Wakefield Farmers Market

Saturdays June 18 – October 15 2016

September 28, 2016
by Market Manager
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Recipe from September 24, 2016: Green and Wax Bean Sauté with Bok Choy and Red Bell Pepper

ingredients

In late July, I highlighted green beans in a simple sauté with garlic, so this time, when I learned that green and wax beans were in abundance this past week, I decided to go with them but forgo garlic and find another way to highlight this tasty and versatile vegetable.

I cooked up a batch of beans at home, using onion as the base flavor and adding bok choy and red pepper to give variety. To be honest, I had come across a green/wax bean dish that included celery, but our famers don’t typically have celery available, so I researched celery substitutes and discovered that bok choy can work in this capacity. And it certainly did, and the red pepper added a nice contrast of flavor and color. But, upon serving it for dinner, my husband commented that the rosemary in our mashed potatoes complimented the dish and I immediately thought of the rosemary-based Cluck Yeah seasoning from Bondat Foods. I sprinkled some on my serving and knew we had a winner. But, if you do make this and don’t have Cluck Yeah on hand, it will still be quite tasty with just a dash of salt and pepper or with the seasonings of your choice.

beansGreen and Wax Bean Sauté

¨ 3-4 Tbsp oil and/or butter

¨  3/4-1 lb green/wax beans
(parboiled if desired*)

¨ 1 cup chopped onion

¨ 1 cup chopped bok choy

¨ 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper

¨ 1 tsp+ Cluck Yeah seasoning from
Bondat Foods**

Heat oil and cook onions on low until soft, add the rest of the veggies and cook until tender. Stir in seasoning, cook for another minute, then serve.

*You can parboil or quickly steam the beans if you don’t want any crunch to them.

** Or seasoning of your choice

NOTE: Amounts are just guidelines!

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September 23, 2016
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September 24 Market Day: Banjo Pickin’, Drumlin Farms, Flu Shots & $15 Bike Helmets, Veggies Galore!

Click HERE to learn about and link to all our vendors.
Check out our Pre-Order Page and our Weekly Specials Page


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 :markets.farmland.org


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 lilachedgefarm.wufoo.com/forms/2016-thanksgiving-turkey-form. 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 wakefieldfarmersmarket@gmail.com 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 mkraft1974@aol.com 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  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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September 22, 2016
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September 24 Preview : Drumlin Farm, BOH Flu Shots and $15 Bike Helmets, Lots of Produce and Vendors!

You will get all the news here on Friday, but for now
scroll down for a preview of the

September 24 2016 Market Day

 

Click HERE for the
Bitter Melon Sauté with Onion, Tomato, Corn, and Thai Basil Recipe!


And, before we go on, don’t forget:
Volunteers ALWAYS welcome and needed!
You can sign up here for one or more spots and tasks throughout the entire season.

We REALLY NEED a full house of volunteers this week while Assistant Manager Heather Tribe is away! Please consider signing up, even if for the 1st time and you are nervous about it!  It’s a lot of fun. Really!

NOTE: 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 all for already signing up!


Okay – here is the preview:

  • Drumlin Farm’s Audoban Ark 11-noon!
  • Banjo pickin’ by Ed Britt and Don Borchelt
  • Wakefield Board of Health:
    Flu Shots
    Bike Helmets for $15
  • Wakefield Human Rights Commission
  • Biweekies: Aaronap, Ackermann, Bondat, In Good Taste

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.


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  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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September 21, 2016
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Recipe from September 17: Bitter Melon Sauté with Onion, Tomato, Corn, and Thai Basil

ingredientsYes, bitter melon is BITTER! But if you like a strong IPA ale or horehound candy, or just have a taste for something different, you just might like this interesting veggie. Technically a fruit along the lines of a squash, bitter melon has long been used medicinally to treat a number of health issues and has been a staple of Indian, China, and a number of other Indonesian cuisines.  See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Momordica_charantia for more information.

