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NEWSFLASH! TAKE NOTE, it’s time to VOTE! It is time to keep our market on the map via the American Farmland Trust Annual Farmers Market Celebration! Go to: markets.farmland.org and type in 01880, or use the handy link on our wakefieldfarmersmarket.org website to “recommend” our Wakefield Farmers Market. Last year our farmers market came in 1st in Massachusetts and #22 nationally in the “People’s Choice” and “Pillar of the Community” categories. The contest runs until September 22, at which time American Farmland Trust will present awards to the most endorsed markets in four special areas, as well as the “People’s Choice” award at the end of the Celebration.
Betty’s Bounce will be back at the market on August 19 for the second of two visits this season, 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. They may also share an Italian song or two in honor of the Italian Festival taking place in downtown Wakefield this Saturday from 2-8:00 p.m. Music at our market will start at 10:00 a.m.
The Wakefield Farmers Market Music Program is sponsored by
Cooking demos are back! Suman Shah of Fork on a Road (forkonaroad.com) will be back in the Market Kitchen Tent to create a quick, easy, and tasty recipe or two featuring produce available at the market that morning. You will find the Market Kitchen tent to the left of the Market Manager tent. Stop by to try a bite! Cooking demos typically start around 10:00 a.m.
You can also always find our recipes on our new Market Kitchen Tent website: wfmmarketkitchen.site You can go directly to our new site (and be sure to bookmark it!) or click the link to it via our main website.
Yarrow will be with us making his magic with balloons, the Kid’s Activity tent will be stocked with plenty of paper and crayons, and we always have hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, and jump ropes on hand for kids of all ages. There might be some bubbles, too!
Before we go to the vendor list, here are this week’s specials and news from our vendors:
- Emmett’s Edibles If your dog has not yet tried Emmett’s Peanut Butter Dreams stop by and pick some up $6.99 each or 3 for $18.00…they are dreamy!Farmer Dave’s Donut peaches, still picking strawberries, blackberries and raspberries! Gorgeous Paula Red and Ginger Gold apples! Yellow and red watermelons and cantaloupe. Heirloom and Cherry tomatoes….and so much more!And, don’t forget, SNAP folks can get there HIP benefits at Farmer Dave’s!
Charlton Orchards will have three kinds of apples, and their blackberries will be in next week!
Swiss Bakers Will have more yummy sandwiches and pretzel burger buns!
BE SURE TO click HERE to check for any late-breaking specials updates!
Now, here’s what you’ve been waiting for – the official list of week’s vendors!
Produce: Charlton Orchards, Farmer Dave, and Kelly’s Farm – along with apples coming in, MELONS are now at our market, along with all the berries and greens, stone fruits, corn, all kinds of tomatoes, summer squashes and lots more. Flat’s Mentor Farm has its signature pea tendrils and amazing herbs, as well as more traditional local veggies. Hoping for loofa squash!
Dried Legumes: Farmer Dave’s has Baer’s Beans! Grown and dried in Maine by Farmers Charley and Carol Baer, they are the best and so fresh there is no need to soak before cooking.
Pasture-raised Meats, Poultry, and Eggs: As always, Lilac Hedge Farm has a great assortment of locally raised meats, poultry, and eggs, along with their local. honey. They also often have yummy jerky type products, including dog treats, as well. Charlton Orchards also always has eggs along with their other family farm fare.
Cheese: West River Creamery. Be sure to stop by and get some of the very best cheese, including hard cheeses, an amazing blue that will knock your socks off, and soft goat cheeses as well. The very best cheese around!
Seafood: Michelle Kraft aka The Fish Lady has excellent locally caught seafood from Red’s Best. The scallop have been especially amazing this year. She also often offers seafood frozen right off the boat for those who want to have seafood that tastes like fresh later in the week. Also- you might want to stock up because Michelle needs to take next week off from our market!
Specialty Foods: Coutts Specialty Foods is here this week, as is Deano’s Pasta, Habibi Gourmet with Middle Eastern foods, and Jaju Piergo, with Polish dumplings from their grandfather’s recipes. Farmer Dave’s stand has dried apples, jarred sauces, and more made from their produce depending on the week. Charlton Orchards also has tasty jarred salsa, and jams, and pickles from their kitchen. And for pickled veggies and totally amazing mustards, see Jane at the West River Creamery tent.
Baked Goods: Goodies Homemade, (caramel corn and cookies) Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, Swiss Bakers, (sandwiches, too) The Bread Shop, The Popover Lady (pies, too), and Roasted Granola, which also. offers local honey and locally made Greek yogurt.
Beverages: Pony Shack Cider (you need to try their ciders – fantastic! – and Pour Man’s Coffee, the latter with the cold brew coffee and refreshing fruit and tea beverages around. They also have unique treats to enjoy at the market as well as Fair Trade coffee beans from Dean’s Beans to take home.
Pet Treats: Emmett’s Edibles has wholesome treats for dogs AND even some for cats!
Artisans: Hiller’s Silver Studio with beautiful jewelry, Sarah’s Originals with handmade aprons, potholders, and even children’s books, along with Alison Simcox and Doug Heath with their books about local landmarks and parks.
Before we go on, don’t forget:
Volunteers ALWAYS welcome and needed!
NOTE: Potential volunteers are always welcome to “shadow” a volunteer doing a task you are interested in learning how to do before you sign up for a market day volunteer spot next year.
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!
The Wakefield Farmers Market runs RAIN OR SHINE (except in dangerous weather, e.g. lightning or hurricane conditions). Our next summer season will run from June 17 through October 14, 2017.Please visit www.wakefieldfarmersmarket.org for a complete listing of vendors and upcoming events and to sign up for the email newsletter. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumbler! See you at the Market!Wendy Dennis and Heather Tribe