Wakefield Farmers Market

Saturdays June 18 – October 15 2016

July 29, 2016
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July 30 Market Day: Curious Creatures and Barefoot Books for the Kids! The Freshest of Veggies, Meats, Eggs, and So Much More!

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

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


Curious Creatures, Barefoot Books, and local 4-H clubs as our nonprofit guest will make this a special day for the youngsters. We will of course also have the usual fine assortment of freshly picked produce, pasture raised meat, poultry, eggs, and cheese, as well as specialty foods and artisan fare. Plus, the weather looks to be great! 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.


Curious Creatures will be at the market from 11:00 – noon with interesting animals to learn about, see, and touch, under the guidance of a professional, of course! We never know which animals will be visiting, but there could be a snake, a rabbit, a gecko or even a chinchilla, so be sure to bring yourself and children of all ages to see what creatures you can meet.


Requiring no uniform or national fees, 4-H clubs offer a great way for kids to join others in their community with similar interests while providing support from the state and national level to the adult leaders. Wakefield currently has three active groups: The Funky Foto Friends work with digital photography and film; The Massachusetts Maniacs choose among projects encompassing science, cultural education, and/or arts & crafts; and the Nifty Needles focus on clothing and textiles, as well as visual presentation and leadership. All three groups include community service in their mission. Stop by to learn more about these clubs and 4-H in general.


Barefoot Book’s mission is to share stories, connect families, and inspire children through literature. New to our market, Michelle MacLean of Lynnfield has been Barefoot Books Ambassador for 9 years and can help you find the perfect book for the child in your life. Be sure to stop by to peruse their award-winning books and other fun and educational materials or to just hang out and read a story. This Saturday your child can receive a seed embedded paper with each purchase to start his or her own garden. See www.maketimeforbooks.com for more information.


Something will be cooking at Market Kitchen tent, perhaps a stir-fry or pasta salad? Stop by between 10-11 or so, right next to the Market Manger tent, to find out what the cooking demo will be about 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 you some to sample!


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. There will be hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, and jump ropes on hand for kids of all ages, and we will also have an extra tent and tables 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 noon we are still looking for one General Table person from 11-1, a Market Bucks Counter from 12:45 to finish, and more breakdown help! 

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.


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

Produce: As we head into deep summer, the bounty keeps growing, and all our farmers will have plenty of produce on hand Farmer Dave’s and Kelly’s Farm will have corn, tomatoes, green beans, peas, berries, chard, lettuces, beets, radishes, squash, cukes, onions, garlic, and so much more! Flats Mentor Farm will have their lovely Asian greens (have you tried amaranth, yet? Yummy!) fresh herbs, as well as squash and squash blossoms, beets, and red radishes. Not sure if their daikon radish is being harvested yet, but I am sure looking forward to that happening.

Pasture-raised Meats, Poultry, and Eggs: Lilac Hedge Farm offers a variety of tasty and healthy steaks, chops, ribs, sausages, ground beef and pork, and cuts of lamb, as well as poultry and eggs from their farm. They also offer CSA shares and special orders that can be picked up each Saturday at the market. And, we are all waiting for their dried meat treats. Maybe this week?

Cheese: West River Creamery will be there will the very best cheeses and pickled products. We have not heard yet if they will have their fresh mozzarella this week, but if they do, it will be sure to sell out early.

Seafood: The Fish Lady will be back this week with her 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 to special order.

Specialty Foods: Ackermann’s Maple Farm is here this week, and don’t miss fantastic seasonings from Bondat Foods, excellent pastas and sauces from Deano’s, Pasta, the best salsa from In Good Taste, and super preserves, sweet sauces, and the best horseradish from Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish. For the best Middle Eastern foods, see Samira’s Homemade.

Baked Goods: Goodies Homemade (the best cookies), amazing breads from Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, all kinds of breads and treats from Swiss Bakers, The Popover Lady, with, pies and scones, too, and The Roasted Granola, the latter also offering locally made Greek yogurt and local honey

Beverages: Aaronap Cellars is here and tells us: We are proud to announce the release of a new vintage of 2014 Zinfandel that’s perfect with summer BBQ, as well as a special version of our famous maple wine called Last Tap that we aged in a whiskey barrel for extra deliciousness. Pour Man’s Coffee will, as always, have their delectable assortment of hot or cold beverages and unique treats to enjoy at the market. They also sell their special blend of Fair Trade coffee beans from Dean’s Beans to take home.

