Click HERE to learn about and link to all our vendors
Look for this to learn how to put our market on the map!
The Annual Friends of Beebe Library Book Give-Away Day will take place at the market this week, so be sure to bring some extra bags for books! You might need extra bags for your food purchases, too, as we are now seeing hard squashes and potatoes at the market, along with apples and pears, while still seeing plenty of summer berries and orchard fruits, eggplant, lovely greens, tomatoes, sweet corn, and more still available. But the season is changing. To help ease the transition, Miss Holly will be offering healthy lunchbox ideas in this week’s cooking demo, with music by the talented Amy Spillert to round out the day.
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.
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.
Singer-songwriter Amy Spillert is back again, playing a few sets between 10:00 and noon. Amy’s music is folky and upbeat, with original songs inspired by the ocean, nature, history, love, and friendship. She also has a set of cover tunes that are a perfect fit for farmers markets, such as Greg Brown’s Canned Goods and Cheryl Wheeler’s When Fall Comes to New England, and fun family songs, such as Dar Williams The Babysitter’s. I hear she has a few songs about books, too. Be sure to stop by for a listen.
In honor of the upcoming school year, Miss Holly will be creating great lunchbox meals and snacks that your child won’t want to trade away. You’ll find her in the Market Kitchen” tent starting around 10:15 or so. As always, she will use fresh produce and products purchased that morning at the market and provide samples to try. Last week Holly made Fresh Corn, Tomato, & Spinach Salad and Savory Mixed Melon and Berry Salad. All recipes are posted on our website and available as handouts at the market. For more about Holly, see thesoulchef.com
Our magic balloon man Yarrow will be making your choice of creatures, 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 need at least 2, if not 3 folks for breakdown – and that should do it! But I REALLY need at least 2 spots filled!
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, Debbie, Janice,Marietta, and Kelli for already signing up! to help on 9/5! 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.
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 to the right on this page to “recommend” our Wakefield Farmers Market. Last year we were #1 in Massachusetts and #18 in the USA. We recently moved up to #23 as the National People’s Choice and, as of Friday morning, are now ahead of the Braintree Farmers Market, the only other in Massachusetts currently on the list, by 12-15 votes, depending on the category. 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!
POTATOES! It may mean fall is coming, but there is nothing in the world like a freshly dug potato. You will find them at Farmer Dave’s, Kelly’s Farm, and Charlton Orchards. All our produce farmers will have a wonderful variety of freshly picked fruits and veggies, and, if you get there in time, you can get gorgeous cut flowers from Kelly’s. Charlton Orchards will also have fresh cider, pasture raised –raised meats, (burgers for your barbeque!) and eggs along with select veggies and their stone fruits, apples, and berries. And, for really amazing Asian greens, fresh herbs, beets and daikon radish, stop by Flats Mentor Farm. They also have lovely cut flowers.
Copicut Farms will have their chicken and pork, perfect for your Labor Day feast, as well as eggs by the dozen. All of the meats, poultry, eggs, and cheese from our farmers are from pasture-raised animals.
For the freshest seafood, harvested by local fisherman, see The Fish Lady. Be sure to get there early for the widest selection.
NEWSFLASH: West River Creamery and Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish will not be with us this week but will be back for the season next week September 12.
For breakfast at home or at the market, you’ll find the very best granola at The Roasted Granola. It is truly uniquely delicious. They also carry locally made yogurt, as well as bite-size snacks and wonderful local honey, as well.
To take home or for a picnic right at the market, you can get bread, dips, salads, grape leaves, olives, and more from Samira’s Homemade. They also have really, really good baklava.
Fior D’Italia has all you need for feast, including pastas and raviolis, pesto and sauce, fresh mozzarella cheese, entrees, and, their mozzarella rolls with sundried tomatoes, prosciutto, and basil – I love it sliced and melted on a slice of good bread.
You can grab a sandwich from Swiss Bakers, along with a nice variety of breads and sweet and savory baked goods. For traditional artisan loaves, visit the Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery tent, and for amazing popovers and pies, see The Popover Lady.
Coutt’s Specialty Foods is here for their biweekly visit, with traditional New England jams, preserves, and relishes. And, for the very best cookies, be sure to stop by Goodies Homemade. You can also send cookie care packages to your favorite student via www.goodieshomemade.com.
You will find award-winning wines from Aaronap Cellars, here for their biweekly visit. From Merlot, Malbec and Chardonny, to their exquisite Maple wine, you will find the perfect match for any meal. And yes, if you are over 21, you can sample before you purchase.
For the most excellent coffee, be sure to stop by Pour Man’s Coffee. They have will have the finest of hot and cold beverages, teas, concoctions from fresh in-season fruits, and unique and totally delicious baked treats. I am still waiting for the ginger bacon cookies…You can also buy their special blend of Fair Trade coffee beans from Dean’s Beans at their tent.
Emmett’s Edibles will be here this week, which will make lots of dogs and cats happy. Be sure to stop by for some great treats for you pets. Both Buster and Orsini have given their stamp of approval.
For artisans, Kittredge Candles is here this weekfor their 2nd of 3 visits this season, and we will have both our soapmakers, Kaleidoscope Soap and Wicked Good Soap, each with their unique line of products. All About Corks is here for the last visit of this season, and Wakefield artisan Greg Hiller of Hiller’s Silver Studio will also be at the market this week.
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!