For this cooking demo, I used the Chinese variety of bitter melon available from Flats Mentor Farm, corn and onion from Kelly’s Farm, and tomato and garlic from Farmer Dave’s. Note: those are husk cherries in the box. I was looking for things to bring sweetness to counter the bitter, which is why I had them, but ended up not using them in the recipe. Many folks inquired about them and tried one or two upon noticing the on the table, with more than a few heading to Farmer Dave’s to get some for themselves. I’ll have some at the Kitchen Tent whenever Farmer Dave has them, so stop by to try one! Okay, now for the recipe.

2016-09-17-10-26-08Note: The proportions are not written in stone. Add more or less of any ingredient as desired, except to be sure you have enough oil to get the caramelizing effect.

Bitter Melon Sauté with Onion, Tomato, Corn, and Thai Basil

  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small to medium onion, chopped
  • 2 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 or 3 cups sliced bitter melon*
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • 2 Tbsp chopped Thai basil (or regular basil)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Cut bitter melon in half lengthwise, scoop out seeds, and slice into ¼ inch or so half-moons. Chop onion and tomato, mince garlic, and cut kernels off the corn cob.

closeup-cooked-bitter-melonHeat oil and cook garlic and onion for just a few minutes, add the bitter melon slices, and cook until starting to get tender. Add the corn kernels and continue cooking until just tender. Stir in chopped basil and add a few pinches of salt and ground pepper to taste, a ¼ tsp to start. Let cook stirring occasionally until you see at least some caramelizing and the tomato starts to dissolve.
Season to taste and serve.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by to try a bite, especially those whose suggestions helped create this recipe!

September 16, 2016
by Market Manager
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September 17 Market Day: Knife Sharpener, Kali Stoddard-Imari, Habitat for Humanity, Plenty of Veggies! Apples, Pumpkins, and MORE!

Click HERE to Help Make Us #1 in Massachusetts in 2016 in the American Farmland Trust Farmers Market Celebration!  We have been #1 or #2 in Massachusetts and in the top 30 Nationwide since 2012!


This week’s market will feature music by singer-songwriter Kali Stoddard-Imari, nonprofit guest Habitat for Humanity, and the second and final visit of the season by On The Edge Knife Sharpening. With the late summer bounty coming in full force, our produce farmers will have plenty of summer and fall veggies and fruits, and, as always, there will be plenty of specialty foods and artisan fare, as 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.


Playing at our market for the first time, Kali Stoddard-Imari is a New England (Vermont born) singer-songwriter who now resides in Boston MA. He fuses his musical past with Americana, Island, and Folk to create his own genre of Rock/Indie/Alternative music. This market manager heard him playing at the Melrose market and was quite impressed, and even more so after listening to his CD, self-titled Kali. Come have a listen. You won’t be disappointed.


Our nonprofit guest is Habitat For Humanity of Greater Lowell. Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry that seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell services 15 towns in the Greater Lowell/Merrimack Valley community, including Wakefield and Reading.


WHAT’S COOKING? Last week I planned to make Round (Cucurbita pepo) Zucchini Squash with Lemongrass, Onion, and Corn, but, since Flats Mentor Farm had not been able to harvest any round squash for last week, I used Kousa squash from Farmer Dave’s, instead, along with lemongrass from Flats, and corn and onion from Kelly’s Farm. It was really good, but, having made it at home with the round squash, I recommend using it if available. 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. Chances are that Bitter Melon with bee the feature this week. 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 for one of the 9-11 tablespots, and a few more breakdown people would be super as well as someone to take the Market Bucks spot, even if just to get trained. 

Thank you to Alison, Michelle, Marietta, Robin, Sarah, 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.



TAKE NOTE, it’s time to vote! AST CHANCE!
It is time to keep our market on the map via the American Farmland Trust Annual Farmers Market Celebration! Go to: markets.farmland.org/market/wakefield-farmers-market-ma/ , or use the handy link on our wakefieldfarmersmarket.org website to “recommend” our Wakefield Farmers Market. Right now we still are at #1 in only 3 out of 5 categories in Massachusetts but now only in #21 – 23, depending on the category, in the USA. If you already voted, ask a friend to vote! The contest runs until September 21, 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. Help keep is on the map! Tell your Friends!!!


