The Annual Friends of Beebe Library Book Give-Away is this week! We’ll have great tunes by Willie T & Doctor X, the Wakefield Human Rights Commission will be here, and there will be gorgeous produce, tasty specialty foods, and a lovely selection of artisan fare this week. 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.
The Annual Friends of Beebe Library Book Give-Away will take place at the market this week, so be sure to bring some extra bags for books! Along with bringing LOTS of books that you can take home for free, they will also have a small display of Beebe goods for sale, such as local honey, note pads, book bags, and umbrellas.
Our musician guests this week, Willie T & Doctor X, perform mostly as an acoustic duo, and sometimes with a full rock & roll band known first as Willie T & the Red Line Cruisers, and later as Hogs on Ice. Given that they are described in the review section of their website as “living proof that major labels miss the best musicians,” and “[Their] clever lyrics and understated arrangements hit you like really strong coffee after a hangover,” I think we will very much enjoy their first visit to our market.
The Wakefield Farmers Market Music Program is sponsored by
The Wakefield Human Rights Commission will be here, as well. Please be sure to stop by to learn about the many upcoming and annual programs they have developed to support their mission of promoting the civil and human rights of all people in Wakefield, with the goal of reinforcing positive relationships in the community and to create educational programs to foster a greater understanding and appreciation for diversity.
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 an amazing Grilled Peach and Kale Salad with Blueberry Mustard Dressing. 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.
Black Earth Compost will be at our market this week! In business since 2010, the company has recently started servicing Wakefield, providing a weekly pickup of compostable waste from residential homes and businesses. Do stop by to learn how easy it is to divert compostable materials out of the trash system and back into the earth. It’s a win-win for all.
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: Melons, berries, and stone fruits, oh my! And just about everything else you can think of as we enter to full harvest season. Potatoes and apples, root veggies and beans, carrots, eggplant, corn, tomatoes… You will find them all at Chartlon Orchards, Kelly’s Farm, and Farmer Dave’s. Look for tasty Asian greens and unique veggies at Flats Mentor Farm, and 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. Fun Facts: Ryan and Tom started Lilac Hedge Farm in the early months of 2011 at 20 years of age, while both were attending school full time as well as each maintaining a part time job. And, Ryan has a pet camel named Joshua! Check out lilachedgefarm.com to learn more about these two young farmers. They are amazing!
NEWSFLASH: No cheese this week. Jane will be back with her delectable cheeses on 9/15.
Seafood: Roberto’s Seafood has the best catch and the best price. We are happy to have them at our market!
Specialty Foods: Coutt’s Specialty Foods is back with traditional preserves, Deano’s Pasta (super marinara sauce, too) and Habibi Gourmet Food, with Mediterranean foods including amazing falafel, will be here. Plus, 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, really!), Swiss Bakers with breads, sweet treats, sandwiches, and their signature pretzel rolls, and The Bread Shop (lovely artisan loaves and more), 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.
NEWSFLASH: Aaronap Cellars will be debuting a new 2017 Stonewall White wine this week!
Beverages: It’s a wine and root beer week with Aaronap Cellars (superb wines!) and Tower Craft Beverages (you need to try their ginger beer) on hand. And, to wake you up, we have Pour Man’s Coffee with super ice coffee and other refreshing beverages, 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 and much-loved by our pets.
Artisans: B U By Rumi with hand-crafted jewelry, Sarah’s Originals with hand-sewn placemats, aprons, pot holders, purses, and more, Sheepshed is back with hand-spun yarns (Donna often spins at the market!) and more. A&D Books, is 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 local musician Alyssa Adario and some of her students, and the Pop-Up Library will be here!
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!