ALL the News for October 6: Traveling Poetry Emporium, Pop Up Library, Music by Tim Foley, TONs of Fresh Produce, Lots of Artisans, Fun for Kids!

CLICK HERE for a preview of our FINAL MARKET DAY of the Season on October 13!  Details coming here soon.  🙂

The Traveling Poetry Emporium is back again, the Pop Up Library is here for its final visit of the season, and we’ll have live music by Tim Foley, as well as all kinds of produce, specialty foods, and artisan products. 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.

We are pleased to have the Traveling Poetry Emporium back for an encore visit from 10:00 to noon. How it works: Name any topic you want. Then, in less than five minutes, a poet will compose an original, full-length poem on an antique manual typewriter, reads it aloud, and give it to you to take home, tucked into a plastic laminate sleeve for safekeeping. How cool is that? Not to be missed.

The Traveling Poetry Emporium visit is sponsored by the Wakefield-Lynnfield Chamber of Commerce, who will also be at the market sharing information about their business members and how they work to support their members and our Wakefield and Lynnfield communities.

Local musician Tim Foleys music is a mixture of jazz, blues, folk and funk with classical influences in his instrumentals. He currently has a monthly performance at Cafe Avellino in Swampscott, MA and hosts the weekly open mic every Tuesday starting at 7:00 p.m. at Feng’s Asian Cuisine in Wakefield, MA. We are looking forward to his first time playing at our market. 
The Wakefield Farmers Market Music Program is sponsored by

The Pop Up Library will be her for their last visit of the season. Stop by to check out a book, sign up for a library card and/or learn about all our library has to offer, from free passes to museums to an amazing array of programs and classes for adults and children.

Our nonprofit guest will be The Hartshorne House Associationrescheduled from last week. Along with information about the oldest home in Wakefield and related educational materials, they will be selling tickets to their upcoming “Have a Beer with the Colonel” beer-tasting event being held on November 10 with two sessions: 4-6:00 p.m. and 7-9:00 p.m. Seating is limited so don’t wait to purchase your tickets!

Suman Shah will be back 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:
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 Kayla, our Henna Tattoo artist will be here, too. As always, will 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 this week’s vendors!

For more about our vendors, Click HERE

Produce: Charlton Orchards, Farmer Dave’s, and Kelly’s Farm will have way too many types of fresh produce to list here! There will be plenty, and it is time to start stocking up and doing 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 to place your order.

CHEESE NESWFLASH:  West River Creamery will be back for our final market day on October 13. Start making your list for stocking up on cheese, pickled veggies, and mustards!

Maple: Ackermann’s Maple Farm is here with all their different grades, flavors and sizes of maple syrup, including a really cut gift pack, along with their maple creams and candies.

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]

Specialty Foods: Coutt’s Specialty Foods with traditional preserves, Deano’s Pasta, now has dried pasta along with the frozen, Habibi Gourmet Food has delicious Mediterranean foods, 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, 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!

Beverages Aaronap Cellars is here with their amazing locally made wines, many with grapes picked right here in Massachusetts and other New England states. They also have an amazing maple dessert wine. Pour Man’s Coffee is heating things up with the best hot coffee around, 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. Made with love, and it shows.

Artisans: We have Sarah’s Originals, with handsewn aprons, totes, placemats and more, Sheepshed with handspun yarn, knitted goods, and sheep motif pottery, and Trow’s Treasures with handcrafted herbal products. Alison Simcox and Doug Heath of A&D Books will be here, too, with their books about our Lake Quannapowitt, as well as Breakhart Reservation and Middlesex Fells, the latter an award-winning publication.

Sneak Peek: Next week is our FINAL MARKET DAY of the 2018 season! We will have most of our vendors here for a final “start holiday shopping early” day, with music by Mik Mersha and Patiño Vazquez of Los Sugar Kings to send us off until we start again next June.

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 for a current listing of vendors, live music, and special events and to sign up for our email newsletter. See 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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