Opening Day is June 16! Here is a Preview of the Season

The Wakefield Farmers Market team is just about ready for the summer season that begins on Saturday June 16 at its Hall Park location on the shores of Lake Quannapowitt. This year the market will take place each Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. from June 16 through October 13, 2018. To give directions to a friend, just tell them to use 468 North Ave via GPS.

But first, the Wakefield Farmers Market will have an information tent at the Festival by the Lake being held Saturday June 9 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on the Lower Common in Wakefield. While we won’t have farmers or veggies on hand, we will have the latest news. And, in what has become an annual tradition, all are welcome to enter a free drawing for $20 in Market Bucks that you can use anytime during the season. We’ll show you how to sign up for our online newsletter and, also, how become part of our great WFM Volunteer Team. Hope to see you at the Festival!

Season Update: While some vendors are not returning this year, we will still have a great selection of fruits, veggies, specialty foods, and artisan fare at our market from both long-time vendors and a few new ones, too, with an average of 20 vendors at the market each week. In total, we will have at least 32 vendors, with some coming each week, some biweekly, and a number coming occasionally throughout the season.

NEWSFLASH: While the Benjamin Family of Charlton Orchards are retiring and in the process of selling their farm property, we have invited them to come as many weeks as they can. We expect them to be with us for at least a few weeks with their strawberries and rhubarb. Be sure to stop by to say hello and good bye. We will miss them dearly but so glad to have a few more visits!

Here is the complete full-season list to date: A&D Books, Aaronap Cellars, Ackermann Maple Farm, All About Corks, Barefoot Books, Be U By Rumi, Coutt’s Specialty Foods, Deano’s Pasta, Emmetts Edibles, Farmer Dave’s, Flats Mentor Farm, Goodies Homemade, Habibi Gourmet Food, Hiller’s Silver Studio, In Good Taste, Kelly’s Farm, Kittredge Candles, Lilac Hedge Farm, On The Edge Knife Sharpening, Pony Shack Cider, Pour Man’s Coffee, Roasted Granola, Sarah’s Originals, Sasquatch Woodworks, Sheepshed, Single Barrel, Cellar (a new business based in Wakefield), Swiss Bakers, The Bread Shop, The Fish Lady, Tower Beverages, Trow’s Treasures, and West River Creamery.

We will again have cooking demos every week in the Market Kitchen Tent with Suman Shah, a great local chef who wowed us last summer with so many tasty and nutritious recipes. A big thank you to the Wakefield Cooperative Bank, our new Market Kitchen Tent and Farm/Food Education sponsor. Welcome to WFM!
The Wakefield Farmer Market Kitchen Tent and Farm/Food Education is sponsored by the Wakefield Cooperative Bank.

The Wakefield Farmers Market Music Program is sponsored by The Savings Bank

Thanks also to The Savings Bank, who is once again sponsoring our music program. We will have live music most weeks, starting with The Los Sugar King Duo, featuring Wakefield resident Dan Abreu and band member Patino Vazquez, on Opening Day. Other musicians lined up include Amy Spillert, Eddie Dee, Gentle Temper, Julie Doherty, Betty’s Bounce, and Willie T & Doctor X. North Shore 104.9 Radio will be making their 3rd annual visit on July 14, and we are hoping that Kev G Mor will be able to join us for at least one Saturday and possibly a Linden Tree Coffeehouse DJ day. More to come on the music!

NEWSFLASH: But what about the Onset Music recital? No fear, although we missed them on opening day last year due to weather, they will be back this year a bit into the season on July 7, and we are looking forward to it.

For special events, we will have monthly visits from our Lucius Beebe Memorial Library’s Pop Up Library, with their first visit on June 23 featuring the Poetry Emporium. The Friends of the Library Book Give-Away will be held on September 8, and once we figure out the best dates to make for a good mix, visits from Drumlin Farms and Curious Creatures will be scheduled.

For weekly fun, Yarrow, our balloon twisting artist, will be back, the Kid’s Activity Tent will be stocked with crayons and paper, and, as always, there will be sidewalk chalk, jump ropes, and hula hoops on hand each market day throughout the season.

NEWSFLASH: We will have a henna tattoo artist visiting the market several times TBD throughout the season! WFM is proud to welcome Wakefield resident and high school student at Austin Prep Kayla Russell to the market this year as she builds her new business. She will be at the market on opening day on June 16.

The Wakefield Independence Day Committee will be our nonprofit guest during our first two market days. Be sure to stop by to learn how to support Wakefield’s wonderful annual parade that the committee organizes as part of our town’s July 4th celebration, and meet some of the amazing people who make it all happen. We are still signing up nonprofits, but the Wakefield Human Rights Commission is already on the schedule for a few dates.

Also, stay tuned for cool news about donations to the town on land at Hall Park from local Girl Scout Troop 62842 and Daisy Troop 82220. More news to come, but it involves rocks and a tree.

A Call to Local Charitable Organizations! We’ve had requests from additional groups and they’ll be hearing back soon, but now is the time to act. 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.

We are also, as always, happy to offer a free spot to local arts and/or merchants/restaurant groups. Here is the model: Providing the tent, table, and chairs, etc. is the responsibility of whoever is coordinating the staffing of the spot. The set up and breakdown of such is the responsibility of whichever arts/cultural organization or business staffs the spot on any week, with the benefit of being able to highlight their organization or business that week. In addition, all organizations or businesses will be invited to provide information or coupons to be displayed throughout the season or, if not every week, whatever weeks the spot is staffed. If you are interested in taking advantage of this offer, start by emailing [email protected] with any questions or to get the process going.

There are also plenty of volunteer opportunities at our market!

To be part of the our super WFM Volunteer Team, just go to our 2018 Season Signup page!

You’ll have fun, meet nice folks, and help make it all happen.

 

As always, 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. This is in addition to HIP. Do your HIP shopping first, THEN stop by for your Snap Match! NOTE: HIP will be available via Farmer Dave’s until at least July 1.

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, with the 2018 season running from June 16 through October 13. 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. See you at the Market!

Wendy Dennis
MarketManager

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