Wakefield Farmers Market

Saturdays June 17 – October 14 2017

December 1, 2016
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Giving Thanks for our Farmers Markets and the Recipe from our 11-20-16 MEWA Market Day

mewa-bannerAfter a great first market day on November 20, we are already busy getting ready the next Melrose-Wakefield Winter Farmers Market day on December 18. The market will then continue through mid-spring, taking place on January 15, February 19, March 19, and April 23 from 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. at Memorial Hall at 590 Main Street, Melrose. There is plenty of parking out back and we are conveniently located on the 136/137 bus line.

Check this spot in the upcoming weeks to see who will be at the market, what products will be featured, and just how much gift and holiday meal shopping you can get done at our next market day on December 18!

In the meantime, in the spirit of the recent Thanksgiving holiday weekend, I thought I’d share a list of things that make me thankful for all our local farmers and farmers markets, adapted from an article titled “10 Reasons to Support Farmers Markets,” published by the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture.

1. Taste Real Flavors
The fruits and vegetables you buy at our farmers markets are the freshest and tastiest available. This food is as real as it gets—fresh from the farm.

cooking-demo-ingredients-11-202. Enjoy the Season
The food you buy at our farmers markets is seasonal. It is fresh and delicious and reflects the truest flavors. Shopping and cooking with the produce from our farmers helps you to reconnect with the cycles of nature in our region.

3. Support Family Farmers
Because large agribusiness dominates food production in the U.S, small family farms have a hard time competing in the food marketplace. Buying directly from farmers gives them a better return for their produce and other products and gives them a fighting chance in today’s globalized economy.

4. Protect the Environment
Food in the U.S. travels an average of 1,500 miles to get to your plate. All this shipping uses large amounts of natural resources (especially fossil fuels), contributes to pollution, and creates trash with extra packaging. Food at our farmers markets is transported shorter distances and is generally grown using methods that minimize the impact on the earth.

5. Nourish Yourself
Much food found in grocery stores is highly processed and grown using pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, and genetic modification. Some of it has been irradiated, waxed, or gassed in transit. In contrast, most food found at our farmers markets is minimally processed, and many of our farmers go to great lengths to grow the most nutritious produce possible by using sustainable techniques, picking produce right before the market, and growing heirloom varieties.

ingredients6. Discover the Spice of Life: Variety
At our farmers markets you can find an amazing array of produce that you don’t see in your average supermarket: red carrots, a rainbow of heirloom tomatoes, purple cauliflower, green garlic, bitter melon, loofa squash, and much, much more. It is a wonderful opportunity to savor the biodiversity of our planet.

7. Promote Humane Treatment of Animals
At our farmers markets, you can find meats, cheeses, and eggs from animals that have been raised without hormones or antibiotics, who have grazed on green grass and eaten natural diets, and who have been spared the cramped and unnatural living conditions of feedlots and cages that are typical of animal agriculture. And you can taste the difference!

8. Know Where Your Food Comes From
A regular trip to our farmers markets is one of the best ways to connect with where your food comes from. Meeting and talking to farmers and food artisans is a great opportunity to learn more about how and where food is produced.

wendy-cooking-web9. Learn Cooking Tips, Recipes, and Meal Ideas
Farmers, ranchers, and artisans at our farmers markets are often passionate cooks with plenty of free advice about how to cook the foods they are selling, as is your Market Manager.

10. Connect with Your Community
Both our indoor and outdoor farmers markets have become a community hub—a place to meet up with your friends, bring your children, or just get a taste of small-town life in the midst of our busy lives.

I would like to add that I am so very thankful for all the amazing farmers, specialty foods and artisan vendors, musicians, the folks behind the special programs and entertainment for kids, nonprofit and civic group guests, and all the dedicated and talented volunteers who make both our summer and our winter markets possible.

You’ll find news specific to our December 18 market date in this space next week, but for now, here is the recipe from the November 20 cooking demo. It was a hit, enjoyed even by an otherwise avowed hater of Brussels sprouts!

Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprouts Sauté

3 Tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups peeled and cubed butternut or winter squash
2 cups trimmed and halved Brussels sprouts
2 tsp maple syrup
salt and pepper to taste

squash-sprouts-saute-doneHeat the oil in a frying or sauté pan and cook the onion over medium heat for a few minutes, raise the temperature just a bit, add garlic and stir it in until fragrant, add squash, and cook for 5 minutes. Then add the Brussels sprouts and continue cooking until to desired tenderness. Stir in the maple syrup, add at least a bit of salt to bring out the sweetness and then, with pepper, to taste.

Cook’s Notes: A heavier hand with the pepper, especially if freshly ground, will add a nice little kick in conjunction with the garlic. To speed up cooking time, add a cup of water and cover for a few minutes, then uncover and cook off the water before adding the maple syrup and other seasoning.

For more information about our winter market, see mewawinterfarmersmarket.org and sign up for our newsletter to get the latest updates.  And, don’t forget to check wakefieldfarmersmarket.org from time to time for updates about our farmers and vendors and news about next year’s June 17-October 14, 2017 market season. See you at the market!

October 21, 2016
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Thanks To All For A Great 2016 Season! 2017 Season Dates: June 17-Ocotber 14 😃

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fall-newsletter-headerThis was written to be published in the Wakefield Daily Item. Check your inbox for special updates about our winter market, news about our vendors, volunteer opportunities, and more!

I’d like to send a great big THANK YOU to everyone who helped make the 8th season of our Wakefield Farmers Market the most successful ever! Whether you were a vendor, shopper, volunteer, performer, nonprofit guest, and/or one of the many folks who voted to help make our market #1 in the Massachusetts in the American Farmland Trust Favorite Farmers Market Celebration, this means you.

We are blessed to have wonderful local farmers, specialty food vendors, and artisans whose products are raised or made with great care and thus are always top-notch in quality. But, without loyal shoppers, we’d have no market. As I say every year, our farmers and other vendors always say how nice the people who shop at our market are. Please know that your support is greatly appreciated and is crucial to the ongoing success of our market.

Our WFM Volunteer Team members are also crucial for a successful season. Thank you to all who stepped up at least once, and some many times, this season: Dianna Boothe, Debbie Gronback, Jane Gillette, Robin Greenberg, Laura Guido, Doug Heath, Michelle Leahy, Sue Mitchell, Mary Pasquale, Bernard Platt, James Platt, Sarah Lynne Reul, Marietta Schwartz, Alison Simcox, Henry Stikeman, Kelli Stromski, Brian Thompson, Missy Thomson, Cathy Wensley, and Janice Williamson. I think that’s everyone! That is Janice and Dianna in the picture.

We had live music just about every week, starting with the talented students and teachers of the Onset School of Music joining us, as they have each year, on our opening day. We enjoyed music by each of the following during at least one, if not multiple Saturdays: Betty’s Bounce, banjo duo Ed Britt and Don Borchelt, Eddie Dee, Kev G. Mor Los Sugar Kings Duo, Amy Spillert, and new to our market this year, Kali Stoddard-Imari. We also enjoyed a visit from North Shore 104.9, known as “your hometown radio station on the FM dial,” and hope to have them back next year. When no live music was playing, we had excellent tunes from the farmers market soundtracks created by former Market Manager Kelli Stromski.

The Magic of Yarrow and Blake the Balloon Guy, along with the occasional face painter, added greatly to the festivities, and Henna tattoo artist Shweta Singhvi of Wakefield delighted young and old with her beautiful designs on a number of market day.

Visits from Curious Creatures and Drumlin Farms were their usual big hits, and, new this year, we were pleased to welcome the Pop-Up Adventure Playground. All will be back next year, with multiple visits by the Pop-Up Adventure Playground in the planning.

Our nonprofit and civic guests are a big part of our market, too. Thank you to all who supported the efforts of the Friends of Beebe Library (Book Give-Away!), 4H Clubs of Wakefield, Habitat for Humanity,  Hartshorne House, More Than Words, Tonneson+Co for the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry, WMHS Alumni Foundation, Wakefield Educational Foundation, Wakefield Health Department/Mass in Motion/Wake-Up (bike helmets and flu shots!), Wakefield Human Rights Commission, Wakefield Independence Day Committee, and Wakefield Main Streets.

