Our July 15th Market will feature music by North Shore Radio 104.9 FM, and for the first time this season: FLATS MENTOR FARMS with all their lovely greens!!!!! All About Corks will be there for the first time this season too with her creative and beautifully designed pieces! Can you say Root Beer! – Tower Craft Beverages is back this week!!! So is Jaju Pierogi who will be there with a special new flavor in store for you! Tons of wonderfully fresh produce as well as pastured farm fare, all kinds of specialty foods, and other great artisan products. The Wakefield Farmers Market will be at Hall Park, on the shores of Lake Quannapowitt, each Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. from. from June 17 through October 14, 2017. To give directions to a friend, just tell them to use 468 North Ave via GPS.
We are pleased to host North Shore 104.9 Radio for their 1st visit of this season. Known as your “Hometown radio station on the FM dial” they have a great time entertaining shoppers and create the perfect vibe for our Market! Expect fun giveaways and lots of cool tunes. Music will start around 10:00 a.m. The Wakefield Farmers Market Music Program is sponsored by The Savings Bank.
Wendy Dennis will be back in the Market Kitchen tent this year, sharing easy, healthy, tasty ways to use one or more types of produce offered by our farmers each week. You will find the Market Kitchen tent to the left of the Market Manager tent. Cooking demos typically start around 10:15 a.m..
Our super balloon twisting artist who goes by The Magic of Yarrow plans to join us, or will send an equally talented friend, and we will of course also have hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, and jump ropes on hand for kids of all ages. We will have the Kid’s Activity tent set up and stocked with plenty of paper, crayons, as well.
Before we go to the vendor list, here are this week’s specials and news from our vendors in the order received:
Emmets – If you have a new puppy or just trying to teach your dog new tricks, pick up some Pumpkin Stars. Stars make great training treats for your furry family members and are low in fat.
Flats Mentor Farms wants everyone to know they will be back this week! The cold and rainy May slowed things down so they won’t have their full array of produce but what they will have is sure to be fabulous.
On the Edge Knife Sharpening will be here. Show up early to get in line!
Aaronap Cellars will be bringing back their Summer Blush Rose. With hints of local Concord grapes, this wine has been selling out every week! Come before it’s gone!
Jaju Pierogi will be bringing back a special new flavor – Reuben – with Pastrami and Sauerkraut!
Charlton Orchards will have Strawberries, Raspberries and Blueberries!
Habibi Gourmet Food – Now selling 12oz. artichoke spinach hummus.
Swiss Bakers – New Hazelnut Croissants! Also, along with their amazing pretzel baguette sandwiches, they have their summer PBB: pretzel burger buns. One bag with 6 large sesame pretzel burger buns for only $10.00.
BE SURE TO click HERE to check for any late-breaking specials updates!
Now, here’s what you’ve been waiting for – the official list of week’s vendors!
Produce: Charlton Orchards, Farmer Dave’s and Kelly’s Farm will have even more fresh produce as we get further into the summer season. Strawberries should still be available and the other berries are coming into the height of their season. Expect more squash, peas, green tomatoes, onions and much more! Flats Mentor Farms will have herbs and their lovely greens. We hope they have pea tendrils but we’ll have to wait and see.
Dried Legumes: Farmer Dave’s now brings Baer’s Beans to our market! Grown and dried in Maine by Farmers Charley and Carol Baer, they are the best and so fresh there is no need to soak before cooking.
Pasture-raised Meats, Poultry, and Eggs: Lilac Hedge Farm will have all you need for locally raised meats, poultry, and eggs, along with their local. honey. They also have yummy jerky type products, including dog treats. You can also get lovely eggs from Charlton Orchards. (Note: Charlton’s Patty and Nate Sr. should be back this week).
Fish: Michelle Kraft aka The Fish Lady will be here with great seafood from Red’s Best, whose labels tell you who caught your fish from our local waters. She also offers seafood frozen right off the boat, too, for those who want to have seafood that tastes like fresh later in the week.
Cheese: West River Creamery. Along with the best cheese, Jane will also have her delightful pickled products and more.
Specialty Foods: Deano’s Pasta, Habibi Gourmet, In Good Taste (salsa!) and Jaju Piergo, with their delicious and convenient polish dumplings will be here. Also check out Farmer Dave’s stand for dried apples, jarred sauces, and more made from their produce depending on the week. Charlton Orchards also has tasty jarred salsa and jams from their kitchen.
Baked Goods: Goodies Homemade, Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery (have you tried their olive bread?), Swiss Bakers (sandwiches, too!) The Popover Lady (the very best popovers including cheese and cinnamon sugar), The Bread Shop (yummy cinnamon buns!), and The Roasted Granola which also offers local honey and locally made Greek yogurt.
Beverages: Pour Man’s Coffee has the very best hot (well, probably just iced this week) or cold coffee and refreshing fruit and tea beverages around. They also have unique treats to enjoy at the market as well as Fair Trade coffee beans from Dean’s Beans to take home. Tower Craft Beverages will be with us this week with their fantastic Root beer. Aaronap Cellars has a variety of gorgeous wines perfect for your summer picnic!
Pet Treats: Emmett’s Edibles has wholesome treats for dogs AND even some for cats!
Artisans: All About Corks will be here, as will Wakefield’s Hiller’s Silver Studio, and On The Edge Knife Sharpening. Alison Simcox and Doug Heath will also join us with their great books about Lake Quannapowitt, Breakheart, and The Middlessex Fells.
Before we go on, don’t forget:
Volunteers ALWAYS welcome and needed!
NOTE: Potential volunteers are always welcome to “shadow” a volunteer doing a task you are interested in learning how to do before you sign up for a market day volunteer spot next year.
Thanks to all who took the time to vote via the American Farmland Trust Annual Farmers Market Celebration last season!!! Our farmers market came in 1st in Massachusetts and #22 nationally in the “People’s Choice” and “Pillar of the Community” categories!! For more information, see:markets.farmland.org
As always, 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. Check back for updates on the new HIP program, brought to you by the USDA and being implemented this summer in Massachusetts.
The Wakefield Farmers Market runs RAIN OR SHINE (except in dangerous weather, e.g. lightning or hurricane conditions). Our next summer season will run from June 17 through October 14, 2017.Please visit www.wakefieldfarmersmarket.org for a complete listing of vendors and upcoming events and to sign up for the email newsletter. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumbler! See you at the Market!Wendy Dennis and Heather Tribe