Pet Treats: Emmett’s Edibles with treats for dogs, and cats, too.

Artisans: Kaleidoscope Soap, Salem Street Beadery, and Sheepshed with hand spun and dyed yarns, plus Alsion 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: Kev G Mor will be here for his first visit of the season on August 6, Betty’s Bounce is back on August 20, Amy Spillert will be back September 3, the Friends of Beebe Library Book Give-Away will take place on September 10, and Drumlin Farm’s Audubon Ark will make their annual appearance on September 24. And there is 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.

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July 28, 2016
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July 30 Preview: LOTs of PRODUCE! Bondat, Aaronap, Ackermann’s, Pam’s, Curious Creatures, and Barefoot Books!


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

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


All the news will be posted here on Friday, but for now, here is your

SNEAK PREVIEW of the
July 30 Market Day


Aaronap Cellars:
is proud to announce the release of a new vintage of 2014 Zinfandel that’s perfect with summer BBQ, as well as a special version of our famous maple wine called Last Tap that we aged in a whiskey barrel for extra deliciousness.

  • A visit from Curious Creatures from 11-noon
  • Barefoot Books
  • THREE Wakefield 4-H Clubs
    • Funky Foto Friends
    • Massachusetts Maniacs
    • Nifty Needles
  • Bondat Food
  • Sheepshed
  • GREAT WEATHER

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.

Volunteers to fill the 11-1 General Table shift, the 12:45-1:15 Market Bucks Counter spot and more for Breakdown help needed. 
Did I say that the weather looks GREAT? 

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.


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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July 22, 2016
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July 23 Market Day: CORN! Downeast Cider, Music by Amy Spillert, Two Great Nonprofit Guests, and a Lake Breeze!

Click HERE to learn about and link to all our vendors.

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!


Along with freshly picked corn, tomatoes, berries and more, we are excited to have two of the newest groups in town as our nonprofit/civic guests this week: Wakefield Main Streets and the Wakefield Human Rights Commission. We will also have great music by Amy Spillert, Henna Art, Downeast Cider’s biweekly visit, and most important, a cooling lake breeze. 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.


Here is a bit about our two nonprofit guests: The mission of Wakefield Main Streets is to promote and enhance the economic vitality, cultural resources, historic significance and the quality of life in downtown Wakefield. Their programs are dedicated to making downtown Wakefield a great place to invest, work, play,
live and experience.

The Wakefield Human Rights Commission’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. If you sign up for their email list while at the market, you will get entered into drawing for a $50 gift card to a local restaurant!

Do stop by to learn about and how to help both of these worthy organizations.


We are pleased to host singer songwriter Amy Spillert for her 1st of three visits this season. Amy’s music is folky and upbeat, with 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, such as Greg Brown’s Canned Goods and Cheryl Wheeler’s When Fall Comes to New England, and fun family songs, such as Dar Williams The Babysitter’s. Plus she has an absolutely beautiful voice. Music will start around 10:00 a.m.


Henna Tattoo Artist Shweta Singhvi of Wakefield will be back 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 by the kid’s activity tent.


We will keep it low key at the Market Kitchen tent, focusing on simple yet refreshingly tasty salads using cucumber, tomatoes, chopped greens and/or herbs, and perhaps some of the kousa squash that folks enjoyed trying a few weeks ago. As always, if you see something at one of our farmers’ tents that you want to try, let us know and we will get you some to sample!


Yarrow or Blake should 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. There will be hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, and jump ropes on hand for kids of all ages, and we will also have an extra tent and tables 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 noon we are still looking for one or two General Table spots from 11-1 to be filled and definitely more breakdown help!  Assitant Market Manager Heather Tribe is away so we could all use some extra help!

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.


