Wakefield Farmers Market

Saturdays June 18 – October 15 2016

June 27, 2016
by Market Manager
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Recipes from June 25, 2016: It Was All About Kousa! :)

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Kousa, shell peas, tomato, and green onion from Farmer Dave’s

A few select WFM shoppers were already familiar with kousa;  in fact, I was informed by a loyal WFM shopper that “kousa” is actually the Arabic term for squash. However, I was with the majority who had not heard of this member of the summer type squash family or knew the meaning of its name, hence I was not aware that I was being redundant when referring to this tasty vegetable (which, like the tomato, is actually a fruit because it is a vehicle for seeds – but I digress) as “kousa squash.” 🙂

Whatever it is called, it has, as do what we know as summer squash and zucchini, a mild flavor that stands on its own but also lends itself to a wide variety of seasonings. But, in contrast to those summer squashes more familiar to us, kousa is a bit more dense and thus has a more sturdy texture, with just a hint of creaminess, making it perhaps even more versatile than those types with the higher water content.

For example, the squash is dense enough to slice into sticks to serve with a dip along with the standard carrot and celery, and, according to the many recipes I saw online, as well as told to me by the few shoppers familiar with kousa,  it works splendidly when sliced in half, scooped out, stuffed, and baked. “Boats” was the term used. Click HERE for just one of many recipes for stuffed kousa; you can get the ground meat for it right at our market from  Lilac Hedge Farm.

For our cooking demo, I opted for very simple since, as the Market Manager, I had a few other things do to during the day. 🙂 Thanks to Assistant Manager Heather Tribe and super volunteers manning the Market Manager tent for making it possible for me to help spread the word about this tasty and versatile squash! The kousa, shell peas, tomato, and green onion came from Farmer Dave’s that morning.

Kousa “Pasta” and Peas

For the first dish, I simply grated unpeeled, raw kousa using long strokes on the largest hole side of a box grater. You can prepare as much as you want, but I grated 3 or so cups into a big bowl. Beforehand, Heather and I had shelled some peas; I  simmered about 1/2 – 2/3 cup of the shelled peas for three minutes in about an inch of water to bring out the sweetness while I grated the kousa.

Next I added the simmered peas to the grated kousa and then portioned them for sampling, added a small bit of alfredo sauce to garnish.  I had purchased the sauce at the grocery store the day before, forgetting that I could have used Deano’s Pasta’s wonderful sauces such as their new Onesto Cream Sauce, or, one of the tasty dips or sauces from Samira’s Hommade would have worked nicely as well. Next time!

We did not get a picture of this – it went too fast!

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A sample of Simple Kousa Saute

Simple Kousa Saute

My original plan was to make some sort of tamari-sesame-honey sauce for this dish, but, with such fresh veggies on hand, why mask their flavor?

This is another recipe that is flexible; you can use any veggies in any proportion and cut then to your preferred shape and size, but here is what I did:

After heating about 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a frying pan, I added about 3/4 cup of sliced/chopped green onion, using the white and some of the green stem, and cooked until a bit soft, added about 3-4  cups of 1 inch chunks of kousa, and tossed in the rest of the raw peas when I realized they had not all gotten cooked for the previous dish.

After a good number of turns of the pepper mill into the mix, I chopped a tomato into just bigger than dice size and added them, then seasoned it all with about a two teaspoons dried basil (I remembered afterwards that fresh basil was available – again, next time!) and a few pinches of salt. Once the tomatoes were heated through, I turned of the heat and served.

That’s it!  So easy, so healthy, and quite delicious.

Here are a few more ideas: mix grated kousa with pasta or use in fritters in place of zucchini, or try it out in this Veggie Polenta Casserole from Farmer Dave’s. You could also try it in a fried or baked “chip using one of the many recipes for “zucchini chips” available online. Or, just slice it up and munch it raw for a quick snack. It’s all good.

AND: we had a number of brave young people try a bite and thus get entered into a free drawing for $10 in market bucks. Thomas Fratto can expect a call this week.  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 24, 2016
by Market Manager
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June 25: Music by 104.9, New: The Glass Garden, Free Drawing for Market Bucks, Kousa Day, And LOTS of Fresh Veggies and Berries!

