Open July 4th! Flats Mentor is Back, Miss Holly Cooking Demo, Live Music, Lots of Vendors! And Good Weather, Too :)

It was a great day!  Click HERE for pics from the July 4th Market Day!

Start your July 4th  holiday by stopping by the farmers market to pick up freshly picked veggies and berries, hard cider from Downeast Cider House, and the very best tasting steak, chicken, and seafood you have ever had. For a sweet treat, be sure to get some luscious frozen cheesecake pops from 7ate9 Bakery – just the right bite size.

Calling All Kids who enter one of the morning carriage, bike, wagon, or pet parades!
All morning parade entrants are invited to stop by the Market Manager Tent before or after their event to show off your creations and enter a drawing for $25 in Market Bucks to share with your family.

Singer-songwriter Amy Spillert will be making her first appearance at our market this week, playing a few sets between 10:00 and noon. Amy’s music is folky and upbeat, with original songs inspired by the ocean, nature, history, love, and friendship. She also has a set of cover tunes that are a perfect fit for farmers markets, such as Greg Brown’s Canned Goods and Cheryl Wheeler’s When Fall Comes to New England, and fun family songs, such as Dar Williams The Babysitter’s.
Be sure to stop by for a listen.

She’s back! If you are at the market around 10:30, you can watch Chef Holly Pierce, aka Miss Holly, present one of her tasty cooking demonstrations using fresh produce and products purchased at the market that morning.

NEWFLASH 1: Swiss Bakers will be taking their annual early summer holiday and will NOT be with us this week. They will be back next week for the rest of the season.

NEWSFLASH 2: Flats Mentor Farm WILL be here this week and for the rest of the season with their lovely Asian greens, pea tendrils, aromatic herbs and more. YAY!

I think we are on our own as to balloons, but The Magic of Yarrow WILL BE BACK NEXT WEEK. We will of course have hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, and jump ropes on hand for kids of all ages. If you are interested in organizing a chalk drawing or hula hoop contest or exhibition, let us know!

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.

As of Friday afternoon, we need both the General and the CC/SNAP processing spots filled from 11-1:00, and it would be really helpful to have a 3rd breakdown person and someone to tally Market Bucks with the vendors. And someone to pick up the lake and North Ave signs.  🙂

Also, we anticipate needing to move chairs our neighbors put out along the parade route aside for the morning, but WE WILL PUT THEM BACK at the end of the market day in plenty of time for the parade.  The market is looking for extra volunteers that day to help with the chairs. If you can, please stop by to help between 8:00-8:30 a.m. or 1:15-1:45 p.m. You can sign up for a spot via our website or just show up. Thanks!

Thank you to: Alison, Doug, Kelli, Robin, and Sarah for already signing up for7/4/15! Click HERE  to learn about all the volunteer opportunities

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.

Our Carrot photomarket will continue participating in the Plant A Carrot Campaign, a program designed to help farmers markets raise funds as well as raise awareness of farmers and farmers markets all across the country.  “Carrots” will be available for sale ($5 each) all season at the market. To learn more and to get your very own Carrot, be sure to stop by the Market Manager tent!

Now, here’s what you’ve been waiting for – this week’s vendors! Farmer Dave’s, Kelly’s Farm, and Charlton Orchards will have an ever growing assortment of freshly picked vegetables and berries, with Charlton Orchards also offering pasture-raised beef and eggs, and wine made from their orchard fruits. As noted above, we are very pleased to have Flats Mentor Farm back with us again for the season.

The Fish Lady will be here with freshly caught, local seafood, Copicut Farms will have eggs and freshly slaughtered chicken that can go right on the grill, and Lilac Hedge is with us this week with assorted meats, poultry, and more. West River Creamery will, as always, have a lovely assortment of excellent cheese made from cow and goat’s milk.
All meats, poultry, eggs, and cheese are from pasture-raised animals.

FYI: our meat (versus dedicated poultry) vendors, by law, have to have their animals slaughtered and packed at a USDA approved slaughterhouse, thus their products come frozen. The good news is that you can toss a frozen steak right on the grill and it cooks up just fine. And, sausages and other products thaw quickly in cool running water or the microwave. Just be sure to cook any meat or poultry that you defrost via a quick technique immediately after thawing!

The Popover Lady and Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery will be stocked up with sweet and savory breads and baked goods, with Goodies Homemade bringing their amazing cookies.

Fior D’Italia will have pastas, pesto, and fresh mozzarella cheese, Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish an assortment of sauces and preserves, and The Roasted Granola will have their excellent granola, local honey, and really delicious locally made yogurt. In Good Taste (Salsa) will be here with the best salsas to go with your afternoon cookout menu, , there are dips, grape leaves and more from Samira’s Homemade, and, to dress up holiday weekend breakfasts, Akermann’s Maple Farm is with us this week.

Downeast Cider House will be here with their tasty hard ciders in convenient cans, and, as always, Pour Man’s Coffee will, as always, 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.Be sure to check out their latest mix that they tested at Thursdays Melrose Farmers Market. 🙂

All About Corks is here again this week, with unique and lovely decorations made from recycled corks, and Salem Street Beadery will be here for their biweekly visit. Kaleidoscope Soap is the place to stop for skin care advice and especially designed soaps, and Wicked Good Soap has the cutest soaps for kids and very cool scented and unscented Lotion Bars. This new product puts soothing lotion in a handy applicator so you can just apply the moisturizer without getting your hands all messy.

To round things off, local authors Doug Heath and Alison Simcox are back this year to sell the books they have authored about local landmarks, including Lake Quannapowitt,   Breakheart Reservation, and their newest about Middlesex Fells.

Stay tuned for news and updates every Friday in this spot throughout the market season-there is much more to come! And, do stop by this and any Saturday during the market season to shop, listen to music, have a picnic, or just relax and enjoy the sights.

We look forward to being a part of Wakefield’s amazing Independence Day activities this year and wish you a happy and safe 4th of July!
Click on the WIDC Banner for all you need to know about the July 4th Festivities.

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.
See you at the market!

Wendy Dennis
Market Manager

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