ALL the News for September 29: Drumlin Farms, Barefoot Books, Music by Patiño Vazquez, Flu Shots, So Much Produce, Four NEWSFLASHES!

The October 6 News will be posted here on Wednesday. In the meantime, Click Here for the basics about 10/6/18

Drumlin Farms and Barefoot Books are here this week, as is the BOH, with flu shots available from 10-noon, as well three great nonprofit groups offering all kinds of info and opportunities. Plus, all the fresh produce and specialty foods, of course. 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.

Drumlin Farms’ Audubon Ark will make its annual appearance at WFM this Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to noon. Wendy Ernst will be bringing a baby snapping turtle, an Eastern screech owl, and a cedar waxwing, as well as “you can touch” artifacts.

The Wakefield Board of Health will be here for the day with great information and high-quality bicycle helmets on sale for only $15. Their flu shot clinic will take place from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Bring your insurance card or, if not covered, the cost is $10.

We will be treated by a solo performance by Patiño Vazquez, a member of Los Sugar Kings, a Boston-based quartet known for their dynamic live performances, rich harmonies, and intense musicianship. They perform music that is based on Agro-Cuban music along with influences from nearly every continent in a unique roots-rock-reggae fusion repertoire. The Wakefield Farmers Market Music Program is sponsored by The Savings Bank.
The Wakefield Farmers Market Music Program is sponsored by

We have three great nonprofit guests that benefit our entire community and beyond this week!

The West Side Social Club brings all the wonderful morning events and evening fireworks to Wakefield each July 4. They will have information about the club, membership details, their standard 4th of July donation buckets, and a drawing for a free hall rental.

Sustainable Wakefield will be here as well sharing information about Black Earth Compost, and more! This group of like-minded residents is interested in learning and sharing about the environment, as well as advocating for sustainability issues. They are looking to grow and take on some projects, including working with WFM to help create a new management structure to ensure the continued success of our market. Do stop by to learn how you can help!

Suman Shah is taking the week off, but Greg will be in the Market Kitchen Tent this week, creating and sharing tasty and nutritious recipes from produce he 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, 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: Our farmers still have most of the summer and a growing amount of the fall produce coming in, so there is plenty and something for everyone, from berries and stone fruit, to peppers, beans summer and winter squashes, corn, tomatoes, and one of my favs, Romanesco broccoli. 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.

PRODUCE NESWFLASH:  Due to repeated flooding, our Flats Mentor farmers need to end their market season early this year, not an easy decision, but farming is not an easy occupation. If anything changes, we’ll keep you updated, but for now, we don’t expect them back until next season.

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. Grilling tip: For a foolproof burger that is tough to overcook, use half each ground beef and ground pork.

CHEESE NESWFLASH:  West River Creamery will not be back until our final market day on October 13. Start making your list for stocking up on cheese, pickled veggies, and mustards!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. 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]

SALSA NESWFLASH:  Pam of In Good Taste has retired and will not be finishing out the season. We’ll let you know if and where her salsa and salsatino will be available in the future.

Specialty Foods: Deano’s Pasta, now has dried pasta along with the frozen – and you can always special order products such as whole wheat fusilli, which is fabulous, by the way. Habibi Gourmet Food has delicious Mediterranean foods. Have you tried their baklava? 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!

BEVERAGE NESWFLASH:  Tower Craft Beverages, originally scheduled for 10/6, will be back one more time on October 13 so you can stock up on our final market day of the season.

Beverages Pony Shack Cider makes small batch, artisanal cider from locally sourced ingredients. Their standard is Fifer’s Dream, and they also have specialty flavors such as Barrel-Me-Over, Hopsborough, Pear of Ponies, and more, depending on the season. All delightful! Pour Man’s Coffee will have the best hot coffee around 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. Made with love, and it shows.

Artisans: It’s all about books, this week! Barefoot Books will be here with award-winning books and more for kids, and 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 Tim Foley, the Pop Up Library, and The Traveling Poet Emporium will be back, thanks to the Wakefield-Lynnfield Chamber of Commerce, who will also be here as our nonprofit guest.

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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