September 24 Market Day: Banjo Pickin’, Drumlin Farms, Flu Shots & $15 Bike Helmets, Veggies Galore!

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With Drumlin Farm’s Audubon Ark visting, and the Wakefield Health Department offer flu shots and quality bike helmet for $15, plus most of our vendors on hand, it will be an extra busy day at our market this week. As always, our farmers will have plenty of produce, with more and more fall crops coming in, and there will be lovely specialty food and artisan products, a 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.

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. The presentation will take place in one of the center tents. We’ve heard that a screech owl will be among the guest creatures. Come and see what else will be visiting!

The Wakefield Board of Health will be back with lots of information about the new biking and pedestrian programs, Wake-Up, (WakefieldUnified Prevention Coalition), and Mass in Motion-Melrose/Wakefield, which works to help folks make easy yet effective healthy lifestyle choices. They will also have their high quality bicycle helmets on sale for $15, courtesy of the Wakefield Board of Health as well as flu shots. Here is the official word: The flu vaccine is covered in full by most insurance plans and cost only $10 for those without one of the accepted insurances. Bring your insurance card(s) or a copy of with you.

whrc-logo-colorThe Wakefield Human Rights Commission will be our guest today. The group’s mission is to promote the civil and human rights of all people in Wakefield, with the goal of reinforcing positive relationships in the community and to create educational programs to foster a greater understanding and appreciation for diversity. Stop by to say hello and to learn what this new group has in the planning.

BANJOS! We will have two of the best old-timey banjo musicians around playing at our market this week. Ed Britt and Don Borchelt will be back, playing five-string banjo duets in the old-time clawhammer and three finger styles of banjo picking. Ed and Don are both multiple past winners of the annual Lowell Fiddle and Banjo Contest. They can often be found busking during the warm months in Harvard Square and at local farmers markets.

WHAT’S COOKING? Last week we made Bitter Melon Sauté with Onion, Tomato, Corn, and Thai Basil, using bitter melon and Thai basil from Flats Mentor Farm, corn and onion from Kely’s Farm, and tomato and garlic from Farmer Dave’s. 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. Green and wax beans will be the highlight. 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 except that it would be GREAT to have a few more on hand for breakdown. With handtrucks and many hands, it has become much lighter work. 

Thank you to Alison, Cathy, Doug, Janice, Michelle, Marietta, 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.

Thanks to all who took the time to vote via the American Farmland Trust Annual Farmers Market Celebration!!! Our farmers market came in 1st in Massachusetts and #22 nationally in the “People’s Choice” and “Pillar of the Community” categories!! For more information, see

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

Produce: Both summer and fall crops are in full force, from melons to husk cherries, corn to hard squash, berries, potatoes, summer squash, beans and greens, among others, and you will find Gala, Honeycrisp, Macintosh, Cortland, and Macoun apples. Bring many bags and stock up for sauce, canning, and freezing from Farmer Dave’s and Kelly’s Farm.  For lovely Asian greens and squashes, select root veggies (check out their beets!) and the very best fresh herbs, stop by Flats Mentor Farm. I hear that they will have lemongrass this week, too.

Pasture-raised Meats, Poultry, and Eggs: Lilac Hedge Farm offers delicious and healthy steaks, chops, ribs, and sausages, as well as ground beef, pork, and lamb, and poultry and fresh eggs.. AND – it is time to order your Thanksgiving Turkey! They have a handy online form at Turkeys will be delivered to the Melrose-Wakefield Winter Farmers Market at Memorial Hall in Melrose on November 20.

NEWSFLASH: West River Creamery and Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish will NOT be able to join us this week. They will definitely be back on October 15 but in the meantime, if you place your order via [email protected] by 10:00 a.m. Tuesday 26, you can pick up your order at the market on Saturday October 1. Be sure to put the word CHEESE in the subject line! 

Seafood: The Fish Lady will have her usual assortment of lovely 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 will have whiskey barrel aged maple syrup along with their regular tasty products,Bondat Foods will have their amazing rubs and herb mixes, you can get the very best pastas, raviolis, and sauces from Deano’s Pasta, and super salsa from In Good Taste, and Samira’s will be here with scrumptiously authentic Middle Eastern foods.

Baked Goods: Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery will have their wonderful artisan loaves, you can get both sweet and savory baked goods, as well as excellent sandwiches from Swiss Bakers, and The Popover Lady will have popovers, as well as scones and pies. Goodies Homemade has the best cookies around, and for most excellent granola, as well as yogurt and local honey, don’t miss a stop at Roasted Granola.

Beverages: Aaronap Cellars will have two brand new wines to sample this weekend, a new vintage of 2015 Chenin Blanc and a brand new 2014 Riesling. And, 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: For healthy treats for dogs and cats, Emmett’s Edibles is the place to go.

Artisans: We will have Kaleidoscope Soap and Salem Street Beadery with us, as well as Alison Simcox and Doug Heath, 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: Tower Beverages will be here 10/1 AND 10/15! For music: Kev G Mor on October 1, as well a return visits by Amy Spillert (10/8) and Kali Stoddard Imari (10/15). A fun pop-up art program for kids is in the planning 10/15. Plus, rumor has it that the Pop Up Library might make an appearance or two before the end of the season.

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 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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