July 2 Market Day: Banjos are Back, Wine AND Cider, Stock Up for BBQs, Cooking Demo, WMHS Alumni Foundation, LOTS of Veggies and Berries!

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Be sure to stop by the market this Saturday to stock up for your holiday BBQ or picnic meal! Both Aaronap Cellars (wine) AND Downeast Cider (hard cider) will be with us, Swiss Bakers will have pretzel buns for your burgers, Lilac Hedge Farm is bringing plenty of steaks, sausages, and more, and there will of course be pasta, salsa, dips, baked goods, maple products, and all kinds of veggies and more. The Wakefield Farmers Market takes place at Hall Park, on the shores of Lake Quannapowitt, each Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. from June 18 through October 15, 2016.

BANJOS! We are blessed to have two of the best old-timey banjo musicians play at our market. Ed Britt and Don Borchelt will be back for their first visit of the season, playing five-string banjo duets in the old-time clawhammer and three finger styles of banjo picking. Ed and Don are both multiple past winners of the annual Lowell Fiddle and Banjo Contest. They can often be found busking during the warm months in Harvard Square and at local farmers markets.

Our nonprofit guest is the Wakefield Memorial High School Alumni Foundation (WMHSAF). Founded in 2006, the foundation’s mission is to work with the administration and community to support the education of our students. Along with supporting specific special projects, WMHSAF gives a $500 scholarship to a graduating student each year and presents an Alumni Hall of Fame award on a biannual basis. Stop by and show your support by purchasing a handy seat cushion decorated with the WMHS logo to use at sporting events, as a kneeler in your garden, or just to dress up your den or family room.

Pea Tendrils and Garlic Scapes will be the focus of our cooking demo this week, where Market Manager Wendy Dennis will whip up a dip salad, and…who knows what else using these “extra parts” of the pea and garlic plants, along with a few tandard grocery staples and other produce and products purchased that morning from our vendors. The market will feature demonstrations by a variety of home and professional chefs this year. Stay tuned for more news!

Either Blake or Yarrow will be on hand with their super balloon twisting skills, we will have the Kid’s Activity tent set up and stocked with plenty of paper, crayons, and scavenger hunt sheets, and will of course have hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, and jump ropes on hand for kids of all ages.

And, before we go on, don’t forget:
Volunteers ALWAYS welcome and needed!
You can sign up here for spots and tasks throughout the entire season.

We are in pretty good shape this week, but could really use one more person for the 9-11 market manager table shift.

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.

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

Produce: Farmer Dave’s and Kelly’s Farm will have ever growing amounts of in-season produce of all kinds, from raspberries and strawberries, to shell and snap peas, kousa, lettuces, beets, zucchini, napa cabbage, green onions, arugula, broccoli raab, garlic scapes, potted plants, and more. And, Flats Mentor Farm will be here! Located on a 70-acre river bottom parcel of land in Lancaster, Massachusetts, their growing season starts a bit late, so we will have to wait for their amazing beets and daikon radishes, but they will have pea tendrils (yum!) some of their Asian greens, lettuces and herbs.

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 have jerky type products, as well, including some made especially for our canine friends. They told us that they will make sure to bring plenty of steaks, sausages, and more for the grill!

Fish: Our friend Michelle Kraft aka The Fish Lady will be here with great seafood from Red’s Best, whose labels tell you who actually caught your fish from our local waters. Because of their strict standards, you might not always find what you want, especially later in the day. You can always call Michelle Kraft at 781-929-5358 to special order. NOTE: The Fish Lady will NOT be here July 9, so stock up – fresh fish freezes wonderfully.

NEWSFLASH: West River Creamery, Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish, and Emmett’s Edibles will NOT be able to be with us this week. They will be back July 9.

Specialty Foods: Deano’s Pasta, and, for the very best salsa, In Good Taste.

Baked Goods: Goodies Homemade, Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, Swiss Bakers, (Pretzel buns!) The Popover Lady, and The Roasted Granola, which also offers energy bars, local honey, and locally made yogurt.

Beverages: Aaronap Cellars AND Downeast Cider, plus our wonderful Pour Man’s Coffee where you can get a hot or cold beverage and unique treat to enjoy at the market as well as Fair Trade coffee beans from Dean’s Beans to take home.

Artisans: A surprise extra visit from Kittredge Candles! Also, Hiller’s Silver Studio is back, Kaleidoscope Soap and Salem Street Beadery are here, as well as Alsion Simcox and Doug Heath with their great books about Lake Quannapowitt, Breakheart, and The Fellsway.

A BIG thank you to Wakefield High art students Samantha Cardoza, Jillian Chan, Griffin Ell, John Glendye,  and Ashley Sullivan under the direction of Art teacher Joy Schilling.  Thank you also to Steve Maio, Town Administrator, Rick Stinson, DPW Director, and the Board of Selectmen for your support! Picture with the newly painted shed are John Glendye and Ashley Sullivan.

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.

COMING UP: Next week’s nonprofit guest is the Wakefield Memorial High School Alumni Foundation. MUSIC: July 2- Banjo Duo Ed Britt and Don Borchelt; July 9 – Betty’s Bounce; July 16 – Los Sugar Kings Duo, and lots more to come!

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 18 through October 15, 2016.
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 and Twitter. See you at the Market!Wendy Dennis
Market Manager

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