Click HERE to learn about and link to all our vendors


Click HERE for pictures of the June 25 Market Day and check back later this week for news about the July 2 market day.  See you at the market!


Our June 25 market day will feature music provided by local radio station 104.9 FM, a visit from Henna Tattoo Artist Shweta Singhvi, the return of Downeast Cider, and even more produce from our farmers than last week. 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 a supporter of all things local, we are excited to welcome North Shore 104.9, known as “your hometown radio station on the FM dial.” They will share classic hits from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’ at the market, and you can always tune in to hear great music, local sports, news, weather, and even the Boston Red Sox! They also present informative and entertaining weekend programming every Saturday and Sunday morning. You can also find them at northshore1049.com, on Facebook, and our market this Saturday.


Henna Tattoo Artist Shweta Singhvi of Wakefield will be here this week to practice this traditional art form that uses all natural ingredients to create everything from designs of timeless beauty to cool modern super hero icons for the kids. Look for her in the area across the path from the Kid’s Activity Tent.


June 25 is Kousa Day!
What is kousa? You will have to stop by the Market Kitchen Tent
right next to the Market Manager Tent to find out.
Market Manager Wendy Dennis will be cooking up an easy, tasty recipe or two using this vegetable. Bite-size raw slices will be on hand for kids to try, as well. AND, any young artist who draws a picture of this veggie and brings it to the Market Manager Tent will be entered into a Free Drawing for $10 in Market Bucks!
Paper and crayons will be at the Kid’s Activity Tent.
The market will feature demonstrations by a variety of home and professional chefs this year. Stay tuned for more news!


The Wakefield Independence Day Committee back again this week because we love a parade! This is the group that brought back and now continues to bring the biggest July 4th parade in Massachusetts and 2nd biggest in New England to our town. Volunteers will be on hand offering ways to help support parade, including some great T-shirts and other items for sale as well as ways become a one-day or ongoing part of the team that makes this great annual event happen.


Either Yarrow or Blake will be on hand with their super balloon twisting skills, we will have the Kid’s Activity tent set up and stocked with plenty of paper, crayons, and scavenger hunt sheets, and will of course have hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, and jump ropes on hand for kids of all ages.


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.

We are in pretty good shape this week, but a few more hands on deck
is always a good thing. 

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.


THIS WEEK’S SPECIALS:

Deano’s Pasta will bring your special order to the market – just order by end of day Wednesdays for Saturday pick up. (Sorry too late for this week!) You will find a downloadable order form at Deano’s listing on our About Our Vendors website page listing all available items. You can also email hala@deanospasta.com. Note: All Deano’s fresh-frozen pasta comes in full 16 oz packages.

Emmett’s Edibles is offering Snack Packs 3 for $18.00. Seven great flavors to choose from.

Swiss Bakers will be selling packages of “Pretzel Burger Buns,” which are the same great taste as our pretzel rolls just in the perfect size for backyard burgers. They come in packages of six and are great for any summer cookout and even better for the 4th of July.

NEWSFLASH! We are welcoming The Glass Garden to our market for the first time. Stop by to see their unique living terrariums in all sorts of different containers with a variety of succulents from local farms and greenhouses as well as decorative accessories.


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

Produce: Farmer Dave’s and Kelly’s Farm will have even more in-season produce of all kinds, with raspberries and strawberries as the featured berries, as well as peas, kousa, lettuce, beets, strawberries, zucchini, napa cabbage, arugula, broccoli raab, potted plants, and more.

NEWSFLASH: Flats Mentor Farm are expected to be with us starting July 2nd.

Pasture-raised Meats, Poultry, and Eggs: Lilac Hedge Farm will have all you need for locally raised meats, poultry, and eggs, along with their local. honey. They also have yummy jerky type products, including dog treats, as well.

Fish: Our friend Michelle Kraft aka The Fish Lady will be here with great seafood from Red’s Best, whose labels tell you who actually caught your fish from our local waters.

Cheese: West River Creamery. Along with the best cheese, Jane will also have pickled products and more.

Specialty Foods: Coutt’s Specialty Foods, Deano’s Pasta, and Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish.

Baked Goods: Goodies Homemade, Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, Swiss Bakers, The Popover Lady, and The Roasted Granola, which also offers locally made yogurt.

