August 27 Market Day: Meet The Farmer! Sugar Pumpkins, Eggplant: Quick and Easy, Stock Up at Bondat Foods

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Don’t miss yet another great day at the market this Saturday, with a visit by Farmer Tom Corbett, co-owner of Lilac Hedge Farm, a return visit from the popular Wakefield Memorial High School Alumni Foundation, and a cooking demo that will get you shopping at all three of our produce farmers. The Wakefield Farmers Market takes place at Hall Park, on the shores of Lake Quannapowitt, each Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. from June 18 through October 15, 2016.

Unfortunately, Singer Songwriter Kev G Mor will NOT be able to be with us this week. We are looking for another musician because live music is the best. But, no worries: We have great soundtracks created by former Market Manager Kelli Stromski that will keep us tapping our toes all day long if we can’t find a musician with last minute availability.

The Wakefield Memorial High School Alumni Foundation (WMHSAF) will be our nonprofit guest this week. Founded in 2006, the foundation’s mission is to work with the administration and community to support the education of our students. Along with supporting specific special projects, WMHSAF gives a $500 scholarship to a graduating student each year and presents an Alumni Hall of Fame award on a biannual basis. Stop by and show your support by purchasing a handy seat cushion decorated with the WMHS logo to use at sporting events, as a kneeler in your garden, or just to dress up your den or family room.

WHAT’S COOKING? Last week we used corn from Farmer Dave’s and Kelly’s Farm and mint from Flats Mentor Farm (they have AMAZING mint) to make Caramelized Corn with Fresh Mint. Oh my. Really good. You will find the recipe, including the handy hint as to how to cut the kernels off the cob with no mess, as well as other recipes, on the website. Hard copies of recipes are also at the Market Kitchen tent next to the Market Manager tent. Stop by between 10-11 or so to find out what the cooking demo will be about this week. A quick easy way to use eggplant and other veggies will most likely be the feature. As always, all the main ingredients will be sourced that morning from our farmers and specialty food vendors. And remember: If you see something at one of our farmers’ tents that you want to try, let us know and we will get it, wash it off, and chop or slice it up for you to try!

Yarrow or Blake will be with us this week bringing their super balloon twisting skills, we will have the Kid’s Activity tent set up and stocked with plenty of paper and crayons. As always, there will be hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, and jump ropes on hand for kids of all ages, and we now have an extra tent and chairs set up so folks can take a break from shopping in a bit of shade.

And, before we go on, don’t forget:
Volunteers ALWAYS welcome and needed!
You can sign up here for spots and tasks throughout the entire season.

As of Friday  afternoon, we could use one more for Breakdown.  Bring your friends! Many hands make light work!  If three folks sign up, it can be done in a half an hour.  Since Assistant Manager Heather Tribe is not here this week, more than three would be great.

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.

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: , or use the handy link on our website to “recommend” our Wakefield Farmers Market. Right now we are still holding at #1 in Massachusetts in all but one category, but slipping to #21 or #22, depending on the category, in the USA. The contest runs until September 21, 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.

NEWSFLASH: West River Creamery and Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish will NOT be here this week or next week. They will both be back for the rest of the season on September 10.

Produce: Along with all the corn, tomatoes, peppers, melons, berries, greens, beans, squash, and so much more from Farmer Dave’s and Kelly’s Farm, Kelly’s Farm will have sugar pumpkins, too! And, I think there are freshly picked apples coming from Farmer Dave’s. Don’t miss a stop at Flats Mentor Farm. Along with lovely Asian greens and select root veggies and squash, they have parsley, mint, two varieties of basil, and cilantro that will knock your socks off.

ANOTHER NEWSFLASH! Check this out! Farmer Dave’s tomatoes won a bunch of awards!  Click HERE to read all about it!

Pasture-raised Meats, Poultry, and Eggs: Lilac Hedge Farm, owned by Ryan Mckay and Tom Corbett, both in their mid-twenties, has all kinds steaks, chops, ribs, and sausages, as well as ground beef and pork, cuts of lamb, and poultry and eggs. They also offer CSA shares which can be picked up at our market. AND, Farmer Tom will be here this week! Be sure to stop by to say hello.

Specialty Foods: Stock up on  Bondat Foods’ wonderful rubs and seasonings! After this week, they will not be back until 9/24. Note:Tthis market manager makes sure to keep all six varieties in stock in her kitchen. In Good Taste (with the very best salsa!) will be here for their bi-weekly visit. Deano’s, Pasta (great sauces, too) and Samira’s Homemade (the best Middle Eastern foods) are here as well.

Baked Goods: Goodies Homemade has the best cookies, Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery has simple yet elegant artisan loaves, Swiss Bakers has everything from sweet to savory, including sandwiches on their signature rolls, and The Popover Lady has amazing popovers, pies and scones. And, for breakfast treats and more, Roasted Granola has delectable granola as well as locally made Greek yogurt and local honey.

Beverages: Aaronap Cellars will be here this week, with their award-winning locally produced wines; stop by to say hello to owner Noel Powell, who will be here this week. Our coffee and beverage mainstay Pour Man’s Coffee will or course be here. Be sure to try at least one of their fruit, tea, or coffee beverages and uniquely delicious baked goods. You can also purchase Fair Trade coffee that Dean’s Beans blends especially for them.

Pet Treats: You cannot go wrong with canine and feline pet treats from Emmett’s Edibles!

Artisans: For artisans, we will have a visit by All About Corks, with delightful decorative items for home and garden. Kaleidoscope Soap and Salem Street Beadery will also be here, and  Alsion Simcox and Doug Heath will also join us with their great books about Lake Quannapowitt, Breakheart, and The Fellsway. We may have one more artisan, so check the website for updates.

As always, along with accepting credit and debit cards, we also proudly welcome SNAP/EBT transactions in exchange for “Market Bucks.” Our marketcontinues 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.

COMING UP: For music,September 3: Amy Spillert, September 1: Kev G Mor, September 17: Kali Stoddard-Imarin, September 24: Banjo extra-ordinaires Ed Britt and Don Borchelt. Also, the Friends of Beebe Library Book Give-Away will take place on September 10, Drumlin Farm’s Audubon Ark will make their annual appearance on September 24. And there is still more in the planning!

The Wakefield Farmers Market runs RAIN OR SHINE (except in dangerous weather, e.g. lightening or hurricane conditions).  The market opens at 9:00 a.m. and closes at 1:00 p.m. every Saturday starting June 18 through October 15, 2016.

Please visit for a complete listing of vendors and upcoming events and to sign up for the email newsletter.  You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter. See you at the Market!Wendy Dennis
Market Manager

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