January 17 Market Day: Fresh Produce, Two New Vendors, Fun for Kids, Tower Beverages is Back!

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apple brocThe Melrose-Wakefield Winter Farmers Market will hold its 3rd market day of the season on Sunday January 17. 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.

As noted in the last email, we are pleased to welcome two new vendors this month,Boston Bonbon andJaju 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.

I’d like to give a special belated welcome to a vendor new to us this year, Deano’s Pasta. We researched and invited them upon learning that Fior D’Italia (The Pasta Man) would not be doing winter markets due to the untimely death of owner Vic Tirrito last summer. The even more sad news is that Fior D’Italia has closed its doors for good. The good news is that Vic’s wife Deb, who did the vending in Wakefield, will come to visit next summer, possibly as an artisan vendor.

The other good news is that Deano’s Pasta has EXCELLENT products and will be invited to provide their variety of regular and whole wheat pastas, raviolis, sauces and more at Wakefield Summer Market, as well.

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 lovely pasta with spinach and bean pesto salad and a really yummy “crisp” made with apples, cranberry, and sweet potato. 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.

Back by popular demand, Jessica Buster will once again be leading sing-alongs for kids during the day in the cozy lower level of the hall accessible directly from the entry area by stairs or elevator. 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. It’s a win-win!

For background music, we will have a taste of summer via the iPod compilations we use at our Wakefield summer market.

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

Produce: Farmer Dave’s – and here is the list from Elyse:cabbage, onions (red, white, yellow), winter squash (butternut, buttercup, some acorn and ambercup, blue hubbard), green house tomatoes (both red and green), small heads of lettuce, apples (mainly cortland and braeburn), celeriac, potatoes (red, blue, and white, possibly sweet), cranberries, a small amount of rosemary, thyme, and one bag of sage, garlic, brussels sprouts (both on the stalk and off the stalk). I have a small amount of winterbor kale.

Pasture-raised Meats, Poultry, and Eggs: Lilac Hedge Farm and Shady Pine Farm. Lilac Hedge also has honey.
Cheese: West River Creamery. Jane will also have pickled products and maple syrup and more.
Seafood: Roberto’s Seafood

NEWSFLASH: The Fish Lady will be here in February and April. In the meantime, you can contact her directly for special orders via 617-423-7195 or  [email protected]

Specialty Foods: Coutt’s Specialty Foods, Deano’s Pasta, In Good Taste, Jaju Pierogi, 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
Spices and Seasonings: Bondat Foods, Atlantic Saltworks, and Soluna Garden Farm, which also offers teas.
Beverages: Tower Root Beer, Aaronap Cellars (wine) and Downeast Cider (hard cider).
Pet Treats: Emmett’s Edibles
Artisans: Kittredge Candles, Salem Street Beadery, Sarah’s Originals, and Wicked Good Soap.
Knife Sharpening: On The Edge Knife Sharpening

Something for Everyone!

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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