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

Produce: Regular and sugar pumpkins will be aplenty this week, and many of the hard squashes aer definitely coming into season. But, we are still in the wonderful late summer harvest time where just about all your favorites are available, from summer berries to crisp apples and husk cherries, summer and winter squashes, lovely greens, beans, tomatoes and corn. Bring big bags and stock up for freezing and canning from Farmer Dave’s, Kelly’s Farm, and Flats Mentor Farm. Along with their Asian veggies and more, (did you know you can freeze lemongrass? Ask at the cooking demo.) Flats has the most amazing beets.

Pasture-raised Meats, Poultry, and Eggs: Lilac Hedge Farm can meet all your needs for a wide variety of cuts and types of beef, pork, lamb, and poultry, as well wonderfully fresh eggs. AND – it is time to order your Thanksgiving Turkey! They have a handy online form at lilachedgefarm.wufoo.com/forms/2016-thanksgiving-turkey-form. Turkeys will be delivered to the Melrose-Wakefield Winter Farmers Market at Memorial Hall in Melrose on November 20.

Cheese: Jane of West River Creamery has, by far, the best cheese around, all from pasture-raised cows and goats. You can try a samples before you decide on your purchase. Jane also brings an assortment of her lovely pickled veggies, and, if we are lucky, she will have their fresh mozzarella on hand.

Seafood: The Fish Lady will be here with an assortment of freshly caught local seafood from Red’s Best. Show up early before your favorite sells out! You can also call Michelle at 781-929-5358 or email her via mkraft1974@aol.com to place a special order.

Specialty Foods: Coutt’s Specialty Foods will be back this week with their traditional “old New England” style preserves. Deano’s Pasta has wonderfully delicious pastas, including a wide assortment of raviolis, and sauces, and Samira’s Homemade has very best Middle Eastern foods. Have you tried their olives? REALLY good. And, Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish will be back with their delectable jams, sauces, and the best horseradish around.

Baked Goods: You will find simple yet elegant artisan loaves at Mamadous’s, sweet and savory baked goods, as well as superb sandwiches, from Swiss Bakers, and The Popover Lady will be back this week with her amazing popovers, as well as scones and pies. For great cookies, don’t miss a stop at Goodies Homemade, and for the very best granola, as well as yogurt and local honey, see the folks at Roasted Granola.

Beverages: Downeast Cider House is here this week. You have to sample their Pumpkin Cider. Really. And, as always, our friends at Pour Man’s Coffee will have their amazing hot and cold beverages, including the best coffee around, and deliciously unique sweet treats. You can also purchase Fair Trade coffee that Dean’s Beans blends especially for them.

Pet Treats: Emmett’s Edibles will have all you need to stock up on healthy treats for your dogs and cats friends.

Artisans: On The Edge Knife Sharpening will be here! Look for the van next next to Swiss Bakers. Kaleidoscope Soap and Salem Street Beadery will also be with us,as well as Alison Simcox with the great books written by her and Doug Heath about Lake Quannapowitt, Breakheart, and The Fellsway. Trow’s Treasures is also able to join us, bringing healing salves, herbal eye pillows, catnip toys, and essential oil sprays.


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: For music: September 24: Banjo extra-ordinaires Ed Britt and Don Borchelt. and Kev G Mor on October 1, as well a return visits by Amy Spillert (10/8) and Kali Stoddard Imari (10/15). Drumlin Farm’s Audubon Ark will make their annual appearance on September 24, and there is still more in the planning, including a fun pop-up art program for kids on 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  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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September 15, 2016
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Preview of our September 17, 2016 Market Day: On The Edge Knife Sharpening, Habitat for Humanity, Biweekly Downeast and Coutt’s, and Tons of Produce!

pumpkinsClick HERE to learn about and link to all our vendors PLUS Check out our Preorder Page and our Weekly Specials Page

Click HERE to Help Make Us #1 in Massachusetts in 2016 in the American Farmland Trust Farmers Market Celebration!  We have been #1 or #2 in Massachusetts and in the top 30 Nationwide since 2012!