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

Produce: The “three sisters” (corn, beans, and squash) are officially here with corn from Farmer Dave’s and Kelly’s Farm now in season. Farmer Dave has a special this week: squash $1.00/lb, slicing cukes $0.50/lb, and pickling cukes $0.25/lb. Flats Mentor Farm will have their lovely Asian greens and squash, squash blossoms, root veggies and herbs as part of their growing selection.

Pasture-raised Meats, Poultry, and Eggs: Lilac Hedge Farm offers a variety of fine steaks, chops, sausages, ground beef and pork, and cuts of lamb, as well as poultry and eggs from their farm. They also offer CSA shares and special orders that can be picked up each Saturday at the market.

Cheese: West River Creamery will be there will the very best cheeses, and delicious (and pretty to look at) pickled products. Jane tells us that she will have her Fresh Mozzarella again! Be sure to get yours before it sells out.

NEWSFLASH: The Fish Lady will be NOT be here this week but will be back next week for the rest of the season except for August 20. You can always call Michelle at 781-929-5358 to special order.

Specialty Foods: Coutt’s Specialty Foods (traditional preserves) Deano’s, Pasta, Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish, (preserves and sauces and really great horseradish) and Samira’s Homemade Middle Eastern foods.

Baked Goods: Goodies Homemade (the best cookies), Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, Swiss Bakers, offering their PBB (pretzel burger bun) 6 in a bag for just $6.00, The Popover Lady, (pies and scones, too) and The Roasted Granola, the latter also offering locally made Greek yogurt and local honey.

Beverages: Downeast Cider is here and wanted folks to know that they are featuring their Summer Blend that combines apple cider with the tart and tang of lemon and ginger. Pour Man’s Coffee will, as always, have their delectable assortment of hot or cold beverages and unique treats to enjoy at the market. They also sell their special blend of Fair Trade coffee beans from Dean’s Beans to take home.

Pet Treats: Emmett’s Edibles. Check out their new Pumpkin Bon Bon Stars; low in calories and getting rave reviews from our canine friends.

Artisans: The Glass Garden, Kaleidoscope Soap, Wicked Good Soap, (have you seen their “hands free” moisturizer? Available in herbal scents and unscented, too) plus Alsion 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: Curious Creatures will be visiting on July 30! Also, we have a new Barefood Books Ambassador coming that day, as well as local 4-H groups as our nonprofit guest – it will be a great day for the kids. Kev G Mor will be here for his first visit of the season on August 6, Betty’s Bounce is back on Augest 20, the Friends of Beebe Library Book Give-Away will take place on September 10, and Drumlin Farm’s Audubon Ark will make their annual appearance on September 24. And there is 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.

To get all the news right in your mailbox, use the form upper right 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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July 15, 2016
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July 16 Market Day: On The Edge Knife Sharpening, Super Live Music, So Many Veggies, A Lake Breeze…See You At The Market! 😀

Click HERE to learn about and link to all our vendors

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!


[It was a great market day, albeit the heat. Click HERE for some pics of the day.]

The variety will seem endless with 21 of our 23 farm or food vendors and 5 artisan vendors at our market this 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.


For live music, we are excited to have the Los Sugar Kings Duo, featuring Patino Vazquez and Dan Abreu, the latter a resident of Wakefield. The two are part of Los Sugar Kings, a Boston-based Cuban Roots, Rock & Reggae Fusion quartet who write, record, and perform across the North-East United States and are 2015 New England Music Award Winners. They wowed the crowd when they played for us last year; you don’t want to miss them! Music will start around 10:00 a.m.


Our nonprofit guest this week will be the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry (WIFP), represented by the good folks from local CPA firm Tonneson + Co as they publicize the Annual 5K Run/Walk around Lake Quannapowitt that they put on each year to benefit WIFP. The run will take place on Sunday July 24, 2016. Do to stop by to learn about the event, and sign up to run, walk, or be a sponsor.


With so much going on and so many vendors, the Market Kitchen will take a low-key approach this week. After seeing how many folks enjoyed trying a slice of raw beet and different greens last week, we will build on that and simply slice or chop up some less common, or less commonly eaten raw veggies into bite size portions so anyone so moved can try a bite. If you see something at one of our farmers’ tents that you want to try but don’t see it at the kitchen tent, let us know and we will get you some to sample!


