July 9 Market Day: RAIN or SHINE and Weather is Looking Better! Betty’s Bounce, Henna Art, LOTS of Veggies, Both Soaps Fish Lady IS Here!!

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fish ladyClick HERE for picture of the day!

UPDATE!!!  The Fish Lady WILL be here Saturday  July 9!!! YAY!

Rain or shine, be sure to come on down and support our farmers and other vendors at our market this week! Remember, the farmers need to sell their crops, and WE need our veggies. The weather report has been improving and we DO have a history of lucking out. But, in any case, we will have one or two extra tents with chairs set up, so whatever the weather, we’ll be “covered.” And, how can you resist cut flowers from Kelly’s Farm? They made their first appearance of the season last week. 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.

Betty’s Bounce will at the market for the first of two visits this season, providing live music starting around 10:00 a.m. Featuring local guitarists Audie and Zach Bridges and joined by Curtis Doo on the double bass, the band will play their special take on Django, Swing, and Gypsy jazz. Wear your dancing shoes!

Henna Tattoo Artist Shweta Singhvi of Wakefield will be joining us for another visit this week. Shweta practices the 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 along the path across the walk from the “hoop and sidewalk chalk” bench.

FUN VENDOR NEWS! Parents of youngsters will be glad to know that we will once again have Barefoot Books at our market this season! Founding Ambassador Michelle MacLean of Lynnfield will be with us on July 30, September 3, and October 1.

A new cooking demo program featuring a variety of home and professional chefs is in the planning stages, but this week Market Manager Wendy Dennis will, with help from Assistant Manager Heather Tribe, once again be in the Market Kitchen tent beside the Market Manager tent starting around 10:15 a.m. “All About Greens” is the focus this week. Stop by to try a variety of greens grown by our farmers and for some easy, tasty dressing recipes to top them off.

NEWSFLASH: On The Edge Knife Sharpening will be here NEXT week July 16!

We are expecting either Blake or Yarrow to be with us, bringing their super balloon twisting skills, we will have the Kid’s Activity tent set up and stocked with plenty of paper and crayons. We 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.
As of Friday noon we were a bit light on volunteers. THIS is the week to try it out if you’ve not before!

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 all kinds of delicious, freshly picked produce as more and more veggies come into season, and Flats Mentor Farm will be adding to their selection of lettuces, Asian greens, and herbs, as well. Not sure if their root veggies will be in yet, but soon they will have their amazing beets and daikon radish, as well.

Pasture-raised Meats, Poultry, and Eggs: Lilac Hedge Farm will their fine selection of locally raised meats, including a variety of sausages, ground beef and pork, and cuts of lamb, as well as poultry and eggs from their farm. Note their new spot along North Ave to the right of Farmer Dave’s.

NEWSFLASH: The Fish Lady will NOT be here this week. She will be back next week for the rest of the season except for August 13. You can always call Michelle at 781-929-5358 to special order.

Cheese: West River Creamery will be back for the rest of the season except for September 3. Along with the best cheese, Jane will also have pickled products and more.

Specialty Foods: Coutt’s Specialty Foods, Deano’s Pasta, and Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish.

Baked Goods: Goodies Homemade, Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, Swiss Bakers, and The Popover Lady, who wrote in that she will have her usual array of lovely plain, Asiago, onion, or cinnamon sugar for the sweet, plus savory garlic scape popovers, as well as her luscious scones and mini fruit pies. The Roasted Granola, will also be here with really, really good granola, amazing locally made yogurt, and local honey. Breakfast, anyone?

Beverages: Downeast Cider, plus 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.

Pet Treats: Emmett’s Edibles, with treats for dogs AND cats, is back for the rest of the season.

Artisans: All About Corks is back for their first visit, as is Wakefield’s own Trow’s Treasures, and both of our wonderful soap vendors will be here, as well. Alsion Simcox and Doug Heath will also join us with their great books about Lake Quannapowitt, Breakheart, and The Fellsway.

One More Time:  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: July 16-Los Sugar Kings Duo; July 23-Amy Spillert, and, Kev G Mor will be here for his first visit of the season on August 6. Curious Creatures will be visiting on July 30, 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.
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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