Beverages: Downeast Cider, plus Man’s Coffee where you can get a hot or cold beverage and unique treat to enjoy at the market as well as Fair Trade coffee beans from Dean’s Beans to take home.

Pet Treats: Emmett’s Edibles (treats for dogs AND cats)

Artisans: The Glass Garden, Kittredge Candles, Hiller’s Silver Stuido, and Wicked Good Soap, as well as Alsion Simcox and Doug Heath with their great books about Lake Quannapowitt, Breakheart, and The Fellsway.


IT AIN’T PRETTY, YETSet up and breakdown will be much easier from now on because we have a storage unit at Hall Park!  Not more lifting heavy tents and more into the minivan!!!
And, no fear; the unit will be beautifully painted next week by Wakefield High art students under the direction of Art teacher Joy Schilling.  Thank you to Steve Maio, Town Administrator, Rick Stinson, DPW Director, and the Board of Selectmen for your support!


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: Next week’s nonprofit guest is the Wakefield Memorial High School Alumni Foundation. MUSIC: July 2- Banjo Duo Ed Britt and Don Borchelt; July 9 – Betty’s Bounce; July 16 – Los Sugar Kings Duo, and lots more to come!


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.

Wendy Dennis
Market Manager

June 23, 2016
by Market Manager
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SNEAK PREVIEW for June 25: Music by 104.9, Drawing for Market Bucks, and it’s Kousa Day!

Click HERE to learn about and link to all our vendors


Check back Friday afternoon for all the news, but for now:

SNEAK PREVIEW of the June 25 Market Day
  • North Shore 104.9 providing the music!
  • Hiller’s Silver Studio
  • Kittredge Candles (really! We had the date wrong last week)
  • Wakefield July 4th Parade Committee is back again!
  • Henna Tatoo Artist

AND, it is Kousa Day at our market this Saturday June 25!
What is kousa? You will have to stop by the Market Kitchen Tent
right next to the Market Manager Tent to find out.

Market Manager Wendy Dennis will be cooking up an easy, tasty recipe or two using this vegetable. Bite-size raw slices will be on hand for kids to try, as well. AND, any young artist who draws a picture of this veggie and brings it to the Market Manager Tent will be entered into a Free Drawing for $10 in Market Bucks!
Paper and crayons will be at the Kid’s Activity Tent.


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.

We are in pretty good shape this week, but a few more hands on deck
is always a good thing. 

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.


IT AIN’T PRETTY, YET… Set up and breakdown will be much easier from now on because we have a storage unit at Hall Park!  Not more lifting heavy tents and more into the minivan!!!
And, no fear; the unit will be beautifully painted next week by Wakefield High art students under the direction of Art teacher Joy Schilling.  Thank you to Steve Maio, Town Administrator, Rick Stinson, DPW Director, and the Board of Selectmen for your support!


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.
See you at the Market!Wendy Dennis
Market Manager

June 17, 2016
by Market Manager
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June 18, 2016 is Our Opening Day! Fresh Farm Fare and More, Live Music, Fun for Kids – See You There!

Click HERE to learn about and link to all our vendors


It looks like we will once again have great weather for our Opening Day! We hope you can join us as we enter our 8th season of bringing fresh local produce, specialty foods, and more to our community. The Wakefield Farmers Market will be 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.


The day will feature great live music by students from Wakefield’s Onset School of Music, accompanied by the teaching staff, in what has become a great annual event at the market. This year will feature Peter Accardo (Lynnfield), Emily Bennett (Wilmington), Will Boemer (Reading), Finn Crowley (Reading), Jesse Delaurier (Melrose), Sean Douglass (Reading), Joe Faulkner (Reading), Jessica Jolly (Lynn), Gab Kautz (Wakefield), Isak Lam (Reading), Andrew Lupien (Wakefield), Joshua Mattera (Lynnfield), Bella Scolaro (Lynnfield), Sam Simpson (Wakefield), Brigit Smith (Wakefield), and Sebastian Wallace (Wakefield).

Please join us on Saturday to encourage and enjoy listening to these talented and upcoming musicians!


Our nonprofit guest this week is the wonderful Wakefield Independence Day Committee, the group that brought back and now continues to bring the biggest July 4th parade in Massachusetts and 2nd biggest in New England to our town. Volunteers will be on hand offering ways to help support parade, including some great T-shirts and other items for sale as well as ways become a one-day or ongoing part of the team that makes this great annual event happen.


