Opening Day is this Saturday, June 15 and it looks like the weather will be perfect. This week we welcome back our wonderful farmers and many of our specialty foods and artisan vendors, great music, a cooking demo, and a visit from the Wakefield Independence Day Committee. Wakefield Farmers Market takes place at Hall Park (next to Veterans Field, GPS 468 North Ave Wakefield MA) each Saturday through October 12, 2019.
From all the feedback at the Festival by the Lake last week, I know that there are a lot of folks joining us in looking forward to 18 Saturdays of freshly picked fruits and veggies, specialty foods, artisan fare, great music, and fun events, all in a friendly, stress-free place where we can hang out with our neighbors from Wakefield and beyond.
For live music, we are excited to have Tim Foley, open the season for us this week. Tim is a talented a guitarist/vocalist and songwriter who melds jazz, blues, folk, funk and classical into his vocal songs and instrumentals. He has a delightful guitar instrumental CD and is currently working with a group in recording an album of his jazzier material. Along with his performing schedule, Tim hosts a weekly Open Mic every Tuesday at Feng’s Asian Cuisine in Wakefield.He is sure to entertain the crowd, don’t miss this chance to hear him! Music will start around 10:00 a.m. The Wakefield Farmers Market Music Program is sponsored by The Savings Bank.
Our Market Kitchen Tent returns for the season, thanks to the Wakefield Cooperative Bank, our Market Kitchen Tent and Farm/Food Education sponsor! Welcome to WFM, WCB! Be sure to stop by to say hello and see what delectable dishes our guest chefs, Wendy Dennis and Katie Franzetti, prepare using produce chosen that morning from our farmers.
Along with Yarrow, our magical and trusty balloon twisting artist. We will of course also have hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, and jump ropes on hand for kids of all ages, and the Kid’s Activity tent will be set up and stocked with plenty of paper, crayons, as well.
Our nonprofit guest this week is the wonderful Wakefield Independence
Day Committee, the group that continues the tradition to bring the
biggest July 4th parade in Massachusetts and 2nd biggest in New England
to our town. Volunteers will be on hand offering ways to help support
the parade, including some great T-shirts and other items for sale, as
well as ways to become a one-day or ongoing part of the team that makes
this great annual event happen.
A Call to Local Charitable Organizations! Now is the time to act if you would like a free spot at our market this season. Just go to the Nonprofit Group page on wakefieldfarmersmarket.org, review the guidelines to make sure you fit the criteria, and then download the application form and scan and email to [email protected] with a few possible dates. You can also mail your application to WFM, PO Box 1426 Wakefield MA 01880.
NEWSFLASH: The Kindness Rock Garden is back! Don’t know what that is? Stop by on June 15 because Girl Scout 662842 will be on hand to tell you all about it and even give you a rock to paint and add to this special project.
Now, here’s what you’ve been waiting for – the official list of week’s vendors!
Produce: Farmer Dave, Fay Mountain Farm, and Kelly’s Farm will have plenty of in-season produce, with fresh greens and berries the highlight. Farmer Dave’s now has a kitchen to turn his produce into a number of great items such as jarred and pickled products, marinara sauce and dehydrated produce, baked goods, and (hopefully) will also be bringing Baer’s Beans (dried legumes grown in Maine) to our market. Note: All items may not be available each week.
Pasture-raised Meats, Poultry, and Eggs: Lilac Hedge Farm will have all you need for locally raised meats, poultry, and eggs, along with their local honey. They also have yummy jerky type products, as well.
Seafood: Roberto’s Seafood will be have plenty of fresh seafood on hand. You can even pre-order and have it ready for you at the market. Call Roberto’s Seafood for details.
Cheese: West River Creamery. Along with the VERY best cheese, Jane will also have her delightful pickled produce and mustards.
Maple: Ackermann’s will have their delicious pure maple syrup and other tasty maple products.
Specialty Foods: Coutt’s Specialty Foods with preserves, Deano’s Pasta, and Habibi Gourmet Food (Mediterranean fare)
Baked Goods: Goodies Homemade (the BEST Cookies), Swiss Bakers (pretzel rolls!) The Bread Shop (also offering freshly milled flour), and Roasted Granola, which also offers locally made yogurt.
Beverages: Aaronap Cellars (wine) and Tower Beverages (craft soda). Plus, Pour Man’s Coffee where you can get a hot or cold beverage and unique treat to enjoy at the market as well as Fair Trade coffee beans from Dean’s Beans to take home.
Pet Treats: Emmett’s Edibles, with healthy treats for your canine and feline friends.
Artisans: Hiller’s Silver Studio, Sarah’s Originals (aprons, placemats, and more), Ugly Soap Company, as well as Alison Simcox and Doug Heath with their books about Lake Quannapowitt, Breakheart, and recent award winner The Fellsway.
Sneak Peak: Next week, don’t miss music by Betty’s Bounce, plus a visit from the Pop Up Library featuring great books. Stay tuned for details.
There are plenty of volunteer opportunities at our market. Just go to the How To Volunteer page on our website or stop by the Market Manager table once the market gets going to learn how. Many hands make a better market for all.
The VOLUNTEER SignUp for 2019 is ready for action!
Click HERE to sign up for one or more spots. If you are not sure how you want to help, stop by on a market day to see what it is all about before signing up.
The market will continue to accept both SNAP/EBT and credit/debit cards for the purchase of Market Bucks for shopping, and will again be matching SNAP purchases up to $10 per visit so that everyone can afford to get fresh and healthy foods at our market. And, Farmer Dave’s is again taking part in the Healthy Initiative Program (HIP).
The Wakefield Farmers Market runs RAIN OR SHINE (except in dangerous weather, e.g. lightning or hurricane conditions). The market opens at 9:00 a.m. and closes at 1:00 p.m. every Saturday from mid-June to mid October. The 2019 season will run from June 15 through October 12. Please visit wakefieldfarmersmarket.org for a current listing of vendors, live music, and special events and to sign up for our email newsletter. See wfmmarketkitchen.site for our recipes! You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr.
I’m looking forward to meeting everyone on Saturday, see you at the Market!
AnnMarie Gallivan, Market Manager