August 12, 2014
by Wendy Dennis
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Pictures from 8/9/14 and What’s Coming Up

A picture perfect day made for an easy and perfect day at our market on August 9. While we did not have as many vendors as usual, there was still lots to choose from among 6 of our 7 farmers, all our weekly vendors, plus a biweekly visit from 7ate9 Bakery and the first of two visits from Eglassey Lady.  We missed Sarah of Trow’s Treasures, but she will be with us on August 16.

manager tentSee  the Market Day Photos page to see pictures from the day.

Next Saturday 8/16  – Tower Root Beer – last visit of the season!  Also, along with our weekly vendors, Bondat Foods, In Good Taste,  Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish, and West River Creamery will be at our market, as well as artisan vendor All About Corks. Banjo players extraordinaire Don Borchelt and Ed Britt will provide the perfect background music for the day. Oh, and it looks like Miss Holly will be doing something food-related.  Not the usual cooking demo, but fun and educational, none-the-less. 🙂

Coming Up: 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, with return visits by Ed Britt and Don Borchelt on banjos and Kevin G. Moore also on the schedule. Be sure to mark your calendar: the Friends of Beebe Library Book Giveaway will take place on September 6. Also, Drumlin Farms Audubon Ark coming 9/20.  And more to come!

Check back later this week for more updates, or sign up for our email newsletter via the sign up form to the right.

See you at the market!

August 8, 2014
by Wendy Dennis
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Market Day News for August 9, 2014

A Garden on Wheels, Nifty Needles 4-H, Lots of Fruits and Veggies and More on This Saturday 8/9. Come Enjoy a Beautiful Day!
As always, this week will feature lots of just picked fruits, vegetables, and flowers, as well as pasture-raised meats, poultry, and eggs, and honey, too, all from Massachusetts farms. Just caught fish, and scrumptious locally produced sweet and savory baked goods, pastas, granola, dips, and, of course Fair Trade Coffee will also be on hand. And, don’t forget the Cheesecake!


To further add to the day, the nonprofit organization Change is Simple is returning, this time with their really cool garden trailer growing all sorts of organic herbs and veggies.

With its mission to instill environmental and social responsibility in our communities through sustainability enrichment programs, Change is Simple has created really fun and interesting programs designed for both K-12 and college curricula as well as programs to help businesses and organizations develop environmentally conscious practices, including sustainable event management.  They will have environmentally themed T-shirts for sale, as well.


Our wonderful balloon twister Yarrow, or one of his equally talented colleagues, will be with us and we will of course have hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, and jump ropes on hand for kids of all ages.


Our other nonprofit this week will also provide interesting educational entertainment. The members of Nifty Needles 4-H Club love to sew, participate in fashion shows and community service, and learn about exciting careers in fashion.
Along with examples of their creations, they will be bringing their sewing machines so we can see them in action!  Be sure to stop by to say hello and learn about and see their latest projects. For more information about this great club, see niftyneedles4h.webs.com.


Local authors Doug Heath and Alison Simcox will be selling their books about Lake Quannapowitt and Breakheart Reservation, two of Wakefield’s finest natural and recreational assets.


And, before we go on, don’t forget:
Volunteers ALWAYS welcome and needed.

And, if spots are filled, feel free to stop by to learn about volunteering!

As of Friday morning: HELP NEEDED for BOTH  11-1 p.m. table shifts and breakdown from 1-1:45 p.m. Thank you!

And, ClickHERE  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.


Now, here’s what you’ve been waiting for – this week’s vendors! 

Think stone fruits and melons, corn, green beans, and tomatoes, and don’t forget the summer squashes! Farmer Dave’s, Kelly’s Farm and Charlton Orchards, with the latter also offering their pastured –raised beef and eggs and honey along with produce, have it all! And, for lovely Asian greens, herbs and squash blossom, Flats Mentor Farm is the go-to tent at our market.Lilac Hedge Farm will have all kinds of pasture-raised meats, poultry, eggs, honey, and dried beef products – quite tasty, by the way, and Copicut Farms will have a great assortment of fresh chicken and eggs. NEW this year, they also have their own pork now, also pasture raised.
And, be sure to show up early to ensure the largest selection from The Fish Lady.
Basket for food pantry donations


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.


