Market Day News for August 9, 2014

A Garden on Wheels, Nifty Needles 4-H, Lots of Fruits and Veggies and More on This Saturday 8/9. Come Enjoy a Beautiful Day!
As always, this week will feature lots of just picked fruits, vegetables, and flowers, as well as pasture-raised meats, poultry, and eggs, and honey, too, all from Massachusetts farms. Just caught fish, and scrumptious locally produced sweet and savory baked goods, pastas, granola, dips, and, of course Fair Trade Coffee will also be on hand. And, don’t forget the Cheesecake!

To further add to the day, the nonprofit organization Change is Simple is returning, this time with their really cool garden trailer growing all sorts of organic herbs and veggies.

With its mission to instill environmental and social responsibility in our communities through sustainability enrichment programs, Change is Simple has created really fun and interesting programs designed for both K-12 and college curricula as well as programs to help businesses and organizations develop environmentally conscious practices, including sustainable event management.  They will have environmentally themed T-shirts for sale, as well.

Our wonderful balloon twister Yarrow, or one of his equally talented colleagues, will be with us and we will of course have hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, and jump ropes on hand for kids of all ages.

Our other nonprofit this week will also provide interesting educational entertainment. The members of Nifty Needles 4-H Club love to sew, participate in fashion shows and community service, and learn about exciting careers in fashion.
Along with examples of their creations, they will be bringing their sewing machines so we can see them in action!  Be sure to stop by to say hello and learn about and see their latest projects. For more information about this great club, see

Local authors Doug Heath and Alison Simcox will be selling their books about Lake Quannapowitt and Breakheart Reservation, two of Wakefield’s finest natural and recreational assets.

And, before we go on, don’t forget:
Volunteers ALWAYS welcome and needed.

And, if spots are filled, feel free to stop by to learn about volunteering!

As of Friday morning: HELP NEEDED for BOTH  11-1 p.m. table shifts and breakdown from 1-1:45 p.m. Thank you!

And, ClickHERE  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.

Now, here’s what you’ve been waiting for – this week’s vendors! 

Think stone fruits and melons, corn, green beans, and tomatoes, and don’t forget the summer squashes! Farmer Dave’s, Kelly’s Farm and Charlton Orchards, with the latter also offering their pastured –raised beef and eggs and honey along with produce, have it all! And, for lovely Asian greens, herbs and squash blossom, Flats Mentor Farm is the go-to tent at our market.Lilac Hedge Farm will have all kinds of pasture-raised meats, poultry, eggs, honey, and dried beef products – quite tasty, by the way, and Copicut Farms will have a great assortment of fresh chicken and eggs. NEW this year, they also have their own pork now, also pasture raised.
And, be sure to show up early to ensure the largest selection from The Fish Lady.
Basket for food pantry donations

STOP!  LOOK!  We now have a basket at the Market Manager tent for any produce  items you are able to donate to the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry. Your neighbors in need will appreciate it.

The Roasted Granola will have their amazing granola made from the freshest ingredients, including local honey and fresh Greek olive oil, as well as equally amazing Greek yogurt to accompany. Spoons and cups are available for those wanting to breakfast at the market.

You can stock up on great pasta and raviolis from Fior D’Italia, and, for home or a picnic at the market, get the best Middle Eastern food around from Samira’s Homemade. For excellent artisan breads, visit Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, or, for all sorts of baked products, including their great pretzels, stop by Swiss Bakers.  If you are hankering for a popover, pie or scone, get to The Popover Lady early. And, don’t forget Goodies Cookies – the best cookies around! 7ate9 Bakery is also here this week with cheesecake. Try the new Ganache flavors – just incredible.

Kaleidoscope Soap and Wicked Good Soap are both with us this week, along with Sarah Trow of Trow’s Treasures, with her wonderful herbal products, and Jeanette of Salem Street Beadery, with lovely handcraft jewelry.  And, don’t miss Ellen Garvey of EGlassey Lady, here for the 1st of only 2 visits this year, featuring her beautiful hand-blown glass items.

Hot and iced coffee and tea is available from Pour Man’s Coffee, who offer Fair Trade coffee, really healthy and refreshing fruit drinks, and tasty sweet snacks, as well. You will find them right next to the Market Manager tent.

FUN FACTS from the Pour Man’s Coffee Facebook Page:
We use only Fair Trade, organic coffee from Dean’s Beans, roasted locally in Orange, MA.
For our hot and iced teas we use Mem Tea Imports located in Watertown MA.
Our lemonade and baked goods are made from scratch using organic and local ingredients.

contest logoDon’t Forget to Vote! Right now we are #1 in MA!

If you want a reminder to vote each week, scroll down to the end of this email, click on “update subscription preferences,” and select “Vote Reminder List.” How easy is that?  🙂

To vote, you need only go to: once a week and “pledge” how much you plan to spend at your favorite farmers market that week. You can pledge once a week up until midnight September 13.
Let’s go for it!

Our maCarrot photorket 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!

Coming Up: Banjos (Ed Britt and Don Borchelt) are back next week, Betty’s Bounce and a visit from Guide Dog Puppies in training on 8/23. The Friends of Beebe Library Book Giveaway will take place on September 6, Drumlin Farm’s Audubon Ark is coming 9/20, and more events and music are always being added, with return visits by Kevin G. Moore and our banjos musicians also on the schedule. And, stay tuned, there just might be a Plen Air Paint Out this year.

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 21 through October 18, 2014.  Please visit 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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