December 20 Market Preview and IMPORTANT SURVEY: Whole Wheat Pasta?

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Click HERE to take the survey – Do you want whole wheat pasta?

Mark your calendar! The Melrose-Wakefield Winter Farmers Market will hold its 2nd market day of the season on Sunday December 20, just in time for you to finish your shopping for all the holiday festivities, from last minute gifts, to local ingredients for your favorite recipes. The market is open the 3rd Sunday of the month through April 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.

CLICK HERE to Help Make it All Happen! Volunteers still needed to fill out the day.  Just click the link to go to our VolunteerSpot page!

Kittredge Candles will be joining us this month for their first winter visit, as will 7ate9 Bakery and Atlantic Saltworks. Plus, Barefoot Books is back one more time this winter season with their excellent books and other fun and educational items for the kids.

AND, some more excellent news is that Patti Small of On The Edge Knife Sharpening will be with us. Just look for her van in the parking lot.

NEWSFLASH! There is still time to order a holiday roast from Lilac Hedge Farm. They might still have a few BIG turkeys left and also are offering a number of beef, lamb, and smoked ham roasts. You will be able to pick up your roast at our December 20 market. Go to to place your order. For more information, contact the farmers via email: [email protected] or via phone: Ryan: 774-249-4675 Tom: 978-257-2207.

We are very excited to welcome Baer’s Best for their first of two visits this winter season! Carol and Charley Baer have been growing “dry beans” on their farm for over 25 years, Types include Jacob’s Cattle, Yellow Eye, Soldier and others that have been New England staples since Colonial times. While there is an ongoing battle as to whether beans should be soaked before cooking, (I recently moved over to the “no soaking” camp) the Baer’s point out that their beans are always fresh and cooks quickly, without the need for presoaking. You can learn more by visiting and finding them on Facebook.

SURVEY! Deano’s Pasta wants to know if they should bring some of their whole wheat products with them to our market. Help them decide by taking the survey at You will also find a link to the survey at

NOTE: Wakefield folks might not be aware that our vendor Lulu’s Gluten Free Foods has pasta, also!

We’ll have all the info as to music, and other activities for you next week. But, in the meantime, here is the list of vendors scheduled to be at the December 20 market day:

Aaronap Cellars, Atlantic Saltworks, Barefoot Books, Baer’s Beans, Bondat Foods, Coutts Specialty Foods, Dick’s Market Garden, Deano’s Pasta, Down East Cider, Emmett’s Edibles, Farmer Dave’s, The Fish Lady, Goodies Homemade, In Good Taste, Kaleidescope Soap, Kittredge Candles, Lilac Hedge Farm, Lulu’s Gluten Free Foods, Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, Oakdale Farm, On the Edge Knife Sharpening, The Popover Lady, Pour Man’s Coffee, The Roasted Granola, Roberto’s Seafood, Samira’s, Sarah’s Originals, 7ate9 Bakery, Shady Pine Farm, Soluna Garden Farm, Spindler Confections, Swiss Bakers, Trow’s Treasures, Vermont Gourmet Candy, West River Creamery and Wicked Good Soap.

As always, the 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. 

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Wendy Dennis
Cindy Chabot
Co-Market Managers
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