Our last market day of the season will feature a Pop-Up Adventure Playground, music by Kali Stoddard-Imari, a visit from the Wakefield Human Rights Commission, and almost all our vendors, including West River Creamer (cheese!) and Tower Beverages. As always, our farmers will have plenty of produce and we will have a great assortment of specialty food and artisan vendors, a well. The Wakefield Farmers Market takes place each year from mid-June to mid-October on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Hall Park, on the shores of Lake Quannapowitt.
You and your families are invited to take part in a Pop-Up Adventure Playground from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at and beside our Kid’s Activity Tent. This is a free, public celebration of child-directed play, stocked with “loose parts” such as cardboard boxes, tape, and string. A temporary version of the classic adventure playground model, this create-your-own-adventure play space gently introduces themes of risk and freedom by welcoming people of all ages and abilities to play and create together. Have a large cardboard box to share? Bring it with you! Organized by The Playful Pelican in partnership with Pop-Up Adventure Play.
Kali Stoddard-Imari is back to share his own genre of Rock/Indie/Alternative music rooted in Americana, Island, and Folk. A New England (Vermont born) singer-songwriter who now resides in Boston, Kali not only plays a number of originals from Kali, his self-titled CD, he does a mean cover of a number of your favorite tunes. Be sure to come by to hear him play. I bet he’ll get at least some folks dancing.
The 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 and why this group, and all consideration of human rights, is so important.
WHAT’S COOKING? Last week we made a simple but tasty Carrot-Beet Marinara Sauce, using carrots from Kelly’s Farm, a beet and garlic from Flats Mentor Farm, plus celery and onion from Farmer Dave’s, with fusilli from Deano’s Pasta providing the perfect base for serving. Recipes are posted on our website and hard copies are available at the Market Kitchen tent. There will be no formal demonstration this last market day, but ALL recipes will be available and Wendy will be happy to “talk shop” or give – or take! – any cooking advice during the day. But do stop by – there just may be some “try a bit” raw veggies or fruit samples to try at some point or points during the market day. 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 early afternoon we could use one more for each table shift (9-11 and 11-1) and we REALLY NEED at least 2, if not 3 folks for both Set Up an Breakdown! For setup and breakdown, remember: many hands – and the two hand trucks we have – make for much lighter work! We could also use someone – or two – to get the highway signs at the end of the day.
Thank you to Debbie and Sarah for signing up already!
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 next year.
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: While some produce is falling out of season, there will still be a super wide variety of different types of fruits and vegetables from all three of our wonderful produce farmers, with Farmer Dave’s and Kelly’s Farm featuring everything from beautiful greens and squashes, hardy root vegetables, to crisp apples and lots more. For more unique greens, squashes, the super beets, along with cut herbs and more, be sure to make a stop at Flats Mentor Farm.
Pasture-raised Meats, Poultry, and Eggs: Be sure to stock up! Even eggs last a number of weeks in the fridge. Lilac Hedge Farm offers a wide assortment of tasty steaks, chops, ribs, roasts, and sausages, as well as ground beef, pork, and lamb, as well as poultry and fresh eggs. They also offer local honey, and delicious beef jerky products. as well. 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: West River Creamery will be here with their most excellent hard and soft cow and goat cheeses, plus Jane’s lovely pickled veggies. The best!
Maple: Be sure to stock up on all of the great maple products from Ackermann’s Maple Farm, now being sold by a married woman. Really! Owners Ian and Caitlin tied the knot last week. Be sure to stop by to say congratulations to Caitlin when you stock up on all things maple.
Seafood: The Fish Lady will have her usual assortment of lovely freshly caught local seafood. She now often has fresh frozen selections, perfect for when you want to wait a few days before enjoying your catch. As always, and especially this final market day, show up early before your favorite sells out! You can also call Michelle at 781-929-5358 or email her via email@example.com to place a special order.
Specialty Foods: Coutt’s Specialty Foods will be here with their fine traditional preserves and relishes, Deano’s Pasta will have their top notch pastas, raviolis, and sauces, and for the very best Middle Eastern Food, Samira’s Homemade is the place to go.
Baked Goods: Fall Specials are still available: Goodies Homemade has Pumpkin spice cookies and pumpkin whoopie pies, along will all their great cookies. AND, along with local honey and delicious yogurt, Roast Granola has a new seasonal product – pumpkin spice! It is made with pumpkin, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger & nutmeg. Sweetened with Ackermann’s maple syrup and a touch of brown sugar.
Did you know that bread freezes well for a number of months? I slice mine before freezing and take out as needed but you can freeze loaves whole, as well. Grab some lovely loaves from Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, a loaf of bread or other sweet or savory baked product or a sandwich from Swiss Bakers, and, for the hands-down best popovers, pies, and scones, see the The Popover Lady.
Beverages: EVERYONE is here this week! For lovely wines made in Massachusetts, see Aaronap Cellars. For hard cider, including their spectacular pumpkin flavored beverage, see Downeast Cider. And, for all your favorite craft sodas, Tower Beverages will be here so you can stock up.
With the very best coffee and more, Pour Man’s Coffee will be here so you can grab a hot beverage right at market. They have amazing sweet treats, too, as well packaged Fair Trade coffee beans that Dean’s Beans blends especially for them.
Pet Treats: Don’t forget to stock up with safe, healthy, and tasty treats from Emmett’s Edibles products for both dogs and cats.
Artisans: Don’t miss your chance to get great soaps and skin care advice from Kaleidoscope Soap, beautiful hand created jewelry from Salem Street Beadery, and lovey, useful herbal products from Trow’s Treasures. Think early holiday shopping.
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: The Melrose-Wakefield (MEWA) Winter Farmers Market, featuring many of your favorite vendors, starts November 20, the Sunday before Thanksgiving, continuing on December 18, the Sunday before Christmas, and then on the 3rd Sundays of January-April: January 15, February 19, March 19, and April 16. The market takes place at Memorial Hall at 590 Main Street in Melrose from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Check back here on future Fridays for updates.
The Wakefield Farmers Market runs RAIN OR SHINE (except in dangerous weather, e.g. lightening or hurricane conditions). Our next summer season will run from June 17 through October 14, 2017.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