NEWSFLASH: On The Edge Knife Sharpening will be here THIS WEEK!


Yarrow or Blake should 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. There will be hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, and jump ropes on hand for kids of all ages, and we will also have an extra tent and tables 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 noon we are looking good, although someone to train as the market bucks counter and another breakdown person would be great!  
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.


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

Produce: Farmer Dave’s, Kelly’s Farm, and Flats Mentor Farm will have and even wider variety of all kinds of delicious, freshly picked produce as more and more veggies come into season. Don’t forget – if you see something you want to try, let one of the WFM volunteers know and we will add it to our selection of veggies to sample at the Market Kitchen Tent.

Pasture-raised Meats, Poultry, and Eggs: Lilac Hedge Farm will their fine selection of locally raised meats, including a variety of sausages, ground beef and pork, and cuts of lamb, as well as poultry and eggs from their farm. Lilac Hedge also offers CSA shares and special orders that can be picked up each Saturday at the market.

Cheese: West River Creamery will be there will their delicious cheeses, and delectable pickled products. And, this week, they will have Fresh Mozzarella!

Seafood: The Fish Lady will be here with the freshest of locally caught seafood. Stock up this week because she will not be coming next week July 23. You can always call Michelle at 781-929-5358 to special order.

Specialty Foods: Bondat Foods, with their amazing rubs and seasonings is here this week, as well as Deano’s Pasta, In Good Taste (Pam’s Salsa), Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish, and Samira’s Homemade. Say, have you tried Samira’s olives? I just did for the first time. You should too.

Baked Goods: Goodies Homemade, Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, Swiss Bakers, The Popover Lady, and The Roasted Granola, the latter also offering locally made Greek yogurt and local honey.

Beverages: Aaronap Cellers will be here and sent this message: “We will be bringing the last of the Chambourcin Rose and 2013 Zinfandel wines that we have in stock to the market this weekend. After that, they will be gone!” Tower Beverages will here with their ever-growing selection of craft sodas, and Pour Man’s Coffee will have their assortment of hot or cold beverages and unique treats to enjoy at the market. They also sell their special blend of Fair Trade coffee beans from Dean’s Beans to take home.

Pet Treats: Emmett’s Edibles, with tasty, healthy treats for our canine and feline friends.

Artisans: Kaleidoscope Soap, Salem Street Beadery, Sheepshed, with handspun and dyed yarns and pottery items, On The Edge Knife Sharpening, plus Alsion 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: July 23-Amy Spillert, and Kev G Mor will be here for his first visit of the season on August 6. Curious Creatures will be visiting on July 30, the Friends of Beebe Library Book Give-Away will take place on September 10, and Drumlin Farm’s Audubon Ark will make their annual appearance on September 24. And there is 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.

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


Follow us on Twitter!
 https://twitter.com/wakefieldfarmmk

Find us on Facebook!
https://www.facebook.com/wakefieldfarmersmarket


July 13, 2016
by Market Manager
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Preview July 16 Market Day: On The Edge Knife Sharpening, Los Sugar Kings Duo, LOTS and LOTS of Veggies and More!

Click HERE to learn about and link to all our vendors


Nothing like a lake breeze on a warm day – good thing we are right on a lake!

Check back Friday for all the news,
but for now,
here is the:

SNEAK PREVIEW of the
July 16 Market Day

  • Live Music by Los Sugar Kings Duo
  • On The Edge Knife Sharpening
  • Tower Beverages
  • Sheepshed
  • Yarrow or Blake Balloons

Jane of West River Creamery will have  Fresh Mozzarella this week!
Great for Caprese Salad.

Plus:

Try a Bite!
Stop by the  Market Kitchen Tent
right next to the Market Manager Tent
to try a variety of veggies!


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.

Still a spot or two open for this week. 

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.


Have you seen our new “shed?”  Set up and breakdown is now much easier because we have a storage unit at Hall Park!  Not more lifting heavy tents and more into the minivan!!! No more Market Manager keeping it all in her van for the 18 week season. 😉

The unit was painted by Wakefield High art students Samantha Cardoza, Jillian Chan, Griffin Ell, John Glendye,  and Ashley Sullivan under the direction of Art teacher Joy Schilling.  