You will get all the news in the Friday email, but for now, here is the:
SNEAK PREVIEW of the  September 17 2016 Market Day
  • Music by Kali Stoddard-Imari
  • Habitat for Humanity – Lowell
  • On The Edge Knife Sharpening
  • Downeast Cider
  • Coutt’s Specialty Foods is back!
  • Cooking Demo – Bitter Melon. You’ll like it! 

And, before we go on, don’t forget:
Volunteers ALWAYS welcome and needed!
You can sign up here for one or more spots and tasks throughout the entire season.

NOTE: 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 all for already signing up!


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.


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  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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September 13, 2016
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Recipe from September 10: Round (Cucurbita pepo) Zucchini Squash with Lemongrass, Onion, and Corn

demo-ingredients-cooking-croppedI created this five ingredient recipe at home using a round summer squash from Flats Mentor Farm and both my husband and I were totally wowed by the results. The next evening I tried the recipe with regular zucchini squash and it was quite tasty, but not as stupendously delicious as when I made it with the round squash.

I was planning to use the round squash in this recipe at the market cooking demo on 9/3, but Flats had not harvested any that week, which provided an excellent teaching moment:  A farmers market or local farm stand is not a grocery store that has multiple sources both near and far. In other words, you can’t always get what you want. BUT, the good news is that everything you can get is freshly picked from a local farm, and you just can’t get better than that. Plus, you can always substitute or adjust a recipe, accordingly.

I opted to use kousa squash in lieu of the round squash and texture-wise, it worked fabulously. (I find regular zucchini – and yellow summer squash –  to be just a touch more watery than than round or kousa squashes.) The kousa version was quite tasty. BUT…I recommend getting the round squash from Flats Mentor Farm when they have it and use it in this recipe. Try a nibble of it raw, too. It has a slightly different taste that translates into something special when cooked.

Round (Cucurbita pepo) or Kousa  Squash with Lemongrass, Onion, and Corn

This round squash, available from Flats Mentor Farm most weeks, is PERFECT for this recipe.

This round squash, available from Flats Mentor Farm most weeks, is PERFECT for this recipe.

3 Tbsp canola or other mild oil

2 Tbsp minced fresh lemongrass

1 medium onion, chopped

3 cups cubed  squash

1 cup fresh corn kernels

demo-in-pan

The finished product. Even kids liked it!

Heat the oil to medium and cook the onion a bit then add the lemongrass and cook until getting soft and fragrant. Add cubed squash and cook until just soft, and add the corn and cook for just another minute or two. No seasoning necessary but you can add salt and pepper to taste, of course. 🙂

Click HERE for a great tutorial on preparing and cooking with lemongrass.

See below for pictures exemplifying how much lemongrass makes 2 tablespoons minced.

Click HERE  for a video showing how to get kernels off the cob without the mess!

 

 

lemongrass-rulerminced-lemongrass

 

September 9, 2016
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September 10 Market Day: Library Book Give-Away! Maple and Cheese Return, LOTS of Fruit and Veggies, and Music by Eddie Dee!

Click HERE to learn about and link to all our vendors.
Check out our Pre-Order Page and our Weekly Specials Page

Click HERE to Help Make Us #1 in Massachusetts in 2016 in the American Farmland Trust Farmers Market Celebration!  We have been #1 or #2 in Massachusetts and in the top 30 Nationwide since 2012!


UPDATE: The Popover Lady will NOT be able to come on September 10 but will be back next week for the rest of the season.

This Saturday is the Annual Friends of Beebe Library Book Give-Away day at our market! We are also welcoming Ackermann Maple Farm, West River Creamery, and Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish back to their regular schedule, and our farmers’ tents will be bursting with summer and fall produce. We will have plenty of specialty foods and artisan vendors, as 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.


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.


