Sunday February 21, 2016 Market Day Preview and 1/17 Recipe!

Winter Market fareDon’t forget to mark your calendar because the Melrose-Wakefield Winter Farmers Market will hold its 4th market day of the season on Sunday February 21. The market is open the 3rd Sunday of the month through April from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Memorial Hall, 590 Main Street in Melrose, conveniently located on the 136/137 bus line and with plenty of municipal parking in back of the hall.

More news to come, but for now, some updates – and scroll down for the Vegetarian Spiced Bubble and Squeak recipe that Amy created last market day.


Ackermann’s Maple Farm is back! We didn’t expect them back in the area until this summer, but we are glad they changed their plans.

Donna Carlstrom, another summer vendor, will also join us this month with her handspun and hand-dyed yarns and delightful sheep pottery from Sheepshed. We hear that she will be demonstrating her spinning, as well.

AND: Baer’s Best will be back for one more visit with their wonderful dried beans! No worries about tough old beans when you buy from them, plus they have an amazing selection of heirloom varieties that you just won’t find on the typical grocer’s shelves.

ALSO: Our wonderful fish vendors will be alternating the rest of the season, so The Fish Lady will be with us this month.

jajuJaju Pierogi came for the first time last month and promptly sold out less than halfway through the market day! I know they plan to bring more of their Polish dumplings on the 21st, but you might want to stop there for the widest assortment. Favors include pineapple and cheese, cabbage and mushroom, sweet potato and caramelized onions, and potato and cheese. See for more info.

FRESH PRODUCE will of course be available from Farmer Dave’s and Oakdale Farm, locally raised poultry, eggs, and meats from Lilac Hedge Farm and Shady Pine Farm, and you will find the best cheese anywhere from West River Creamery.

We’ll have even more details in this spot next week, but here is a list of vendors expected to join us on February 21:

Aaronap Cellars, Ackermann’s Maple Farm, Atlantic Saltworks, Baer’s Best, Bondat Foods, Boston Bonbons, Coutts Specialty Foods, Deano’s Pasta, Down East Cider, Emmett’s Edibles, Farmer Dave’s, The Fish Lady, Goodies Homemade, In Good Taste, Jaju Pierogi, Kittredge Candles, Lilac Hedge Farm, Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, Oakdale Farm, On the Edge Knife Sharpening, The Popover Lady, The Roasted Granola, , Samira’s, Salem Street Beadery, Sarah’s Originals, Shady Pine Farm, Sheepshed, Soluna Garden Farm, Spindler Confections, Swiss Bakers, Vermont Gourmet Candy, West River Creamery and Wicked Good Soap.

Home chef Amy Rindskopf will also be with us again, using produce and other products purchased at the market that morning to create some easy, tasty recipes for you to sample at the market and make at home.

Amy January 2016 paperTo hold you over until the next market, here is the recipe Amy created at the January market.  It was really tasty, and so good for you and easy to make.

Vegetarian Spiced Bubble and Squeak
2 T olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups potato, chopped and boiled
1 cup shredded Brussels spouts
2 tsp Sweet, Sour, Spicy, and Savory Asian Seasoning *

Heat oil in a frying pan and sauté onion until just soft. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, then stir in seasoning. Add potato and cook, stirring occasionally, until just soft. Add Brussels sprouts and continue cooking to desired consistency.  Eat!
*Seasoning from Bondat Foods. Veggies were all from Farmer Dave’s.

As always, the market accepts SNAP benefits and will match up to $10 per market day, and “market money” accepted by all the vendors can be purchased via your credit or debit card. NOTE: you can exchange any Wakefield Market Bucks that you may still have for Melrose market money at the Market Manager Table.

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