June 20 2015 is Opening Day: Live Music, Lots of Farmers, Great Coffee, Lots to Do!

It looks like we will have great weather for the Opening Day of our market’s 7th season! Here are some details, with the full vendor list further down the page.

The 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. This year will feature Sean Douglass, Reading, Samantha Lebruska, Lynnfield, Andrew Lubien, Wakefield, Katarina Burke, Reading, Stephen Burke, Reading, Bella Scolaro, Lynnfield, Talia Scolaro, Lynnfield, Will Poliano, Reading, Gabby Xu, Reading, Anthony Turilli, Saugus, Sam Simpson, Wakefield, Ryan Miller, Lynfield, Gabe Kautz, Wakefield. Thank you to all the talented and upcoming musicians!

We also will have a magician with us! Upon the recommendation of Yarrow, our wonderful balloon twisting artist (who of course will be with us!), we are pleased to welcome The Magic of Derek Dubois to our market. We will of course also have hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, and jump ropes on hand for kids of all ages.

Barefoot Books, a local company that features award-winning books for children, many by local authors and illustrators, is joining us this opening day. Be sure to stop by to check out new titles and other educational fare, or to just hang out and have a read.

Three Important Farmer Notes: 1) Mary and Greg of Kelly’s Farm have retired from doing farmers markets. They send a big thank you to all of us for being so nice! Let’s all be sure to give a kind welcome to the new folks bringing Kelly’s Farm products to us – they have big shoes to fill. 2) Flats Mentor Farm, with their spectacular Asian greens and herbs, expects to start next week but will confirm before next Saturday. And, 3) Due to some positive growth challenges, Lilac Hedge Farm will be coming every other week this year, starting tomorrow June 20, so stock up for more than a week! They should be back on a weekly basis next season.

We will have two wonderful nonprofit groups with us this Saturday:

The Wakefield Independence Day Committee will be on hand offering ways to help support the return of our BIG parade that the committee is organizing as part of our town’s July 4th celebration.

Refugee Immigration Ministry (RIM) will be with us to share information about their walk around the Lake coming up on 6/27 that will support their work of helping people who come to our great and generous country seeking asylum.

NEWSFLASH: RIM Essay Contest –  1st prize $100!  Do you know any middle school or high school students? Encourage them to enter the RIM essay contest. The deadline has been extended to June 22. Click HERE http://www.r-i-m.net/Events.html and scroll down a bit for all the info!

We are proud to welcome two of our new vendors today: Ackermann Maple Farm and Downeast Cider House.   Ackermann’s offers delightful maple products, including maple syrup, maple sugar, and maple cream from their 3000 trees nestled in the hills of Cabot, Vermont. starts with fresh-pressed juices and pure, natural ingredients in our cider and takes no shortcuts. In their own words: “When it comes to flavor, there’s no substitute for the best, and that’s what we stand by: simple, honest, authentic.”

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.

This really IS the correct link, this time.  🙂

We could still use one more to help with breakdown.
Thank you to:
Alison, Crysee, Debbie, Doug, Gabrielle, Holly, and Marietta, for already signing up for 6/20/15!

Click HERE  to learn about all the volunteer opportunities

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.

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! Farmer Dave’s, Kelly’s Farm, and Charlton Orchards will be here with a wonderful assortment of in-season vegetables and berries, with Charlton Orchards also offering pasture-raised beef, eggs, and wine made from their orchard fruits. No guarantees, but Farmer Dave’s will most likely have potted tomato and flowering plants, as well.We will have Lilac Hedge Farm, with meats, poultry, eggs, and honey, Copicut Farms with chicken and eggs, and West River Creamery, with the best cheese around at the market this week, as well. All of their products are pasture-raised. And really tasty.LAST MINUTE NEWSFLASH!: Samira’s Homemade WILL be back! There was a bit of confusion, but it’s all good!  YAY!

The Popover Lady, Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, Swiss Bakers, Samira’s Homemade, and Goodies Cookies will back, as will Fior D’Italia, The Fish Lady, Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish (you have to Sandra’s horseradish!), and Roasted GranolaAckermann Maple Farm will be making their first biweekly visit this Saturday, as will In Good Taste (Pam’s Salsa) and 7ate9 Bakery, with cheesecake to die for!  Bondat Foods, with amazing rubs and seasonings, will be here June 20 and then on a biweekly schedule starting July 18, so stock up this week!

For beverages, as noted above, we are welcoming Downeast Cider House this Saturday for their first biweekly visit. Tower Root Beer, which also has totally amazing ginger beer, by the way, will be here for the first of a number of visits, and the superb Pour Man’s Coffee will be here this week and every week with their delectable hot and cold beverages, including Fair Trade coffee, teas, concoctions from fresh in-season fruits, and out of this world baked treats. Point of interest: Pour Man’s Coffee owner Mike Doherty lives right here in Wakefield.

Both of our soap vendors, Kaleidoscope Soap and Wicked Good Soap will be here, each with their lovely and distinctive hand-made soap and scrub products, as will be Salem Street Beadery, with handcrafted jewelry, dream catchers , wind chimes, and more. And, as noted above, Barefoot Books is with us this opening day.

Local authors Doug Heath and Alison Simcox are back this year to sell the books they have authored about local landmarks, one about Lake Quannapowitt and their latest all about Breakheart Reservation.  Both are chock full of history and beautiful photos of two of Wakefield’s finest natural and recreational assets. I hear they have a new book about the Fellsway, too!

Coming Up: Next week we welcome new vendors Aaronap Cellars and Hiller’s Silver Studio, and Coutt’s Specialty Foods will be here for their first biweekly visit of the season. We are really excited to have the Los Los Sugar Kings duo featuring new Wakefield resident Dan Abreu and his bandmate Patino Vazquez with us next week, and are looking forward to a season full of new and returning musicians. And, no worries, Miss Holly will be doing cooking demonstrations on July 4.  Yes, we will be here on July 4th so you can get the freshest foods and beverages for your celebrations later in the day.

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.
See you at the Market!

Wendy Dennis
Market Manager

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