July 25, 2015 Curious Creatures, Live Music by Betty’s Bounce, Henna Art, Lots of Fresh Fruits and Veggies, Lots Going On!

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It is going to be a great day for kids at the market this Saturday! Curious Creatures will be here, the North Suburban Child and Family Resource Network will have activities for children, and, for all ages, Betty’s Bounce will provide live music for a good part of the day. With summer in full swing, there will be LOTs of fruits and veggies, and many of our favorite vendors will be with us, including Aaronap Cellars and Emmett’s Edibles (dog treats), and we’ll have our first visit of the season by Trow’s Treasures.

Curious Creatures will be at the market from 11:00 – noon with interesting animals to learn about, see, and touch, under the guidance of a professional, of course! We never know which animals will be visiting, but there could be a snake, a rabbit, a gecko or even a chinchilla, so be sure to bring yourself and children of all ages to see what creatures you can meet.

Betty’s Bounce, featuring local guitarists Audie and Zach Bridges and joined by Curtis Doo on the double bass, will play from 10:00 – noon, performing their special take on Django, Swing, and Gypsy jazz. We are pleased to have this popular trio back for the first of two visits this season.

Kathy Harlow of the North Suburban Child and Family Resource Network will have fun activities for youngsters, along with information about this great network organization. Last year she had “alphabet fishing” and a “bingo” game won by finding certain fruits and veggies at our market, but you’ll just have to stop by on Saturday to see what fun she has planned for this year! The Network offers play and learning groups, family fun activities and much more with the goal of helping parents and caregivers create a healthy home environment as well as to promote family well-being through education and community support.

Miss Holly will start her cooking demonstration around 10:15 in the “Market Kitchen” tent next to Pour Man’s Coffee. As always, she will use fresh produce and products purchased that morning at the market and provides samples to try. Last week Holly made corn fritters to die for as well as a lovely purslane salad with ginger vinaigrette dressing. All recipes are posted on our website and available as handouts at the market.. For more about Holly, see thesoulchef.com

Henna Tattoo Artist Shweta Singhvi of Wakefield will be here this week! Shweta delighted young and old at the M-W Winter market last November, using 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. She might even get the Market Manager to “wear” something fancy.  🙂

Our friend Blake will be filling in for Yarrow this week, creating magical balloon creatures and more, and there will of course be hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, and jump ropes on hand for kids of all ages. If you are interested in organizing a chalk drawing or hula hoop contest or exhibition, let us know.

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 have LOTS going on and need extra tents put up and taken down!

As of Friday morning, we still need at least one more person each to help with set up 8:00-9:00 as well as breakdown 1:00-2:00, as well as someone to fetch the signs at the highway exits and around the lake. Note: The sign fetching is a good “partners” project: one to drive, the other to jump out and back in quickly with the signs.  🙂

Thank you to: Alison, Cathy, Crysee, Dianna, Doug, and Marietta for already signing up for7/25/15! Click HERE  to learn about all the volunteer opportunities. Thank you all!

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. WIC and Senior Farmers Market Coupons are also accepted directly by Kelly’s Farm and Farmer Dave’s.

Our Carrot photomarket 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!

Now, here’s what you’ve been waiting for – this week’s vendors! Both Kelly’s Farm and Farmer Dave’s will have tons of lovely fruits and veggies, including corn and peaches, proving that it is really summertime. Kelly’s will also have their gorgeous cut flowers. Charlton Orchards will also have freshly picked veggies, berries, and fruits, as well as pasture-raised beef and eggs, fresh cider, and wine made from their orchard fruits. As always, Flats Mentor Farm will have variety of tasty Asian greens, herbs, and more, depending on what is ready for picking.The Fish Lady will be here with freshly caught, local seafood, Copicut Farms will have their own pork, chicken, and eggs, and you will find the very best handcrafted cheeses from West River Creamery. All of the meats, poultry, eggs, and cheese from our farmers are from pasture-raised animals.

Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish will have their unique dessert sauces, jams, and the best horseradish. For traditional jams, preserves, and more, Coutt’s Specialty Foods (Mother’s Prize/Pure Preserves) will be here for their biweekly visit.

For a complete Italian-style meal, stop by Fior D’Italia where you can pasta, marinara sauce, pesto, and fresh mozzarella. And if you are hankering for Middle Eastern food, you can get the very best from Samira’s Homemade. To pair a beverage with a meal, visit Aaronap Cellars where you can sample their innovative and award-winning wines made right here in Massachusetts.

For delicious fruit pies and sweet and savory popovers, see The Popover Lady, and for most excellent artisan breads, don’t miss a stop at Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery. Swiss Bakers has a wonderful assortment of all sorts of breads and baked goodies, and great sandwiches, too. And, if you want really, really good cookies, Goodies Homemade has just what you need.

The Roasted Granola is back with the most amazing granola and other treats, as well as locally made yogurt and local honey, and you will find hot and cold Fair Trade coffee and tea, as well as refreshing fruit concoctions and tasty baked goods at Pour Man’s Coffee.

For our canine friends, Emmett’s Edibles is here this week with all natural, wheat and soy free treats!  Buster gives his bark of approval.

Our talented soap makers Kaleidoscope Soap and Wicked Good Soap will be here, each with their unique line of lovely products, and we welcome back Wakefield resident Greg Hiller of Hiller’s Silver Studio for his second visit of the season. Greg specializes in transforming silver sheets and wire and hand cut & polished stones, rocks & minerals into fine jewelry. Click the vendor name on the About Our Vendor page on our website for pictures.

Also from Wakefield, Sarah of Trow’s Treasures is here for her 1st visit this season. She will have new products, including a naturally antibacterial and anti-inflammatory healing salve for cuts, burns, bug bites, and other aches and pains, as well as a new insect repellent that helps ward off fleas and ticks.

Doug Heath and Alison Simcox, who are also dedicated market volunteers, will have their books about local destinations Lake Quannapowitt, Breakheart Reservation, and The Fells for sale.

Stay tuned for news and updates every Friday in this spot throughout the market season-there is much more to come! And, do stop by this and any Saturday during the market season to shop, listen to music, have a picnic, or just relax and enjoy the sights.

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 20 through October 17, 2015.
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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