October 31 Market Day: Halloween Harvest

The Wakefield Farmers Market celebrates Halloween on our last market of the summer/fall season! Wear your costume & a  facemask to the market this Saturday, October 31. We will be at Hall Park from 9:00-1:00. We encourage everyone – old, young and four-legged to wear their costumes to the market on October 31.  So get out the wigs, masks and crazy hats and join us for some fun.

We are pleased to announce the addition of 2 outdoor holiday markets, Saturday, November 21 and December 12 from 11 am to 2pm in our present location in Hall Park.  Many of our current vendors will be participating, along with a few new local artisan vendors to give you some unique gift giving options while supporting local business.   Keep your eyes out for more information as we come closer to those dates.

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, fall/Thanksgiving/Christmas/winter aprons. Fleece pillows and reusable masks for adults and children.

A&D Books – are having a special overstock sale on signed copies of The Lost Mill Village of Middlesex Fells. Check out their new book Murder at Breakheart Hill Farm as a great buy for Halloween!. It’s getting great reviews.

Jamie Gibbons Studio –  Bringing the brilliant fall colors and rustic reclaimed wood to the market this week is local Wakefield painter Jamie Kaplowitz Gibbons. Jamie collects salvaged materials – weathered cedar shingles, unfinished cabinet doors, vintage windows, and more – and transforms them with oil paint into quiet forest landscapes perfect for your home and your early holiday shopping. You can see more of her work or call dibs in advance at www.jamiegibbonsstudio.com. Wide range of sizes and price points available to make art affordable for everyone.

Mariela’s Mexico – Mariela’s bags are handmade, very lightweight, durable,  recycle plastic as well as waterproof. The perfect bag for your everyday use. 

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

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.

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 taking pre-orders for cranberry chutney for our November 21 market – Crimson Cranberry Chutney made with local cranberries and apples, 8 oz jars

Goodies Homemade – The best cookies around! 

Grateful Tastes – artisanal spreads for more than just bread.  got the return of our Cranberry-Honey Preserves crafted with the season’s first early black cranberries with our raw local honey.

They’ll also have TONS of pure maple syrup with us, including half gallon and gallon sizes. And to boot, fresh spun raw honey, as always only in sustainable USA made Mason jars.

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 will be offering Last Day Stock-up Specials! 5% off 3 bottles; 10% off 6 bottles; 15% off 12+ bottles; pre-order through our website (www.aaronapcellars.com) and choose “Wakefield Farmers Market” as the pickup location during checkout.

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!  Start planning their costumes for next week – All Emmett 4 legged customers that stop by Emmett’s to say Happy Halloween and  are wearing a costume will get a Trick or … is it a Treat?

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!

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