Thank you also to Steve Maio, Town Administrator, Rick Stinson, DPW Director, and the Board of Selectmen for your support! Pictured with the newly painted shed are
John Glendye and Ashley Sullivan.


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 check back for a complete listing of vendors and upcoming events and to get updates, sign up for the email newsletter.  You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter. See you at the Market!

Wendy Dennis
Market Manager

July 8, 2016
by Market Manager
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July 9 Market Day: RAIN or SHINE and Weather is Looking Better! Betty’s Bounce, Henna Art, LOTS of Veggies, Both Soaps Fish Lady IS Here!!

Click HERE to learn about and link to all our vendors


fish ladyClick HERE for picture of the day!

UPDATE!!!  The Fish Lady WILL be here Saturday  July 9!!! YAY!


Rain or shine, be sure to come on down and support our farmers and other vendors at our market this week! Remember, the farmers need to sell their crops, and WE need our veggies. The weather report has been improving and we DO have a history of lucking out. But, in any case, we will have one or two extra tents with chairs set up, so whatever the weather, we’ll be “covered.” And, how can you resist cut flowers from Kelly’s Farm? They made their first appearance of the season 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.


Betty’s Bounce will at the market for the first of two visits this season, providing live music starting around 10:00 a.m. Featuring local guitarists Audie and Zach Bridges and joined by Curtis Doo on the double bass, the band will play their special take on Django, Swing, and Gypsy jazz. Wear your dancing shoes!


Henna Tattoo Artist Shweta Singhvi of Wakefield will be joining us for another visit this week. Shweta practices the 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 along the path across the walk from the “hoop and sidewalk chalk” bench.


FUN VENDOR NEWS! Parents of youngsters will be glad to know that we will once again have Barefoot Books at our market this season! Founding Ambassador Michelle MacLean of Lynnfield will be with us on July 30, September 3, and October 1.


A new cooking demo program featuring a variety of home and professional chefs is in the planning stages, but this week Market Manager Wendy Dennis will, with help from Assistant Manager Heather Tribe, once again be in the Market Kitchen tent beside the Market Manager tent starting around 10:15 a.m. “All About Greens” is the focus this week. Stop by to try a variety of greens grown by our farmers and for some easy, tasty dressing recipes to top them off.


NEWSFLASH: On The Edge Knife Sharpening will be here NEXT week July 16!


We are expecting either Blake or Yarrow to be with us, bringing their super balloon twisting skills, we will have the Kid’s Activity tent set up and stocked with plenty of paper and crayons. We 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.
As of Friday noon we were a bit light on volunteers. THIS is the week to try it out if you’ve not before!

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.


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

Produce: Farmer Dave’s and Kelly’s Farm will have ever growing amounts of all kinds of delicious, freshly picked produce as more and more veggies come into season, and Flats Mentor Farm will be adding to their selection of lettuces, Asian greens, and herbs, as well. Not sure if their root veggies will be in yet, but soon they will have their amazing beets and daikon radish, as well.

Pasture-raised Meats, Poultry, and Eggs: Lilac Hedge Farm will their fine selection of locally raised meats, including a variety of sausages, ground beef and pork, and cuts of lamb, as well as poultry and eggs from their farm. Note their new spot along North Ave to the right of Farmer Dave’s.

NEWSFLASH: The Fish Lady will NOT be here this week. She will be back next week for the rest of the season except for August 13. You can always call Michelle at 781-929-5358 to special order.

Cheese: West River Creamery will be back for the rest of the season except for September 3. 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, and The Popover Lady, who wrote in that she will have her usual array of lovely plain, Asiago, onion, or cinnamon sugar for the sweet, plus savory garlic scape popovers, as well as her luscious scones and mini fruit pies. The Roasted Granola, will also be here with really, really good granola, amazing locally made yogurt, and local honey. Breakfast, anyone?

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, with treats for dogs AND cats, is back for the rest of the season.

Artisans: All About Corks is back for their first visit, as is Wakefield’s own Trow’s Treasures, and both of our wonderful soap vendors will be here, as well. Alsion Simcox and Doug Heath will also join us with their great books about Lake Quannapowitt, Breakheart, and The Fellsway.


