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Along with freshly picked corn, tomatoes, berries and more, we are excited to have two of the newest groups in town as our nonprofit/civic guests this week: Wakefield Main Streets and the Wakefield Human Rights Commission. We will also have great music by Amy Spillert, Henna Art, Downeast Cider’s biweekly visit, and most important, a cooling lake breeze. 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.
Here is a bit about our two nonprofit guests: The mission of Wakefield Main Streets is to promote and enhance the economic vitality, cultural resources, historic significance and the quality of life in downtown Wakefield. Their programs are dedicated to making downtown Wakefield a great place to invest, work, play,
live and experience.
The Wakefield Human Rights Commission’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. If you sign up for their email list while at the market, you will get entered into drawing for a $50 gift card to a local restaurant!
Do stop by to learn about and how to help both of these worthy organizations.
We are pleased to host singer songwriter Amy Spillert for her 1st of three visits this season. Amy’s music is folky and upbeat, with original songs inspired by the ocean, nature, history, love, and friendship. She also has a set of cover tunes that are a perfect fit for farmers markets, such as Greg Brown’s Canned Goods and Cheryl Wheeler’s When Fall Comes to New England, and fun family songs, such as Dar Williams The Babysitter’s. Plus she has an absolutely beautiful voice. Music will start around 10:00 a.m.
Henna Tattoo Artist Shweta Singhvi of Wakefield will be back this week to practice this traditional art form that uses all natural ingredients to create everything from designs of timeless beauty to cool modern super hero icons for the kids. Look for her by the kid’s activity tent.
We will keep it low key at the Market Kitchen tent, focusing on simple yet refreshingly tasty salads using cucumber, tomatoes, chopped greens and/or herbs, and perhaps some of the kousa squash that folks enjoyed trying a few weeks ago. As always, if you see something at one of our farmers’ tents that you want to try, let us know and we will get you some to sample!
Yarrow or Blake should be with us this week bringing their super balloon twisting skills, we will have the Kid’s Activity tent set up and stocked with plenty of paper and crayons. There will be hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, and jump ropes on hand for kids of all ages, and we will also have an extra tent and tables set up so folks can take a break from shopping in a bit of shade.
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.
As of Friday noon we are still looking for one or two General Table spots from 11-1 to be filled and definitely more breakdown help! Assitant Market Manager Heather Tribe is away so we could all use some extra help!
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: The “three sisters” (corn, beans, and squash) are officially here with corn from Farmer Dave’s and Kelly’s Farm now in season. Farmer Dave has a special this week: squash $1.00/lb, slicing cukes $0.50/lb, and pickling cukes $0.25/lb. Flats Mentor Farm will have their lovely Asian greens and squash, squash blossoms, root veggies and herbs as part of their growing selection.
Pasture-raised Meats, Poultry, and Eggs: Lilac Hedge Farm offers a variety of fine steaks, chops, sausages, ground beef and pork, and cuts of lamb, as well as poultry and eggs from their farm. They also offer CSA shares and special orders that can be picked up each Saturday at the market.
Cheese: West River Creamery will be there will the very best cheeses, and delicious (and pretty to look at) pickled products. Jane tells us that she will have her Fresh Mozzarella again! Be sure to get yours before it sells out.
NEWSFLASH: The Fish Lady will be NOT be here this week but will be back next week for the rest of the season except for August 20. You can always call Michelle at 781-929-5358 to special order.
Specialty Foods: Coutt’s Specialty Foods (traditional preserves) Deano’s, Pasta, Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish, (preserves and sauces and really great horseradish) and Samira’s Homemade Middle Eastern foods.
Baked Goods: Goodies Homemade (the best cookies), Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, Swiss Bakers, offering their PBB (pretzel burger bun) 6 in a bag for just $6.00, The Popover Lady, (pies and scones, too) and The Roasted Granola, the latter also offering locally made Greek yogurt and local honey.
Beverages: Downeast Cider is here and wanted folks to know that they are featuring their Summer Blend that combines apple cider with the tart and tang of lemon and ginger. Pour Man’s Coffee will, as always, have their delectable assortment of hot or cold beverages and unique treats to enjoy at the market. They also sell their special blend of Fair Trade coffee beans from Dean’s Beans to take home.
Pet Treats: Emmett’s Edibles. Check out their new Pumpkin Bon Bon Stars; low in calories and getting rave reviews from our canine friends.
Artisans: The Glass Garden, Kaleidoscope Soap, Wicked Good Soap, (have you seen their “hands free” moisturizer? Available in herbal scents and unscented, too) plus Alsion Simcox and Doug Heath will also join us with their great books about Lake Quannapowitt, Breakheart, and The Fellsway.
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: Curious Creatures will be visiting on July 30! Also, we have a new Barefood Books Ambassador coming that day, as well as local 4-H groups as our nonprofit guest – it will be a great day for the kids. Kev G Mor will be here for his first visit of the season on August 6, Betty’s Bounce is back on Augest 20, the Friends of Beebe Library Book Give-Away will take place on September 10, and Drumlin Farm’s Audubon Ark will make their annual appearance on September 24. And there is 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.
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