Looks like the weather for Saturday, August 3 will be another perfect summer day! This week’s market will feature lots of local, fresh picked fruits and veggies, the best fish, meat, dairy, flower bouquets that will last for weeks, the yummiest baked goods and breads, syrups, jellies, jams you can only find at the market. Plus artisans with handmade quality products, and as always, we will have balloon twisting, and kid’s activity tent stocked with drawing materials. Plus hula hoops, jump ropes, and sidewalk chalk, and special events throughout the season, it’s a great place to shop, have a picnic, play, or just hang out on the shore of Lake Quannapowitt. The Wakefield Farmers Market takes place at Hall Park (next to Veterans Field, GPS 468 North Ave Wakefield MA) each Saturday through October 12, 2019.
Market day will feature music by Tim Foley, a guitarist/vocalist and songwriter who melds jazz, blues, folk, funk and classical into his vocal songs and instrumentals. He has a delightful guitar instrumental CD and is currently working with a group in recording an album of his jazzier material. The Wakefield Farmers Market Music Program is sponsored by The Savings Bank.
Our guest Wendy Dennis will be preparing a perfect summer dish using in season produce and ingredients chosen that morning from our market. Wendy’s recipes are always quick, easy and delicious. Check out the weekly recipes on our website, they are a great resource for a quick and healthy no cook summer side dish.. Thanks to The Wakefield Cooperative Bank, our Market Kitchen Tent and Farm/Food Education sponsor.
Yarrow, our balloon artist will be here, twisting balloons into imaginative creations for the kids. As always, 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, crayons, as well.
We are pleased to have our neighbors, the Col. James Hartshorne House Association, as one of our nonprofit guests this week. They will be sharing information about this historic home as well as publicizing their popular annual Ice Cream Social that they will be hosting on August 8.
A Call to Local Charitable Organizations! Now is the time to act if you would like a free spot at our market this season. Just go to the Nonprofit Group page on wakefieldfarmersmarket.org, review the guidelines to make sure you fit the criteria, and then download the application form and scan and email to [email protected] with a few possible dates. You can also mail your application to WFM, PO Box 1426 Wakefield MA 01880.
Here’s what you came here for – our vendor list for August 3:
Produce: All our farmers will be stocked with fresh produce, each featuring their own special items. Pick up some fresh garlic and onions at Farmer Dave’s. You’ll never want to buy them from the store again. Fay Mountain Farm will have their fresh greens, berries and giant zucchini great for stuffing! Kelly’s Farm with a local corn, carrots, and freshest cut flowers that will last for weeks. Flats Mentor Farm with specialty Asian greens and herbs, all gorgeous to look at, scrumptious to taste.
Pasture-raised Meats, Poultry, and Eggs: Lilac Hedge Farm will have all you need for locally raised meats, poultry, and eggs. If you have never had a farm fresh egg – you are missing out! Check out their yummy jerky type products.
Seafood: Roberto’s Seafood will be have plenty of fresh seafood on hand. The freshest seafood around at fabulous prices. You can even pre-order and have it ready for you at the market. Call Roberto’s Seafood for details.
Specialty Foods: Grateful Tastes will be joining us with their unique jams and jellies. Like a spicy jelly? Try their apple and chili jam (which goes great with pork from Lilac Hedge). Deano’s Pasta, delicious, fresh pasta and sauces (add some fresh market veggies and you’ve got a delicious meal). Their ravioli is amazing. Fork on a Road brings vegetarian and vegan Market Day Meal Kits, inspired by the local harvest and Suman’s global pantry that include ingredients sourced direct from local producers. Plus her homemade spice blends, unique chutneys and snacks. Try the Barley Beet Risotto- great hot or cold. Habibi Gourmet Food (Mediterranean fare), has the very best authentic Egyptian and Lebanese food. Try their fresh baked pita bread and garlic cauliflower – yummy!.
Baked Goods: Goodies Homemade, is here with her famous scones and baked goods. I’m a big fan of the macaroons. Swiss Bakers (a pretzel really hits the spot), The Bread Shop will have their famous cinnamon rolls and Maine Grain bread, and Roasted Granola, which also offers locally honey.
Beverages: Aaronap Cellars (wine) are showcasing the best in Northeast wine making. Rosé all day! Pony Shack Cider returns with their small batch, artisanal hard cider. Pour Man’s Coffee is here, with the BEST ice coffee and other beverages, plus treats to enjoy at the market. Try the Watermelon Agua Fresca, you won’t be sorry. They also sell Fair Trade coffee beans from Dean’s Beans to take home.
Pet Treats:Emmett’s Edibles, with healthy treats for your canine and feline friends.
Artisans: Bri’s Dyes is here for the first time with their unique tees and hand dyed and tie dyed accessories . Jennifer’s Soaps is back their handmade soaps and bath products. Soaps that look and smell so scrumptious, you’ll forget it’s soap! Also, Alison Simcox and Doug Heath with their books about Lake Quannapowitt, Breakheart, and recent award winner, The Fellsway.
Sneak Peak: Next week is National Farmers Market Week! Join us for a visit from Curious Creatures, the Pop up Library, live music and more
There are plenty of volunteer opportunities at our market. Just go to the How To Volunteer page on our website or stop by the Market Manager table once the market gets going to learn how. Many hands make a better market for all.
The VOLUNTEER SignUp for 2019 is ready for action!
Click HERE to sign up for one or more spots. If you are not sure how you want to help, stop by on a market day to see what it is all about before signing up.
The market will continue to accept both SNAP/EBT and credit/debit cards for the purchase of Market Bucks for shopping, and will again be matching SNAP purchases up to $10 per visit so that everyone can afford to get fresh and healthy foods at our market. And, Farmer Dave’s is again taking part in the Healthy Initiative Program (HIP).
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 from mid-June to mid October. The 2019 season will run from June 15 through October 12. 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!
AnnMarie Gallivan, Market Manager