Or wonderful balloon twisting artist who goes by The Magic of Yarrow plans to join us, and we will of course also have hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, and jump ropes on hand for kids of all ages.

Also great for the kids of all ages: We will have the Kid’s Activity tent set up and stocked with plenty of paper, crayons, and scavenger hunt sheets for those so inclined.


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.

We are in pretty good shape this week, but a few more hands on deck
is always a good thing. 

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.


We will have close to a full house this opening day, with 26 of our 32 vendors on hand! We are welcoming back most of our long-time vendors and one new vendor: Deano’s Pasta. I suspect that this market manager is not alone in looking forward to freshly picked fruits and veggies, lovely baked goods and specialty foods, and tasty treats and beverages that we will get to enjoy for the next 18 weeks.


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

Produce: Farmer Dave, Flats Mentor Farm, and Kelly’s Farm will have plenty of in-season produce of all kinds, and I am sure there will be luscious strawberries available, as well as greens, herbs, potted plants and hopefully cut flowers from Kelly’s if there are some ready for picking this early in the season.

Pasture-raised Meats, Poultry, and Eggs: Lilac Hedge Farm will have all you need for locally raised meats and eggs, along with their local. honey. They also have yummy jerky type products, as well.

Fish:  YES! The Fish Lady will be here with great seafood from Red’s Best, where you know who actually caught your fish from our local waters.
Cheese: West River Creamery. Along with the best cheese, Jane will also have pickled products and more.

Maple: Ackermann’s will have their delicious pure maple syrup and other tasty maple products.

Specialty Foods: Coutt’s Specialty Foods, Deano’s Pasta, In Good Taste (salsa), and Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish.

Baked Goods: Goodies Homemade (the BEST cookies!), Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, Swiss Bakers, The Popover Lady, and The Roasted Granola, which also offers locally made yogurt.

Spices and Seasonings: Bondat Foods, with six seasoning mixes for every savory occasion.

Beverages: Aaronap Cellars (wine) and Tower Beverages (craft soda). Plus, Pour Man’s Coffee where you can get a hot or cold beverage and unique treat to enjoy at the market as well as Fair Trade coffee beans from Dean’s Beans to take home.

Pet Treats: Emmett’s Edibles (Buster’s favorite snack source!)

Artisans: All About Corks, Kaleidoscope Soap, Salem Street Beadery, as well as Alsion Simcox and Doug Heath with their great books about Lake Quannapowitt, Breakheart, and The Fellsway.


Coming Up: Throughout the season, we will host a number of great groups, including Habitat for Humanity, Friends of Beebe Library (book giveaway on September 10!) Tonneson & Co for the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry, the Seeing Eye Puppies in Training back, Wakefield Memorial High School Alumni Foundation, and more. In addition, the Wakefield Board of Health and Mass In Motion plan visit a time or two few times to promote the Wakefield Pedestrian and Bicycle Committee and the Bike Wakefield campaign. We are hoping they can do a bike clinic, too.

The season will feature live music by Kev G Mor, Ed Britt and Don Borchelt, Betty’s Bounce, the Los Sugar Kings Duo, singer-songwriter Amy Spillert, and even more to be scheduled.  On days with no live music, and before and after sets, we will have great background music courtesy of former Market Manager Kelli Stromski, who compiles great playlists for the market.

We are also looking forward to cooking demos and other educational presentations that support our local farmers.


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.
See you at the Market!

Wendy Dennis
Market Manager


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June 10, 2016
by Market Manager
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June 18, 2016 is Our Opening Day! Sneak Preview, Free Drawing for $20 in Market Bucks at Festival by the Lake on June 11! :)

Click HERE to learn about and link to all our vendors


The Wakefield Farmers Market team is gearing up for the summer season that begins on Saturday June 18 at its Hall Park location on the shores of Lake Quannapowitt. The market will take place each Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. from June 18 through October 15, 2016.

