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UPDATE: The Popover Lady will NOT be able to come on September 10 but will be back next week for the rest of the season.
This Saturday is the Annual Friends of Beebe Library Book Give-Away day at our market! We are also welcoming Ackermann Maple Farm, West River Creamery, and Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish back to their regular schedule, and our farmers’ tents will be bursting with summer and fall produce. We will have plenty of specialty foods and artisan vendors, as well. The Wakefield Farmers Market takes place at Hall Park, on the shores of Lake Quannapowitt, each Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. from June 18 through October 15, 2016.
As noted, the Friends of Beebe Library will be at our market this week. Along with bringing LOTS of books that you can take home for free, they will also have a small display of Beebe goods for sale, such as local honey, note pads, book bags, and umbrellas. Any additional donations will also be graciously accepted. For more about our wonderful library, check out www.wakefieldlibary.org.
Local musician Eddie Dee, man of many songs, will be back to once again graciously fill in for the day. Eddie has been playing out for years and is also one of the key sound people at Linden Tree Coffeehouse. His smooth voice and wide repertoire folksy tunes and more are a perfect fit for a farmers market, whether you are shopping or want to sit to listen for a spell.
WHAT’S COOKING? Last week we made Sugar Pumpkin and Kale Sauté with Garlic, Onion, and Lemongrass, featuring sugar pumpkin from Kelly’s Farm, kale and onion from Farmer Dave’s, and lemongrass from Flats Mentor Farm. Recipes are posted on our website and hard copies are available at the Market Kitchen tent. Stop by between 10-11 or so to find out what the cooking demo will be about this week. Right now it looks like it will feature either bitter melon or an Asian summer squash with corn. As always, all the main ingredients will be sourced that morning from our farmers and specialty food vendors. And remember: If you see something at one of our farmers’ tents that you want to try, let us know and we will get it, wash it off, and chop or slice it up for you to try!
Yarrow or Blake will be with us this week bringing their super balloon twisting skills, we will have the Kid’s Activity tent set up and stocked with plenty of paper and crayons. As always, there will be hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, and jump ropes on hand for kids of all ages, and we now have an extra tent and chairs set up so folks can take a break from shopping in a bit of shade.
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 we are in good shape, although another breakdown person would be super as well as someone to take the Market Bucks spot, even if just to get trained. Oh, and someone(s) to get the road signs at the end of the day is always helpful.
Thank you to Alison, Debbie, Doug, Marietta, Robin, and Sue, for signing up!
Potential volunteers are always welcome to “shadow” a volunteer doing a task you are interested in learning how to do before you sign up for a market day volunteer spot.
TAKE NOTE, it’s time to vote! It is time to keep our market on the map via the American Farmland Trust Annual Farmers Market Celebration! Go to: markets.farmland.org/market/wakefield-farmers-market-ma/ , or use the handy link on our wakefieldfarmersmarket.org website to “recommend” our Wakefield Farmers Market. Right now we still are at #1 in only 3 out of 5 categories in Massachusetts but holding in #19 – 21, depending on the category, in the USA. If you already voted, ask a friend to vote! The contest runs until September 21, at which time American Farmland Trust will present awards to the most endorsed markets in four special areas, as well as the “People’s Choice” award at the end of the Celebration. Help keep is on the map! Tell your Friends!!!
Now, here’s what you’ve been waiting for – this week’s vendors!
Produce: Eggplant, corn, hard squash, tomatoes, berries, potatoes, summer squash, beans, greens, apples, melons…The list goes on and on. Bring many bags and stock up for sauce, canning, and freezing from Farmer Dave’s and Kelly’s Farm. For Asian greens and squashes, select root veggies, and the very best fresh herbs including parsley, mint, two varieties of basil, and cilantro, stop by Flats Mentor Farm. I am hoping they will have lemongrass this week, too.
Pasture-raised Meats, Poultry, and Eggs: Lilac Hedge Farm offers the best steaks, chops, ribs, and sausages, as well as ground beef, pork, and lamb, and poultry and eggs. AND – it is time to order your Thanksgiving Turkey! They have a handy online form at lilachedgefarm.wufoo.com/forms/2016-thanksgiving-turkey-form. Turkeys will be delivered to the Melrose-Wakefield Winter Farmers Market at Memorial Hall in Melrose on November 20.
Cheese: Jane of West River Creamery is back again with lovely cheese from pasture-raised cows and goats. Have you tried their blue cheese? Out of this world. Jane also brings her signature pickled products, including carrots and beets, among others. And, if we are lucky, they will have their fresh mozzarella.
Seafood: The Fish Lady will be here with an assortment of freshly caught local seafood. Best to show up early before your favorite sells out! You can also call Michelle at 781-929-5358 or email her via [email protected] to place a special order.
Specialty Foods: Ackermann’s Maple Farm is back with maple syrup perfect for back to school pancakes, Bondat Foods will have their amazing spice mixes and rubs, you can stock your freezer with delicious pastas, raviolis, and sauces from Deano’s Pasta, and Samira’s will be here with the very best Middle Eastern foods.
Beverages: Aaronap Cellars will be here with fine wines created right here in Massachusetts using local grapes whenever possible. They have a really lovely Vermont maple dessert wine, as well. And, for a refreshing morning pick me up, be sure to stop by Pour Man’s Coffee for a fruit, tea, or coffee -based beverage and a deliciously unique sweet treat. You can also purchase Fair Trade coffee that Dean’s Beans blends especially for them.
Pet Treats: Emmett’s Edibles will definitely be back and with us for the rest of the season with healthy treats for your canine and feline friends.
Artisans: All about Corks will make their finial visit of the season this week, and, along with Kaleidoscope Soap and Salem Street Beadery, Sheepshed will be here with hand spun and hand dyed yarns, adorable knitted baby hats and gloves, and sheep-themed pottery. Alison Simcox and Doug Heath will also join us with their great books about Lake Quannapowitt, Breakheart, and The Fellsway.
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.
COMING UP: For music, September 17: Kali Stoddard-Imarin, September 24: Banjo extra-ordinaires Ed Britt and Don Borchelt. Also, Drumlin Farm’s Audubon Ark will make their annual appearance on September 24. And there is still more fun and music in the planning, including a pop-up art program for kids on 10/15! And, rumor has it the Pop Up Library might be back!
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 18 through October 15, 2016.
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