First, a big thank you to all who helped make our opening day a resounding success with record-breaking attendance! With good weather expected, two new vendors, and some really great live music, the 2nd market day of our season is shaping up to be another wonderful event.
NEW VENDORS !
Be sure to give a warm welcome to new vendors Aaronap Cellars and Hiller’s Silver Studio.
Aaronap Cellars is a micro-winery located in Westford, MA that focuses on producing small volume, innovative, artisanal wines from the best vineyards and orchards in New England and beyond. From Chardonnay to Malbec, to their unique Forest Gold Maple Wine, this local winery is quite a find. Tasting is available.
We are also welcoming Greg Hiller of Hiller’s Silver Studio, who transforms silver sheets and wire and hand cut & polished stones, rocks & minerals into fine jewelry.
For live music, we are excited to have the Los Sugar Kings Duo featuring Patino Vazquez and Dan Abreu, the latter a new resident of Wakefield. The two are part of Los Sugar Kings, a Boston-based Cuban Roots, Rock & Reggae Fusion quartet who write, record, and perform across the North-East United States and are 2015 New England Music Award Winners. This should be quite a treat!
WE ARE HERE ON JULY 4th! We will be sure to put back any parade placeholder chairs that we may need to temporarily move a bit during the market day. Also – all children’s parade contestants are invited to stop by the market before or after their event to show us their creations and get entered into a drawing for $25 in Market Bucks to share with their family. Consider spending the day in town: the parade starts at 4:30 and there are fireworks in the evening! Click HERE for all the details – and, kids are still needed to carry signs in the parade. The pay is $20! No need to be a Wakefield resident to take part. Just click HERE!
NOTE: We will be reviving our “Music and Arts in Wakefield” bulletin board this week, and have some events ready to post, but feel free to stop by the Market Manager Tent with brochures, or email an electronic version to [email protected]
As always, we will have Yarrow, twisting balloons, and we sure hope that magician Derek Dubois will be back. Both were quite busy last week bringing many smiles of wonder. We will of course also have hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, and jump ropes on hand for kids of all ages. If you are interested in organizing a chalk drawing or hula hoop contest or exhibition, let us know!
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 each for set up and breakdown and could REALLY use someone to take the General Table spot from 9-11. And someone to pick up the signs. 🙂 Thanks!
Thank you to: Alison, Doug, Gabrielle, Marietta, Robin, and Sarah for already signing up for 6/27/15! Click HERE to learn about all the volunteer opportunities
We like to remind folks that, 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.
Our market will continue participating in the Plant A Carrot Campaign, a program designed to help farmers markets raise funds as well as raise awareness of farmers and farmers markets all across the country. “Carrots” will be available for sale ($5 each) all season at the market. To learn more and to get your very own Carrot, be sure to stop by the Market Manager tent!
- We are hoping that Flats Mentor Farm, with their superb Asian greens and herbs, to start this week.
- Due to some positive growth challenges, Lilac Hedge Farm will be coming every other week this year. They will NOT be here THIS week but will be back on July 4. They hope to be back on a weekly basis next season.
- Kelly’s Farm is with us, but Mary and Greg of Kelly’s Farm have retired from doing farmers markets. They send a big thank you to all of us for being so nice! Be sure to give a kind welcome to the new Kelly’s Farm folks.
Now, here’s what you’ve been waiting for – this week’s vendors!
As the season progresses, Farmer Dave’s, Kelly’s Farm, and Charlton Orchards will have a growing assortment of freshly picked vegetables and berries, with Charlton Orchards also offering pasture-raised beef, eggs, and wine made from their orchard fruits. Note: the Market Manager would like to give a special shout-out to the Charlton’s fruit wines – they are luscious! We are hoping Flats Mentor Farm will be with us, as well.
Copicut Farms will have fresh chicken and eggs, pasture-raised on their farm in Dartmouth, and West River Creamery will have a lovely assortment of excellent cow and goat cheeses made from milk from pasture-raised herds.
Swiss Bakers will be on hand – look for them in their new spot along the lakeside part of the market. At least, that is the plan as of press time. In any case, they will be with us! The Popover Lady will be here, most likely with co-baker Jay MacNevin manning the tent, and Goodies Homemade will have the best cookies around. Also on board are Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, Fior D’Italia, Samira’s Homemade, The Fish Lady, Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish, and The Roasted Granola, who also sells locally made yogurt – perfect for breakfast by the lake. And, Coutt’s Specialty Foods (Mother’s Pure Preserves) will be here for their first biweekly visit.
As noted above, we are welcoming Aaronap Cellers this Saturday for their first biweekly visit, and, as always, Pour Man’s Coffee will have the finest of hot and cold beverages, including Fair Trade coffee, teas, concoctions from fresh in-season fruits, and unique and totally delicious baked treats. You can also buy their special blend of Fair Trade coffee beans from Dean’s Beans at their tent.
All About Corks is here this week, with really unique and lovely decorations, Kittredge Candles (always a favorite!) will be here, and, as noted, Hiller’s Silver Studio will be part of the artisan lineup this week. Kaleidoscope Soap and Wicked Good Soap will be on hand, as well.
Be sure to check out Wick Good Soap’s scented and unscented Lotion Bars. This new product puts soothing lotion in a handy applicator so you can just apply the moisturizer without getting your hands all messy.
To round things off, local authors Doug Heath and Alison Simcox are back this year to sell the books they have authored about local landmarks, including Lake Quannapowitt, Breakheart Reservation, and their newest about Middlesex Fells.