Don’t forget! Rain or Shine, we need to support our local farmers! This week we will have music by Kev G Mor, Tower Beverages and Barefoot Books will be here, and the good folks from Wakefield Main Streets will be our nonprofit guest. As always, our farmers will have plenty of produce, with even more fall crops coming in, and we will have a nice assortment of specialty food and artisan vendors, a well. The Wakefield Farmers Market takes place at Hall Park, on the shores of Lake Quannapowitt, each Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. from June 18 through October 15, 2016.
IMPORTANT: Adams Farm, one of the slaughter houses used by Lilac Hedge Farm, has a voluntary recall of beef, veal, and bison products packed on two dates during the summer due to possible contamination by E. coli O157:H7. If you have any ground beef or cuts of beef marked with USDA 5497 and the code 121061, 120961, or 121761 on it, you are advised to discard it or bring it to the market for a refund. I have been in touch with Lilac Hedge farmers Ryan MacKay and Tom Corbett. Ryan emailed me the following statement: “I have full confidence in Adams cleanliness and protocols. If any consumers have questions you can direct them to my email [email protected]” You can also learn about Adams Farm by going to http://adamsfarm.biz/ and scrolling to the About section.
Singer songwriter Kev G Mor is finally back, rain or shine! Kev will be playing for us starting around 10:30. Kev has a growing collection of excellent originals that you can hear at kevgmor.com, but for market sets, Kev will draw from his extension repertoire of traditional folk tunes, blues, with a smattering of pop favorites, all of which he performs with spot-on vocal and guitar-picking styles and techniques that make the songs his own. If you have not yet heard him, do come to listen. He is a class act.
Wakefield Main Streets will be our nonprofit guest this week. Its mission is to promote and enhance the economic vitality, cultural resources, historic significance and the quality of life in downtown Wakefield. Their programs are dedicated to making downtown Wakefield a great place to invest, work, play, live and experience. Be sure to stop by to see what they are planning and how you can help.
Barefoot Books will be here this week for their final visit of the season. Michelle MacLean of Lynnfield has been with Barefoot Books for 9 years and can help you find the perfect book for the child in your life from her collection of award-winning books and other fun and educational materials for young folks. Be sure to stop by to see what’s new or to just hang out and read a story.
WHAT’S COOKING? Last week we made Green and Wax Bean Sauté with Bok Choy and Red Bell Pepper using beans from Farmer Dave’s, Bok Choy from Flats Mentor Farm, and Onion and pepper from Kelly’s Farm. Recipes are posted on our website and hard copies are available at the Market Kitchen tent. Stop by between 10-11 or so to find out what the cooking demo will be about this week. If available, luffa squash and fennel will be featured. As always, all the main ingredients will be sourced that morning from our farmers and specialty food vendors. And remember: If you see something at one of our farmers’ tents that you want to try, let us know and we will get it, wash it off, and chop or slice it up for you to try!
Yarrow or Blake will be with us this week bringing their super balloon twisting skills, we will have the Kid’s Activity tent set up and stocked with plenty of paper and crayons. As always, there will be hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, and jump ropes on hand for kids of all ages, and we now have an extra tent and chairs set up so folks can take a break from shopping in a bit of shade.
And, before we go on, don’t forget:
Volunteers ALWAYS welcome and needed!
You can sign up here for spots and tasks throughout the entire season.
As of Friday early afternoon we still need TWO folks to help set up between 8:00-9:00 a.m. and TWO folks to help with breakdown from 1:00 to about 1:45 at latest. For setup and breakdown, remember: many hands – and the two hand trucks we have – make for much lighter work! We could also use someone – or two – to get the highway signs at the end of the day.
Thank you to Alison, Cathy, Doug, Jane, Janice, Michelle, Marietta, and Sue for signing up!
Potential volunteers are always welcome to “shadow” a volunteer doing a task you are interested in learning how to do before you sign up for a market day volunteer spot.
Thanks to all who took the time to vote via the American Farmland Trust Annual Farmers Market Celebration!!! Our farmers market came in 1st in Massachusetts and #22 nationally in the “People’s Choice” and “Pillar of the Community” categories!! For more information, see :markets.farmland.org
Now, here’s what you’ve been waiting for – this week’s vendors!
Produce: Both Farmer Dave’s and Kelly’s Farm will have tomatoes, green and wax beans, different types of winter squash and much more. Farmer Dave wrote in that they have a beautiful fall crop of carrots, beets, romanesco, and broccoli and lots of apples, incnluding Macs, Honeycrisp, Cortlands, Macoun, and Golden Delicious, as well as blueberries, and, weather permitting, strawberries and raspberries, too. The more delicate berries need to be picked within hours of sending to the market and cannot be picked for sale if they are wet.
Pasture-raised Meats, Poultry, and Eggs: Lilac Hedge Farm offers a wide assortment of chops, ribs, and sausages, as well as ground beef, pork, and lamb, and poultry and fresh eggs. They offer local honey, as well. AND – it is time to order your Thanksgiving Turkey! They have a handy online form at lilachedgefarm.wufoo.com/forms/2016-thanksgiving-turkey-form.
Turkeys will be delivered to the Melrose-Wakefield Winter Farmers Market at Memorial Hall in Melrose on November 20.
NEWSFLASH: West River Creamery, as well as Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish, are not able to join us again until October 15, which is our last market day of the summer season.
Seafood: The Fish Lady will have her usual assortment of lovely freshly caught local seafood. Best to show up early before your favorite sells out! You can also call Michelle at 781-929-5358 or email her via [email protected] to place a special order.
SPECIAL! $$The Fish Lady and Coutt’s Specialty Foods will have a special running this weekend. You can buy a pound of salmon and a 10 oz jar of jam for $20.00!
Specialty Foods: Ackermann’s Maple Farm will again have whiskey barrel aged maple syrup along with their regular tasty products, Coutt’s Specialty Foods will be here with their traditional preserves and more, for delicious pastas, raviolis, and sauces, stop by Deano’s Pasta, and don’t miss a visit to Samira’s for the best Middle Eastern foods around.
Baked Goods: From artisan loaves from Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery and sweet and savory baked goods, as well as excellent sandwiches from Swiss Bakers, to The Popover Lady’s popovers, as well as scones and pies. And the best cookies around from Goodies Homemade, we have you covered. Plus, Roasted Granola has all you need for breakfast and beyond with their tasty granola, well as yogurt and local honey.
Beverages: Downeast Cider House is here this week. You need to try their Pumpkin blend. Tower Beverages will also be here with their wonderful craft sodas. Have you tried the Grape? And, Pour Man’s Coffee will be here, making sure that we can get the very best coffee around, along with additional tea and fruit based beverages. They have amazing sweet treats, too, as well Fair Trade coffee beans that Dean’s Beans blends especially for them.
Pet Treats: If you are looking for a gluten free snack for your dog, try Emmett’s Zero Gluten beef treats. There are no additives, preservatives, or artificial colors in any of Emmett’s Edibles products.
Artisans: We will have Barefoot Books, Bead Happy, Kaleidoscope Soap, and Trow’s Treasures this week, the latter with lovely herbal products created by Wakefield herbalist Sarah Trow.
As always, 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.
COMING UP: For music: Amy Spillert (10/8) and Kali Stoddard Imari (10/15). The Pop Up Library will be back on 10/8, and a fun pop-up art program for kids is in the planning 10/15.
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 18 through October 15, 2016.
Please visit www.wakefieldfarmersmarket.org 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