The Roasted Granola will have their amazing granola made from the freshest ingredients, including local honey and fresh Greek olive oil, as well as equally amazing Greek yogurt to accompany. Spoons and cups are available for those wanting to breakfast at the market.

You can stock up on great pasta and raviolis from Fior D’Italia, and, for home or a picnic at the market, get the best Middle Eastern food around from Samira’s Homemade. For excellent artisan breads, visit Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, or, for all sorts of baked products, including their great pretzels, stop by Swiss Bakers.  If you are hankering for a popover, pie or scone, get to The Popover Lady early. And, don’t forget Goodies Cookies – the best cookies around! 7ate9 Bakery is also here this week with cheesecake. Try the new Ganache flavors – just incredible.

Kaleidoscope Soap and Wicked Good Soap are both with us this week, along with Sarah Trow of Trow’s Treasures, with her wonderful herbal products, and Jeanette of Salem Street Beadery, with lovely handcraft jewelry.  And, don’t miss Ellen Garvey of EGlassey Lady, here for the 1st of only 2 visits this year, featuring her beautiful hand-blown glass items.

Hot and iced coffee and tea is available from Pour Man’s Coffee, who offer Fair Trade coffee, really healthy and refreshing fruit drinks, and tasty sweet snacks, as well. You will find them right next to the Market Manager tent.

FUN FACTS from the Pour Man’s Coffee Facebook Page:
We use only Fair Trade, organic coffee from Dean’s Beans, roasted locally in Orange, MA.
www.deansbeans.com
For our hot and iced teas we use Mem Tea Imports located in Watertown MA.
www.memteaimports.com
Our lemonade and baked goods are made from scratch using organic and local ingredients.


contest logoDon’t Forget to Vote! Right now we are #1 in MA!

If you want a reminder to vote each week, scroll down to the end of this email, click on “update subscription preferences,” and select “Vote Reminder List.” How easy is that?  🙂

To vote, you need only go to: lovemyfarmersmarket.org once a week and “pledge” how much you plan to spend at your favorite farmers market that week. You can pledge once a week up until midnight September 13.
Let’s go for it!


Our maCarrot photorket 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: Banjos (Ed Britt and Don Borchelt) are back next week, Betty’s Bounce and a visit from Guide Dog Puppies in training on 8/23. The Friends of Beebe Library Book Giveaway will take place on September 6, Drumlin Farm’s Audubon Ark is coming 9/20, and more events and music are always being added, with return visits by Kevin G. Moore and our banjos musicians also on the schedule. And, stay tuned, there just might be a Plen Air Paint Out this year.

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
Market Manager

Sneak Preview: A Garden on Wheels, Hand-Blown Glass – See You At The Market on 8/9!

August 7, 2014 by Wendy Dennis | Comments Off on Sneak Preview: A Garden on Wheels, Hand-Blown Glass – See You At The Market on 8/9!

SNEAK PREVIEW for this Saturday August 9:

cis trailerChange is Simple Garden Trailer – bring the kids!

glassEGlassy Lady’s 1st of only 2 visits this season

And , as always, The Magic of Yarrow or one of his colleagues will be with us, twisting balloons in to magical creatures, and hula hoops,Yarrow121006 sidewalk chalk, and jump ropes will be out for the playing!


Come on Down to shop, learn, hang out, and play,  and just enjoy a beautiful day.


favorite market voting jpegDon’t Forget to Vote! Sign up for a weekly reminder email! 

Each year, the American Farmland Trust holds its national Favorite Farmers Market Contest as a way to raise awareness of family farms and farmers markets.  We were #1 in Massachusetts in 2012 and  #2 in Massachusetts and #26 on the top 100 in the USA in 2013.  But, we can do better this year because…
I know you all love your farmers market. ☺

To get a reminder to vote each week until the contest ends on September 13, scroll down to the end of this email, click on  “update subscription preferences,” and select
Vote Reminder List. How easy is that?

