It’s going to be another extra fun day at the market for the youngsters this week. Holly will be in the center tent doing a Kids Cooking with Holly, we will have a scavenger hunt with tracking down various fruits, veggies, and fun facts about our farmers as the theme, and a talented young face painter will be on hand to add a special fun and decorative touch to the day.
Using produce purchased at the market that morning, our own chef and food educator Holly Pierce will create quick, easy, and delicious recipes that will tempt the most discriminating of pallets. Really! As always, Holly will have samples for you to try. And she will need some assistants.
For the scavenger hunt we will have clipboards, pens and a set of questions on hand for curious kids who want to track down the answers. For extra fun, we invite all participants to bring their answer sheet home and then send us a picture of themselves eating one of the items from the sheet, either raw or in a recipe. If in a recipe, please include the ingredient in the email. There will be a special page added to our website dedicated to these photos.
Yes, the Plein Air Paint Out is Happening! Scroll Down or click HERE for more info.
We may not have a balloon twister this week, but we will have Mia the face painting artist on hand to add to the festivities. And, as always, we will have the ever popular 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. 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.
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!
Thank you to Dianna Boothe, Christina Edson, Marietta Schwartz, and Debbie Gronback for already signing up for this week!
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!
The fall crops are starting to come in strong and apples are one of the highlights. Charlton Orchards will again have their fresh apple cider (come early – it goes fast!!) along with produce, wine, pasture-raised beef, honey, and their yummy cider donuts. Farmer Dave’s and Kelly’s Farm will have their usual assortment of lovely, just picked produce and, as always, Flats Mentor Farm will have their wonderful Asian greens and herbs. I am sure cut flowers will be on hand, as well.
Lilac Hedge Farm will have cuts of beef, pork, lamb, and poultry, along with eggs, beef jerky products, and their own honey. Copicut Farms has fresh chicken, whole, along with a variety of pork products from their farm. This is also the season for stewing hens – perfect for recipes entailing a long slow braise to tenderize and bring out amazing flavor.
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.
As always, there is tasty Middle Eastern Food from Samira’s Homemade, including really tasty olives! Along with pasta, regular mozzarella cheese, and frozen entrees, Fior D’Italia has pesto, mozzarella rolls – great sliced and melted on a nice toasting bread
All our bakers, Swiss Bakers, Mamadou’s Bakery and The Popover Lady will be on hand with their wonderful breads, pies, popovers and other goodies. And, don’t forget: Swiss Bakers has excellent sandwiches, too!
For breakfast at home or at the market, The Roasted Granola has yogurt, too! Try their new Granola Bites – fabulous! And, be sure to stop by Goodies Cookies for totally awesome treats! You can also send cookie care packages to friends near and far via www.goodieshomemade.com.
In the artisan section, along with our wonderful soap vendors Kaleidoscope Soap and Wicked Good Soap, we will have lovely jewery from Salem Street Beadery, herbal products from Trow’s Treasures, and uniques items made from recycled corks from All About Corks.
For our canine friends, Bark for More is back this week with the very best frozen and baked doggy treats.
AND…For the best of beverages, visit the folks at Pour Man’s Coffee. They will have their delectable treats on hand along with hot or iced coffee and regular or green tea, fresh squeeze lemonade, additional cold beverages.
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.
For our hot and iced teas we use Mem Tea Imports located in Watertown MA.
Our lemonade and baked goods are made from scratch using organic and local ingredients.
Last Chance to Vote! Right now we are #1 in MA and #18 in the USA! Attleboro, MA is sneaking up at #47 in the USA, so if you have not voted/pledged this week, do it before tomorrow night! 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 vote/pledge one each week 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!
NEWSFLASH: WINTER FARMERS MARKET!!!
Wakefield is partnering with Melrose to have two holiday markets and four monthly winter markets on the following Sundays from 12 noon to 4:00 p.m. at Memorial Hall in Melrose:
11/23/14, 12/21/14, 1/18,15, 2/15/15, 3/15/15, and 4/19/15. More new to come!