Market News for July 26 2014

Be sure to show up early if you want your knives sharpened this Saturday! 7ate9 Bakery will be making their biweekly visit, we will have live music from Wakefield’s very own Kevin G. Moore, and 6 of our artisans are with us, along with all the regular farmers and vendors. Come on down, grab a hot or cold beverage at Pour Man’s Coffee, and enjoy a wonderful day at our market.

On The Edge Knife Sharpening will be with us this week! Patti, the woman behind the company, specializes in hand sharpening kitchen knives (serrated and straight edge, as well as Japanese knives), as well as scissors, including dog grooming shears, utility scissors , garden tools, hunting knives, other pet grooming tools – sheep shears and other edges. Tools used include a whet stone, ceramics and different types of polishing stones.

And, did you know this? Special arrangements can be made to sharpen onsite for small “groups” of people at your home. For contact information and more, visit the On The Edge Knife Sharpening website.

Kevin G Moore photoKevin G. Moore, a most talented singer songwriter, will be with is starting at 10:30 a.m. playing a wonderful assortment of traditional folk tunes and blues, all executive with excellent vocal and guitar-picking styles that he makes his own. If you have not yet heard him, do come to listen. He is a class act.

Our wonderful, 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.

RIM logoRefugee Immigration Ministry (RIM) is our nonprofit guest this morning. This amazing organization works hand and hand with refugees and asylum seekers who are fleeing the home countries in fear for their lives. Please stop by their tent to learn about their work and how to register for, or otherwise donate to Join The Human Chain of Hope, the 2nd Annual RIM walk around Lake Quannapowitt this coming October 18.
vintage garden product

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

Come learn how to staff the manager table! One more person needed  for the 11-1:00 pm shift (as of Friday morning) and breakdown help always appreciated!

Click HERE to be on the official Volunteer Email List.

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! 

As always, all our produce farmers will have a growing variety of fresh veggies and berries, andFarmer Dave and Kelly’s Farm will also have cut flowers, potted plants, and herbs. Flats Mentor Farms will have their lovely Asian greens and herbs – and look for the squash blossoms – delicious! Charlton Orchard will have pasture-raised beef, eggs, and wine made from their orchard fruits, in season veggies and berries, and most likely their cider donuts.
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.

Lilac Hedge Farm will have beef, pork, lamb, and poultry, along with eggs, beef jerky products, and their own honey. You can get fresh chicken and eggs from Copicut Farms, and new this week, their own pork! And don’t forget to get to The Fish Lady early for the largest selection.

The Roasted Granola will have their wonderful granola and really awesome Greek Yogurt, (think breakfast) and you will be certain to find just want you want for baked goods from all our bakers:Mamandou’s Artisan Bakery, Swiss Bakers, which also offers sandwiches, The Popover Lady, and Goodies Cookies, as well as the folks at Pour Man’s Coffee, who have delectable treats on hand along with hot or iced coffee and tea and additional cold beverages. Their Watermelon Fresca is divine.

And, 7ate9 Bakery is here this week, too!  CHEESECAKE! Also, Coutt’s Specialty Foods is here with yummy sweet and savory preserves.

For more hardy fare, we have Middle Eastern Foods from Samira’s Homemade (dips, pita bread, grape leaves and more, good for a picnic lunch) and to take home, pasta and mozzarella cheese from Fior Italia.

In the artisan section, along with Kaleidoscope Soap and Wicked Good Soap, we welcome back Salem Street Beadery, featuring handcrafted jewelry, dream catchers , wind chimes, and more. Also back is Wakefield’s Trow’s Treasures, with stress relief herb and eye pillows, medicinal salves, sugar scrubs, sprays, catnip toys, and a variety of other natural products. All about Corks will also be back with wreathes, cork boards, cork cages, and more made from recycled corks.

contest logoDon’t Forget to Vote! Help our market be in the top in Massachusetts.  Right now we are #1 in MA!  Simply go to: lovemyfarmersmarket.orgonce a week and “pledge” how much you plan to spend at your favorite farmers market. You can pledge once a week up until midnight September 13. Let’s go for it!
Note: Some typos on the American Farmland Trust page indicated, incorrectly, that once a day voting was allowed. Once a WEEK is the limit per email address! 

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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