Local musician Eddie Dee, man of many songs, will be back to once again graciously fill in for the day. Eddie has been playing out for years and is also one of the key sound people at Linden Tree Coffeehouse. His smooth voice and wide repertoire folksy tunes and more are a perfect fit for a farmers market, whether you are shopping or want to sit to listen for a spell.


WHAT’S COOKING? Last week we made Sugar Pumpkin and Kale Sauté with Garlic, Onion, and Lemongrass, featuring sugar pumpkin from Kelly’s Farm, kale and onion from Farmer Dave’s, and lemongrass from Flats Mentor Farm. 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. Right now it looks like it will feature either bitter melon or an Asian summer squash with corn. 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, although another breakdown person would be super as well as someone to take the Market Bucks spot, even if just to get trained. Oh, and someone(s) to get the road signs at the end of the day is always helpful. 

Thank you to Alison, Debbie, Doug, Marietta, Robin, 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.



TAKE NOTE, it’s time to vote!
It is time to keep our market on the map via the American Farmland Trust Annual Farmers Market Celebration! Go to: markets.farmland.org/market/wakefield-farmers-market-ma/ , or use the handy link on our wakefieldfarmersmarket.org website to “recommend” our Wakefield Farmers Market. Right now we still are at #1 in only 3 out of 5 categories in Massachusetts but holding in #19 – 21, depending on the category, in the USA. If you already voted, ask a friend to vote! The contest runs until September 21, 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. Help keep is on the map! Tell your Friends!!!


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

Produce: Eggplant, corn, hard squash, tomatoes, berries, potatoes, summer squash, beans, greens, apples, melons…The list goes on and on. Bring many bags and stock up for sauce, canning, and freezing from Farmer Dave’s and Kelly’s Farm. For Asian greens and squashes, select root veggies, and the very best fresh herbs including parsley, mint, two varieties of basil, and cilantro, stop by Flats Mentor Farm. I am hoping they will have lemongrass this week, too.

Pasture-raised Meats, Poultry, and Eggs: Lilac Hedge Farm offers the best steaks, chops, ribs, and sausages, as well as ground beef, pork, and lamb, and poultry and eggs. AND – it is time to order your Thanksgiving Turkey! They have a handy online form at lilachedgefarm.wufoo.com/forms/2016-thanksgiving-turkey-form. Turkeys will be delivered to the Melrose-Wakefield Winter Farmers Market at Memorial Hall in Melrose on November 20.

Cheese: Jane of West River Creamery is back again with lovely cheese from pasture-raised cows and goats. Have you tried their blue cheese? Out of this world. Jane also brings her signature pickled products, including carrots and beets, among others. And, if we are lucky, they will have their fresh mozzarella.

Seafood: The Fish Lady will be here with an assortment of 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 mkraft1974@aol.com to place a special order.

Specialty Foods: Ackermann’s Maple Farm is back with maple syrup perfect for back to school pancakes, Bondat Foods will have their amazing spice mixes and rubs, you can stock your freezer with delicious pastas, raviolis, and sauces from Deano’s Pasta, and Samira’s will be here with the very best Middle Eastern foods.

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

Beverages: Aaronap Cellars will be here with fine wines created right here in Massachusetts using local grapes whenever possible. They have a really lovely Vermont maple dessert wine, as well. And, for a refreshing morning pick me up, 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: Emmett’s Edibles will definitely be back and with us for the rest of the season with healthy treats for your canine and feline friends.

Artisans: All about Corks will make their finial visit of the season this week, and, along with Kaleidoscope Soap and Salem Street Beadery, Sheepshed will be here with hand spun and hand dyed yarns, adorable knitted baby hats and gloves, and sheep-themed pottery. Alison Simcox and Doug Heath will also join us 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: For music,  September 17: Kali Stoddard-Imarin, September 24: Banjo extra-ordinaires Ed Britt and Don Borchelt. Also, Drumlin Farm’s Audubon Ark will make their annual appearance on September 24. And there is still more fun and music in the planning, including a pop-up art program for kids on 10/15! And, rumor has it the Pop Up Library might be back!


