Click HERE to learn about and link to all our vendors
Look for this to learn how to put our market on the map!
It will be an especially great day for kids at the market this week! Drumlin Farms’ Audubon Ark will be here, as well as Barefoot Books, our Henna artist, and Miss Holly, who always welcomes youngsters at her cooking demos. We’ll have all the regular fun things for kids to do and play with, too. Along with specialty foods and artisan fare, our farmers will have plenty of gorgeous produce from which to choose, and live music by Kev G Mor will round things out nicely.
Henna Tattoo Artist Shweta Singhvi of Wakefield will be joining us for another visit this week. Shweta practices the traditional art form that uses all natural ingredients to create everything from designs of timeless beauty to cool modern super hero icons for the kids. Look for her umbrella or ask at the Manager Tent if you can’t find her.
Wendy Ernst of Drumlin Farms Audubon Ark will be on hand from 11:00 to noon with a number of small furry or feathered animals to meet up close and gently touch. Look for the tent with a back flap in the Special Event Area over toward the lake. I hear a falcon will be among the guest creatures.
Also great for the kids: Barefoot Books will be with us, offering their award-winning books and other fun and educational materials for children, many by local authors and illustrators. Be sure to stop by to check out new titles or to just hang out and read a story.
Miss Holly will be back this week cooking in the “Market Kitchen” creating quick, easy, and delicious recipes using produce and products purchased at the market that morning. Stop by for a sample and great cooking tips, as well.All recipes are posted on our website and available as handouts at the market. For more about Holly, see thesoulchef.com. (We are a bit behind with recipes online and printed out, but we’ll catch up soon!)
Singer songwriter Kev G Mor will be playing for us starting around 10:30.Kev will draw from his repertoire of favorite traditional folk tunes and blues, all of which he performs with spot-on vocal and guitar-picking styles and techniques that make the songs his own. He’s a class act.
We are hoping our friend Blake the Balloon Guy will be 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.
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.
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 early afternoon, we could use another person or two for each setup and breakdown, 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: Bill, Debbie, Dianna, Doug, Lisa, Sarah, and Sue for already signing up! to help on 9/19! Click HERE to learn about all the volunteer opportunities. Thank you all!
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.
LAST CHANCE TO 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 http://markets.farmland.org/market/wakefield-farmers-market-ma, or use the handy link on our wakefieldfarmersmarket.org 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!
We are still in that time of year when just about everything is in season, and Farmer Dave’s, Kelly’s Farm, and Charlton Orchards will have plenty of stone fruits, joined by a growing assortment of apples and pears, and corn, greens, eggplant, and beans lined up with even more hard squash, gourds, and just dug potatoes. Charlton Orchards will also have fresh cider, pasture raised –raised beef and eggs, and stop by early to get gorgeous cut flowers from Kelly’s Farm. Flats Mentor Farm will, as always have a lovely selection of Asian greens, daikon radish, beets, squash, Asian cucumbers, and more, as well as beautifully fragrant fresh herbs.
Copicut Farms will have their freshly slaughtered chicken, eggs, and their own pork, and West River Creamery will have their amazing award-winning cheese. They have a new one from sheep’s milk which is really tasty. 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, as well as with advice for storing and preparing your purchases. Be sure to get there early for the widest selection.
Fior D’Italia has all you need for an easy but delicious meal, from pastas and raviolis, pesto and sauce, to fresh mozzarella cheese, entrees, and, their mozzarella rolls with sundried tomatoes, prosciutto, and basil – excellent sliced and melted on a slice of good bread.
The Popover Lady, Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, Swiss Bakers (they have sandwiches, too!), and Goodies Cookies will be here, along with The Roasted Granola, who, along with really good granola, has amazing Greek yogurt made from goat and sheep milk, as well – great for breakfast!
As always, Samira’s Homemade has the best Middle Eastern food, and Sandy of Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish will have her delectable sauces and preserves from locally grown ingredients.
Coutt’s Specialty Foods is back on their regular biweekly schedule, with traditional New England jams, preserves, and relishes that will take you back in time with their delicious homemade taste and texture.
Aaronap Cellars is here this week with their award winning wines made right up the highway in Westford MA. If over 21, you can stop by their tent to sample their innovative, artisanal wines from the best vineyards and orchards in New England and beyond. Their maple wine is exquisite, and their new zinfandel is sure to add to their resume of awards.
Tower Root Beer is back with the best root beer and more. You have to try their ginger beer, perfect for a “dark and stormy.” They also have wonderful ginger ale and cream soda.
Be sure to stop by Pour Man’s Coffee for the finest of hot and cold beverages, including Fair Trade coffee, teas, concoctions from fresh in-season fruits, and unique and totally delicious baked treats. You can also buy their special blend of Fair Trade coffee beans from Dean’s Beans at their tent.
For artisans, both our soap makers, Kaleidoscope Soap and Wicked Good Soap, will be here, each with their unique line of products, and Sheepshed will be back with hand spun and dyed yarns and felting materials and a unique line of pottery designed by owner Donna Carlson.
We also expect Doug Heath and Alison Simcox to be here with their books about local destinations Lake Quannapowitt, Breakheart Reservation, and The Fells.
We also have a special artisan guest: Coralee Safin, Charlton Orchards’ Nate and Patty Benjamin’s daughter, will be with them selling delightful hand-sewn earrings and possibly more. If you have ever noticed Patty’s earrings and wanted a pair, here is your chance!
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 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!