October 17 Market Day: Fresh, seasonal produce and lots of great small batch products

Bring your sweater, facemask and possibly an umbrella, to the market this Saturday, October 17. We will be at Hall Park from 9:00-1:00 through October 31, 2020. The market is held rain or shine, unless the wind in the weather tells us something different.  Stay on top of what’s happening via our website, www.wakefieldfarmersmarket.org or our Facebook page, where all our up to date market news will be posted.

Only 3 markets left in the season, it’s been wonderful to have this small, weekly, community event give us a glimpse of normalcy during the pandemic. It gives you a sense of peace to walk through the market and still be able to enjoy the core sense of community it brings.  

I don’t know about you, but I took my farmers market purchasing to a more courageous level this year.  Buying produce and foods I’ve never tried before, including my new romance with microgreens, I’ve added new flavors and spices to my meals that I typically would never have tried. Have you experimented with any farmers market flavors this summer?  Tried canning? Dehydrating? Head over to Facebook or Instagram and share your creations with us!

Enough from me, let’s get to this week’s vendors include:

Sarah’s Originals, just in time to purchase gifts for the holidays, including the popular infinity scarves, reversible table runners, placemats, children cloth books, and reusable masks for adults and children.

Mariela’s Mexico – Mariela’s bags are handmade by native Mexican’s from Southeast Mexico. When you purchase one of these bags, you are helping to support this community of artisans. Mariela works with the artisans in her native Mexico to ensure they receive a fair price for their labor and are treated with respect and dignity. These bags  are very lightweight, durable,  recycle plastic as well as waterproof. The perfect bag for your everyday use. They come in a host of vibrant colors and in four sizes (Super Large, Large, Medium and Chiquita (small). 5% of  each sale will be donated to the “Oaxaca Street Children Grassroots” a nonprofit which serves children living in poverty in Oaxaca, Mexico and who do not have access to an education. 

Mariela is one of our newest artisan vendors, her bags and her personality will make you smile.  I got one last week and have received many compliments. I love it.

Ugly Baby Soap’s Bay Rum Shaving Soap is back (smells divine).  Plus, Gentle Beeswax Soap, Felted Beeswax Soap, and Felted Rosemary Soap, all at pandemic discount of $5 each.  Another pandemic positive! Stock up on all your favorites.

Now for our farmers and small batch producers:

Farmers:    

Farmer Dave’s – Baked Goods, pickles, stone fruit, melons, lettuce, beautiful tomatoes, carrots and more

Fay Mountain Farm – Have you ever tried a Baked Potato Squash?  How about a Mashed Potato Squash? Well, now is your chance to pick some up.  I tried both and they got a thumbs up in my house. 

Flats Mentor Farm – Delicious Asian Greens such as baby bok choy, water spinach, pea tendrils and more. Try the stir fry mix of veggies! Flats Mentor Farm is a cash only vendor with great prices.

Kelly’s Farm – beets, corn, root veggies, and beautiful flower bouquets.

Lilac Hedge Farm – pasture raised meats to stock your freezer and free range eggs. 

Neighbor’s Acre Farm is back with the most delicious microgreens & mushrooms to add flavor to everything you make.  I threw some spicy salad and beet mix into a soup I made with scallion, carrots and asian broccoli from Flats – YUM.

Roberto’s Seafood – The best seafood around is here.  Call or email ahead to guarantee what you’d like. 

Small Batch Food Vendors: 

Deano’s Pasta – fourth generation pasta makers from Somerville, MA.  Pre-order for credit card orders and to ensure you get what you want before they sell out.  Deano’s is a cash only vendor at the market.

Fork on a Road – Visit your favorite farmers for the fresh produce listed on the recipe package, follow the recipe, and you have a delicious meal, side dish or appetizer. This weekend – the Harvest Hyderabadi Biryani and the Pumpkin & Barley Risotto!

Goodies Homemade – The best cookies around! 

Grateful Tastes – artisanal spreads for more than just bread. Three new flavors for this week: New spicy & savory Smoked Apple Habanero Preserves.  The return of our Apple Pie Jam! And our one of a kind, #trulylocal #PawpawJam. Along with each purchase if Pawpaw Jam also comes a seed packet so others can plant for themselves North America’s largest indigenous fruit.

In addition to these new flavors we’ll also have TONS of maple syrup for everyone to stock up on including half and full gallon sizes (all pricing updated on our website along with preorder information).

Habibi Gourmet – Will have tabouli, metch (bulgur salad), cauliflower salad (my favorite), labne with beets and walnuts and, feta cheese salad.  Pre-order to get exactly what you want

The Bread Shop – a small-town, big taste artisan bread bakery. By using fresh ingredients and pouring skill and passion into each product.

The Roasted Granola –  Each batch of our granola is made by hand and checked for quality. It is not too sweet, contains healthy nuts and seeds, has a touch of quinoa and is made with Greek olive oil. This week Pumpkin Spice Granola is back in 15oz and 12oz bags! Plus, Belgian Chocolate Granola Bark is back in stock for the cooler weather.

Small Batch Beverage Vendors: 

Aaronap Cellars Petite Sirah “Alliage” at this Saturday’s market. Petite Sirah “Alliage” 2016:  a hedonistic alloy of dark black cherry, blackberry, vanilla, & earthy cocoa flavors. Available by pre-order (www.aaronapcellars.com/buy-online) or in person at the market

Pour Man’s Coffee – your Saturday morning favorite is back with their signature coffee, brewed low & slow!  Quarts, Gallons & by the cup! Pre-order and guarantee you get what you want before they sell out! 

Pets: Emmett’s Edibles Gourmet Dog Treats handmade dog treats are a market favorite by many 4 legged guests. October pumpkin season! Try some Pumpkin Bon Bons!

COVID-19 Procedures:

Per the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and our Board of Health, to keep our customers, vendors and volunteers safe we have a few new rules we ask everyone to follow:

  • Mask or face covering MUST be worn at all times within the market.
  • Enter at the back of the parking lot near the boat launch (ENTRANCE sign posted)
  • Wait until a volunteer admits you, Do not jump the ropes, we have a maximum number allowed
  • Follow signage (foot traffic is one way)
  • If possible, send one person to limit crowds
  • Social Distance at all times – 6ft all around
  • Purses and reusable bags CAN NOT be placed on any surfaces
  • You may touch only what you purchase, ask a vendor for assistance
  • Exit is near the Entrance (sanitizing stations available)
  • Keep it moving to allow for the next group pickup. 

Payment Methods

  • Pre-pay when pre-ordering if possible, SNAP customers follow the vendors instructions and pay at market
  • Unfortunately, we will not be offering the Market Bucks Program this season due to COVID-19.  
  • Everyone deserves high quality healthy food! We accept SNAP/EBT, Pandemic EBT, visit our market tent for SNAP Bucks
  • WIC and Senior Coupons can only be used for produce and some select items from Farmer Dave.  

Volunteer!

We need your help!!!  There are plenty of volunteer opportunities at our market. Go to wakefieldfarmersmarket.org, Click Volunteer tab at top, “Choose a spot on Sign Up.com”

We have many short shifts available.

Last but not least…

The Wakefield Farmers Market runs RAIN OR SHINE (except in dangerous weather, e.g. lightning or hurricane conditions).  Website address:  wakefieldfarmersmarket.org or you can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. 

See you at the Market!

AnnMarie

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