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Click HERE for pictures of the 10-3-15 market day!
The Wakefield Farmers Market takes place RAIN or SHINE, or WIND, for that matter 🙂 because our farmers will have plenty of produce to sell, regardless of the weather. So, come on down and show why we are #1 in Massachusetts! Not only do we have the best vendors – WE have the BEST CUSTOMERS! NOTE: Everyone who comes to shop can enter a FREE RAFFLE for $20 in Market Bucks! So, be sure to come and support our farmers and select vendors this Saturday. There will be free coffee, tea, and hot cider at the Manager Tent, too!
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.
Scroll down for a list of vendors that, as of publication (send) time, have committed to coming to the market this week. BUT, just to keep all informed, here are some things that will happen in future weeks when the weather is better or next season:
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.
Miss Holly will be back in the “Market Kitchen,” starting around 10:15 or so next week, 10/10 for her last cooking demo of the season, 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 hope The Lions Club of Wakefield will be able to come this season as our nonprofit guest. Often called “the best kept secret,” this organization is all about eyes and provides a number of valuable services right here in our community, including loaning vision aids to seniors in need suffering from macular degeneration and providing glasses to children in town whose family needs a helping hand. Be sure to look them up to learn more about their good works.
Betty’s Bounce, featuring local guitarists Audie and Zach Bridges and joined by Curtis Doo on the double bass, were scheduled to play today, performing their special take on Django, Swing, and Gypsy jazz. They will be back by popular demand for multiple visits next summer season.
We WILL have a tent and table set up for shelter, and for breaks in the showers, we WILL have the hula hoops, chalk, and jump ropes for kids of all ages! And Miss Holly will be at the Manager Tent and able to answer any cooking questions. 🙂
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.
WOW! As of Friday afternoon, the only spot unfilled is someone to fetch the signs at the highway exits and around the lake at the end of the day. Note: The sign fetching is a good “partners” project: one to drive, the other to jump out and back in quickly with the signs. 🙂
Thank you to Christine, Doug, Heather, Lisa, Michelle, and Robin 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.
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!
We 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.
If the name is in BOLD, that farmer or vendor is definitely coming! If I have not heard as of press time, you will see a reminder to Check Web Site to confirm attendance at the beginning of every paragraph with unconfirmed vendors. I bet we’ll have at least 5 more confirming by tomorrow morning, so check back here!Our Farmer Dave’s, Kelly’s Farm, and Charlton Orchards will have their usual array of gorgeous, delicious, nutritious produce, from greens and beans, to stone fruit, apples, and pears, to tomatoes, corn, eggplant, potatoes, squashes, beets, onions, garlic and more. Charlton Orchards will also have fresh cider, pasture raised –raised beef and eggs, and you will find gorgeous cut flowers from Kelly’s Farm.Flats Mentor Farm will, as always have a lovely selection of Asian greens, daikon radish, beets, squash, Asian cucumbers, and more, as well as beautifully fragrant fresh herbs, and Copicut Farms will have their freshly slaughtered chicken, eggs, and their own pork. All of the meats, poultry, eggs, and cheese from our farmers are from pasture-raised animals.
The Fish Lady, will be back next week with 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.
Check Back to confirm attendance: Fior D’Italia is back this week with their tasty pastas and raviolis, pesto and sauce, fresh mozzarella cheese, entrees, and, their mozzarella rolls with sundried tomatoes, prosciutto, and basil – perfect for slicing and melting on a slice of good bread. For Middle Eastern food, there is no better than what is offered by Samira’s Homemade, including really tasty olives, dips, spreads and breads, and amazing baklava.
Swiss Baker’s will be here this week with loaves, sweet and savory baked goods, and sandwiches. And, for lovely traditional loaves, be sure to visit Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery.
Come by next week for the very best popovers, scones, and pies, when The Popover Lady will be back!
Check Back to confirm attendance: For your favorite cookies by the four-pack, see Goodies Homemade. And, for breakfast any time of day, The Roasted Granola has their most amazing granola and locally made yogurt.
For traditional “New Englandy” preserves and relishes, be sure to stock up at market favorite Coutt’s Specialty Foods (Mother’s Best), here for their biweekly visit.
Our newest food vendor, Atlantic Saltworks, will be here with a really great product made right up the road in Gloucester. Co-owned by Wakefield resident Alison Darnell, this new company offers a light, flaky salt and salt-based seasoning mixes that will dress up any meal. Stop by to try, buy, and learn all about how this innovative company brings out the saltiness with no bitter taste or additives.
Aaronap Cellars is here for their bi-weekly visit. This micro-winery, located in Westford, MA, produces small volume, innovative, artisanal wines from the vineyards and orchards in New England and beyond. From Chardonnay to Malbec, to their unique Forest Gold Maple Wine, (think honey mead) their products consistently win awards. Tasting is available.
Check Back to confirm attendance: FYI – I am 95% sure they are coming, but do check the website to know for sure. Tower Root Beer IS back with the their great root beer and more, including cream soda and the best ginger beer around. NEW: They now have excellent Orange and Grape Soda!
Most weeks, but not this week 🙁 you can get most excellent hot and cold Fair Trade coffee and tea, as well as hot and cold fruit concoctions from Pour Man’s Coffee. They also have rotating assortment of really unique and totally delicious baked treats. You can also purchase their special blend of Dean’s Beans Fair Trade coffee by the 1 pound bag. NOTE: Their blend we be available by the cup (hot brewed) at the Manager Tent on Oct 3.
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.
No artisans will be attending. Next week again! Our talented soap makers Kaleidoscope Soap and Wicked Good Soap will be back next week if not here this week, each with their unique line of lovely products, and we were looking forward to welcoming back Wakefield resident Greg Hiller of Hiller’s Silver Studio for his second visit of the season. Check back to see if he will be back this season. Greg specializes in transforming silver sheets and wire and hand cut & polished stones, rocks & minerals into fine jewelry. Click the vendor name on the About Our Vendor page on our website for pictures.
Also from Wakefield, Sarah of Trow’s Treasures will not be with us today, but she will be back on October 17. Her products include a naturally antibacterial and anti-inflammatory healing salve for cuts, burns, bug bites, and other aches and pains, as well as a new insect repellent that helps ward off fleas and ticks.In the meantime, you can email Sarah at sarahtrowATyahoo.com or text her at 771-535-1632 if you need anything special between now and then.
Check Back to confirm attendance: Doug Heath and Alison Simcox, who are also dedicated market volunteers, may have their books about local destinations Lake Quannapowitt, Breakheart Reservation, and The Fells for sale with them. But if not, they will be back next week and our final market day.
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