All the news for September 22 coming soon, but for now, click here for the 9/22 event listing. Spoiler: Kev G Mor will be our musician on 9/22!
Wine, cheese, and song! Aaronap Cellars is here this week, West River Creamery is back, and we’ll have great music by local musician Alyssa Adario and some of her talented students. Plus, the Pop Up Library will be here. That and a plethora of produce and so much more. 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.
Alyssa Adario, our musician guest this week, is a well-rounded contemporary musician and songwriter, with extensive experience performing in rock and jazz ensembles, as well as a solo musician. She draws together influences from different styles and teachers to compose music that stands out for its hard hitting and powerful nature. While Alyssa primarily composes music for performance by rock bands, we will get to hear her as a solo act, and she will also be joined by three of her students: Eshan Singh (piano), Ava Remon (guitar), and Valentina Ingianni (piano), all from Lynnfield.
The Wakefield Farmers Market Music Program is sponsored by
The Pop Up Library will be here this week! Stop by to take out a book or two, or even sign up for a library card, and learn about all the amazing programs our library has to offer.
Our nonprofit guest is the Wakefield -Lynnfield Chamber of Commerce. Stop by to learn how the chamber can help you find great local businesses or how your business can benefit by becoming a member.
Suman Shah will be at the Market Kitchen Tent, creating and sharing tasty and nutritious recipes from produce she purchases at the market each market day morning. Last market day she made
Summer Squash and Corn Hash with Maple Chili Syrup – quite tasty! 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.
We’ll have balloon twisting and face painting with Yarrow and friend, and will 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 this week’s vendors!
Produce: It is getting time to think about making lots of tomato sauce! And don’t miss the cherry tomatoes – so very sweet this year! You’ll find all the summer selections and a growing number of fall produce showing up this week at Kelly’s Farm, Charlton Orchards, and Farmer Dave’s. Husk cherries made a modest appearance last week at Farmer Dave’s but I am sure there will be plenty available in the upcoming weeks. Flats has the biggest beets around and some amazing greens including Taioba – just chop and sauté for a delicious and nutritious side for your meal. 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. A shout out as to their eggs: REALLY fresh. Try them poached – I bet they’ll come out perfect!
Cheese: Yay! Jane of West River Creamery is back with hands-down the best cheese anywhere. She has a great line mustards and pickled veggies, too.
Seafood: Roberto’s Seafood has the best catch and the best price. It’s all good but the scallops have been especially phenomenal this summer!
Specialty Foods: Deano’s Pasta, now with dried pasta, too! Habibi Gourmet Food, with Mediterranean foods including amazing falafel (try it with the artichoke spinach hummus), and Farmer Dave’s has tasty sauces, hot sauces and more made from their produce in their farm kitchen.
Baked Goods: Goodies Homemade (the BEST Cookies, and more!), Swiss Bakers with breads, sweet treats, sandwiches, and their signature pretzel rolls, and The Bread Shop (lovely artisan loaves and pastries), are here, as is Roasted Granola, with uniquely 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.
Pony Shack Cider is here this week. With a rotating variety of unique flavors along with their standard Fifer’s Dream, it’s all delicious and refreshing – perfect for anytime, from a causal get-together to a formal meal. Pour Man’s Coffee will have super ice coffee and other refreshing beverages, and, weather depending, hot coffee, too! Plus, out of this world 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. Wholesome ingredients that your dog or cat will love.
Artisans: All the artisans here this week are Wakefield residents! Hiller’s Silver Studio is here with gorgeous jewelry. Artisan Greg Hiller can also create commissioned pieces, as well. Sarah Trow of Trow’s Treasures is here for her first visit of the season with pain, migraine, dream, and bug balms, herbal eye pillows, and other fun herbal/oil 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: Long time market favorite, singer-songwriter Kev G Mor will be here on 9/22! We missed him last year and are so glad to have him back at the market! Friends of Lake Quannapowitt will be here as our nonprofit guest. And, mark this date: 9/29 will feature the Drumlin Farm’s Audubon Ark and the Board of Heath will be here hosting a flu shot clinic.
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!