FRESHLY PICKED GREENS from Farmer Dave’s greenhouses! How does that sound after a cold and snowy week? You will be able to get that and so much more at our Melrose-Wakefield Winter Farmers Market this Sunday, March 19. The market is open from 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. at Memorial Hall at 590 Main Street, Melrose. There is plenty of parking out back and we are conveniently located on the 136/137 bus line. Our final market day of our winter season will be held on April 23.
HOLIDAY ROASTS! Get your Holiday Roasts! The meats and poultry from our farmers come frozen, so you can easily stock up early, whether your feast celebrates Easter, Passover, or Lailat al Miraj. Our final market day is later in April, so this weekend is the day to stop by and stock up on meats, poultry, eggs, for your holiday meals. Both Lilac Hedge Farm and Shady Pine Farm will have plenty of roasts and other meat and poultry options, as well as freshly laid eggs on hand. And, don’t forget winter veggies that store nicely from Farmer Dave’s and cheese from West River Creamery – their cheese is packages to last at least a month in the fridge.
FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES! Yarrow had to bow out last month but will be back to create whatever animal, hats, or other balloon entity you might desire, Jessica Buster will also be with us presenting delightful entertainment for the youngsters as well as a great place for one parent to go shopping while the other enjoys the songs and stories with the kids. You will find Yarrow in the main hall and Jessica in the bright and cheerful upper area, accessible via stairs or elevator. We will also continue to have our café area up on the stage where you can enjoy a snack from one of our vendors or just take a break and hang out.
WHAT’S COOKING? Lemongrass – “fresh” from the freezer! Early last fall, I folded uncut stalks of fresh lemongrass that I had purchased from Flats Mentor Farm into 15 inch or so lengths, wrapped them tightly in foil, and then stored them in a big plastic bag in the freezer. I took one out just before writing this. The green of the leaves ends are not quite as vibrant, but otherwise, it is just fine and ready to give any meal calling for a lemony flavor a delightful touch of summer. We’ll use it along with fresh veggies from our farmers to create and easy, tasty entrée or side dish or two. Samples will of course be available. Recipes are always available at the market and are also posted on the Wakefield and winter market websites. Also: If you see something at one of our farmers’ tables that you want to try, let us know and we’ll will get it, wash it off, and chop or slice it up for you to try. You’ll find it all at the market kitchen area on the stage.
Want to Win Some Market Bucks?
Each market day we are going to offer a free “raffle” for $20 in Market Bucks that you can use with any vendor! All you have to do is get a raffle ticket when you come in the door, put your name and phone number on it, and come up to the second level to drop it off next to the elevator door.
You do not have to be at the end of day drawing to win. We will call the winner.
Come Help Make It All Happen!
We still have 4 volunteer spots open for this Sunday as of Friday around noon.
Please consider signing up. It’s fun!
– One Set up Assistant from 9:30-11:00 a.m.
– ONe Breakdown Assistants from 3:00-4:00 p.m.
These positions can entail some lifting, but, for those used to summer set up and
breakdown, this is a breeze!
– One Shopper Counters from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Counters use a clicker to count shoppers as they enter the building and encourage
folks to enter the free drawing for market bucks.
– One Market Money Machine Volunteers, one from 11:00 1:00 p.m.
Greet folks who come to the Market Manager Table and process credit card and EBT transactions.
To sign up for a volunteer spot, just CLICK HERE!
Now, here’s what you’ve been waiting for – this month’s vendors!
Produce: Farmer Dave, Oakdale Farm.
Pasture-raised Meats, Poultry, and Eggs: Lilac Hedge Farm and Shady Pine Farm. Lilac Hedge also has honey and really tasty dried meat treats.
Cheese: West River Creamery: This is seriously the best cheese around. Jane will also have her tasty pickled products and maple syrup and more.
Seafood: Roberto’s Seafood – fresh fish at great prices!
Specialty Syrups: Shagbark Farm, featuring a syrup from locally sourced hickory bark and sweetened with organic sugar.
Specialty Foods: Deano’s Pasta, Habibi (formerly Samira’s Homemade), In Good Taste, Jaju Pieroji.
Baked Goods: Goodies Homemade, Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, Swiss Bakers, The Popover Lady, and The Roasted Granola, that latter also offering yummy locally produced yogurt.
Spices and Seasonings: Bondat Foods and Soluna Garden Farm, which also offers teas and local honey.
Beverages: Aaronap Cellars, (try their award-winning Forest Gold Maple Wine) Pony Shack Cider, and Tower Craft Beverages is back!
Pet Treats: Emmett’s Edibles –Along with a great selection of healthy dog treats, you’ll find delectable bits your cats, too.
Artisans: Kittredge Candles, with soaps, too, Sarah’s Originals, featuring hand sewn items including lovely potholders and cloth children’s books, Sheepshed, offering handspun yarn, knit products, and pottery, all natural health and beauty aids from Simplicity Apothecary, and lovely herbal products from Trow’s Treasures.
For a list of all the vendors throughout the season and last minute updates, be sure to visit our website. Here is the direct link to our list of vendors and the vendor schedule:
As always, thanks to the USDA, 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.
For more information about our winter market, see mewawinterfarmersmarket.org, and sign up for our MeWa newsletter to get the latest updates. You will also find a sign-up link for volunteering on the MeWa website or, just CLICK HERE.
Please consider volunteering to help create a great market day! It’s fun and you will meet really nice people.
See you at the market!