It’s National Farmers Market Week!
Click HERE to read all about it, including the bit about tattoos. Really!
UPDATE: Black Earth Compost WILL be here this week!
In business since 2010, the company has recently started servicing Wakefield, providing a weekly pickup of compostable waste from residential homes and businesses. Along with providing information about what they have to offer and composting in general, they will collect any compostable materials generated at the market that day by our vendors and the cooking demo. Do stop by to learn how easy it is to divert compostable materials out of the trash system and back into the earth. It’s a win-win for all.
Here are this week’s Specials! Click HERE in case the are updates.
Swiss Bakers – Awesome sandwiches and pretzel burger buns. Order their yummy party pretzels for only $15, including Maine Mustard!
Emmett’s Edibles – Try Emmett’s Pumpkin Stars! They are a great size for training any dog or just a yummy treat!
Also, Kittredge Candles always offers a cash refund for returned jars.
Okay – here is the rest of the news:
Kittredge Candles is here, West River Creamery is back (yay!) and we have two 2-town special guests this week. Read on for more on the latter. We will of course have plenty of local produce, including wine, cheese, and maple products and more, and lots of artisan fare as well. 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. to 1:00 p.m. through October 13, 2018.
UPDATE! Hopefully Black Earth Compost will be here this week, but if not, check back for future visits. They are aiming to be with us for as many market days as they can. In business since 2010, the company has recently started servicing Wakefield, providing a weekly pickup of compostable waste from residential homes and businesses. Do stop by to learn how easy it is to divert compostable materials out of the trash system and back into the earth. It’s a win-win for all.
Eddie Dee is back this week with his vast repertoire of favorite songs that he compliments with his fine voice and guitar or keyboard accompaniment. His tunes are the perfect backdrop for a relaxing day at the market.
The Wakefield Farmers Market Music Program is sponsored by
It’s two-for-one town week!: The Wakefield Lynnfield Chamber of Commerce is back to keep us posted on their projects and introduce us to their many great members who are the backbone of our local business economy.
Friends of both the Wakefield and the Lynnfield Rails to Trails groups are teaming up to share information about the rail trail as this worthy project gets closer to fruition. The goal is an approximate 4.5 mile path that will run through a portion of both towns and provide a recreational area for the community to bike, walk, run and enjoy the outdoors.
Our super chef Suman Shah was called out of the country for a few weeks but Market Manager Wendy Dennis will be in the Market Kitchen Tent again creating and sharing tasty and nutritious recipes from produce procured at the market that morning. It might be quick pickles, this week. You can find links to all the recipes at our Market Kitchen Tent website: wfmmarketkitchen.site. Our Market Kitchen Tent and Farm/Food Education sponsor is the Wakefield Cooperative Bank. The Market Kitchen Tent and Farm/Food
Education is sponsored by the Wakefield Cooperative Bank.
We’ll have balloon twisting and face painting with Yarrow and friend. 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: Repeat of last week: Stone fruit, melons, bell peppers, greens, beans, tomatoes, herbs, beets, radishes squash, corn, cukes, garlic, onions, squash blossoms, and…well, you will have to check out all the farm fare from Charlton Orchards, Farmer Dave’s, Flats Mentor Farm, and Kelly’s Farm. We are now in the month of glorious produce galore. Farmer Dave’s also carries locally grown and dried Baer’s Beans – the freshest dried legumes around.
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 have duck and lamb, along with chicken, beef, and pork. They also have tasty jerky type products, as well, perfect for a quick snack. And, if you go to their Facebook page, you won’t be disappointed by the pictures they share there!
Cheese: West River Creamery is back with the most amazing cheeses you will find anywhere. Jane also brings her pickled veggies and mustards. Pick some up to make any snack or meal extra special!
Seafood: Roberto’s Seafood has the best catch and the best price. Stop by to see what the fresh local catches of the day are this week. They truly have excellent seafood at a most excellent price.
Specialty Foods: Coutt’s Specialty Foods is here with lovely traditional preserves, Deano’s Pasta (with tasty sauce, too) Habibi Gourmet Food, with the very best Mediterranean foods, and 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, scones, and more), Swiss Bakers breads, sweet treats, and super sandwiches – and pretzel rolls!) and The Bread Shop (an assortment of artisan loaves and more), are here, as is Roasted Granola, with hands down the best granola, and locally made yogurt, as well.
Beverages: Aaronap Cellars will be here with a great assortment of excellent wines, many perfect for a hot summer day. Tower Craft Beverages is here for their biweekly visit, and, as always, Pour Man’s Coffee is here with the very best ice coffee and other refreshing beverages, plus treats to enjoy at the market. They also sell Fair Trade coffee beans from Dean’s Beans to take home.
Pet Treats: Stop by Emmett’s Edibles to get some healthy treats for your dogs, and cats, too. There is always a bowl of water out for pet friends who visit on the market day.
Artisans: Be U By Rumi (jewelry), Kittredge Candles, and Sarah’s Originals are here, as is A&D Books with their books about our Lake Quannapowitt, as well as Breakhart Reservation and Middlesex Fells, the latter an award-winning publication.
Sneak Peek: Betty’s Bounce will provide our live music on 8/18, and and Sustainable Wakefeld will be our nonprofit guest.
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. And while we need strong bodies for set up and breakdown, there is no lifting involved in the 9-11 11-1 table shifts.
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!