ALL the News for September 22: Music by Betty’s Bounce! Winter Squashes Coming In, Four Artisans, Henna Tattoos, Balloons and More!

All the news for each market day comes out here on Wednesdays about noon, but for now, here is our Sneak Peek:
Next week we will have music by Patino Vazquez of Los Sugar Kings, a visit from Drumlin Farm’s Audubon Ark, and the Board of Heath will be here hosting a flu shot clinic.

Click HERE for more news about our 9/29/18 market!


Betty’s Bounce is Back! And don’t miss the final visits of the season by Kittredge Candles and Sasquatch Woodworks-it’s not too early to do some holiday shopping. For produce, hard squashes will finally be here, along with all the summery produce, 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.


Singer songwriter Kev G Mor had to cancel, but luckily, Betty’s Bounce can be here! Betty’s Bounce will be at the market this Saturday providing live music starting around 10:00 a.m. Featuring local guitarists Audie and Zach Bridges and at joined by Curtis Doo on the double bass, the band will play their special take on Django, Swing, and Gypsy jazz.
The Wakefield Farmers Market Music Program is sponsored by


Friends of Lake Quannapowitt will be our nonprofit guest this week. From testing the water, hosting cleanups around the Lake to heading up efforts addressing the goose and utility pole issues, as well as the Bricks by the Lake project, the folks at FOLQ continue to work hard to protect and enhance the waters Lake Quannapowitt and its surrounding land


We are hoping for another informational visit from Black Earth Compost. Check our website for updates since things can happen last minute.
You can also learn about their services by going to blackearthcompost.com


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 Apple Compote with Blackberry Maple Mint Sauce. 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 Kayla, our Henna Tattoo Artist, will be here as well. We 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!

For more about our vendors, Click HERE

Produce: Melons are coming in strong, the array of most awesome tasting tomatoes is amazing, and hard winter squashes will be making an appearance, along with the ongoing selection of stone fruit, berries, greens, corn, and more at Kelly’s Farm, Charlton Orchards, and Farmer Dave’s. The extra rain has been a challenge for James and Fong, our Flat’s Mentor Farm farmers, but they still have been able to bring lovely Asian greens, root veggies, spectacular herbs, and more. 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. Their baby back ribs have been amazing, by the way.

Cheese: West River Creamery is here with superb hard and soft cheeses and Jane’s selection of mustards and pickled veggies, too.

Maple: Ackermann’s Maple Farm is here this week with a super assortment of sizes as well as barrel-aged flavors, along with maple cream, candies, and more.

Seafood: Roberto’s Seafood has the best catch and the best price. Stock up – it is fresh, so it will freeze just fine.

Specialty Foods: Coutt’s is here with traditional jams and more, Deano’s Pasta, now with dried pasta, too! Habibi Gourmet Food, with authentically delicious Mediterranean foods, 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. They have Cider Donuts!

Beverages Aaronap Cellars will have a nice variety of wines including their newly debuted 2017 Stonewall White wine. It is delightful. Stop by for a taste.  Tower Craft Beverages is here for their biweekly visit – their final visit will be on October 6. Pour Man’s Coffee will have hot coffee now that the days are cooling down, 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. Always a big hit with our furry friends.

Artisans: We’ll have lovely jewelry from Be U By Rumi, candles and soaps from Kittredge Candles, and amazing woodworked pieces from Sasquatch Woodworks. This is the last visit from the two latter, so be sure to keep that in mind. 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 we will have music by Patino Vazquez of Los Sugar Kings, a visit from 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!

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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