Market News for August 2, 2014

Rain or shine, (and the weather keeps looking better!) there will be plenty of fresh veggies and fruits, (think corn and peaches!) all your favorite bakers and more, and return visits from West River Creamery, Vermont Candy Dish, and Bondat Foods at the market this Saturday. Plus, we are holding a special Draw Your Favorite Veggie Contest this week for the young folks.

Draw your favorite veggie and get entered into a drawing for $25 in Market Bucks for you and your family to share!

Come on down by 12 noon on 8/2/14 to enter the contest, draw a picture of your favorite veggie from the Farmers Market, and tell us how you like it best: Raw? Steamed? Grilled? Baked? Roasted? Broiled? In pesto? In a salad? In a special recipe? So many choices!

The market will provide paper, crayons, and a clipboard or a space at the table for drawing. All pictures will be displayed at the market at the center tent during the market day and the Market Bucks drawing will take place at 12:30 that day. One picture/entry per child. You do not need to be present at the drawing to win. Note: Depending on the age of the winning child, we suggest that the child get to spend at least $5 as they wish but will be supportive of the parent’s decision. Just let us know!

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.

The Boys & Girls Club of Stoneham, including the Wakefield Club at the Americal Civic Center, is our nonprofit guest this week. Be sure to stop by to learn all about the Summer Adventure Drop-In Program for ages 7-13 happening all summer at the Wakefield location. You can also find out how YOU can help support this wonderful new asset to our community that is providing a safe place for kids while offering a wide array of educational opportunities, activities, and services supervised by professionals. For more information, see:

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 mid-morning: One more person needed  for set up and breakdown and someone to get the highway signs.  Also, help with the contest. Thank you!

And, 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.

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

Farmer Dave and Kelly’s Farm will be offering their usual wonderful assortment of in-season vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers, along with Charlton Orchards, who will also have their pasture-raised beef, eggs, and wine made from their orchard fruits. Stone fruits are definitely in season! Be sure to stock up on peaches and plums.  Peaches, in particular, freeze quite well, so cut out the stone and stash some away in the freezer to brighten up a cold winter day.
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.

For a great selection of Asian greens, fresh garlic, squash blossoms and more, stop by the Flats Mentor Farm tent.

Lilac Hedge Farm will have their pasture-raised meats and poultry, along with eggs, beef jerky products, and their own honey. Copicut Farms will have their fresh pasture-raised chicken and eggs, and they now have their own pork, as well. And, our 7th farmer is here this week – Jane Parent of West River Creamery is with us this week with award-winning hand-crafted cheeses made from pasture-raised cow and goat milk. Traveling with Jane is Sandra of Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish, with her lovely preserves, sweet sauces, and really excellent horseradish.

The Fish Lady will, as always, have the freshest of seafood. For the widest selection, be sure to get there earlier in the day. And, Jordan, the “Chief Flavor Engineer” behind Bondat Foods is back, offering truly fabulous rubs and spice blends for grilling, tacos, and more.

All our bakers will be on hand, including The Popover Lady, Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, Swiss Bakers, and Goodies Cookies, and 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. We’ll have spoons on hand if you want to mix them up for tasty breakfast treat right at the market.

You can also stock up on great pasta, raviolis, and mozzarella cheese from Fior D’Italia, and get the best Middle Eastern food around from Samira’s Homemade, the latter perfect for a planned or impromptu picnic by the lake.

And, for some great iced or hot coffee or tea, along with other refreshing beverages (the Watermelon Fresca is a favorite) as well as tasty bar and cookie treats, stop by Pour Man’s Coffee, right next to the Market Manager tent.

For all your soap and scrub needs, Kaleidoscope Soap and Wicked Good Soap will be here and, All about Corks will be back with wreathes, cork boards, cork cages, and more made from recycled corks, and Salem Street Beadery will be with us, as well.

Bark for More will be back, too, with their Fido Fro-Yo (frozen yogurt for dogs) as well as other crunchy and chewy treats for our canine friends.

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

If you want a reminder to vote each week, sign up for the newsletter via the form to the right, or, if you get the newsletter already, scroll down to the end of the email and click on “update subscription preferences.” In both cases 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: The Change is Simple Garden Trailer on 8/9, a performance by Betty’s Bounce and a visit from Guide Dog puppies in training on 8/23, and more events and music are always being added, with return visits by Ed Britt and Don Borchelt on banjos and Kevin G. Moore also on the schedule. Be sure to mark your calendar: the Friends of Beebe Library Book Giveaway will take place on September 6.

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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