For a preview of things to come, stop by the Wakefield Farmers Market information tent at the Festival by the Lake being held tomorrow, Saturday June 11 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on the Lower Common. Along with getting the latest news, you can enter a FREE DRAWING for $20 in Market Bucks that you can use anytime during the season, sign up for our email newsletter, learn how to be part of our great WFM Volunteer Team, and buy a “Carrot” (suggested donation $5) to put in your front yard to show your support for farmers markets. Do stop by if you can! For directions and more about this great festival, see http://wcna.org/festival/


Most of our regular vendors will be back, with an average of 22 vendors at the market each week. For new vendors, we are welcoming Deano’s Pasta as a weekly vendor. Deano’s was a big hit at the winter market and we are excited to have them at our summer market. Little Lemon Boutique, with delightful fashion accessories for women and children, will be back as an occasional vendor after a year hiatus, and this year, Lilac Hedge will be back to a weekly schedule.

We’ll have more details in this spot next were, but here is the current list of vendors who will be at the market at least once this season:

Aaronap Cellars, Ackermann Maple Farms, All About Corks, Bondat Foods, Coutt’s Specialty Foods, Deano’s Pasta, Downeast Cider House, Emmetts Edibles, Farmer Dave’s, The Fish Lady, Flats Mentor Farm, Goodies Homemade, Hiller’s Silver Studio, In Good Taste (Pam’s), Kalaidascope Soap, Kelly’s Farm, Kittredge Candles, Lilac Hedge Farm, Little Lemon Boutique, Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, The Popover Lady, Pour Man’s Coffee, Roasted Granola, Salem Street Beadery, Samira’sHomemade,Sheepshed, Swiss Bakers, Trow’s Treasures, Tower Beverages, Vermont Gourmet Candy, West River Creamery, and Wicked Good Soap.


In case you missed last week’s article: Opening day will feature great live music by students from Wakefield’s Onset School of Music, accompanied by the teaching staff, in what has become a great annual event at the market. Yarrow, our balloon twisting artist, will be back, the kids activity tent will be stocked with crayons, paper, and scavenger hunt sheets, and, as always, there will be sidewalk chalk, jump ropes, and hula hoops for kids of all ages.

Our opening day will also feature The Wakefield Independence Day Committee as our nonprofit guest. Be sure to stop by to learn how to support Wakefield’s wonderful parade that the committee organizes for each July 4th.


Throughout the season, we will host a number of great groups, including Habitat for Humanity, Friends of Beebe Library (book giveaway on September 10!) Tonneson & Co for the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry, the Seeing Eye Puppies in Training back, Wakefield Memorial High School Alumni Foundation, and more. In addition, the Wakefield Board of Health and Mass In Motion plan visit a time or two few times to promote the Wakefield Pedestrian and Bicycle Committee and the Bike Wakefield campaign. We are hoping they can do a bike clinic, too.

The season will feature live music by Kev G Mor, Ed Britt and Don Borchelt, Betty’s Bounce, the Los Sugar Kings Duo, singer-songwriter Amy Spillert, and more to be scheduled.  On days with no live music, and before and after sets, we will have great background music courtesy of former Market Manager Kelli Stromski, who compiles great playlists for the market.


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.

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.


Snap logoAs 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

April 28, 2016
by Market Manager
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Our 2016 Opening Day is Saturday June 18! Come and Support Your Local Farmers and More!

Coming Soon!  We can hardly wait!

Coming Soon! We can hardly wait!

More news and updates to come, but be sure to mark ALL your Saturdays 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. starting June 18 through October 15, 2016 so you don’t miss a market day of our 8th season!

A line at Pour Man's Coffee. What a surprise - not!

A line at Pour Man’s Coffee. What a surprise – not!

 

Most of our vendors are coming back and we may see a few new ones, as well. There will also be more “littlest vendors” gracing the tents.  Both Joe and Mike of Pour Man’s Coffee welcomed little one into their families in February, and Farmer Dave and Farmer Jane of Farmer Dave’s are expecting twins! AND, this year, Lilac Hedge Farm will be coming every week this season!

Some sad news is that Charlton Orchards and Copicut Farms won’t be with us this season.

I had a lovely chat with Patty and Nate Sr., who are sad because they really loved being in Wakefield and will really miss all of you who shopped with them.  But, with the girls moving on in new directions, someone needs to be at the farm on Saturdays since that is their biggest “pick you own” and farm stand day. The good news is that you can visit Patty and Nate Sr, and Nate Jr. at Charlton Orchards Thursdays-Mondays or Patty and Nate Sr. at the Lexington Farmers Market on Tuesdays or the Wayland Farmers Market on Wednesdays.  This is probably one of the only times I have been wishing our market was not on a weekend day!