To vote, you need only go to: lovemyfarmersmarket.org once a week and “pledge” how much you plan to spend at your favorite farmers market that week. You can pledge once a week up until midnight September 13. Let’s go for it!

RIGHT NOW, we are the #1 Favorite Farmers Market in Massachusetts
and #19 in the USA.


Hope to see you at the market August 9!
Lot’s to see, buy, watch, and enjoy!
As always, check the www.wakefieldfarmersmarket.org for updates.


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
Market Manager

August 3, 2014
by Wendy Dennis
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Pictures from 8/2/14 and What’s Coming Up

We had a great day on Saturday August 2. Obviously folks were not afraid of a little rain!

All seven of our farmers where with us, with a total of 22 vendors in all, the rain stayed spotty versus downpour, and we had a fun Draw Your Favorite Veggie Contest for the kids.  Each of the 27 children who drew a picture was entered into a drawing for $25 in Market Bucks to share with his or her family.

See  the Market Day Photos page to see pictures from the day, including the entry whose artist won the Draw Your Favorite Veggie contest.

Next Saturday 8/9  – The Change is Simple Garden Trailer is visiting!  Also, Ellen Garvey/EGlassy Lady with hand blown glass products.

Coming Up: 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, with return visits by Ed Britt and Don Borchelt on banjos and Kevin G. Moore also on the schedule. Be sure to mark your calendar: the Friends of Beebe Library Book Giveaway will take place on September 6. Also, Drumlin Farms Audubon Ark coming 9/20.  And more to come!

Check back later this week for more updates, or sign up for our email newsletter via the sign up form to the right.

See you at the market!

August 1, 2014
by Wendy Dennis
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Market News for August 2, 2014

Rain or shine, (and the weather keeps looking better!) there will be plenty of fresh veggies and fruits, (think corn and peaches!) all your favorite bakers and more, and return visits from West River Creamery, Vermont Candy Dish, and Bondat Foods at the market this Saturday. Plus, we are holding a special Draw Your Favorite Veggie Contest this week for the young folks.


Draw your favorite veggie and get entered into a drawing for $25 in Market Bucks for you and your family to share!

Come on down by 12 noon on 8/2/14 to enter the contest, draw a picture of your favorite veggie from the Farmers Market, and tell us how you like it best: Raw? Steamed? Grilled? Baked? Roasted? Broiled? In pesto? In a salad? In a special recipe? So many choices!

The market will provide paper, crayons, and a clipboard or a space at the table for drawing. All pictures will be displayed at the market at the center tent during the market day and the Market Bucks drawing will take place at 12:30 that day. One picture/entry per child. You do not need to be present at the drawing to win. Note: Depending on the age of the winning child, we suggest that the child get to spend at least $5 as they wish but will be supportive of the parent’s decision. Just let us know!


Our wonderful balloon twister Yarrow, or one of his equally talented colleagues, will be with us and we will of course have hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, and jump ropes on hand for kids of all ages.


The Boys & Girls Club of Stoneham, including the Wakefield Club at the Americal Civic Center, is our nonprofit guest this week. Be sure to stop by to learn all about the Summer Adventure Drop-In Program for ages 7-13 happening all summer at the Wakefield location. You can also find out how YOU can help support this wonderful new asset to our community that is providing a safe place for kids while offering a wide array of educational opportunities, activities, and services supervised by professionals. For more information, see: bgcstoneham.org.


And, before we go on, don’t forget:
Volunteers ALWAYS welcome and needed.

And, if spots are filled, feel free to stop by to learn about volunteering!  As of Friday mid-morning: One more person needed  for set up and breakdown and someone to get the highway signs.  Also, help with the contest. Thank you!

And, 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.


Now, here’s what you’ve been waiting for – this week’s vendors! 

Farmer Dave and Kelly’s Farm will be offering their usual wonderful assortment of in-season vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers, along with Charlton Orchards, who will also have their pasture-raised beef, eggs, and wine made from their orchard fruits. Stone fruits are definitely in season! Be sure to stock up on peaches and plums.  Peaches, in particular, freeze quite well, so cut out the stone and stash some away in the freezer to brighten up a cold winter day.
Basket for food pantry donations


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 a great selection of Asian greens, fresh garlic, squash blossoms and more, stop by the Flats Mentor Farm tent.