The Wakefield Beebe Library Pop Up Library was able to returned for two visits later in the season. At their tent you could check out books and even sign up for a library card, and they offered two storytelling sessions each visit, sharing community and farm themed interactive stories, enchanting children of all ages. We are hoping for monthly visits next season!

When I learned that our former cooking demo person Holly Pierce would not be available on Saturdays as the 2016 season began, I filled in, thinking that I would do the cooking demonstrations only until I found a new person to fill the role. However, I was having so much fun, and, even more important, was also getting folks to buy the featured produce from our farmers, that I just kept doing the demos. Thank you to all who stopped by to try a bite, talk “kitchen shop” and/or give great advice on cooking times and final seasonings!

This year we welcomed Heather Tribe in the newly created position of Assistant Market Manager. Heather volunteered numerous times during the previous season, thus she was already quite familiar with how the market runs. In addition, she has excellent administrative and project management skills; topped off with an outgoing and diplomatic approach that makes her an excellent coworker and team member. I am SO glad to have Heather on board! That would be Heather photobombing on the right. 

Support from our town government is also crucial to the success of our market. Our Board of Health always works hard to ensure that the permitting process goes smoothly, and our WMGLD and DPW ensured that there would be no more power glitches at the market As always, a big kudos to our Town Administrator Steve Maio who is always just an email away for help of all kinds, even on a Saturday morning.

I‘d also like to thank Town Counsel Tom Mullen for making sure all the legalities were in order, and the Board of Selectmen, who approved both the yearly contract with the market and the wine/cider sales applications. I am especially grateful to the BOS for granting permission for the placement of a storage unit at Hall Park. A special shout out goes to Wakefield High art students Samantha Cardoza, Jillian Chan, Griffin Ell, John Glendye, and Ashley Sullivan, who, under the direction of Art teacher Joy Schilling, did a fantastic job painting the unit, transforming it into a canvass for public art.

Throne Depot deserves a big shout out for ensuring that our vendors had a pleasant facility on the premises, even when vandals caused last-minute issues here and there.

And, The Wakefield Daily Item has always been integral to our market’s success. Thank you, Bob, for all your support, as well as to Donna Larsson for the great photos.

A special thank you goes to my husband, Steve Breton, who is always on call to help  with market day breakdown, fetching signs, repairing equipment, brainstorming advice, and more. As always, his support more than doubles my resources.

Stay tuned for upcoming columns about the monthly Melrose-Wakefield Winter Farmers Market that starts on November 20, and for next year, keep Saturdays 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. free from June 17-October 14. To check for updates or to sign up for the email newsletter, visit wakefieldfarmersmarket.org. You can also find us on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter.

Again, thank you to everyone who took part by shopping, volunteering, or even just hanging out on a Saturday morning – it takes a great community to make a great market.


As always, along with accepting credit and debit cards, we also proudly welcome SNAP/EBT transactions in exchange for “Market Bucks.” Our market continues to match SNAP/EBT purchases up to $10 per visit so all of our neighbors can afford to eat healthy local foods. Just stop by the Market Manager Tent to get your Market Bucks.


COMING UP: The Melrose-Wakefield (MEWA) Winter Farmers Market, featuring many of your favorite vendors, starts November 20, the Sunday before Thanksgiving, continuing on December 18, the Sunday before Christmas, and then on the 3rd Sundays of January-April: January 15, February 19, March 19, and , due to Easter being on the 3rd Sunday, April 23. The market takes place at Memorial Hall at 590 Main Street in Melrose from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Updates coming soon.


The Wakefield Farmers Market runs RAIN OR SHINE (except in dangerous weather, e.g. lightening or hurricane conditions).  Our next summer season will run from  June 17 through October 14, 2017.Please visit  www.wakefieldfarmersmarket.org for a complete listing of vendors and upcoming events and to sign up for the email newsletter.  You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter. See you at the Market!

Wendy Dennis
Market Manager


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October 14, 2016
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October 15 FINAL Market Day: Special Kid’s Activity, Kali Stoddard-Imari, Tower Beverages, Cheese, Produce, Meat, Eggs, and More!