Gorgeous produce from Flats Mentor Farm

Gorgeous produce from Flats Mentor Farm

With Kelly’s Farm, Farmer Dave’s, and Flats Mentor Farm we will be sure to have plenty of beautiful produce for all.   To bring a silver lining, we can use this summer to help Flats Mentor Farm really shine through special cooking demonstrations and education about the farming program helping immigrants become successful farmers and bring even more fresh produce to our markets and tables.

We will miss Copicut Farms, with their lovely chicken, eggs, and pork, too.  But, as noted above, Tom and Ryan of Lilac Hedge Farm will be sure to come every week and bring plenty of everything they offer!

Bottom line is that we will have at least 32 vendors, including 8 agricultural vendors (five produce/livestock/poutry/dairy-cheese farmers, 1 maple farm, and one wine and one hard cider), 15 specialty food vendors, and 9 artisans, with an average of 21 vendors per week, 3-4 of which will be artisans. With new cooking demo plans and a wider variety of music on the schedule, it will be great year.  See you at the market!

We love our lakeside location.

We love our lakeside location.

April 25, 2016
by Market Manager
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Recipe: Potato-Carrot Salad with Arugula Pesto from our April 17 Winter Market

2016-04-17 12.39.34Potato-Carrot Salad with Arugula Pesto

Veggies from Oakdale Farms and Farmer Dave’s. Chevre from West River Creamery, and Pseudo Salt from Soluna Garden Farm. Created by Home Chef Amy Rindskopf.

Ingredients

  • 4 medium red potatoes, diced
  • 4 carrots, sliced
  • 2 cups baby or loosely chopped arugula
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 2 oz chevre cheese with chives
  • Pseudo Salt to taste
  • Olive oil as needed
  1. Boil diced potatoes until tender. Drain.
  2. Boil sliced carrots until tender. Drain.
  3. In food processor, pulse arugula, scallions and chevre. Add olive oil until smooth.
  4. Mix cooked potatoes and carrots with pesto. Sprinkle with Pseudo Salt to taste.

Check back here for updates for our summer market here in Wakefield, and see melrosefarmersmarket.org for updates about the Melrose Farmers Market that takes place on Thursdays, June 9 – October 27 from 3-7:00 p.m. at Bowden Park on W. Emerson St in Melrose.
It’s all about the farmers!

April 21, 2016
by Market Manager
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Mark Your Calendars: Saturday June 18 is Our 2016 Opening Day!

kelly veggiesMore news and updates to come, but be sure to mark ALL your Saturdays 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. starting June 18 through October 15, 2016 so you don’t miss a market day of our 8th season!

Most of our vendors are coming back and we may see a few new ones, as well.

Fun News: There will also be more “littlest vendors” gracing the tents.  Both Joe and Mike of Pour Man’s Coffee welcomed little ones into their families in February, and Farmer Dave and Farmer Jane of Farmer Dave’s are expecting twins in June!

AND, this year, Lilac Hedge Farm will be coming every week this season!

More news and updates to come.  See you at the market!

April 16, 2016
by Market Manager
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April 17 – Last Local Market Day Until June! Stock Up On Locally Grown & Raised Farm Fare, Great Specialty Foods, & Lovely Artisan Products!

Click HERE to view and print the latest vendor schedule.


Last Chance to Stock Up Until June! The final market day of the Melrose-Wakefield Winter Farmers Market season will take place on Sunday April 17. This will be the last local farmers market until the Melrose Farmers Market starts up on June 9 and our Wakefield Farmers Market starts on June 18.  Please join us for a fun final day 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.


Here are a few highlights from the last newsletter.

Scroll Down for the Final News and Vendor List!

LIVE MUSIC! The Mass Whole Notes, a local, eclectic group with a modern sound that can rock the classics with style, will be performing a few sets during the day to help us end the season in style.

Boston Bon Bonbons, who had to cancel last month, will be with us this month instead.

It turns out that the sap is running well for Ackermann’s Maple Farm so, unexpectedly but welcome, they will be with us for this last market day after all!

