September 12, 2015 MANY Fruits and Veggies, Pop-Up Library and Storytelling, Purple Pinkie Pledge, West River Creamery and Fior D’Italia are Back!

Click HERE to learn about and link to all our vendors
Look for this to learn how to put our market on the map! 

We have quite a crowd of vendors with lots of produce, meats, specialty foods, and more expected on what looks to be a great weather day for this week’s market. Also joining us are two nonprofit guests, The Pop-Up Library (with storytelling!) and Wakefield Rotary with their Purple Pinkie Pledge. We’ll have the super WFM soundtrack that former market manager Kelli Stromski produced for music because Don Borchelt of our banjo duo broke a bone in his arm.  Let’s hope he heals quickly enough so the duo can play at the market at least one more time this season!

The Wakefield Beebe Library Pop Up Library is back for their third of four visits this season. You can check out books and sign up for a library card if you need one. NEW: this week they will have a special treat: Librarian Miss Holly (not to be confused with our cooking Miss Holly) will be telling community and farm themed stories starting at 10, 11 and noon. We hear there might be some movement and song involved, too. 🙂

The Wakefield Rotary Club will be hosting at table at the Wakefield Farmer’s Market on Saturday, September 12th. The club raises public awareness about the worldwide movement to eradicate polio by offering visitors a chance to take the “Purple Pinkie Pledge.” Club Polio Chair Amy Luckiewicz explained, “When in other countries, our health workers typically dye children’s pinkie fingers purple to indicate that the child was vaccinated. We’re going to use a little ink pad to allow children and adults to stain their pinkies with the hope that people will ask them why they’re purple.”

NEWSFLASH: In case you have not heard, Charlton Orchards will have their wonderful produce, beef, cider, and other farm products, but they will not have wine due to a fire on August 2 that destroyed their winery as well as 4000 gallons of wine. They have started a GoFundMe account and I urge you to consider helping the Benjamin family rebuild so that we can all enjoy their amazing fruit wines once again. Click HERE to donate.

NEWSFLASH: Miss Holly will not be here this week, but WILL be back next week!  Last week Holly made Preach Sauce, Black Bean Salad, and created some great Bento Box style lunchbox ideas. All recipes are (or will be!) posted on our website and available as handouts at the market. For more about Holly, see

Our friend Blake the Balloon Guy will our balloon artist for the day, our Kids Activity Tent will have paper, crayons, and scavenger hunt sheets to choose from, and there will of course be hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, and jump ropes on hand for kids of all ages. There is always something to do!

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 could use another person for each setup and breakdown, General Table help from 9-11, a person to count the vendor market bucks, and, also, someone to fetch the signs at the highway exits and around the lake at the end of the day. Note: The sign fetching is a good “partners” project: one to drive, the other to jump out and back in quickly with the signs.  🙂

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.

Thank you to: Alison, Doug, for already signing up! to help on 9/5!  Click HERE  to learn about all the volunteer opportunities. Thank you all!

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.

HELP PUT WAKEFIELD ON THE MAP! It is time to keep our market on the map via the American Farmland Trust Annual Farmers Market Celebration! Go to, or use the handy link on our website to “recommend” our Wakefield Farmers Market. Last year we were #1 in Massachusetts and #18 in the USA. We are at #24 as the National People’s Choice, and #1 in Massachusetts, ahead of Braintree. The contest runs until September 23, 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.

Now, here’s what you’ve been waiting for – this week’s vendors! It appears that just about everything is now in season, with berries still available, plenty of corn, and fall squash and potatoes coming in stronger each week. Farmer Dave’s, Kelly’s Farm, and Charlton Orchards will all have a wonderful variety of freshly picked fruits and veggies, cut flowers, potted herbs, and more. Charlton Orchards will also have fresh cider, pasture raised –raised meats and eggs along with select fruit and berries. Flats Mentor Farm will have their lovely selection of Asian greens, daikon radish (my favorite!) and beets, and more, as well as beautifully fragrance herbs.

Copicut Farms will have their freshly slaughtered chicken, eggs, and their own pork, and Lilac Hedge Farm is here this week with beef, pork, lamb, poultry, eggs, beef jerky sticks, and honey.

To bring the count to all seven of our farmers here this week, West River Creamery is back with just the best cheeses around. All of the meats, poultry, eggs, and cheese from our farmers are from pasture-raised animals.

The Fish Lady will be on hand with the freshest, locally caught seafood, labeled with the fisherman who made the catch. Be sure to get there early for the widest selection.

To compliment any and all farm and fish flavors, be sure to stop by Bondat Foods. Owner Jordan can help you select the perfect seasoning mix for whatever is on your menu. You can buy the mixes individually, or you can purchase a convenient sample set as a gift or so you can try them all in your own kitchen.

Don’t miss The Roasted Granola and their unique and tasty granola and bite-sized treats. They also carry locally made yogurt and local honey. Along the sweet breakfast theme, Akermann’s Maple Farm will be with us, with a variety of maple products and, hopefully, some maple cotton candy.

Fior D’Italia is back this week,with their delicious pastas and raviolis, pesto and sauce, fresh and rolled mozzarella cheese, and frozen entrees.

Samira’s Homemade has the best Middle Eastern foods, including bread, dips, salads, grape leaves, olives, baklava, and more and In Good Taste is here this week with really good salsas.

You can get a variety of wonderful breads, sweet and savory baked goods, and sandwiches from Swiss Bakers, the best artisan loaves from Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, and for pies and popovers, The Popover Lady is the place to go. And, for the best cookies, look no further than Goodies Homemade.

For both luscious cheesecake and frozen cheese cake pops, single serve chocolate chip cookies made with Taza chips, as well as really delicious and healthy sandwich wraps inspired by what local farmers have on hand, don’t miss a visit to 7ate9 Bakery. They just might have their special ginger lime drink with them, too.

Coutt’s Specialty Foods is back, with traditional New England jams, preserves, and relishes that taste like your great-grandmother made them, and Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish is also back with chocolate and caramel sauces, unique perseveres, pepper jellies, and excellent horseradish.

Downeast Cider House is here for their biweekly visit with their tasty hard cider in a variety of seasonal flavors made from fresh-pressed juices and pure, natural ingredients. If over 21, you can sample before your buy.

For the most excellent hot and cold coffee, tea and other in-season beverages, be sure to stop by Pour Man’s Coffee. They have really unique and delicious baked treats, too.

And, don’t miss a stop at Emmett’s Edibles for great treats for even the most finicky dog or cat.

For artisans, we have Wakefield’s Trow’s Treasures, Salem Street Beadery, and both our soapmakers, Kaleidoscope Soap and Wicked Good Soap, each with their unique line of products.

Doug Heath and Alison Simcox will also be here  with their books about local destinations Lake Quannapowitt, Breakheart Reservation, and The Fells.

SNEAK PREVIEW: The cooking Miss Holly will be back next week, and Drumlin Farms Audubon Ark is coming on September 19, too! Stay tuned for news and updates every Friday in this spot throughout the market season-there is much more to come! And, do stop by this and any Saturday during the market season to shop, listen to music, have a picnic, or just relax and enjoy the sights.

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 20 through October 17, 2015.
Please visit 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

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