Peaches are here! Now it is truly summer. With more and more produce each week, most of our specialty food vendors here, and live music featuring Katrina Marie, we have another great market day coming up. 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. through October 14, 2017. To give directions to a friend, just tell them to use 468 North Ave via GPS.
NEWSFLASH! HIP is HERE! Farmer Dave’s is now set up to provide Healthy Incentive Program benefits to all those receiving a helping hand via SNAP. Use your EBT card to purchase your produce from Farmer Dave’s and get the cost credited back to your account up to your maximum monthly HIP benefit. Then come to the Market Manager Tent to get market bucks, (and your match, see below) to purchase your additional produce and specialty food items.
We will have live music by Katrina Marie and John Libby of the Katrina Marie Band, a Boston-based band that has captivated audiences with soulful, sultry vocals, and a style of music that blends heartfelt lyrics with catchy hooks. According to Bill Copeland of Music News, “Katrina Marie rocks, rolls, and offers up all kinds of soulful expressions. There is no challenge her vocal prowess cannot meet and there is no style she cannot finesse.”
The Wakefield Farmers Market Music Program is sponsored by
The Savings Bank.
We are honored to have the Wakefield Human Rights Commission as our nonprofit guest this week. The WHRC’s mission is to promote the civil and human rights of all people in Wakefield, with the goal of reinforcing positive relationships in the community and to create educational programs to foster a greater understanding and appreciation for diversity. In this day and age, certainly a most worthy organization! Please stop by to learn about their latest projects.
This week’s cooking demo at our Market Kitchen Tent will be presented by Suman Shah, who wowed everyone last week with a simple yet elegant cucumber salad with a blueberry and Thai basil dressing. Even the young folks liked it! Be sure to stop by to find out what fruits and/or veggies will be featured and to “Try a Bite.” All recipes present easy, healthy, and tasty ways to use one or more types of produce offered by our farmers. You will find the Market Kitchen tent to the left of the Market Manager tent. Cooking demos typically start around 10:15 a.m.
As always, our friend Yarrow will be with us to create your favorite creature from balloons, the Kid’s Activity tent will be stocked with plenty of paper and crayons, and hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, and jump ropes will be on hand for kids of all ages.
And, don’t forget! The Pop Up Library is here this week! Stop by to check out a book, or even sign up for a new library card!
NEWSFLASH: Lilac Hedge will not able to join us this week. They will be back next week and for the rest of our market season.
Before we go to the vendor list, here are this week’s specials and news from our vendors in the order received:
Pony Shack Cider – This weekend will will be showcasing our limited batch cider labeled “Hopsborough,” a beautiful dry crisp cider with well-balanced notes of apple and cascade hops. A unique cider perfect for summer time sipping!
Emmett’s Edibles -If your dog loves pizza crust they will love Savory Herb treats!
Farmer Dave says: Green beans are wonderful, this is now peak pickle cuke season so get pickling. The fresh green onions are delicious; you can also use the tops like you would scallions. This will be the last week of peas and most likely strawberries, too. But, there may be a handful of the first peaches!
Charlton Orchards will definitely have their first peaches and shiro plums!
Swiss Bakers: Our sandwiches are on our pretzel baguettes, and you can buy pretzel burger buns, too.
Habibi Gourmet Foods: Specials: Eggplant salad and artichoke spinach hummus. Delicious!
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, and Kelly’s Farm will have an ever-growing assortment of fresh produce, with peaches and hopefully some more corn showing up. For the rest of the summer, expect more squash, peas, greens, tomatoes, onions, and much more! Flats Mentor Farm is back! Pea trendrils and more – yes!
Dried Legumes: Farmer Dave’s 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 eggs: Charlton Orchards always has eggs along with their other family farm fare. Lilac Hedge Farm will be back next week and for the rest of our market season with their meats, poultry, and eggs.
Cheese: West River Creamery. Jane and her family make the very best cheese around. Really! Stop by to sample hard cheeses as well as soft and marinated types.
Seafood: Michelle Kraft aka The Fish Lady will be here with great seafood from Red’s Best. She also offers seafood frozen right off the boat for those who want to have seafood that tastes like fresh later in the week.
Specialty Foods: Coutt’s Specialty Foods (traditional preserves) Deano’s Pasta, Habibi Gourmet. 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. And for picked veggies and amazing mustards, get those from Jane at the West River Creamery tent.
Baked Goods: Goodies Homemade, (the best cookies!) Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, Swiss Bakers (sandwiches, too!) The Popover Lady, (who was in the Boston Globe on July 5!) The Bread Shop, and The Roasted Granola which also offers local honey and locally made Greek yogurt.
Beverages: Pony Shack Cider with really wonderful hard cider and Pour Man’s Coffee with the most delectable 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.
Pet Treats: Emmett’s Edibles has wholesome treats for dogs AND even some for cats!
Artisans: BeUbyRumi of Wakefield with be here with lovely hand-beaded jewelry and 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.
It is time to vote again via the American Farmland Trust Annual Farmers Market Celebration! Our farmers market came in 1st in Massachusetts and #22 nationally last year! Let’s do it again! 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. This is in addition to HIP. Do your HIP shopping first, THEN stop by for your Snap Match!
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