April 17 – Last Local Market Day Until June! Stock Up On Locally Grown & Raised Farm Fare, Great Specialty Foods, & Lovely Artisan Products!

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Last Chance to Stock Up Until June! The final market day of the Melrose-Wakefield Winter Farmers Market season will take place on Sunday April 17. This will be the last local farmers market until the Melrose Farmers Market starts up on June 9 and our Wakefield Farmers Market starts on June 18.  Please join us for a fun final day from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Memorial Hall, 590 Main Street in Melrose, conveniently located on the 136/137 bus line and with plenty of municipal parking in back of the hall.

Here are a few highlights from the last newsletter.

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LIVE MUSIC! The Mass Whole Notes, a local, eclectic group with a modern sound that can rock the classics with style, will be performing a few sets during the day to help us end the season in style.

Boston Bon Bonbons, who had to cancel last month, will be with us this month instead.

It turns out that the sap is running well for Ackermann’s Maple Farm so, unexpectedly but welcome, they will be with us for this last market day after all!

NEW: Stokes Firestarters will be with us, this month! Along with a great product, this new vender has an especially wonderful story behind the company. The owner is a young man who came up with an effective and environmentally friendly fire starting product. When I say young, I mean young¨ Stokes was founded by Adam Liszewski in 2013, when he was 13. Just three years later, the company is in over 250 stores in New England and is growing. PLUS, Adam has partnered with the Charles River Center, which works to empower folks with developmental disabilities, to produce his product. How cool is that?  Be sure to stop by to welcome Adam and his company to our market! Check the website and look for another email later this week for more information and updates.

UPDATE!  Samira of Samira’s Homemade will be at the market this Sunday! Her husband Ragab and and daughter Jasmine have been bringing their wonderful Middle Eastern Food to our market this season, but now is our chance to say hello to Samira, who is missing us. Look for her next to Goodie’s Homemade.

Home chef Amy Rindskopf will also be with us again, using produce and other products purchased at the market that morning to create an easy, tasty recipe or two for you to sample at the market and make at home.

Last month, Amy made a lovely vegetable “hash,” perfect for all occasions and that can be made with veggies you can get year round from our farmers! At the market, Amy used veggies from Oakdale Farms (potatoes and scallions) and Farmer Dave’s (celeriac, spinach, tatsoi, bok choy) and Pseudo Salt seasoning from Soluna Garden Farm. Click HERE and scroll down for the recipe.

Unfortunately, Jessica Buster can’t’ be with us this month, but feel free to bring a toy or two and use the lower cozy lower level as a place to take a play or rest break with your small children. It is accessible by stairs or elevator directly from the entrance.

We’ll have our usual café area on the stage where you can take a break, enjoy a beverage
or goodies from Pour Man’s Coffee, The Soup Guy, and your other favorite vendors.

WE STILL NEED  A FEW VOLUNTEERS!  ESPECIALLY COUNTERS! IT’S EASY!   Click HERE to Volunteer for an hour or two and help make it all happen!  We need at least one more person for setup and two 1-hour Counter spots: 1-2 and 2-3. Thank you to those who have signed up already!

Now, here’s what you’ve been waiting for:
This month’s vendors – 36 of them!

Produce: As the days get longer and the weather warmer, Farmer Dave and Oakdale Farm will have even more wonderful, fresh produce as well as winter squashes, potatoes, and apples picked last fall and kept in cold storage so we can enjoy them all winter and early Spring. Farmer Dave will have potted herbs to sell, as well.

Pasture-raised Meats, Poultry, and Eggs: Lilac Hedge Farm and Shady Pine Farm. Lilac Hedge also has honey and tasty dried beef snacks.

Cheese: West River Creamery. Along with the best cheese, Jane will also have lovely pickled products such as beets and carrots, and more.

Maple: Ackermann’s will have their delicious pure maple syrup and other tasty maple products.

Seafood: Roberto’s Seafood – freshly caught in New England waters.

Specialty Foods: Coutt’s Specialty Foods, Deano’s Pasta, In Good Taste (salsa), Jaju Pierogi (Polish Dumplings), Samira’s Homemade, The Soup Guy, and Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish.

Baked Goods: Goodies Homemade, Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, Swiss Bakers, The Popover Lady, and The Roasted Granola, which also offers locally made yogurt.

Candies: Spindler Confections with all actual natural ingredients.

Spices and Seasonings: Bondat Foods, and Soluna Garden Farm, which also offers teas and local honey.

Beverages: Aaronap Cellars (wine), Downeast Cider (hard cider) and Tower Beverages.

Pet Treats: Emmett’s Edibles, with wholesome treats for your pets!

Artisans: Kittredge Candles, Mary Ellen Crafts, Salem Street Beadery, Sarah’s Originals, Stokes Firestarters, and Trow’s Treasures.

Knife Sharpening: On The Edge Knife Sharpening will be parked outside.

As always, our market accepts SNAP benefits and will match up to $10 per market day, and “market money” accepted by all the vendors can be purchased via your credit or debit card. NOTE: you can exchange any Wakefield Market Bucks that you may still have for Melrose market money at the Market Manager Table. 

For more information, see wakefieldfarmersmarket.org and/or melrosefarmersmarket.org and if you don’t get our emails in  your inbox, sign up for our newsletters via the handy signup form on our websites to get the latest details and updates. See you at the market!

Cindy Chabot
Wendy Dennis
Co-Market Managers
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