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Our last market day of the season will feature a Pop-Up Adventure Playground, music by Kali Stoddard-Imari, a visit from the Wakefield Human Rights Commission, and almost all our vendors, including West River Creamer (cheese!) and Tower Beverages. As always, our farmers will have plenty of produce and we will have a great assortment of specialty food and artisan vendors, a well. The Wakefield Farmers Market takes place each year from mid-June to mid-October on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Hall Park, on the shores of Lake Quannapowitt.


You and your families are invited to take part in a Pop-Up Adventure Playground from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at and beside our Kid’s Activity Tent. This is a free, public celebration of child-directed play, stocked with “loose parts” such as cardboard boxes, tape, and string. A temporary version of the classic adventure playground model, this create-your-own-adventure play space gently introduces themes of risk and freedom by welcoming people of all ages and abilities to play and create together. Have a large cardboard box to share? Bring it with you! Organized by The Playful Pelican in partnership with Pop-Up Adventure Play.


Kali Stoddard-Imari is back to share his own genre of Rock/Indie/Alternative music rooted in Americana, Island, and Folk. A New England (Vermont born) singer-songwriter who now resides in Boston, Kali not only plays a number of originals from Kali, his self-titled CD, he does a mean cover of a number of your favorite tunes. Be sure to come by to hear him play. I bet he’ll get at least some folks dancing.


The Wakefield Human Rights Commission will be our guest today. The group’s mission is to promote the civil and human rights of all people in Wakefield, with the goal of reinforcing positive relationships in the community and to create educational programs to foster a greater understanding and appreciation for diversity. Stop by to say hello and to learn what this new group has in the planning and why this group, and all consideration of human rights, is so important.


WHAT’S COOKING? Last week we made a simple but tasty Carrot-Beet Marinara Sauce, using carrots from Kelly’s Farm, a beet and garlic from Flats Mentor Farm, plus celery and onion from Farmer Dave’s, with fusilli from Deano’s Pasta providing the perfect base for serving. Recipes are posted on our website and hard copies are available at the Market Kitchen tent. There will be no formal demonstration this last market day, but ALL recipes will be available and Wendy will be happy to “talk shop” or give – or take! –  any cooking advice during the day. But do stop by – there just may be some “try a bit” raw veggies or fruit samples to try at some point or points during the market day. And remember: If you see something at one of our farmers’ tents that you want to try, let us know and we will get it, wash it off, and chop or slice it up for you to try!


Yarrow or Blake will be with us this week bringing their super balloon twisting skills, we will have the Kid’s Activity tent set up and stocked with plenty of paper and crayons. As always, there will be hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, and jump ropes on hand for kids of all ages, and we now have an extra tent and chairs set up so folks can take a break from shopping in a bit of shade.


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

As of Friday early afternoon we could use one more for each table shift (9-11 and 11-1) and we REALLY NEED at least 2, if not 3 folks for both Set Up an Breakdown! For setup and breakdown, remember: many hands – and the two hand trucks we have – make for  much lighter work!  We could also use someone – or two – to get the highway signs at the end of the day.  

Thank you to Debbie and Sarah for signing up already!

Potential volunteers are always welcome to “shadow” a volunteer doing a task you are interested in learning how to do before you sign up for a market day volunteer spot next year.


Thanks to all who took the time to vote via the American Farmland Trust Annual Farmers Market Celebration!!! Our farmers market came in 1st in Massachusetts and #22 nationally in the “People’s Choice” and “Pillar of the Community” categories!! For more information, see :markets.farmland.org


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

Produce: While some produce is falling out of season, there will still be a super wide variety of different types of fruits and vegetables from all three of our wonderful produce farmers, with Farmer Dave’s and Kelly’s Farm featuring everything from beautiful greens and squashes, hardy root vegetables, to crisp apples and lots more. For more unique greens, squashes, the super beets, along with cut herbs and more, be sure to make a stop at Flats Mentor Farm.

Pasture-raised Meats, Poultry, and Eggs: Be sure to stock up! Even eggs last a number of weeks in the fridge. Lilac Hedge Farm offers a wide assortment of tasty steaks, chops, ribs, roasts, and sausages, as well as ground beef, pork, and lamb, as well as poultry and fresh eggs. They also offer local honey, and delicious beef jerky products. as well. AND – it is time to order your Thanksgiving Turkey! They have a handy online form at lilachedgefarm.wufoo.com/forms/2016-thanksgiving-turkey-form. Turkeys will be delivered to the Melrose-Wakefield Winter Farmers Market at Memorial Hall in Melrose on November 20.