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  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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September 7, 2016
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Recipe from September 3: Sugar Pumpkin and Kale Sauté with Garlic, Onion, and Lemongrass

pumpkin kale lemongrass close up cropped

We went savory with the sugar pumpkin this past market day, using just a few ingredients to make a really quick and easy stir fry/saute dish using produce from all three of our produce farmers. The sugar pumpkin was from Kelly’s Farm, the kale and onion from Farmer Dave’s, and the lemongrass was from Flats Mentor Farm. The toughest part was peeling and cubing the pumpkin, but it was made easier by using this handy trick. In looking around online, I found this technique that also looks easy as well as as quick or more so.  In any case, this simple dish was a winner, with one youngster coming back for seconds and thirds of the samples, and a woman telling me that, although she hates vegetables, she liked this dish! Note: You can use any hard squash in this recipe, but I think the sugar pumpkin’s unique taste and firm texture is a winner here.

Sugar Pumpkin and Kale Sauté with Garlic, Onion, and Lemongrass

chopped onion garlic lemongrass3-4 Tbsp olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

2-3 regular size or one really big clove of garlic, minced to make a heaping Tbsp or more, to taste.

2 Tbsp or more to taste of minced lemongrass*

3 -4 cups chopped sugar pumpkin, 1-inch cubes

2 cups (or more if desired) chopped kale

Salt and/or ground blank pepper to taste

Heat  oil in a sauté or frying pan and add the onion, garlic, and lemongrass and cook for 1-2 minutes on medium heat until very fragrant.

2016-09-03 11.05.12Increase temperature to medium high and add chopped and peeled sugar pumpkin. Continue cooking until pumpkin is starting to get tender, 7-8 minutes. Add chopped kale and cook until all is tender. Season with salt and pepper as desired.

 

Click HERE to learn all about lemongrass and how to prepare for cooking.

And, click HERE for a more complex recipe that looks mighty tasty that uses Thai basil and chili peppers, also available from Flats Mentor Farm.

September 2, 2016
by Market Manager
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September 3 Market Day: Kittredge Candles, Barefoot Books, Amy Spillert, Two Seasons Worth of Produce!

Click HERE to learn about and link to all our vendors.
Check out our Pre-Order Page and our Weekly Specials Page

Click HERE to Help Make Us #1 in Massachusetts in 2016 in the American Farmland Trust Farmers Market Celebration!  We have been #1 or #2 in Massachusetts and in the top 30 Nationwide since 2012!


UPDATE: Emmett’s Edibles will not be able to attend our market today. We hope to see them next week!

This week’s market day will feature a return visit by the delightful singer songwriter Amy Spillert, the Wakefield Educational Foundation (with calendars!)as our nonprofit guest, and Barefoot Books, along with our farmers and other vendors with the best and freshest farm fare, specialty foods, and artisan products around. 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.


Singer songwriter Amy Spillert is back for her 2nd visit to grace us with her folky and upbeat tunes that include 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 and fun family songs. Plus, she has an absolutely beautiful voice. Music will start around 10:00 a.m.


Our nonprofit guest this week is the Wakefield Educational Foundation (WEF), a community- based organization dedicated to enhancing the educational experience for all students in the Wakefield Public School System. WEF awarded grants totaling 28,000 in the 2015-2016 school year. Be sure to stop by and help them kick off their major fundraiser by purchasing one of their lovely calendars featuring original artwork by students of all ages and the 2016-2017 school calendar details. It is truly an investment in our future.


Barefoot Books will be here with award-winning books and other fun and educational materials for young folks. Be sure to stop by to see what’s new or to just hang out and read a story. We are so glad to have this great resource back at our market this year!


WHAT’S COOKING? Last week we made Quick Zucchini and Eggplant Sauté with Tomato and Basil, featuring Sicilian eggplant from Farmer Dave’s, lovely zucchini from Kelly’s Farm, tomatoes from both, and amazing parsley and Thai basil from Flats Mentor Farm. 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. Right now it looks like it will feature sugar pumpkin (that is a picture of the test run) although bitter melon was in the running, as well. 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. FYI, the picture is of the Market Manager’s stepdaughter and grandkids from Arkansas getting balloons from Yarrow last week.