One More Time:  BIG thank you to Wakefield High art students Samantha Cardoza, Jillian Chan, Griffin Ell, John Glendye,  and Ashley Sullivan under the direction of Art teacher Joy Schilling.  Thank you also to Steve Maio, Town Administrator, Rick Stinson, DPW Director, and the Board of Selectmen for your support! Picture with the newly painted shed are John Glendye and Ashley Sullivan.


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: July 16-Los Sugar Kings Duo; July 23-Amy Spillert, and, Kev G Mor will be here for his first visit of the season on August 6. Curious Creatures will be visiting on July 30, the Friends of Beebe Library Book Give-Away will take place on September 10, and Drumlin Farm’s Audubon Ark will make their annual appearance on September 24. And there is 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.
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

July 3, 2016
by Market Manager
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Recipe from July 2: Garlic Scape Pesto. NEXT week, the Pea Tendrils! :)

Basil, garlic scapes, and fusilli pasta from our vendors.

The pesto made during this week’s cooking demo was based on a recipe from the New York Times, which, by the way, has some great recipes in its collection. Since I wanted to to make enough so plenty could try a bite, I upped the amounts, albeit via “winging it” versus measuring. Luckily it came out great and all farmers with garlic scapes sold out. Which is, of course, the point. 🙂

Here is the recipe as posted on the NYT website. Click the recipe title to go directly to the original post; it has a lot of good information and advice in the text before the actual recipe.

Note: Someone (ahem) forgot to bring a lemon (as called for in the original recipe) to the market. Luckily, I had some rice vinegar in my Market Kitchen grocery item stash. Just a splash or two brought a touch of acidic bite that the lemon would have brought but without any tang of vinegar.  I also did not add any salt to my batch of pesto.

To give the pesto a venue, I cooked up some Fresh Egg Fusilli from our vendor Deano’s Pasta, which was delicious on its own and the perfect mellow match for the spicy pesto. The garlic scapes were from Farmer Dave’s and the basil was from Flats Mentor Farm.

I am sure that, as written, this recipe produces and excellent pesto. But, don’t be afraid to experiment with amounts and ingredients; you can always adjust to taste at the end.

pesto and pasta ready for sampling.

pesto and pasta ready for sampling.

Garlic Scape Pesto

  • 1 cup garlic scapes, sliced crosswise (about 10 to 12 scapes)
  • ¼ cup raw sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup basil leaves
  • Juice of one lemon
  1.  Place the garlic scapes in a food processor and pulse for 30 seconds
  2. Add the sunflower seeds and pulse for 30 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  3. Add the olive oil and process on high for 15 seconds
  4. Add the Parmesan cheese and pulse until the ingredients are combined.
  5. Add the basil and lemon juice, and process until reaching the desired consistency.
  6. Add salt to taste and serve immediately.

Whatever you do when making this, have fun!

 

Cooking demo and recipe blog post by Wendy Dennis, WFM Market Manager

 

 

July 1, 2016
by Market Manager
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July 2 Market Day: Banjos are Back, Wine AND Cider, Stock Up for BBQs, Cooking Demo, WMHS Alumni Foundation, LOTS of Veggies and Berries!

Click HERE to learn about and link to all our vendors


Click HERE for pictures from the day! Check back for news about the next market day.

Be sure to stop by the market this Saturday to stock up for your holiday BBQ or picnic meal! Both Aaronap Cellars (wine) AND Downeast Cider (hard cider) will be with us, Swiss Bakers will have pretzel buns for your burgers, Lilac Hedge Farm is bringing plenty of steaks, sausages, and more, and there will of course be pasta, salsa, dips, baked goods, maple products, and all kinds of veggies and more. 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.


BANJOS! We are blessed to have two of the best old-timey banjo musicians play at our market. Ed Britt and Don Borchelt will be back for their first visit of the season, 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.


Our nonprofit guest is the Wakefield Memorial High School Alumni Foundation (WMHSAF). Founded in 2006, the foundation’s mission is to work with the administration and community to support the education of our students. Along with supporting specific special projects, WMHSAF gives a $500 scholarship to a graduating student each year and presents an Alumni Hall of Fame award on a biannual basis. Stop by and show your support by purchasing a handy seat cushion decorated with the WMHS logo to use at sporting events, as a kneeler in your garden, or just to dress up your den or family room.


