ALL the (Updated!) News for August 4: SO MUCH PRODUCE! Live Music by Gentle Temper, Pony Shack is here, COMPOST! plus Hartshorne House and the WHRC!

Playing it safe rather than chance sorry and closed early when there was a tornado warning.  Being New England, who knows?  See you all next week August 11!

NEWSFLASH! Black Earth Compost will be at our market this week and possibly each week for the rest of the season! 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.

We are Rain or Shine! But check here for any updates in case anything wild starts getting  more strongly predicted.


Pony Shack Cider is here for their biweekly visit, we have two wonderful nonprofit guests, and our live music will be by Gentle Temper. We will of course have plenty of local 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. to 1:00 p.m. through October 13, 2018.


Gentle Temper is a duo featuring Marion Earley and Ryan Meier, hailing from Boston, MA. Marion and Ryan met while attending Berklee College in Boston and began writing and playing together in their fourth year. Their live sound builds on a sturdy foundation of lyrical storytelling, animated harmonies, and instrumental development. Just last month they won The MAIN EVENT – Lizard Lounge Open Mic Challenge and they are in the process of releasing their debut full length album, “Our Warm Red Light.”
The Wakefield Farmers Market Music Program is sponsored by

FUN FACT: Marion of Gentle Temper used to vend for Swiss Bakers at our market!


We are pleased to have our neighbors, the Col. James Hartshorne House Association, as one of our nonprofit guests this week. They will be sharing information about this historic home as well as publicizing their popular annual Ice Cream Social that they will be hosting on August 9. They will also have lovely notecards on sale featuring the specially commissioned watercolor painting of the Hartshorne House, painted by local artist Tom Maguire to help support the stewardship of the oldest home in Wakefield as well as their educational programs.


The Wakefield Human Rights Commission will be here, as well. Please be sure to stop by to learn about the many upcoming and annual programs they have developed to support their mission of promoting the civil and human rights of all people in Wakefield, with the goal of reinforcing positive relationships in the community and to create educational programs to foster a greater understanding and appreciation for diversity.
It is important work.


Our amazing cooking demo chef Suman Shah was called out of the country for a few weeks but there will be someone doing demos in the meantime, possibly Market Manager (and demo chef in 2016) Wendy Dennis, creating and sharing tasty and nutritious recipes using produce procured at the market that morning. You will find links to Suman’s and other WFM recipes at wfmmarketkitchen.site.

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

 


We are here, rain or shine! And, based on what happened last week, it will hopefully shine. But, weather permitting, Yarrow will be here working his magic with balloons and his face painting friend will be ready to create, 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!

For more about our vendors, Click HERE

Produce: 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!

NEWSFLASH: I have it right this time. Really! Jane of West River Creamery will NOT be here this week but will be back August 11 with her amazing cheeses and tasty pickled produce and mustards.

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. And, I will say it again, you can cook seafood on the grill, or even put your frying pan on the grill so all tht fish-fry smell stays outside. We’ve been hearing lots of compliments on the quality and freshness of Roberto’s product. If you have not yet, stop by and give it a try!

Specialty Foods: Deano’s Pasta (with lovely 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. Plus, In Good Taste (Pam’s Salsa) is here for their biweekly visit.

Baked Goods: Goodies Homemade (the BEST Cookies, scones, and more), Swiss Bakers breads, sweet treats, and super sandwiches) The Bread Shop (lovely artisan loaves and more), are here, as is Roasted Granola, with hands down the best granola, hopefully with yogurt this week. 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 this week. You need to try their ciders. They have just the right amount of light fizziness, and are not too sweet and have distinctly delicious flavors. Pour Man’s Coffee is here, too, 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: Stop by Emmett’s Edibles to get some healthy treats for your dogs, and cats, too – your pets will love you for it.

Artisans: Sheepshed is here with handspun yarns and products made from said yarn, as well as pottery designed by Donna. A&D Books is here, too, with their books about our Lake Quannapowitt, as well as Breakhart Reservation and Middlesex Fells.

FUN FACT: Last month, the Victorian Society in America gave its annual Preservation Award to The Lost Mill Village of Middlesex Fells for its description of early 19th century mill industries in Massachusetts! Congratulations, Doug Heath and Alison Simcox!


Sneak Peek: Gentle Temper will provide live music on 8/4, and we’ll have the Wakefield Human Rights Commission and the Hartshorne House here as our guests.


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!

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 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!

Wendy Dennis
Market Manager


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