Cheese: West River Creamery will be here with their most excellent hard and soft cow and goat cheeses, plus Jane’s lovely pickled veggies. The best!

Maple: Be sure to stock up on all of the great maple products from Ackermann’s Maple Farm, now being sold by a married woman. Really!  Owners Ian and Caitlin tied the knot last week. Be sure to stop by to say congratulations to Caitlin when you stock up on all things maple.

Seafood: The Fish Lady will have her usual assortment of lovely freshly caught local seafood. She now often has fresh frozen selections, perfect for when you want to wait a few days before enjoying your catch. As always, and especially this final market day, show up early before your favorite sells out! You can also call Michelle at 781-929-5358 or email her via mkraft1974@aol.com to place a special order.

Specialty Foods: Coutt’s Specialty Foods will be here with their fine traditional preserves and relishes, Deano’s Pasta will have their top notch pastas, raviolis, and sauces, and for the very best Middle Eastern Food, Samira’s Homemade is the place to go.

Baked Goods: Fall Specials are still available: Goodies Homemade has Pumpkin spice cookies and pumpkin whoopie pies, along will all their great cookies. AND, along with local honey and delicious yogurt, Roast Granola has a new seasonal product – pumpkin spice!  It is made with pumpkin, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger & nutmeg. Sweetened with Ackermann’s maple syrup and a touch of brown sugar.

Did you know that bread freezes well for a number of months? I slice mine before freezing and take out as needed but you can freeze loaves whole, as well. Grab some lovely loaves from Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, a loaf of bread or other sweet or savory baked product or a sandwich from Swiss Bakers, and, for the hands-down best popovers, pies, and scones, see the The Popover Lady.

Beverages: EVERYONE is here this week! For lovely wines made in Massachusetts, see Aaronap Cellars. For hard cider, including their spectacular pumpkin flavored beverage, see Downeast Cider. And, for all your favorite craft sodas, Tower Beverages will be here so you can stock up.

With the very best coffee and more, Pour Man’s Coffee will be here so you can grab a hot beverage right at market. They have amazing sweet treats, too, as well packaged Fair Trade coffee beans that Dean’s Beans blends especially for them.


Pet Treats:
Don’t forget to stock up with safe, healthy, and tasty treats from Emmett’s Edibles products for both dogs and cats.

Artisans: Don’t miss your chance to get great soaps and skin care advice from Kaleidoscope Soap, beautiful hand created jewelry from Salem Street Beadery, and lovey, useful herbal products from Trow’s Treasures. Think early holiday shopping.


As always, along with accepting credit and debit cards, we also proudly welcome SNAP/EBT transactions in exchange for “Market Bucks.” Our market continues to match SNAP/EBT purchases up to $10 per visit so all of our neighbors can afford to eat healthy local foods. Just stop by the Market Manager Tent to get your Market Bucks.


COMING UP: The Melrose-Wakefield (MEWA) Winter Farmers Market, featuring many of your favorite vendors, starts November 20, the Sunday before Thanksgiving, continuing on December 18, the Sunday before Christmas, and then on the 3rd Sundays of January-April: January 15, February 19, March 19, and April 16. The market takes place at Memorial Hall at 590 Main Street in Melrose from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Check back here on future Fridays for updates.


The Wakefield Farmers Market runs RAIN OR SHINE (except in dangerous weather, e.g. lightening or hurricane conditions).  Our next summer season will run from  June 17 through October 14, 2017.Please visit  www.wakefieldfarmersmarket.org for a complete listing of vendors and upcoming events and to sign up for the email newsletter.  You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter. See you at the Market!Wendy Dennis
Market Manager


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October 13, 2016
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Preview of our Final Market Day on October 15, 2016

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


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

SNEAK PREVIEW of the
October 15, 2016 Market Day
playful-pelican-promo-pic-croppedWe will have a special family event this week!  You and your families are invited to take part in a Pop-Up Adventure Playground from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at and beside our Kid’s Activity Tent. This is a free, public celebration of child-directed play, stocked with “loose parts” such as cardboard boxes, tape, and string. A temporary version of the classic adventure playground model, this create-your-own-adventure play space gently introduces themes of risk and freedom by welcoming people of all ages and abilities to play and create together. Have a large cardboard box to share? Bring it with you! Organized by The Playful Pelican in partnership with Pop-Up Adventure Play.

