Wow! We had a wonderful opening day and are looking forward to another great market day on June 23 as we welcome musician Amy Spillert, the Pop-Up Library and The Traveling Poetry Emporium, and have another chance to support the Independence Day Committee via purchasing one of their fabulous T-shirts. Plus, all the freshly picked produce and more, of course. The Wakefield Farmers Market takes place at Hall Park (next to Veterans Field, GPS 468 North Ave Wakefield MA) each Saturday through October 13, 2018.
Singer songwriter Amy Spillert will be here, bringing her beautiful voice and music to us this week. Amy’s music is folky and upbeat, with original songs inspired by the ocean, nature, history, love, and friendship. She also has a set of cover tunes that are a perfect fit for farmers markets, and fun family songs. Music will start around 10:00 a.m. The Wakefield Farmers Market Music Program is sponsored by The Savings Bank.
Suman Shah of forkonaroad.com will be in the Market Kitchen Tent creating and sharing tasty and nutritious recipes from produce she gets at the market that morning. Last week she made a strawberry rhubarb spritzer and some tomato, scallion and basil bruschetta. You can find the recipes at wfmmarketkitchen.site. Our Market Kitchen Tent and Farm/Food Education sponsor is the Wakefield Cooperative Bank, and they will be visiting the market this week! Look for them along the middle path through the market.
The Wakefield Independence Day Committee is back for one more visit before they get even more busy with the final details behind Wakefield’s amazing July 4th parade. You can meet volunteers, find out how YOU can help make it happen, and buy a really cool t-shirt or two.
So, what IS The Traveling Poetry Emporium, anyway? We always love it when The Pop Up Library joins us for a market day. You can take out book and even sign up for a library card right at the market. But for the first of their monthly visits, they will be bringing poets who will write you a poem on the spot. How it works: Name any topic you want. Then, in less than five minutes, a poet with the The Traveling Poetry Emporium composes an original, full-length poem on an antique manual typewriter, reads it aloud, and gives it to you to take home, tucked into a plastic laminate sleeve for safekeeping. How cool is that? Not to be missed.
Yarrow, our magical and trusty balloon twisting artist, is expected this week, and we are pretty sure we’ll have a face painter, too! 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!
Produce: We are still waiting for Flats Mentor Farm, but Patty and Nate of Charlton Orchards will be back with strawberries, rhubarb, and cherries, too! Farmer Dave’s and Kelly’s Farm will have even more wonderful in-season produce, and Farmer Dave’s has apples that are stored from the fall in such a way that they still taste and crunch just fine and also offers an assortment of local dried legumes from Baer’s Beans.
Pasture-raised Meats, Poultry, and Eggs: Lilac Hedge Farm will have all you need for locally raised meats, poultry, and eggs, along with their honey. The racks of ribs that they had last week were amazing. They also have tasty jerky type products, as well, perfect for a quick snack.
NEWSFLASH: We have a new fish vendor! Please welcome Roberto’s Seafood, who some of you may have met when we were doing the winter markets with the Melrose Farmers Market. Their product is excellent, prices reasonable, and they are all really nice people too. We are pleased to have them join WFM.
Cheese: West River Creamery. Along with the VERY best cheese, Jane will also have her delightful pickled produce and mustards. She always has samples to try. You will love it all.
Specialty Foods: Deano’s Pasta (with sauce, too) Habibi Gourmet Food, with the best Mediterranean foods, and Farmer Dave’s has marina and hot sauces and more made from their produce in their farm kitchen.
NEWSFLASH: Please welcome our newest vendor, Single Barrel Cellar! This new company, based out of Wakefield, sources once-used barrels from New England distilleries and local products such as maple syrup and honey to create some amazing flavors. They plan to offer additional barrel-aged products in the future. They will be at WFM about once a month.
Baked Goods: Goodies Homemade (the BEST Cookies), Swiss Bakers (pretzel rolls!) The Bread Shop (artisan loaves and more), and Roasted Granola, which also offers locally made yogurt for a great breakfast match. Plus, Farmer Dave’s will have Farmer Jane’s amazing strawberry and other types of sweet breads using fruits from their farm.
Beverages: Aaronap Cellars is here for another visit, so if you missed them last week, they are back again with their fabulous wines. And as always, Pour Man’s Coffee will be here with a hot or cold beverage and unique treats to enjoy at the market as well as Fair Trade coffee beans from Dean’s Beans to take home.
Pet Treats: Emmett’s Edibles is here with healthy treats for your dogs, and cats, too.
Artisans: BeUByRumi will be here with lovely handcrafted jewelry, Sheepshed will be spinning as well as selling handspun yarns and more, and Alsion Simcox and Doug Heath will have their books about Lake Quannapowitt, Breakheart, and recent award winner The Fellsway.
Sneak Peak: Next week, Eddie Dee will be here with music for young and old, and on July 7 Onset Music will be here to do a recital of their talented students! We missed them last year when they got rained out and are glad to have them back again.
We Love New Volunteers! To be part of the super WFM Volunteer Team, go to the How To Volunteer page on our website or stop by the Market Manager table for more info. Many hands make a better market for all.
The market offers “Market Bucks” that can be purchased for use with vendors via credit/debit cards or SNAP/EBT and will again be matching SNAP purchases up to $10 per visit so that everyone can afford to get fresh and healthy foods at our market. Plus, for SNAP folks: HIP is back! Use your EBT card to shop with Farmer Dave’s first, then get your additional SNAP market bucks and match at the Market Manager Tent.
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 starting June 16 through October 13, 2018. Please see links on this website for a current listing of vendors, to volunteer, and to sign up for our email newsletter. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr. See you at the Market!