We will be holding the final market day of our season this Saturday October 13, so be sure to stop by and stock up on storable and preservable produce, your favorite wine, hard cider, cheese, and maple products, as well as your favorite specialty foods, Tower Craft Beverages, and hand-sewn goods. Think of it as starting your holiday shopping in a beautiful location with great tunes, to boot. The Wakefield Farmers Market takes place at Hall Park (next to Veterans Field, GPS 468 North Ave Wakefield MA) 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. each Saturday from mid-June to mid-October each year.
Musicians Patino Vazquez (pictured here) and Mik Mersha, both of the band Los Sugar Kings, will be with us this Saturday. Their repertoire is based on Agro-Cuban music along with influences from nearly every continent in a unique roots-rock-reggae fusion repertoire. Be ready for some great music to close out a great season!
The Wakefield Farmers Market Music Program is sponsored by
Suman Shah of Fork On A Road will be in the Market Kitchen Tent this week, creating and sharing tasty and nutritious recipes from produce she gets at the market that morning. You can find links to all the recipes at our Market Kitchen Tent website: wfmmarketkitchen.site.
The Market Kitchen Tent and Farm/Food Education is sponsored by the Wakefield Cooperative Bank.
Along with Yarrow, our balloon twisting artist, we will, as always, 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. And there is plenty of room to run around and just have fun.
Now, here’s what you’ve been waiting for – the official list of this week’s vendors!
Produce: Charlton Orchards, Farmer Dave’s, and Kelly’s Farm will again have way too many types of fresh produce to list here! And this is your final chance this season to stock up from our market to do any freezing, canning, drying, or fermenting to preserve the fresh goodness for the coming winter. You can also get locally grown and dried Baer’s Beans – the freshest dried legumes around –that Farmer Dave’s carries so we can get them at our market.
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, as well tasty jerky type products and their own honey. It is THANKSGIVING TURKEY time! Ask at the market or go to http://lilachedgefarm.com/thanksgiving-turkey-order-information/ to place your order.
Cheese: West River Creamery will be back this week with the most incredible cheese around. From delectable hard cheeses, to their spectacular blue, marinated feta, and lovely spreadable goat cheeses, this vendor’s cheeses are truly something special. Jane also has a line of delicious pickled veggies and mustards, as well.
Maple: Ackermann’s Maple Farm is back with all their different grades, flavors, and sizes of maple syrup, including a really cut gift pack, along with their maple creams and candies. Perfect for holiday gifts!
Seafood: Roberto’s Seafood has the best catch and the best price. If you have questions or want to place a special order, you can reach Bob and Cheryl Roberto via 617-529-5701 or [email protected] They are also at the Melrose Farmers market on Thursdays until October 25.
Specialty Foods: Coutt’s Specialty Foods with traditional preserves, Deano’s Pasta, with red and white sauce, and now with dried pasta along with the frozen, Habibi Gourmet Food has delicious Mediterranean foods, Single Barrel Cellar, with unique barrel-aged maple syrups, and Farmer Dave’s has tasty sauces, hot sauce, pickled veggies and more made from their produce in their farm kitchen.
Baked Goods: Goodies Homemade (the BEST Cookies and scones!) Swiss Bakers with breads, sweet treats, sandwiches – and you can now order a special party pretzel, too. The Bread Shop has artisan breads and pastries, and Roasted Granola, with unique, delicious granola and locally made yogurt, as well. Farmer Dave’s also has tasty baked goods made in their growing farm kitchen by Farmer Jane. They have Cider Donuts!
NEWSFLASH: Noel Powell, the mastermind and winemaker behind Aaronap Cellars, will be here this week!
Beverages This is the week of the beverages! Aaronap Cellars is here with their amazing locally made wines, many with grapes picked right here in Massachusetts and other New England states. Noel will be featuring their amazing maple dessert wine. Pony Shack Cider will also be here to close out the season, with their deliciously unique flavors along with their traditional Fifer’s Dream hard cider. This is good stuff. Plus, Tower Craft Beverages will be here so you can stock up on root beer, ginger beer and ale, orange, or grape sodas. The best!
Our super coffee guys at Pour Man’s Coffee will have the best hot coffee around to keep us all warm on what looks to be a bit of a brisk day, along with unique baked 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. Be sure to stock up – your pets will thank you.
Artisans: Sarah’s Originals, with beautiful and useful handsewn aprons, totes, placemats, pot holders, and more, will be here again on our final market day. If you have not yet checked out her products, be sure to stop by. She even has cloth (meaning washable!) baby books, and special shoulder purses for cell phones. Sarah is also happy to turn your idea into a product made just for you.
Coming Up: Our market won’t be back in action until next June, but keep an eye on melrosefarmersmarket.org as they will be holding pre-holiday markets, once each in November and December and will most likely be holding some pop up markets during the winter and spring. There will be more information about finding local farm fare and foods in an upcoming follow-up newsletter and website post.
NEWSFLASH: As of December 31, 2018, Market Manager Wendy Dennis will be resigning from the position of Market Manager, which she has held since January 2011. She is also stepping off the board of Wakefield Climate Action Project (WCAP), which is the fiscal agent of our market. No fear, there is already some excellent succession planning in progress to fill this and additional open WCAP board positions as well as to form a WFM Committee that will hire and assist the new Market Manager. The best news is that our super WFM Volunteer Team (which will include the former manager) will continue to be on hand to assist with setting up, breaking down, and handing the credit card/EBT transactions and offering general assistance at the Market Manager tent each week and ongoing educational and organizational tasks. If you are interested in taking an active part in the new organization, CLICK HERE to send us an email.
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 from mid-June to mid October. The 2019 season will run from June 15 through October 12. 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!