NEW: Stokes Firestarters will be with us, this month! Along with a great product, this new vender has an especially wonderful story behind the company. The owner is a young man who came up with an effective and environmentally friendly fire starting product. When I say young, I mean young¨ Stokes was founded by Adam Liszewski in 2013, when he was 13. Just three years later, the company is in over 250 stores in New England and is growing. PLUS, Adam has partnered with the Charles River Center, which works to empower folks with developmental disabilities, to produce his product. How cool is that?  Be sure to stop by to welcome Adam and his company to our market! Check the website and look for another email later this week for more information and updates.

UPDATE!  Samira of Samira’s Homemade will be at the market this Sunday! Her husband Ragab and and daughter Jasmine have been bringing their wonderful Middle Eastern Food to our market this season, but now is our chance to say hello to Samira, who is missing us. Look for her next to Goodie’s Homemade.


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

Last month, Amy made a lovely vegetable “hash,” perfect for all occasions and that can be made with veggies you can get year round from our farmers! At the market, Amy used veggies from Oakdale Farms (potatoes and scallions) and Farmer Dave’s (celeriac, spinach, tatsoi, bok choy) and Pseudo Salt seasoning from Soluna Garden Farm. Click HERE and scroll down for the recipe.


Unfortunately, Jessica Buster can’t’ be with us this month, but feel free to bring a toy or two and use the lower cozy lower level as a place to take a play or rest break with your small children. It is accessible by stairs or elevator directly from the entrance.


We’ll have our usual café area on the stage where you can take a break, enjoy a beverage
or goodies from Pour Man’s Coffee, The Soup Guy, and your other favorite vendors.


WE STILL NEED  A FEW VOLUNTEERS!  ESPECIALLY COUNTERS! IT’S EASY!   Click HERE to Volunteer for an hour or two and help make it all happen!  We need at least one more person for setup and two 1-hour Counter spots: 1-2 and 2-3. Thank you to those who have signed up already!


Now, here’s what you’ve been waiting for:
This month’s vendors – 36 of them!

Produce: As the days get longer and the weather warmer, Farmer Dave and Oakdale Farm will have even more wonderful, fresh produce as well as winter squashes, potatoes, and apples picked last fall and kept in cold storage so we can enjoy them all winter and early Spring. Farmer Dave will have potted herbs to sell, as well.

Pasture-raised Meats, Poultry, and Eggs: Lilac Hedge Farm and Shady Pine Farm. Lilac Hedge also has honey and tasty dried beef snacks.

Cheese: West River Creamery. Along with the best cheese, Jane will also have lovely pickled products such as beets and carrots, and more.

Maple: Ackermann’s will have their delicious pure maple syrup and other tasty maple products.

Seafood: Roberto’s Seafood – freshly caught in New England waters.

Specialty Foods: Coutt’s Specialty Foods, Deano’s Pasta, In Good Taste (salsa), Jaju Pierogi (Polish Dumplings), Samira’s Homemade, The Soup Guy, and Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish.

Baked Goods: Goodies Homemade, Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, Swiss Bakers, The Popover Lady, and The Roasted Granola, which also offers locally made yogurt.

Candies: Spindler Confections with all actual natural ingredients.

Spices and Seasonings: Bondat Foods, and Soluna Garden Farm, which also offers teas and local honey.

Beverages: Aaronap Cellars (wine), Downeast Cider (hard cider) and Tower Beverages.

Pet Treats: Emmett’s Edibles, with wholesome treats for your pets!

Artisans: Kittredge Candles, Mary Ellen Crafts, Salem Street Beadery, Sarah’s Originals, Stokes Firestarters, and Trow’s Treasures.

Knife Sharpening: On The Edge Knife Sharpening will be parked outside.


As always, our 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, see wakefieldfarmersmarket.org and/or melrosefarmersmarket.org and if you don’t get our emails in  your inbox, sign up for our newsletters via the handy signup form on our websites to get the latest details and updates. See you at the market!

Cindy Chabot
Wendy Dennis
Co-Market Managers
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April 13, 2016
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April 17 – Last Winter Market Day Preview! LOTS of Veggies, Deano’s Pasta Special Order Reminder, Cool New Vendor, Live Music!

Click HERE to view and print the latest vendor schedule.


