What’s Happening August 23, 2014 – Puppies, Live Music, Cooking and More!

Guide Dog Puppies, Music by Betty’s Bounce, Barefoot Books, Cooking with Holly
We have all sorts of happenings this week, from live music by Betty’s Bounce, another great Cooking Demo by Holly Pierce, and a special sale from Barefoot Books (see below for more on that), but a highlight is a visit from Eastern Massachusetts Puppy Raising Region of Guiding Eyes for the Blind. They are bringing puppies! As part of the training process, the puppies are exposed to strangers in unfamiliar places. This Saturday, the young dogs will get valuable training and we get to enjoy a “puppy kissing booth.”  Talk about a win-win.
Guiding Eyes for the Blind is dedicated to enriching the lives of blind and visually impaired people by providing them with the freedom to travel safely, thereby assuring greater independence, dignity, and increased opportunity. In addition, their 100% successful Heeling Autism program trains dogs to offer safety, companionship, and opportunities for independence to children with autism. Be sure stop by their tent to learn more about this wonderful organization.

A visit from Barefoot Books will make this week even more fun for kids. This local company features award-winning books, CDs, and gifts for children, many by local authors and artists. In honor of this week’s Guide Dog visit, 10% off all profits of books with dogs in them will be donated to the charity. Be sure to stop by to check out new titles and other educational fare, or to just hang out and read a book or two.

picture of holly pierceHolly Pierce will be back with another cooking demonstration, creating quick, easy, and delicious recipes from the produce she will purchase that morning at the market. She will have samples for you to taste and is especially good at getting the young folks to try a veggie or two. This week, she will be next to Pour Man’s Coffee along the North Ave side of the market.

Our wonderful balloon twister Yarrow, or one of his equally talented colleagues, will be with us and we will of course have hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, and jump ropes on hand for kids of all ages.

Betty’s Bounce is back!  Featuring local guitarists Audie and Zach Bridges and joined by Curtis Doo on the double bass, this trio will delight you with their take on Django, Swing, and Gypsy jazz. We are pleased to have them back for their yearly visit. They’ll get you dancing!

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!

As of Friday morning: help still need for the one of the  11-1 p.m. table shifts, and breakdown from 1-1:45 p.m. Thank you!

Thank you to Dianna Boothe, Holly Pierce, Missy Thompon, and Robin and David Dix for already signing up for this week!

And, ClickHERE  to learn about all the volunteer opportunities

Snap logoWe 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! 

We have all seven farmers with us this week. You will be able to get squashes, melons, apples, carrots and lots more from Farmer Dave’s and Kelly’s Farm as the late summer harvest starts piling in, as well as cut flowers, potted plants, and herbs.Flats Mentor Farms will have their lovely Asian greens and herbs – and be sure to get some pea tendrils – perfect for salads and pesto – delicious! Charlton Orchards will have pasture-raised beef and eggs, wine made from their orchard fruits, in season veggies, stone fruits, and berries, and a growing assortment of freshly picked apples..

Basket for food pantry donations

STOP!  LOOK!  We now have a basket at the Market Manager tent for any produce  items you are able to donate to the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry. Your neighbors in need will appreciate it.

Lilac Hedge Farm will have beef, pork, lamb, and poultry, along with eggs, beef jerky products, and their own honey. You can get the very best fresh chicken and eggs from Copicut Farms and their own pork, as well. All pasture-raised, of course.

West River Creamery will be here with award-winning cheese from pasture-raised cows and goats. And, Sandra of Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish will be traveling with Jane with her delectable sweet and savory sauces and preserves from locally grown ingredients. You have to try anything horseradish.

The Fish Lady is back!  As always, get there early for the largest selection of the best freshly caught seafood around.

The Roasted Granola will have their wonderful granola and really awesome Greek Yogurt, (think breakfast) and you will be certain to find just want you want for baked goods from our bakers: traditional breads from Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, sweet and savory items from Swiss Bakers, which also offers sandwiches and pretzels, tasty popovers and pies from The Popover Lady, and wonderful cookies from Goodies Cookies.

And, for the best beverages, visit the folks from Pour Man’s Coffee, who also offer delectable treats along with hot or iced Fair Trade coffee and tea and additional cold beverages. You will find them next to the Market Manager tent.

Middle Eastern dips, pita bread, grape leaves and more are available from Samira’s Homemade, perfect for picnics. For take-home, get some pasta, pesto, and, while it lasts, mozzarella cheese from Fior D’Italia.

Coutt’s Specialty Foods, also known as Mother’s Prize and Mother’s Pure Preserves, is with us this week with delectable jams, jellies, preserves, relishes, and applesauce. A market favorite for sure.

And cheesecake! And frozen cheesecake pops! Be sure to see what great new flavors are available from 7ate9 Bakery.

For artisans, we have our super soap vendors Kaleidoscope Soap and Wicked Good Soap, and Little Lemon Boutique is back with adorable fashion accessories for babies, kids and adults.

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.

contest logoDon’t Forget to Vote! Right now we are #1 in MA and #20 in the USA!
The top market in the USA current has 831 “pledges.”  We have 70. Ummm, I don’t think everyone on this list has pledged even once…  🙂

If you want a reminder to vote each week, scroll down to the end of this email, click on “update subscription preferences,” and select “Vote Reminder List.” How easy is that?  🙂

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 pledge once a week up until midnight September 13.
Let’s go for it!

Our maCarrot photorket 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!

Coming Up:  Coming up: Kevin G. Moore will be back with great live music next week, banjo music and The Friends of Beebe Library Book Giveaway on September 6, Drumlin Farm’s Audubon Ark is coming 9/20, and more cooking demos, special events and music are always being added. NEWS FLASH: The Plein Air Paint Out will take place on October 4. Get your easels ready!

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 21 through October 18, 2014.  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!Wendy Dennis
Market Manager

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