News for our July 5 Market Day

It looks to be another great day at our market! Our farmers will have an ever-growing assortment of freshly picked produce this week as the growing season really kicks in, In Good Taste (salsa!) will be with us, and we now have hot and iced coffee and tea! See Pour Man’s Coffee, right next to the Market Manager tent.

SPECIAL NEWS FLASH about the Wakefield Independence Day events:  While the parade, concerts, and fireworks were cancelled with no rain date published, the great children’s events and races put on by the West Side Social Club (WSSC) were postponed to the morning of Saturday July 5. The good news is that there is even more reason to be in Wakefield the morning of July 5!  BUT, now the Market Manager and volunteer staff won’t be able to see the parades featuring the pets and decorated bikes, trikes, wagon, doll carriages.

Solution?  The market will give $5 in Market Bucks to the first 40 entries of the WSSC children’s contest parades who stop by the Market Manager tent to show us their fabulous pets or decorated bikes, trikes, scooters, carts, or carriages.

If we get more than 40, the rest will be entered into a drawing for $20 in Market Bucks.  So, park at Town Hall and take a walk down the Floral Way to the market at Hall Park before or after your event and bring big smiles to all.  🙂

banjo players

You are in for a treat if you like banjo music!  We will have the incomparable Ed Britt and Don Borchelt of Harvard/Brattle Square fame playing throughout the market day.  Be sure to stop by for a listen!  Note of interest:  Ed Britt is also well-known as the super sound man for Wakefield’s Linden Tree Coffeehouse.

Bicycle Helmets for $10!
Catherine Dhingra will be representing the Wakefield Health Department, offering all kinds of great information from both Wake-Up, (Wakefield Unified Prevention Coalition) whose mission is to work together with groups and residents to promote a healthy community environment, and Mass in Motion-Melrose/Wakefield, which works to help folks make easy yet effective healthy lifestyle choices. In addition, Catherine will have high quality bicycle helmets on sale for the reduced price of $10 each, courtesy of our Wakefield Board of Health. Thank you, Wakefield BOH!

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

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And, Click HERE to learn about all the volunteer opportunities.

Lake Quannapowitt BookLocal authors Doug Heath and Alison Simcox will be with us this week 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.

Yarrow, our wonderful Balloon Twisting Artist, will be with us again, and, as always, we will have hula hoops and sidewalk chalk on hand for kids of all ages. New this year: We have some jump ropes now, too!

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! 

Our wonderful Farmer Dave will be back, Kelly’s Farm will have their beautiful cut flowers along with produce, and Charlton Orchards will have their pastured –raised beef and eggs along with cider donuts and berries and produce, as well.

And, we are very glad to have Flats Mentor Farm with us for the rest of season! I know that they will have their usual assortment of really wonderful Asian greens, vegetables, and herbs.  Be sure to welcome them back to our market.

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. Also,  look for the kind folks of tonneson + co who will be at the market on July 12 to promote their 2nd Annual Road Race, taking place on July 20 around Lake Quannapowitt, to benefit the food pantry.  More info coming soon!

Copicut Farms will have their eggs and fresh and frozen chicken, and Lilac Hedge Farm will have all kinds of meat, poultry and eggs, and honey from their own bees, too! All the meats and eggs sold at our market are pasture-raised.

Fior D’Italia will, as always, have their tasty gourmet pastas and raviolis and, while it lasts, their fresh mozerella cheese. And for the best Middle Eastern food around, stop by Samira’s Homemade, now also of Whole Foods fame.

In Good Taste will be here with wonderful salsas for their biweekly visit. You need to try their salsa if you are not already hooked.

NEWS FLASH: Swiss Bakers are on vacation this week AND next week but will be back for the rest of the season starting 7/19.   And, if you have signed up for our newsletter, you know that The Fish Lady will NOT be with us this week. But, she’ll be back next week for the rest of the season. Always check the website for updates.

Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery will have plenty of their superb breads, and The Popover Lady, will have her sweet and savory popovers and yummy fruit pies. And, I said this last week but you just can’t beat Goodie’s Cookies. You just can’t.

Along with Kaleidoscope Soap and Wicked Good Soap, each with their lovely and distinctive hand-made soap and scrub products, All about Cork will be here this Saturday, their new first visit of the season, with wreathes, cork boards, cork cages, and more made from recycled corks. Very creative and attractive!

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

AND, every week: WE HAVE ICED AND HOT COFFEE AND TEA at our market, courtesy of new vendor Pour Man’s CoffeeWe are so happy about this. 🙂

contest logoHelp our market be in the top 100 in the country! Last year we came in #26. Simply go to and pledge to spend $10 at your favorite farmers market. You can pledge once a day 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: We will have visits from Curious Creatures and the Audubon Ark, a variety of live music, more events for kids, and, mark your calendar: the Friends of Beebe Library Book Giveaway will take place on September 6. And NEXT WEEK –West River Creamery will be back with the very best of cheese and we will welcome new artisan vendor Wendy Jo Metal Designs.

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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