Lilac Hedge Farm will have their pasture-raised meats and poultry, along with eggs, beef jerky products, and their own honey. Copicut Farms will have their fresh pasture-raised chicken and eggs, and they now have their own pork, as well. And, our 7th farmer is here this week – Jane Parent of West River Creamery is with us this week with award-winning hand-crafted cheeses made from pasture-raised cow and goat milk. Traveling with Jane is Sandra of Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish, with her lovely preserves, sweet sauces, and really excellent horseradish.

The Fish Lady will, as always, have the freshest of seafood. For the widest selection, be sure to get there earlier in the day. And, Jordan, the “Chief Flavor Engineer” behind Bondat Foods is back, offering truly fabulous rubs and spice blends for grilling, tacos, and more.

All our bakers will be on hand, including The Popover Lady, Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, Swiss Bakers, and Goodies Cookies, and The Roasted Granola will have their amazing granola made from the freshest ingredients, including local honey and fresh Greek olive oil, as well as equally amazing Greek yogurt to accompany. We’ll have spoons on hand if you want to mix them up for tasty breakfast treat right at the market.

You can also stock up on great pasta, raviolis, and mozzarella cheese from Fior D’Italia, and get the best Middle Eastern food around from Samira’s Homemade, the latter perfect for a planned or impromptu picnic by the lake.

And, for some great iced or hot coffee or tea, along with other refreshing beverages (the Watermelon Fresca is a favorite) as well as tasty bar and cookie treats, stop by Pour Man’s Coffee, right next to the Market Manager tent.

For all your soap and scrub needs, Kaleidoscope Soap and Wicked Good Soap will be here and, All about Corks will be back with wreathes, cork boards, cork cages, and more made from recycled corks, and Salem Street Beadery will be with us, as well.

Bark for More will be back, too, with their Fido Fro-Yo (frozen yogurt for dogs) as well as other crunchy and chewy treats for our canine friends.


contest logoDon’t Forget to Vote! Right now we are #1 in MA!

If you want a reminder to vote each week, sign up for the newsletter via the form to the right, or, if you get the newsletter already, scroll down to the end of the email and click on “update subscription preferences.” In both cases select “Vote Reminder List.” How easy is that?  🙂

To vote, you need only go to: lovemyfarmersmarket.org once a week and “pledge” how much you plan to spend at your favorite farmers market that week. You can pledge once a week up until midnight September 13.
Let’s go for it!


Our maCarrot photorket 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: The Change is Simple Garden Trailer on 8/9, 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, with return visits by Ed Britt and Don Borchelt on banjos and Kevin G. Moore also on the schedule. Be sure to mark your calendar: the Friends of Beebe Library Book Giveaway will take place on September 6.

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
Market Manager

July 31, 2014
by Wendy Dennis
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Calling All Young Folks – Draw Your Favorite Veggie Contest!

Calling all young folks!

veggiesartDraw your favorite veggie and get entered into a drawing for $25 in Market Bucks for you and your family to share!

Come on down by 12 noon on 8/2/14 to enter the contest, draw a picture of your favorite veggie from the Farmers Market, and tell us how you like it best: Raw? Steamed? Grilled? Baked? Roasted? Broiled? In pesto? In a salad? In a special recipe? So many choices!

The market will provide paper, crayons, and a clipboard or a space at the table for drawing. All pictures will be displayed at the market at the center tent during the market day and the Market Bucks drawing will take place at 12:30 that day. One picture/entry per child. You do not need to be present at the drawing to win.

Note: Depending on the age of the winning child, we suggest that the child get to spend at least $5 as they wish but will be supportive of the parent’s decision. Just let us know!


favorite market voting jpegDon’t Forget to Vote! Help our market be in the top in Massachusetts.  Right now we are #1 in MA!
If you want a reminder to vote each week, scroll down to the end of this email, click on  “update subscription preferences,” and select Vote Reminder List. How easy is that?  🙂
To vote, you need only go to: lovemyfarmersmarket.org once a week and “pledge” how much you plan to spend at your favorite farmers market that week. You can pledge once a week up until midnight September 13. Let’s go for it!


