June 18, 2016 is Our Opening Day! Sneak Preview, Free Drawing for $20 in Market Bucks at Festival by the Lake on June 11! :)

Click HERE to learn about and link to all our vendors

The Wakefield Farmers Market team is gearing up for the summer season that begins on Saturday June 18 at its Hall Park location on the shores of Lake Quannapowitt. The market will take place each Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. from June 18 through October 15, 2016.

For a preview of things to come, stop by the Wakefield Farmers Market information tent at the Festival by the Lake being held tomorrow, Saturday June 11 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on the Lower Common. Along with getting the latest news, you can enter a FREE DRAWING for $20 in Market Bucks that you can use anytime during the season, sign up for our email newsletter, learn how to be part of our great WFM Volunteer Team, and buy a “Carrot” (suggested donation $5) to put in your front yard to show your support for farmers markets. Do stop by if you can! For directions and more about this great festival, see http://wcna.org/festival/

Most of our regular vendors will be back, with an average of 22 vendors at the market each week. For new vendors, we are welcoming Deano’s Pasta as a weekly vendor. Deano’s was a big hit at the winter market and we are excited to have them at our summer market. Little Lemon Boutique, with delightful fashion accessories for women and children, will be back as an occasional vendor after a year hiatus, and this year, Lilac Hedge will be back to a weekly schedule.

We’ll have more details in this spot next were, but here is the current list of vendors who will be at the market at least once this season:

Aaronap Cellars, Ackermann Maple Farms, All About Corks, Bondat Foods, Coutt’s Specialty Foods, Deano’s Pasta, Downeast Cider House, Emmetts Edibles, Farmer Dave’s, The Fish Lady, Flats Mentor Farm, Goodies Homemade, Hiller’s Silver Studio, In Good Taste (Pam’s), Kalaidascope Soap, Kelly’s Farm, Kittredge Candles, Lilac Hedge Farm, Little Lemon Boutique, Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, The Popover Lady, Pour Man’s Coffee, Roasted Granola, Salem Street Beadery, Samira’sHomemade,Sheepshed, Swiss Bakers, Trow’s Treasures, Tower Beverages, Vermont Gourmet Candy, West River Creamery, and Wicked Good Soap.

In case you missed last week’s article: Opening day will feature great live music by students from Wakefield’s Onset School of Music, accompanied by the teaching staff, in what has become a great annual event at the market. Yarrow, our balloon twisting artist, will be back, the kids activity tent will be stocked with crayons, paper, and scavenger hunt sheets, and, as always, there will be sidewalk chalk, jump ropes, and hula hoops for kids of all ages.

Our opening day will also feature The Wakefield Independence Day Committee as our nonprofit guest. Be sure to stop by to learn how to support Wakefield’s wonderful parade that the committee organizes for each July 4th.

Throughout the season, we will host a number of great groups, including Habitat for Humanity, Friends of Beebe Library (book giveaway on September 10!) Tonneson & Co for the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry, the Seeing Eye Puppies in Training back, Wakefield Memorial High School Alumni Foundation, and more. In addition, the Wakefield Board of Health and Mass In Motion plan visit a time or two few times to promote the Wakefield Pedestrian and Bicycle Committee and the Bike Wakefield campaign. We are hoping they can do a bike clinic, too.

The season will feature live music by Kev G Mor, Ed Britt and Don Borchelt, Betty’s Bounce, the Los Sugar Kings Duo, singer-songwriter Amy Spillert, and more to be scheduled.  On days with no live music, and before and after sets, we will have great background music courtesy of former Market Manager Kelli Stromski, who compiles great playlists for the market.

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.

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.

Snap logoAs 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.

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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