion Simcox and Doug Heath with their books about Lake Quannapowitt, Breakheart, and recent award winner The Fellsway.


Sneak Peak: Next week, don’t miss music by Amy Spillert, plus a visit from the Pop Up Library featuring, not only great books, but also The Traveling Poetry Emporium.


There are also plenty of volunteer opportunities at our market!

To be part of the our super WFM Volunteer Team, just go to our 2018 Season Signup page!
You’ll have fun, meet nice folks, and help make it all happen.

As always, along with accepting credit and debit cards, we also proudly welcome SNAP/EBT transactions in exchange for “Market Bucks.” Our market continues to match SNAP/EBT purchases up to $10 per visit so all of our neighbors can afford to eat healthy local foods. Just stop by the Market Manager Tent to get your Market Bucks. This is in addition to HIP. Do your HIP shopping first, THEN stop by for your Snap Match! NOTE:  HIP will  be available via Farmer Dave’s until at least July 1.


The Wakefield Farmers Market runs RAIN OR SHINE  (except in dangerous weather, e.g. lightning or hurricane conditions).  The market opens at 9:00 a.m. and closes at 1:00 p.m. every Saturday, with the 2018 season running from June 16 through October 13. Please visit wakefieldfarmersmarket.org for a current listing of vendors, live music, and special events and to sign up for our email newsletter. See wfmmarketkitchen.site for our recipes! You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr. See you at the Market!

Wendy Dennis
Market Manager

 

 

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