Yarrow or one of his colleagues will be with us, twisting balloons in to magical creatures, and hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, and jump ropes will be out for the playing!


Hope to see you at the market August 2!
Lot’s to see, buy, watch, and enjoy!
As always, check the www.wakefieldfarmersmarket.org for updates.


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.


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
Market Manager


Follow us on Twitter! 
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July 26, 2014
by Wendy Dennis
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Market News for July 26 2014

Be sure to show up early if you want your knives sharpened this Saturday! 7ate9 Bakery will be making their biweekly visit, we will have live music from Wakefield’s very own Kevin G. Moore, and 6 of our artisans are with us, along with all the regular farmers and vendors. Come on down, grab a hot or cold beverage at Pour Man’s Coffee, and enjoy a wonderful day at our market.


On The Edge Knife Sharpening will be with us this week! Patti, the woman behind the company, specializes in hand sharpening kitchen knives (serrated and straight edge, as well as Japanese knives), as well as scissors, including dog grooming shears, utility scissors , garden tools, hunting knives, other pet grooming tools – sheep shears and other edges. Tools used include a whet stone, ceramics and different types of polishing stones.

And, did you know this? Special arrangements can be made to sharpen onsite for small “groups” of people at your home. For contact information and more, visit the On The Edge Knife Sharpening website.


Kevin G Moore photoKevin G. Moore, a most talented singer songwriter, will be with is starting at 10:30 a.m. playing a wonderful assortment of traditional folk tunes and blues, all executive with excellent vocal and guitar-picking styles that he makes his own. If you have not yet heard him, do come to listen. He is a class act.


Our wonderful http://www.kevingmoore.com/, or one of his equally talented colleagues, will be with us and we will of course have hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, and jump ropes on hand for kids of all ages.


RIM logoRefugee Immigration Ministry (RIM) is our nonprofit guest this morning. This amazing organization works hand and hand with refugees and asylum seekers who are fleeing the home countries in fear for their lives. Please stop by their tent to learn about their work and how to register for, or otherwise donate to Join The Human Chain of Hope, the 2nd Annual RIM walk around Lake Quannapowitt this coming October 18.
vintage garden product


And, before we go on, don’t forget:
Volunteers ALWAYS welcome and needed.

Come learn how to staff the manager table! One more person needed  for the 11-1:00 pm shift (as of Friday morning) and breakdown help always appreciated!

Click HERE to be on the official Volunteer Email List.

And, 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.


Now, here’s what you’ve been waiting for – this week’s vendors! 

As always, all our produce farmers will have a growing variety of fresh veggies and berries, andFarmer Dave and Kelly’s Farm will also have cut flowers, potted plants, and herbs. Flats Mentor Farms will have their lovely Asian greens and herbs – and look for the squash blossoms – delicious! Charlton Orchard will have pasture-raised beef, eggs, and wine made from their orchard fruits, in season veggies and berries, and most likely their cider donuts.
Basket for food pantry donations


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.


Lilac Hedge Farm will have beef, pork, lamb, and poultry, along with eggs, beef jerky products, and their own honey. You can get fresh chicken and eggs from Copicut Farms, and new this week, their own pork! And don’t forget to get to The Fish Lady early for the largest selection.


The Roasted Granola will have their wonderful granola and really awesome Greek Yogurt, (think breakfast) and you will be certain to find just want you want for baked goods from all our bakers:Mamandou’s Artisan Bakery, Swiss Bakers, which also offers sandwiches, The Popover Lady, and Goodies Cookies, as well as the folks at Pour Man’s Coffee, who have delectable treats on hand along with hot or iced coffee and tea and additional cold beverages. Their Watermelon Fresca is divine.

And, 7ate9 Bakery is here this week, too!  CHEESECAKE! Also, Coutt’s Specialty Foods is here with yummy sweet and savory preserves.

For more hardy fare, we have Middle Eastern Foods from Samira’s Homemade (dips, pita bread, grape leaves and more, good for a picnic lunch) and to take home, pasta and mozzarella cheese from Fior Italia.