Recipe from October 8, 2016: Simple Carrot-Beet Marinara SauceNEWSFLASH: West River Creamery and Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish are back this week!

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.

As of Thursday afternoon, we need THREE for Setup and THREE for breakdown!!!  Our regulars can’t come and Heather and I could really use the help!!!!  Also, due to cancellations, we still need one person for each the 9-11 and the 11-1 tables spots, and  as always, we could also use someone – or two – to get the highway signs at the end of the day.

Also, you can always stop by and “shadow” another volunteer to learn what it is all about in preparation for next year.

And THANK YOU to Debbie and Sarah for already signing up for this week!


Okay – here is the preview:

  • Music by Kali Stoddard-Imari
  • Kid’s arts activity by The Playful Pelican
  • Tower Beverages, Aaronap Cellars, AND Downeast Cider!
  • West River Creamery is BACK!
  • Cooking Demo – You’ll have to wait and see.   

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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October 12, 2016
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Recipe from October 8, 2016: Simple Carrot-Beet Marinara Sauce

ingredients-cooking-demo-1Want red sauce but can’t eat tomatoes? Or, just want something different with your pasta? A simple base of carrots and a beet is just the ticket, all the better if freshly picked and purchased from your local farmer.  I based the cooking demo on one of my favorite recipes from macrobiotic standby  The Self-Healing Cookbook, by Kristina Turner, originally published in 1987.  You can access the beet-stained page 166 of my copy that has the Marinara Spaghetti Sauce recipe on it as a pdf by clicking HERE or HERE to access it as a jpg.

At the market, I made a very simple version of this sauce, using just the ingredients in the picture, sans the parsley. I had the parsley all chopped and ready to go, but I forgot to add it! Bottom line is that the sauce was quite satisfying with just the carrots from Kelly’s Farm, the beet and garlic from Flats Mentor Farm, and the celery and onion from Farmer Dave’s.  We were lucky to be able to get some wonderful fusilli pasta from Deano’s Pasta to cook up  and use for the demo servings. Give this recipe a try, whether as written in the cookbook, as done at the market demo, or your own variation; I bet you will like it. Also, I also highly recommend The Self-Healing Cookbook, by Kristina Turner; it is a wonderful source of simple, healthy recipes based on a sane view of the world. In fact, is the most guilt-free “health food” cookbook I have ever had the pleasure to read and own.

Carrot-Beet Marinara Sauce

cooking-the-veggies-editedCook in water almost to cover until soft:

  • 6 medium  carrots
  • 1 small beet
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 stalk celery
(Note: No need to peel the carrots or beet!)
Process until still just a bit lumpy in a food processor or blender or just mash thoroughly.

Sauté in olive oil:

  • 3-4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 onion, chopped fine

Add carrot-beet mix to sauteed onion and garlic and cook for 3-5 minutes or until flavors meld.  Serve over your pasta of choice.  Note: you can add any fresh or dried herbs to saute with the onion and garlic, and further season with salt and/or pepper, as desired. But, this was pretty darn tasty as is!

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October 7, 2016
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October 8 Market Day: BOOKS! Pop Up Library, More Than Words, Music by Amy Spillert, So Much Produce, Pumpkin Specials!


It looks like we will have a lovely fall day during which to enjoy music by Amy Spillert, a visit from the Wakefield Beebe Pop -Up Library, great information about, as well as great deals on books, from nonprofit More Than Words. As always, our farmers will have plenty of produce, with even more fall crops coming in, and we will have a nice assortment of specialty food and artisan vendors, a well. The Wakefield Farmers Market takes place at Hall Park, on the shores of Lake Quannapowitt, each Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. from June 18 through October 15, 2016.


