October 10 Lots of Vendors, Lots of Produce, Pop Up Library, Kev G Mor, Miss Holly’s Last Cooking Demo of the Season!

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It looks like the weather will be much better this Saturday than last weekend. Thank you to everyone who was able to come and support the 16 farmers and vendors who were able to attend!
We have a lot going on this week, including 26 vendors, the Pop Up Library with their Miss Holly the story telling librarian, WFM’s Miss Holly with her final cooking demonstration of the season, and live music with Kev G Mor, all a midst all the amazing produce and pasture-raised fare.

We made #1 in Massachusetts and #17 Nation-wide in the Amercian Farmland Trust Farmers Market Celebration! Click HERE and scroll down that page for complete results.

Henna Tattoo Artist Shweta Singhvi of Wakefield will be joining us for another visit this week. Shweta practices the traditional art form that uses all natural ingredients to create everything from designs of timeless beauty to cool modern super hero icons for the kids. Look for her umbrella or ask at the Manager Tent if you can’t find her.

NEW! Presto! Music, a music referral and networking service, will be sponsoring a tent/table to support the “presenting arts”. On various weeks, folks will have a chance to get information and talk to representatives of the Standing Room Only concert series, Wakefield Repertory Theatre, the Sweetser Lecture Series, Wakefield Music Boosters and other established Wakefield organizations. Look for the Wakefield Presents! banner.

The Wakefield Beebe Library Pop Up Library is back for their final visit of the season. You can check out books and sign up for a library card if you need one. Librarian Miss Holly (not to be confused with our cooking Miss Holly) will be back, too, telling community and farm themed interactive stories starting at 10:30 and 11:30. [This time is updated as of Friday afternoon]

Singer songwriter Kev G Mor will be playing for us starting around 10:30, taking turns with the story telling. Kev will draw from his repertoire of favorite traditional folk tunes and blues, 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.

Miss Holly will be cooking in the “Market Kitchen,” for the last time this summer season starting around 10:15 or so, using seasonal fruits and veggies she will purchase at the market that morning. She will create at least two easy, tasty, healthy recipes that you can watch her prepare as well as sample. All recipes are posted on our website and available as handouts at the market. For more about Holly, see thesoulchef.com

We expect Yarrow or Blake the Balloon guy to be on hand, ready to take requests for balloon art creations, but in any case, our Kids Activity Tent will have paper, crayons, and scavenger hunt sheets to choose from, and there will, as always, be hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, and jump ropes on hand for kids of all ages.

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.

STILL NEEDED! As of Friday morning, we still need  help with breakdown at the end of the market day and someone to get the signs around the lake and at the highway exits.

Thank you to Christina, Debbie, Marietta, Michelle, Missy, and Heather for already 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.

Thank you to: Janice and Lisa for already signing up! to help on 9/26!  Click HERE  to learn about all the volunteer opportunities. Thank you all!

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!

Special Note: Bondat Foods, In Good Taste, Lilac Hedge Farm, 7ate9 Bakery, and Salem Street Beadery, and Kittredge Candles will be here for their last visit of our summer season, so be sure to stock up!

Farmer Dave’s, Kelly’s Farm, and Charlton Orchards might still have stone fruits, and will have nice assortment of apples and pears, and corn, greens, eggplant, and beans lined up with even more hard squash, gourds, and just dug potatoes. Charlton Orchards will also have fresh cider, pasture raised –raised beef and eggs, and Kelly’s Farm will have their gorgeous cut flowers. Flats Mentor Farm will, as always have a lovely selection of Asian greens, radishes, beets, squash, Asian cucumbers, and more, as well as beautifully fragrant fresh herbs.

Copicut Farms will have their freshly slaughtered chicken, eggs, and their own pork, And Lilac Hedge Farm will be here for their final visit of the summer season with their beef, pork and poultry, as well as eggs and honey. All of the meats, poultry, eggs, from our farmers are from pasture-raised animals.

Note: We are hoping that West River Creamery can come next week on October 17, but if not, they will be a the Melrose-Wakefield Winter Monthly Farmers Market starting on November 22. More about that coming next few weeks!

NEWSFLASH: Downeast Cider is not able to come this week but will join us next Saturday October 17 for our last market day.

The Fish Lady, will as always, have fresh, locally caught seafood, labeled with the fisherman who made the catch, as well as with advice for storing and preparing your purchases. Be sure to get there early for the widest selection.

For excellent seasonings for all your meats, poultry, seafood, and veggies, be sure to stock up at Bondat Foods. Their fabulous rubs and spice blends make any meal extra special.

Along with pasta, regular mozzarella cheese, and frozen entrees, Fior D’Italia has pesto, and, I am hoping, their mozzarella rolls – the latter great sliced and melted on a nice toasting bread. And for Middle Eastern food, there is no better than what is offered by Samira’s Homemade, including breads, spreads, spinach pies, tasty olives and exquisite baklava.

All our bakers, Swiss Bakers, Mamadou’s Bakery, and The Popover Lady will here with their wonderful breads, pies, popovers and other goodies.  And, don’t forget: Swiss Bakers has excellent sandwiches, too!

For breakfast at home or at the market, The Roasted Granola has yogurt, too!  Thy have bite-size snacks and wonderful local honey, as well.

NEWSFLASH: The Roasted Granola has a new flavor, Pecan Maple, using maple syrup from our friends at Ackermann Maple Farm. The will also have their usual original granola, bite-size snacks and wonderful local yogurt, and honey, as well.  FYI – NEWSFLASH: Ackermann Maple Farm will be back next week for their final visit of the season.

Don’t miss a stop at Goodies Homemade for totally awesome cookies.  You can also send cookie care packages to friends near and far via www.goodieshomemade.com.

For the very best salsa and salsatina (try some!) In Good Taste (Pam’s Salsa) is here this week, as is 7ate9 Bakery, with their amazing cheesecakes  and some of the best wrap sandwiches around. Ty one for lunch!

Pour Man’s Coffee will have the finest of hot and cold beverages, including Fair Trade coffee, teas, concoctions from fresh in-season fruits, and unique and totally delicious baked treats. You can also buy their special blend of Fair Trade coffee beans from Dean’s Beans at their tent.

Emmett’s Edibles will be on hand with treats that even the most discriminating dog will love, as well as little kitty treats with catnip. These are high quality treats made with human grade ingredients and no additives – only the best for your pets.

Our fine soap makers Kaleidoscope Soap and Wicked Good Soap will be here, each with their unique line of lovely products, as well as Salem Street Beadery, with lovely jewelry and more, much fashioned from treasures found on local beaches.

Kittredge Candles will be here for their last visit of the season. I bet they will have some great “halloweeny” products on hand. And, Sheepshed will also be here, with beautiful handspun and dyed yarns and felting materials, as well as their line of “sheep” pottery.

SNEAK PREVIEW: Don’t miss our last market day of the season next week on October 17!  Crops are still coming in strong, so plan on buying extra to freeze or can. Barefoot Books and Tower Root Beer will be here along with most of our regular vendors, and our super banjo guys will provide the perfect ambiance for the day. Stay tuned for news and updates about our last market day and also, about the upcoming Melrose-Wakefield Winter Market that will take place at Memorial Hall in Melrose from 11-3 the Sunday before Thanksgiving, the Sunday before Christmas, and the 3rd Sunday of January-April.

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 20 through October 17, 2015.
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
Market Manager

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