Don’t miss our last market date of the Winter season! The Melrose/Wakefield Monthly Winter Farmers Market will hold its final market day on Sunday April 19, 2015 from noon to 4:00 p.m. at Memorial Hall, 590 Main Street in Melrose.
We are going to vary the music this month, with local fiddler Cathy Mason teaming up with Sarah Nelson to play as The High Strung Strummers from 2-4:00. In keeping with the old timey background music feel, they will play a variety of melodies including old-time dance music and ballads from the Appalachia region.
We will continue providing “café seating” on the stage where you can take a break from shopping and enjoy a tasty beverage or baked treat from Pour Man’s Coffee, a sweet from Spindler’s Confections, a bite of Ethiopian food, or a cup of delicious clam chowder from Roberto’s Seafood.
Back Again! Local artist Anita Roy Dobbs will be back again to draw pencil sketch portraits – for free! Just take a seat or seat your child, spouse or friend in the “subject chair” and, in 5-10 minutes, you’ll have a lovely sketch to take home and frame. This is popular, so you might have to take a number and wait your turn. Look for Anita on the 2nd level.
Holly Pierce will be cooking up in the second floor level presenting one of her tasty and informative cooking demonstration using produce and food items that she selects from the vendors that morning. (Click HERE to see her in action!) With a focus on quick, easy, and delicious, she’ll inspire you to try her recipes and maybe even create your own. To learn more or contact Miss Holly, see www.thesoulchef.com or email [email protected]
Click HERE for the Melrose-Wakefield Winter Market Video that Melrose resident Lynn Huston created for us! Lynn visited the market on March 15 and did a great job capturing the feel of our market. Special features include in depth coverage of Miss Holly’s cooking demo and an interview with our banjo duo Don Borchelt and Ed Britt. Don and Ed will not be with us in April, but you can catch them at the Wakefield and Melrose markets during the summer market season.
THIS JUST IN from Dove’s & Figs: “We will be introducing (for the first time at any market) our special vintage recipe Aunt Jenny’s Jam. A portion of the sales of this jam will help support Parkinson’s research. You can read the story about it here: Aunt Jenny’s Jams Article.
Plus we will have lots of year-round and early Spring seasonal flavors of jams, chutneys, and fruit mustards.”
And, from The Popover Lady: “We will have regular popover flavors, and a special popover of the day: chocolate covered! We will also have our small pies and bread, as well as a gluten-free option.”
For more news and specials from our vendors, look for the next pre-April 19 newsletter
We will have most of our farmers and vendors on hand with the farmers bringing lots of fresh spring greens their roots cellar vegetables, perhaps some potted herbs, fine meats, poultry and eggs, as well as lovely cheeses. Shoppers will also be able to purchase fresh fish and locally produced hard cider, dips, spreads, sweet and savory preserves, baked goods, seasoning mixes, teas, cheesecake, hand crafted candy, root and ginger beers, soaps, candles, and other handmade crafts.
Here are the vendors we are currently expecting:
Farms and Food: Farmer Dave’s, Oakdale Farms,, Lilac Hedge Farm, Shady Pine Farm, West River Creamery, The Fish Lady, Roberto’s Seafood, Adey Foods, Bondat Foods, Samira’s Homemade (Middle Eastern Foods), In Good Taste (Pam’s Salsa), Fior D’Italia (The Pasta Man), Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, Swiss Bakers, The Popover Lady, Goodies Homemade, 7ate9 Bakery (Cheesecake!), Roasted Granola Co., Coutt’s Specialty Foods, Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish, Doves and Figs, Soluna Garden Farm, Spindler’s Confections, and, for our canine and feline friends, Emmett’s Edibles
Along with credit and debit cards via our Market Bucks system, the Winter Market also welcomes SNAP/EBT transactions in exchange for Market Bucks. The Winter Market will match SNAP/EBT purchases up to $5 per visit so all of our neighbors can afford to eat healthy local foods. Just stop by the Market Manager Table.
SURVEY SAYS: We are currently running an online survey to help us decide what hours to hold the winter market next year. Click HERE to take the survey. Folks without online access can get a hard copy survey to fill out at the Market Manager Table. Please take part in the survey. It is YOUR market!
A reminder: Our local farmers provide safe, nutritious food and also jobs that help boost our economy. Farmers Markets provide a unique opportunity for our farmers to sell the foods they raise directly to us, the consumer, which is good for all involved. And, our other vendors, while adding value to the market with their unique products, also benefit from selling directly to us. It’s a win-win and, by taking part, you are helping to create a more vibrant community and economy for everyone.
See you at the market!
Wendy Dennis (Wakefield) and Cindy Chabot (Melrose)
Be sure to check back for updates!