Amy Spillert is back this week with her lovely original songs inspired by the ocean, nature, history, love, and friendship sung in her even lovelier voice. Amy also has 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. e sur to stop by for a listen! Music will start around 10:00 a.m.


We are pleased to welcome More Than Words (MTW) in our nonprofit guest spot for their second visit of the season. MTW is a nonprofit social enterprise that empowers youth who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless, or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business. It began as an online bookselling training program for youth in DCF custody in 2004 and opened its vibrant bookstore on Moody St in Waltham in 2005 and added its Starbucks coffee bar in 2008. MTW replicated its model in the South End of Boston in 2011, thereby doubling the number of youth served annually. While the programs are open to youth from across the state, accessibility does limit participation to those who can commute to the current locations. Please stop by and learn about this great program and how you can help them grow so as to reach even more youth in our communities. You can also get great books at bargain prices!


The Wakefield Beebe Library Pop Up Library is back for their final visit of the season. You can check out books and sign up for a library card if you need one. Librarian Miss Holly will be back, too, telling community and farm themed and interactive stories throughout the day. Fun for all ages!


WHAT’S COOKING? Last week, even with the rain (!) we made a Luffa Squash and Fennel Sauté using just five ingredients, including luffa squash (yes, the kind that, when fully ripened and then dried, becomes a luffa sponge!) from Flats Mentor Farm, fennel bulb from Farmer Dave’s, and on onion from Kelly’s Farm, along with a splash of maple syrup from Ackermann’s Maple Farm and a touch of salt. Make that six ingredients if including the olive oil for cooking. Recipes are posted on our website and hard copies are available at the Market Kitchen tent. Stop by between 10-11 or so to find out what the cooking demo will be about this week. This week, we will make a pasta sause using carrots and beets as the base, perfect for folks who can’t eat acidy foods or just want something different. As always, all the main ingredients will be sourced that morning from our farmers and specialty food vendors. And remember: If you see something at one of our farmers’ tents that you want to try, let us know and we will get it, wash it off, and chop or slice it up for you to try!


`1111Yarrow or Blake will be with us this week bringing their super balloon twisting skills, we will have the Kid’s Activity tent set up and stocked with plenty of paper and crayons. As always, there will be hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, and jump ropes on hand for kids of all ages, and we now have an extra tent and chairs set up so folks can take a break from shopping in a bit of shade.


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

As of Friday early afternoon we could use a market bucks counter and another person for breakdown. For setup and breakdown, remember: many hands – and the two hand trucks we have – make for  much lighter work!  We could also use someone – or two – to get the highway signs at the end of the day.  

Thank you to Alison, Doug, Michelle, Robin, and Marietta for signing up!

Potential volunteers are always welcome to “shadow” a volunteer doing a task you are interested in learning how to do before you sign up for a market day volunteer spot.


Thanks to all who took the time to vote via the American Farmland Trust Annual Farmers Market Celebration!!! Our farmers market came in 1st in Massachusetts and #22 nationally in the “People’s Choice” and “Pillar of the Community” categories!! For more information, see :markets.farmland.org


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

Produce: Both Farmer Dave’s and Kelly’s Farm will even MORE produce, with summer crops such as tomatoes and perhaps even some berries coming in along with green and wax beans, broccoli, cauliflower, different types of winter squash, root vegetables, and so much more. And, apples, of course! Macs, Honeycrisp, Cortlands, Macoun, and Golden Delicious, and maybe some more.

Flats Mentor Farm will have their amazing Asian greens and squash, as well as select root such as beets and carrots, and the very best fresh herbs around. If they have bitter lemon grass, melon or luffa squash, we can give you Market Kitchen Tent -tested recipes!

Pasture-raised Meats, Poultry, and Eggs: Lilac Hedge Farm along with a wide assortment of chops, ribs, and sausages, as well as ground beef, pork, and lamb, and poultry and fresh eggs. They also offer local honey, and really, really tasty beef jerky products. as well. AND – it is time to order your Thanksgiving Turkey! They have a handy online form at lilachedgefarm.wufoo.com/forms/2016-thanksgiving-turkey-form. Turkeys will be delivered to the Melrose-Wakefield Winter Farmers Market at Memorial Hall in Melrose on November 20.

NEWSFLASH: West River Creamery and Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish will be back Next Week 10/15!