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.

Give it a try – it’s fun!

Thank you to Alison, Debbie, Dianna, Doug, Henry, Janice, and Marietta 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.



TAKE NOTE, it’s time to vote!
It is time to keep our market on the map via the American Farmland Trust Annual Farmers Market Celebration! Go to: markets.farmland.org/market/wakefield-farmers-market-ma/ , or use the handy link on our wakefieldfarmersmarket.org website to “recommend” our Wakefield Farmers Market. Right now we are at #1 in only 3 out of 5 categories in Massachusetts but holding in #19 – 21, depending on the category, in the USA. If you already voted, ask a friend to vote! The contest runs until September 21, 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. Help keep is on the map!


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

NEWSFLASH: West River Creamery and Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish will NOT be here this week but will both be back for the rest of the season on September 10. Coutt’s Specialty foods is also taking this weekend off but will be back September 17.

Produce: Apples are definitely in as we enter the full harvest season! Hard/winter squashes (sugar pumpkins are in!) are starting to make their appearance while all the summer bounty of corn, tomatoes, peppers, melons, berries, greens, beans, squash, tomatillos and more are in abundance at Farmer Dave’s and Kelly’s Farm. Flats Mentor Farm will have their lovely Asian greens, select root veggies, and summer squashes, as well as the very best fresh herbs including parsley, mint, two varieties of basil, and cilantro.

Pasture-raised Meats, Poultry, and Eggs: Lilac Hedge Farm raises cows, pigs, sheep, and chickens to produce healthy and delicious steaks, chops, ribs, and sausages, as well as ground beef, pork, and lamb, and poultry and eggs. They also offer CSA shares which can be picked up at our market. Fun Fact: Owners Tom and Ryan have a pet camel named Joshua and a water buffalo named Bear. Really!

Seafood: The Fish Lady will be here with an assortment of freshly caught local seafood. She often sells out of at least some types early on, but you can always call Michelle at 781-929-5358 or email her via mkraft1974@aol.com to place a special order.

Specialty Foods: Deano’s, Pasta will be here with their super pastas, raviolis, and sauces that you can pop in your freezer to have on hand for gourmet meal in minutes, and you will find the very best Middle Eastern foods at Samira’s Homemade to take home or enjoy as a picnic lunch on the shore of our Lake Quannapowitt; just bring a blanket!

Baked Goods: you will find amazing loaves at Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, a variety of sweet and savory breads and treats, including really yummy sandwiches, at Swiss Bakers, amazing popovers, as well as scones and pies, from The Popover Lady. and most excellent granola at the Roasted Granola tent. They also bring locally made Greek yogurt and local honey to make for a perfect breakfast. And don’t forget Goodies Homade for the BEST cookies.

Beverages: Downeast Cider House is here this week with refreshing summer flavors and well as their amazing pumpkin cider. It is REALLY good.  Pour Man’s Coffee will or course be here with their fruit, team and coffee beverages and uniquely delicious baked goods. You can also purchase Fair Trade coffee that Dean’s Beans blends especially for them.

Pet Treats: Don’t forget your canine and feline friends! You can get great pet treats from Emmett’s Edibles.

Artisans: As noted above, Barefoot Books is here, and Kittredge Candles will be making their 2nd of three visits of the season this week. Bead happy is back, too, with lovely woven bead jewelry and more! Alison Simcox and Doug Heath will also join us 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: For music, September 10: Kev G Mor, September 17: Kali Stoddard-Imarin, September 24: Banjo extra-ordinaires Ed Britt and Don Borchelt. Also, the Friends of Beebe Library Book Give-Away will take place on September 10, Drumlin Farm’s Audubon Ark will make their annual appearance on September 24. And there is still more in the planning, including a fun pop-up art program for kids on 10/15!


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  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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