Mark Your Calendar! Don’t miss the final market day of the Melrose-Wakefield Winter Farmers Market season on Sunday April 17! This will be the last local farmers market until the Melrose Farmers Market starts up on June 9 and our Wakefield Farmers Market starts on June 18.  Please join us for a fun final day 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.


OF SPECIAL NOTE:

UPDATE! Samira of Samira’s Homemade will be at the market this Sunday! Her husband Ragab and and daughter Jasmine have been bringing their wonderful Middle Eastern Food to our market this season, but now is our chance to say hello to Samira, who is missing us.  Look for her next to Goodie’s Homemade.  🙂

LIVE MUSIC! The Mass Whole Notes, a local, eclectic group with a modern sound that can rock the classics with style, will be will be performing a few sets during the day to help us end the season in style.

Boston Bon Bonbons, who had to cancel last month, will be with us this month instead.

It turns out that the sap is running well for Ackermann’s Maple Farm so, unexpectedly but welcome, they will be with us for this last market day after all!

NEW: Stokes Firestarters will be with us, this month! Along with a great product, this new vender has an especially wonderful story behind the company. The owner is a young man who came up with an effective and environmentally friendly fire starting product. When I say young, I mean young¨ Stokes was founded by  Adam Liszewski in 2013, when he was 13. Just three years later, the company is in over 250 stores in New England and is growing. PLUS, Adam has partnered with the Charles River Center, which works to empower folks with developmental disabilities, to produce his product. How cool is that?  Be sure to stop by to welcome Adam and his company to our market!


Check the website and look for another email later this week for more information and updates.

As of April 12, we expect the following vendors at our
April 17 Market Day:

Aaronap Cellars, Ackermann’s Maple Farm, Bondat Foods, Boston Bonbons, Coutts Specialty Foods, Deano’s Pasta, Down East Cider, Emmett’s Edibles, Farmer Dave’s, Goodies Homemade, In Good Taste, Jaju Pierogi, Kittredge Candles, Lilac Hedge Farm, Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, Mary Ellen Crafts,Oakdale Farm, On the Edge Knife Sharpening, The Popover Lady, Pour Man’s Coffee, The Roasted Granola, Roberto’s Seafood, Salem Street Beadery, Samira’s Homemade, Sarah’s Originals, Shady Pine Farm, Sheepshed, Soluna Garden Farm, The Soup Guy, Spindler Confections, Swiss Bakers, Stokes Firestarters, Tower Beverages, Trow’s Treasures, Vermont Gourmet Candy, and West River Creamery.


Hankering for a certain kind of ravioli or other tasty pasta?  Place your special order by end of day Thursday or EARLY Friday morning, and Deano’s Pasta will have your pasta waiting for you at our market on Sunday! Click HERE to choose your pasta, and order via hala@deanospasta.com or by calling 617) 623-0013.


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

Last month, Amy made a lovely vegetable “hash,” perfect for all occasions and that can be made with veggies you can get year round from our farmers! At the market, Amy used veggies from Oakdale Farms (potatoes and scallions) and Farmer Dave’s (celeriac, spinach, tatsoi, bok choy) and Pseudo Salt seasoning from Soluna Garden Farm. Click HERE and scroll down for the recipe.


Unfortunately, Jessica Buster can’t’ be with us this month, but feel free to bring a toy or two and use the lower cozy lower level as a place to take a play or rest break with your small children. It is accessible by stairs or elevator directly from the entrance.


We’ll have our usual café area on the stage where you can take a break, enjoy a beverage
or goodies from Pour Man’s Coffee, The Soup Guy, and your other favorite vendors.


Don’t Forget: We can’t do this without your help!  Click HERE to Volunteer for an hour or two and help make it all happen! There are two 2-hour shifts of two table spots: CC/EBT Manager and General Table Assistant and four 1-hour Counter spots, as well as setup and breakdown shifts.


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. 
For more information, see wakefieldfarmersmarket.org and/or melrosefarmersmarket.org and if you don’t get our emails in  your inbox, sign up for our newsletters via the handy signup form on our websites to get the latest details and updates. See you at the market!

Cindy Chabot
Wendy Dennis
Co-Market Managers
LIKE us on Facebook!
Follow us on Twitter @MWwintermarket