The Pop Up Library and Kittredge Candles are back, our musician guest is Julie Dougherty, and folks from Friends of Lake Quannapowitt and Sustainable Wakefield will be with us, too. You will of course also find plenty of produce, specialty foods, and artisan fare in our relaxing spot by the lake. The Wakefield Farmers Market takes place at Hall Park (next to Veterans Field, GPS 468 North Ave Wakefield MA) each Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. through October 13, 2018.
Julie Dougherty has been singing and performing for over 40 years and, while she has scaled back from full-time, she is still writing many of her own tunes. From opening multiple times for the Kingston Trio to writing for and performing in a funk band, as well as plenty of touring playing Irish, folk-rock, and country-rock music, your guess is as good as mine as to what type or types of music she will be sharing this Saturday, but after listening to some tracks on her website, (juliedougherty.net) I know we will all really enjoy Julie’s first visit to our market.
AND, this just in: Julie’s husband will be joining her on bass!
The Wakefield Farmers Market Music Program is sponsored by
Suman Shah 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 most excellent fennel and basil soup. Links to her recipes at available at wfmmarketkitchen.site. Our Market Kitchen Tent and Farm/Food Education sponsor is the Wakefield Cooperative Bank.
We have two nonprofit guests sharing a space this week. From testing the water, hosting cleanups around the Lake, to heading up efforts addressing the goose and utility pole issues, as well as the Bricks by the Lake project, the folks at Friends of Lake Quannapowitt (FOLQ) continue to work hard to protect and enhance the waters Lake Quannapowitt and its surrounding lands.
Sustainable Wakefield is an informal group of like-minded residents interested in learning and sharing about the environment, as well as advocating for sustainability issues. They are looking to grow and take on some projects. Do stop by to see what they are all about and how you can take part.
Yarrow will be here working his magic with balloons, and Kayla our Henna Tattoo artist will be here, 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 and crayons.
Now, here’s what you’ve been waiting for – the official list of week’s vendors!
Produce: Charlton Orchards will have berries, tomatoes and …we’ll have to wait and see what else. Kelly’s Farm has corn and I hear some peaches are on the way, along with their other produce, and Farmer Dave’s keeps adding to their wide assortment of produce, most just picked but still some apples and maybe still potatoes stored from last year in their specially design storage spaces. Those apples are still crisp and the potatoes just fine. Flats Mentor Farm did indeed have and will continue to have squash blossoms, more and more each week, along with Asian and other greens and herbs. Their basil is just amazing. Farmer Dave’s also carries locally grown and dried Baer’s Beans – the freshest dried legumes around.
Pasture-raised Meats, Poultry, and Eggs: 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. They also have tasty jerky type products, as well, perfect for a quick snack. Remember, you can grill or sear steak from frozen. Just do a search on our Market Kitchen site wfmmarketkitchen.site for instructions. Also, chops and ground beef can be defrosted in cold water in just a few hours. Be sure to find and follow defrosting instructions for safety’s sake.
Cheese: Jane of West River Creamery is here with superb cheeses and tasty pickled veggies and mustards NEWSFLASH: Be sure to stock up THIS WEEK because Jane will not be back again until two weeks from now on August 11!
Seafood: Roberto’s Seafood has the best catch and the best price. I keep hearing more and more excellent reports as more and more shoppers try our new fish vendor. It’s all good!
Specialty Foods: Deano’s Pasta (with sauce, too) Habibi Gourmet Food, with the best Mediterranean foods, In Good Taste (super salsa!) and Single Barrel Cellar, with bourbon-aged products are here, plus Farmer Dave’s has marina and hot sauces and more made from their produce in their farm kitchen.
Baked Goods: Goodies Homemade (the BEST Cookies and more), Swiss Bakers (baked goods and super sandwiches) and The Bread Shop (lovely artisan loaves and more) are here. Plus, Farmer Dave’s will have Farmer Jane’s amazing strawberry and other types of sweet breads and crisps using fruits from their farm.
Beverages: Pony Shack Cider is here with their delicious hard cider. They create very original flavors and all the ciders have just the right amount of fizz and balance of sweet and tartness. And we are so glad we have Pour Man’s Coffee with us each week with the BEST ice coffee and other beverages, plus treats to enjoy at the market. They also sell 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 – a big hit with all the pets who visit the market. With their humans, of course.
Artisans: All About Corks and Sasquatch Woodworks are both here for the first of their two visits this season. Start your holiday shopping early! FYI, you can commission work with Sasquatch Woodworks. Kittredge Candles is back, too. Along with their wonderfully scented candles, the also make and sell lovely soaps.
Sneak Peek: Singer Songwriter Amy Spillert is here next week for her second visit, the Wakefield-Lynnfield Chamber will be back, and Barefoot Books will be here for another visit, also.
We Love and NEED! 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.
To be part of the our super WFM Volunteer Team, just go to our 2018 Season Signup page!
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 is available via Farmer Dave’s.
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!