Pea Tendrils and Garlic Scapes will be the focus of our cooking demo this week, where Market Manager Wendy Dennis will whip up a dip salad, and…who knows what else using these “extra parts” of the pea and garlic plants, along with a few tandard grocery staples and other produce and products purchased that morning from our vendors. The market will feature demonstrations by a variety of home and professional chefs this year. Stay tuned for more news!


Either Blake or Yarrow 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 could really use one more person for the 9-11 market manager table shift.

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.


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

Produce: Farmer Dave’s and Kelly’s Farm will have ever growing amounts of in-season produce of all kinds, from raspberries and strawberries, to shell and snap peas, kousa, lettuces, beets, zucchini, napa cabbage, green onions, arugula, broccoli raab, garlic scapes, potted plants, and more. And, Flats Mentor Farm will be here! Located on a 70-acre river bottom parcel of land in Lancaster, Massachusetts, their growing season starts a bit late, so we will have to wait for their amazing beets and daikon radishes, but they will have pea tendrils (yum!) some of their Asian greens, lettuces and herbs.

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 have jerky type products, as well, including some made especially for our canine friends. They told us that they will make sure to bring plenty of steaks, sausages, and more for the grill!

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. Because of their strict standards, you might not always find what you want, especially later in the day. You can always call Michelle Kraft at 781-929-5358 to special order. NOTE: The Fish Lady will NOT be here July 9, so stock up – fresh fish freezes wonderfully.

NEWSFLASH: West River Creamery, Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish, and Emmett’s Edibles will NOT be able to be with us this week. They will be back July 9.

Specialty Foods: Deano’s Pasta, and, for the very best salsa, In Good Taste.

Baked Goods: Goodies Homemade, Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, Swiss Bakers, (Pretzel buns!) The Popover Lady, and The Roasted Granola, which also offers energy bars, local honey, and locally made yogurt.

Beverages: Aaronap Cellars AND Downeast Cider, plus our wonderful 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.

Artisans: A surprise extra visit from Kittredge Candles! Also, Hiller’s Silver Studio is back, Kaleidoscope Soap and Salem Street Beadery are here, as well as Alsion Simcox and Doug Heath with their great books about Lake Quannapowitt, Breakheart, and The Fellsway.


A BIG thank you to Wakefield High art students Samantha Cardoza, Jillian Chan, Griffin Ell, John Glendye,  and Ashley Sullivan under the direction of Art teacher Joy Schilling.  Thank you also to Steve Maio, Town Administrator, Rick Stinson, DPW Director, and the Board of Selectmen for your support! Picture with the newly painted shed are John Glendye and Ashley Sullivan.


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.
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

June 29, 2016
by Market Manager
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Kousa Recipe and Preview of July 2: Banjos, Wine AND Cider, Cooking Demo with Pea Tendrils and Garlic Scape

Click HERE to learn about and link to all our vendors


We’ll have more news on Friday, but for now:

Click HERE for the Kousa recipes

from last Saturday

and here is the:

SNEAK PREVIEW of the July 2 Market Day
  • Banjo extraordinaires Don Borchelt and Ed Britt
  • Aaronap Cellars AND Downeast Cider
  • In Good Taste (Pam’s Salsa)
  • Wakefield Memorial High School Alumni Foundation
  • And, stock up at Lilac Hedge for your BBQ!

Plus:

Of Pea Tendrils and Garlic Scapes
Stop by the  Market Kitchen Tent
right next to the Market Manager Tent
to find out how to use these tasty green treats!

NEWS FLASH: Jane (West River Creamery), Sandy (Vermont Gourment Candy Dish, and Kathleen (Emmett’s Edibles) cannot be with us this week. They will be back on July 9!


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 need one more for set up and for one for a 9-11 table shift – and a few more hands on deck
is always a good thing. 

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.


It’s Getting Prettier!!!  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 is being beautifully painted this 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.
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

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!

stir fry

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.  🙂