July 18, 2014
by Wendy Dennis
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27 Vendors – Come ready to SHOP!
Curious Creatures, Barefoot Books, Tower Root Beer, and 27 Vendors on 7/19!
Our market is always family-friendly, but this is a super Saturday for the kids. Curious Creatures is visiting us this week from 11:00 a.m. to noon with all kinds of interesting animals to learn about, see, and touch (under the guidance of a professional, of course!) We never know which animals will be visiting, but there could be a snake, a rabbit, a gecko or even a chinchilla, so be sure to bring yourself and children of all ages to see what creatures you can meet.
Barefoot Books, a local company that features award-winning books for children, many by local authors and illustrators, is back with us again. Be sure to stop by to check out new titles and other educational fare, or to just hang out and have a read while you wait for the Curious Creatures to arrive.
Yarrow, our wonderful Balloon Twisting Artist, will be with us and we will of course have hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, and jump ropes on hand for kids of all ages. And, to top it off, Tower Root Beer is here this week!
Remember the big parade that Wakefield hosted every July 4th? It’s on its way back due to new leadership of the Wakefield Independence Day Committee, our nonprofit guest this week. The group is aiming for a return of the prestigious holiday parade in 2015. Be sure to stop by to the center tent to purchase a wrist band, t-shirt, or learn how you can otherwise help bring this wonderful community event back to Wakefield.
We are welcoming another new artisan vendor this week. Be sure to stop by Vintage Gardens, a mom and daughter team that creates one of a kind garden accessories made from re-purposed/up-cycled dishes and china.
And, before we go on, don’t forget:
Volunteers ALWAYS welcome and needed.
One more for setup and a sign retrieval person still needed for 7/19 as of 12 noon Friday!
Click HERE to be on the official Volunteer Email List.
And, Click HERE to learn about all the volunteer opportunities
We 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.
Now, here’s what you’ve been waiting for – this week’s vendors!
We have 27 vendors this week, so be sure to come prepared to shop! Farmer Dave and Kelly’s Farm will have a growing assortment of fresh veggies and berries, as well as a variety of cut flowers, potted plants, and herbs. Flats Mentor Farms will have lovely Asian greens and herbs, and this week, Patty and Nate Sr. are back with Charlton Orchards with their tasty pasture-raised beef, eggs, and wine made from their orchard fruits along with in season veggies and berries.
STOP! LOOK! We now have a basket at the Market Manager tent for any produce items you are able to donate to the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry. Your neighbors in need will appreciate it.
For more pasture-raise meats and poultry, stop by Lilac Hedge Farm to see what cuts of beef, pork, lamb, and poultry they are offering this week. They also have eggs, beef jerky products, and their own honey. You can get fresh chicken and eggs from Copicut Farms, who will also soon be bringing their pork to the market.
West River Creamery is back again with lovely cheese from pasture-raised cows and goats. Yum! And, Sandra of Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish will be traveling with Jane with her delectable sauces and preserves from locally grown ingredients.
Stop by early to get your choice of fresh seafood from The Fish Lady, and, to season all your meats, poultry, seafood, and veggies, be sure to stock up at Bondat Foods, offering fabulous rubs and spice blends that will make any meal special.
Roasted Granola will be back with amazing granola made from the freshest ingredients, including local honey and fresh Greek olive oil, as well as equally amazing Greek yogurt to accompany.
NEWS FLASH! Please consider registering for or donating to the 2nd Annual 5K Run/Walk around Lake Quannapowitt taking place this Sunday July 20 to benefit our Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry’s Kids First program. This event is sponsored by Tonneson + Co., who were our guests at our market last week. Click HERE to sign up or donate! Thank you!
For sweet and savory baked goods, stop by Swiss Bakers, (back for the season!) Mamandou’s Artisan Bakery, The Popover Lady, and Goodies Cookies, and be sure to get some hot or iced coffee, tea or other thirst-quenching concoction from the fine folks at Pour Man’s Coffee – or a soda from Tower Root Beer.
Along with baked goods, we have Middle Eastern Foods from Samira’s Homemade, pasta and mozzarella cheese from Fior Italia, the very best salsas from In Good Taste, sweet and savory preserves from Coutt’s Specialty Foods, and, for our canine friends, Bark for More will be in their usual spot.
For artisans, along with Vintage Gardens, Kaleidoscope Soap, and Wicked Good Soap will be here and Little Lemon Boutique is back with adorable fashion accessories for babies, kids and adults.
Help our market be in the top 100 in the country! Last year we came in #26. Simply go to lovemyfarmersmarket.org and pledge to spend $10 at your favorite farmers market. You can pledge once a day up until midnight September 13. Let’s go for it!
Our market 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!
Coming Up: Kevin G. Moore is back next week, more banjo music with Ed Britt and Don Borchelt on 8/16, a performance by Betty’s Bounce and a visit from Guide Dog puppies in training on 8/23, and more events and music are always being added. Be sure to mark your calendar: the Friends of Beebe Library Book Giveaway will take place on September 6. Also, think Smoothies! More news to come on that. 🙂
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 21 through October 18, 2014. Please visit www.wakefieldfarmersmarket.org for a complete listing of vendors and upcoming events and to sign up for the email newsletter. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter. See you at the Market!Wendy Dennis