October 3 Market Day: The fall harvest has begun!

Fall is officially here, bring your sweater & facemask to the market Saturday, October 3.. Enjoy the sunshine and light breeze off the shores of Lake Quannapowitt and start off the weekend at Hall Park from 9:00-1:00 through October 31, 2020.  It’s a beautiful way to shop and enjoy the outdoors as we enter our final month this market season.

Before I start with this week’s vendors, I need to give a HUGE thank you to all of our volunteers, both veterans and newbies.  When I first started planning for the market this year, I was concerned. With a pandemic going on, how would we find additional volunteers every week? Well, I got my answer.  Our community stepped up, our customers, our kids, even my husband getting up at 5am every Saturday to lend a hand.  I wish I could find the words to express my gratitude to everyone that’s given the precious gift of time to the market this year. I’m not exaggerating when I say there would be no market without you.

This week’s vendors include Sarah’s Originals, just in time to purchase gifts for the holidays, including reversible table runners, placemats, children cloth books, and reusable masks for adults and children.

Ugly Baby Soap is back with all their great soaps and a handwashing station!

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 – are taking the week off for a family event

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

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.

Drive-by Pies – Pumpkin, Pecan, Apple, Apple Cranberry! Try a sampler pack…4 itty Bitty pies in the previous flavors to see what you want to order for Thanksgiving!

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. Now taking holiday and winter stock up orders for maple syrup. Preorder info at their  booth, as well as information first larger sizes, and bulk discounting.

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 Summer Blush wine, lightly sweet and loaded with aromas of fresh Concord grapes, floral, and light citrus.  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 Pet Treats their handmade dog treats are a market favorite by many 4 legged guests

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).  You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. 

See you at the Market!

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