February 21 Market Day: Fresh Greens and More, Baer’s Best, Ackermann’s Maple, Cooking Demo, Singalong for Kids – Come On Down!

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It was a great day!  Click HERE for pictures from the day, and check  back for updates about our next market day on March 20, 2016!

This Sunday! The Melrose-Wakefield Winter Farmers Market will hold its 4th market day of the season on Sunday February 21. 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.
NEWSFLASH:  Farmer Dave of Farmer Dave’s is planning to stop by for a visit!


Be sure to check out our newest vendors, Boston Bonbon and Jaju Pierogi. Boston Bonbon specialized in French macaroons featuring unique flavors like Earl Grey Tea, Lavender Honey, Thai Iced Tea, Raspberry Rose and many more. Jaju Pierogi create tasty polish dumplings, or pierogi, all by hand, based their grandfather’s 65-year-old, time-tested recipes.

Ackermann’s Maple Farm is back! We didn’t expect them back in the area until this summer, but we are glad they changed their plans.

FARMER DAVE of Farmer Dave’s will be at the market this Sunday! He is excited about all the fresh greenhouse greens his is bringing.

Donna Carlstrom of Sheepshed will also join us this month with handspun and hand-dyed yarns and delightful sheep pottery. She will be demonstrating her hand-spinning technique.


Baer’s Best will be back for one more visit with their wonderful dried beans. No worries about tough old beans when you buy from them, plus they have an amazing selection of heirloom varieties that you just won’t find on the typical grocer’s shelves.

FOR THE KIDS: Jessica Buster will once again present her BabySongs program during the market day in the cozy lower level, accessible by stairs or elevator directly from the entrance. She has an informal and engaging styles, with a repertoire that includes old favorites and more unusual offerings, traditional folk songs, participatory movement songs, puppets, and the use of song-based picture books. This is a great option for families with young children. One adult can shop while the other hangs out as their kids enjoy live, interactive entertainment. A win-win!

FOR ALL AGES: Home chef Amy Rindskopf will also be with us again, using produce and other products purchased at the market that morning to create some easy, tasty recipes for you to sample at the market and make at home. Last month she made a really tasty vegetarian “bubble and squeak.” Be sure to stop by the “market kitchen” in the upper level of the hall to see what Amy will create for us this month. We expect beans from Baer’s Best to be on the menu.

Take break from shopping, have a snack, or just enjoy the background music featuring soundtracks created for the Wakefield summer market.

Don’t Forget: We can’t do this without your help!  Click HERE to Volunteer for an hour or two and help make it all happen! As of Saturday early morning, we still need a Customer Counters for the 12-1 and 2-3 shifts (it’s easy!) and two more folks to help us breakdown and pack up at the end of the day. We have to be out by 4:00 or incur additional fees, so we really appreciate all hands on deck at the end of the day!

Now, here’s what you’ve been waiting for – this month’s vendors!

Produce: Farmer Dave (fresh greenhouse greens, along with lots more) and Oakdale Farm (kale, potatoes, carrots, onions, spinach, and mesculin salad mix, as well as their eggs.)

Pasture-raised Meats, Poultry, and Eggs: Lilac Hedge Farm and Shady Pine Farm. Lilac Hedge also has honey.

Dried Beans: Baer’s Best (\Grown in Maine and as fresh as can be.)

Cheese: West River Creamery. Along with the best cheese, Jane will also have pickled products and more.

Maple: Ackermann’s will have their delicious pure maple syrup and other tasty maple products.

Seafood: Roberto’s Seafood

Specialty Foods: Coutt’s Specialty Foods, Deano’s Pasta, In Good Taste (salsa), Jaju Pierogi (Polish Dumplings), Samira’s Homemade, and Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish.

Baked Goods: Boston Bonbons, Goodies Homemade, Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, Swiss Bakers, The Popover Lady, and The Roasted Granola, which also offers locally made yogurt.

Candies: Spindler Confections with all actual natural ingredients.

Spices and Seasonings: Bondat Foods, Atlantic Saltworks, and Soluna Garden Farm, which also offers teas.

Adult Beverages: Aaronap Cellars (wine) and Downeast Cider (hard cider).

Pet Treats: Emmett’s Edibles (Buster’s favorite snack source!)

Artisans: Kittredge Candles, Salem Street Beadery, Sarah’s Originals, Sheepshed (yarn and pottery.)

Knife Sharpening: On The Edge Knife Sharpening will be parked outside.

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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Cindy Chabot
Wendy Dennis
Co-Market Managers
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