In the artisan section, along with Kaleidoscope Soap and Wicked Good Soap, we welcome back Salem Street Beadery, featuring handcrafted jewelry, dream catchers , wind chimes, and more. Also back is Wakefield’s Trow’s Treasures, with stress relief herb and eye pillows, medicinal salves, sugar scrubs, sprays, catnip toys, and a variety of other natural products. All about Corks will also be back with wreathes, cork boards, cork cages, and more made from recycled corks.


contest logoDon’t Forget to Vote! Help our market be in the top in Massachusetts.  Right now we are #1 in MA!  Simply go to: lovemyfarmersmarket.orgonce a week and “pledge” how much you plan to spend at your favorite farmers market. You can pledge once a week up until midnight September 13. Let’s go for it!
Note: Some typos on the American Farmland Trust page indicated, incorrectly, that once a day voting was allowed. Once a WEEK is the limit per email address! 


Our maCarrot photorket 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: The Change is Simple Garden Trailer on 8/9, 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, with return visits by Ed Britt and Don Borchelt on banjos and Kevin G. Moore also on the schedule. Be sure to mark your calendar: the Friends of Beebe Library Book Giveaway will take place on September 6. 

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
Market Manager


 

July 24, 2014
by Wendy Dennis
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NEWS FLASH: On The Edge Knife Sharpening This Week!

Just Wanted to Give Folks a Head’s Up!

clip art of knife sharpeningOn The Edge Knife Sharpening will be with us this week! Patti, the woman behind the company, specializes in hand sharpening kitchen knives (serrated and straight edge, as well as Japanese knives), as well as scissors, including dog grooming shears, utility scissors , garden tools, hunting knives, other pet grooming tools – sheep shears and other edges. Tools used include a whet stone, ceramics and different types of polishing stones.

And, did you know this? Special arrangements can be made to sharpen onsite for small “groups” of people at your home. For contact information and more, visit the
On The Edge Knife Sharpening website.


favorite market voting jpegDon’t Forget to Vote! Help our market be in the top in Massachusetts.  Right now we are #1 in MA!
Simply go to: lovemyfarmersmarket.org once a week and “pledge” how much you plan to spend at your favorite farmers market. You can pledge once a week up until midnight September 13. Let’s go for it!
Note: Some typos on the American Farmland Trust page indicated, incorrectly, that once a day voting was allowed. Once a WEEK is the limit per email address!


As always, Yarrow or one of his colleagues will be with us, twisting balloons in to magical creatures, and hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, and jump ropes will be out for the playing!


Hope to see you at the market July 26
Lot’s to see, buy, watch, and enjoy!
As always, check the www.wakefieldfarmersmarket.org for updates.


Our maCarrot photorket 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!


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
Market Manager

July 18, 2014
by Wendy Dennis
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News for Our July 19 2014 Market Day

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 logoBarefoot 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!


Wakefield Juyly 4th Parade logoRemember 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.


vintage garden productWe 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


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.


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.
Basket for food pantry donations


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.


tonneson and co logoNEWS 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-quenchingtower root beer logo 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.


contest logoHelp 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 maCarrot photorket 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
Market Manager

July 16, 2014
by Wendy Dennis
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NEWS FLASH: It’s a great week for kids! Come On Down!

Curious Creatures is visiting us this week! From 11:00 a.m. to noon, you will be able to learn about, see, and touch (under the guidance of a professional, of course!) all kinds of interesting animals. Some of the animals you will see at a Curious Creatures include the following: Alligators, frogs, lizards, arachnids, turtles or tortoises, rabbits, snakes, chinchillas, flying squirrels, ferrets, geckos, bearded dragons and many more! We never know which animals will be visiting, so be sure to bring yourself and children of all ages to find out!

Barefoot Books will be visiting with stellar quality books and related arts and educational products.Stop by for a look or to hang out and read while you are waiting for all the Curious Creatures to arrive. 🙂

Yarrow will be with us, twisting balloons in to magical creatures, and hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, and jump ropes will be out for the playing!

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!

 

 

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