Only 3 more market days left! The weather is looking to be warm and sunny and our vendors and guests are stocked up for the fall harvest. As always, we offer local freshly picked fruits and veggies, the best fish, meat, dairy & flower bouquets that will last for weeks. You will also find the yummiest baked goods, syrups, jellies, and jams you can only find at the market. WFM is located at Hall Park (next to Veterans Field, GPS 468 North Ave Wakefield MA) each Saturday now through October 12, 2019 from 9am to 1pm.
Drumlin Farms’ Audubon Ark will make its annual appearance at WFM this Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to noon. Wendy Ernst will be bringing a rabbit, a broadwing hawk, and mice, as well as “you can touch” artifacts. We are excited to welcome them back for this annual event that is fun and educational for all ages.
Get your flu shot! The Board of Health will be here for the day with their flu shot clinic will take place from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Bring your insurance card or, if not covered, the cost is $10.
Jesse DeLaurier will be performing for us. His influences range from The Beatles to Steve Earle to Jason Isbell, but he likes performing his own songs best. This young Melrose native has been performing since the age of 5. Now, a teen, he’s been described as an old soul in a young body. His original songs, both fun and wise, reflect this perfectly.
Our guest chef Wendy Dennis, will be preparing a delicious vegetarian recipe using fresh produce and ingredients chosen that morning from our market. Plus, every recipe can easily be made with a protein or vegan. During the September 21 demo, Wendy made a kale lover out of a kale hater – check out our website for that recipe and all our Market Kitchen recipes, always quick, easy and delicious. Thanks to The Wakefield Cooperative Bank, our Market Kitchen Tent and Farm/Food Education sponsor.
Friends of Lake Quannapowitt will be our nonprofit guest this week. From testing the water, hosting cleanups around the Lake to heading up efforts addressing the goose and issues the folks at FOLQ continue to work hard to protect and enhance the waters Lake Quannapowitt and its surrounding land.
The Wakefield Lynnfield Chamber of Commerce is back to keep us posted on their projects and will introduce us to their many great members who are the backbone of our local business economy.
A Call to Local Charitable Organizations! Now is the time to act if you would like a free spot at our market this season. Just go to the Nonprofit Group page on wakefieldfarmersmarket.org, review the guidelines to make sure you fit the criteria, and then download the application form and scan and email to [email protected] with a few possible dates. You can also mail your application to WFM, PO Box 1426 Wakefield MA 01880.
This week we have The Magic of Yarrow balloon twisting and face painting, Henna tattoos with Henna by Kayla, kid’s activity tent stocked with drawing materials. Plus new hula hoops, jump ropes, and sidewalk chalk. The market is a great place to shop, have a picnic, play, or just hang out on the shore of Lake Quannapowitt.
Here’s this week’s vendor list!
Produce:Farmer Dave’s will have their amazing potted plants, lots of roots veggies and fresh fruit. Stop by Fay Mountain Farm’s booth and grab a delicious eggplant, and the yummiest grape tomatoes, plus many fall favorites. Flats Mentor Farm is stocked with specialty Asian greens, herbs, and if you get there early, zucchini blossoms. Kelly’s Farm will have their gorgeous fresh cut flower bouquets and delicious, fresh sweet corn, onions, potatoes, and pumpkins.
Pasture-raised Meats, Poultry, and Eggs: Lilac Hedge Farm will have all you need for locally raised meats, and poultry. Plus, farm fresh eggs, jerky, and honey.
Seafood:Roberto’s Seafood will have plenty of fresh seafood on hand. You can even pre-order and have it ready for you at the market. Call Roberto’s Seafood for details (617) 529-5701. The freshest fish, as one market shopper commented, “it’s like he’s pulling from the ocean and right into your bag”.
Maple: Ackermann Maple Farm offers delightful maple products, including maple syrup, maple sugar, and maple cream from their 3000 trees nestled in the hills of Cabot, Vermont. Try the maple cream you won’t be sorry.
Specialty Foods: Deano’s Pasta delicious fresh pasta and sauces, for a quick, easy and delicious meal at home. Fork on the Road brings vegetarian and vegan Market Day Meal Kits, inspired by the local harvest and Suman’s global pantry that include ingredients sourced direct from local producers. Plus her homemade spice blends, unique chutneys and snacks. Habibi Gourmet Food (Mediterranean fare), with the best authentic, Egyptian and Lebanese food around. Try their olives! Halvah Heaven with award-winning tahini based candy that is loaded with protein and calcium.
Baked Goods: Drive-by Pies joins us, bringing sweet and savory Itty-bitty pies, mini pies and large pies, sweet and savory all homemade from scratch daily. Goodies Homemade with the yummiest cookies are moist and flavorful scones. Swiss Bakers (try their pretzels, a great market snack), The Bread Shop will have their famous cinnamon rolls and sourdoughs (the everything, is everything!), and The Roasted Granola, with the best granola you’ve ever tasted.
Beverages:Aaronap Cellars (wine) are showcasing the best in Northeast wine making. They were a sell out at last week’s market. Get there early! Pony Shack Cider returns with their small batch, artisanal hard cider. Pour Man’s Coffee with the best cold brewed coffee and other beverages, plus treats to enjoy at the market. They also sell Fair Trade coffee beans from Dean’s Beans to take home.
Pet Treats:Emmett’s Edibles, with healthy treats for your canine and feline friends.
Artisans: Cloth Creations with the best tote for creative projects, quilted bags, wallets, wall hangings, and more. Johnnie Johnnie Goods is here with unique, artisan made leather and paracord jewelry. Kittredge Candles offers soy jar candles, tins, tarts, and tea lights, as well as votives, novelty candles, soap, goat’s milk lotion, lip balms and gift sets. SasquatchWoodworks, featuring handcrafted scrap wood into unique live edge home goods with metal inlays & Lichtenberg electrical patterns.
Sneak Peak: Next week Wakefield Garden Club, Pop-up Library and B-Organics is back for the last time this season.
There are plenty of volunteer opportunities at our market. Just go to the How To Volunteer page on our website or stop by the Market Manager table once the market gets going to learn how. Many hands make a better market for all.
The VOLUNTEER SignUp for 2019 is ready for action!
Click HERE to sign up for one or more spots. If you are not sure how you want to help, stop by on a market day to see what it is all about before signing up.
The market will continue to accept both SNAP/EBT and credit/debit cards for the purchase of Market Bucks for shopping, and will again be matching SNAP purchases up to $10 per visit so that everyone can afford to get fresh and healthy foods at our market. And, Farmer Dave’s is again taking part in the Healthy Initiative Program (HIP).
The Wakefield Farmers Market runs RAIN OR SHINE (except in dangerous weather, e.g. lightning or hurricane conditions). The market opens at 9:00 a.m. and closes at 1:00 p.m. every Saturday from mid-June to mid October. The 2019 season will run from June 15 through October 12. Please visit wakefieldfarmersmarket.org for a current listing of vendors, live music, and special events and to sign up for our email newsletter. See wfmmarketkitchen.site for our recipes! You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr.
See you at the Market!
AnnMarie Gallivan, Market Manager