Here’s What’s Happening on Saturday 8/16/2014!

Check back for news about our next market day on August 24! In the meantime, click HERE from pictures for 8/16 and other market days.

Cooking Demos are back! More about that below, but it is good news, for sure. In Good Taste is returning to their biweekly schedule, West River Creamery and Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish will be with us this week, and Tower Root Beer will be making their final visit of the season this Saturday.

picture of holly pierceHolly Pierce will be back in the center tent cooking up some great recipes using fresh produce from our farmers – and yes, you get to try a bite!

New this year, we are in the process of creating venues for conversations based on questions, suggestions, and thoughts we all have about eating well for personal health, supporting local famers and strengthening our local food system, and taking the stress out of cooking and making more time in our lives to prepare and share meals with family and friends. To start, stop by Saturday and give us your ideas for future cooking demos and subjects for posts on the WFM website.

Our wonderful balloon twister Yarrow, or one of his equally talented colleagues, will be with us and we will of course have hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, and jump ropes on hand for kids of all ages.

.Ed Britt and Don BorcheltEd Britt and Don Borchelt of Harvard/Brattle Square fame will be playing throughout the market day, sharing their fabulous traditional old timey and bluegrass double banjo picking. Be sure to stop by for a listen!

RIM logoRefugee Immigration Ministry is our nonprofit guest this morning. This amazing organization works hand and hand with refugees and asylum seekers who are fleeing the home countries in fear for their lives. Please stop by their tent to learn about their work and how to register for, or otherwise donate to Join The Human Chain of Hope, the 2nd Annual RIM walk around Lake Quannapowitt this coming October 18, 2014.

Local authors Doug Heath and Alison Simcox will be selling their books about Lake Quannapowitt and Breakheart Reservation, two of Wakefield’s finest natural and recreational assets.

And, before we go on, don’t forget:
Volunteers ALWAYS welcome and needed.

And, if spots are filled, feel free to stop by to learn about volunteering!

As of Friday morning: HELP NEEDED for Setup, BOTH  11-1 p.m. table shifts, and breakdown from 1-1:45 p.m. Thank you!

And, ClickHERE  to learn about all the volunteer opportunities

Snap logoWe 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.

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

We have all seven of our farmers here this week.  Farmer Dave’s and Kelly’s Farm will have all kinds of super fresh veggies, stone fruits, and berries, as well as a variety of cut flowers, potted plants, and herbs. Flats Mentor Farms will have their lovely Asian greens and herbs, and Charlton Orchards will have their pasture-raised beef, eggs, and wine made from their orchard fruits along with lovely fruits and produce.Lilac Hedge Farm offers cuts of beef, pork, lamb, and poultry as well as eggs, yummy beef jerky products, and their own honey. You can get fresh chicken and eggs from Copicut Farms, and they now offer their own pork, as well. All pasture-raised, of course.NEWS FLASH:  The Fish Lady can NOT be at the market this week but will be back next week for the rest of the season.

Basket for food pantry donations

STOP!  LOOK!  We now have a basket at the Market Manager tent for any produce  items you are able to donate to the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry. Your neighbors in need will appreciate it.

Jane Parant of West River Creamery is back with award-winning cheeses from pasture-raised cow and goat milk. And, Sandra of Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish will be traveling with Jane, bringing her tasty sauces and preserves that have a variety of uses. Ask Sandra for grilling ideas.

Also great for the grill and more, be sure to pick up some fabulous rubs and spice blends from Bondat Foods. The ingredient lists may look simple, but the carefully designed proportions make for exquisite flavor.

The Roasted Granola will have their delicious granola, as well as equally amazing Greek yogurt to accompany. Ask for a cup and spoon if you want to have a breakfast picnic at the market.

For sweet and savory baked goods, stop by Swiss Bakers, Mamandou’s Artisan Bakery, The Popover Lady, and Goodies Cookies, and be sure to get some hot or iced coffee, tea or other thirst-quenching concoction from the folks at Pour Man’s Coffee – or a soda from Tower Root Beer.

Along with baked goods, you can get all kinds of pasta and fresh and smoked mozzarella cheese from Fior Italia, super tasty salsa from In Good Taste, and, for taking home or a picnic lunch, get some amazing Middle Eastern dips, grape leaves, pita bread, and more from Samira’s Homemade.

For artisans, along with our wonderful soap vendors, Kaleidoscope Soap and Wicked Good Soap, we will have All About Corks and Wakefield’s own Sarah Trow with herbal products from Trow’s Treasures.

And Bark For More is here this week with treats for our canine friends.

FUN FACTS from the Pour Man’s Coffee Facebook Page:
We use only Fair Trade, organic coffee from Dean’s Beans, roasted locally in Orange, MA.
For our hot and iced teas we use Mem Tea Imports located in Watertown MA.
Our lemonade and baked goods are made from scratch using organic and local ingredients.

contest logoDon’t Forget to Vote! Right now we are #1 in MA and #20 in the USA!

If you want a reminder to vote each week, scroll down to the end of this email, click on “update subscription preferences,” and select “Vote Reminder List.” How easy is that?  🙂

To vote, you need only go to: once a week and “pledge” how much you plan to spend at your favorite farmers market that week. You can pledge once a week up until midnight September 13.
Let’s go for it!

Our maCarrot photorket 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!

Coming Up:  Betty’s Bounce and a visit from Guide Dog Puppies in training on 8/23. The Friends of Beebe Library Book Giveaway will take place on September 6, Drumlin Farm’s Audubon Ark is coming 9/20, and more events and music are always being added, with return visits by Kevin G. Moore and our banjos musicians also on the schedule. And, stay tuned, there just might be a Plen Air Paint Out this year.
The Wakefield Farmers Market runs RAIN OR SHINE (except in dangerous weather, e.g. lightening or hurricane conditions).  The market opens at 9:00 a.m. and closes at 1:00 p.m. every Saturday starting June 21 through October 18, 2014.  Please visit for a complete listing of vendors and upcoming events and to sign up for the email newsletter.  You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter. See you at the Market!Wendy Dennis

Market Manager

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