Seafood: The Fish Lady will have her usual assortment of lovely freshly caught local seafood. She also may have some fresh frozen selections, perfect for when you want to wait a few days before enjoying your catch. Best to show up early before your favorite sells out! You can also call Michelle at 781-929-5358 or email her via mkraft1974@aol.com to place a special order.

Specialty Foods: Bondat Foods is here for their last visit of the season, so be sure to stock up. This market manager keeps at least one of each, or even another extra for backup, of their six seasoning/rub mixes in her kitchen so any meal can be made extra special. Don’t miss a stop at Deano’s Pasta for really amazing pastas, raviolis, and sauces, perfect for a quick gourmet meal. In Good Taste is also here for their last visit of the season, so be sure to get their amazing salsa. And, from hummus to olives, from spinach pies to out of this world baklava, be sure to visit Samira’s Homemade for their Middle Eastern foods.

Baked Goods: SPECIALS! Goodies Homemade has Pumpkin spice cookies and pumpkin whoopie pies, along will all their great cookies. AND, along with local honey and delicious yogurt, Roast Granola has a new seasonal product – pumpkin spice!  It is made with pumpkin, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger & nutmeg. Sweetened with Ackermann’s maple syrup and a touch of brown sugar.

We will of course also be able to get lovely artisan loaves from Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, sweet and savory baked goods, as well as excellent sandwiches from Swiss Bakers, and the very best popovers and more from The Popover Lady.

Beverages: Aaronap Cellars is here this week with their really nice wines made right here in Massachusetts. Along with more traditional styles, they also have a remarkably delectable maple dessert wine. You need to try it. And, Pour Man’s Coffee will be here, making sure that we can get the very best coffee around, along with additional tea and fruit based beverages. They have amazing sweet treats, too, as well Fair Trade coffee beans that Dean’s Beans blends especially for them. Note: Mike and Joe of Pour Man’s were having weather-related equipment issues last week. All looks clear for this week!

Pet Treats: Emmett’s Edibles is the place to find treats for your canine and feline friends. There are no additives, preservatives, or artificial colors in any of Emmett’s Edibles products.

Artisans: Kittredge Candles will be here this week as well as Salem Street Beadery and Alison Simcox and Doug Heath, with their great books about Lake Quannapowitt, Breakheart, and The Fellsway.


As always, along with accepting credit and debit cards, we also proudly welcome SNAP/EBT transactions in exchange for “Market Bucks.” Our market continues to match SNAP/EBT purchases up to $10 per visit so all of our neighbors can afford to eat healthy local foods. Just stop by the Market Manager Tent to get your Market Bucks.


COMING UP: COMING UP: Kali Stoddard Imari will provide music for our final market day on 10/15And, we will also have a fun arts activity for kids by The Playful Pelican! And, West River Creamery and Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish will be here, so you can stock up on all your favorites.


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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October 7, 2016
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Recipe from October 1: Luffa Squash and Fennel Sauté

demo-ingredientsRain or shine, and it was definitely raining, the cooking demo went on last Saterday featuring luffa squash from Flats Mentor Farm, fennel bulb from Farmer Dave’s, and a lovely onion from Kelly’s Farm. These three veggies, cooked in a helth few tablespoons of olive oil and enhanced with just a pinch or two of salt and a teaspoon of maple syrup from Akermann’s Maple Farm enticed at least a few folks to grab some luffa and fennel for their own.

As with any sautéed dish, the amount of each ingredient is flexible, and, truth be told, the amounts used on Saturday did not get written down.  But, here are some “good enough” guesses:

fennel-squashLuffa Squash and Fennel Sauté

  • 3-4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2-3 tablespoons finely sliced/chopped fennel bulb
  • 2-3 cups chopped luffa squash
  • a pinch or two salt
  • a teaspoon maple syrup

demo-doneHeat the olive oil and cook the onion on medium until starting to get soft. Stir in the fennel, followed by the luffa squash, and continue cooking until soft and even a bit caramelized, if desired. Sprinkle with salt and maple syrup, give a few stirs, let cook for another minute, then serve.

luffaFun Fact: This squash, when fully ripened and dried, becomes a luffa sponge!  You can learn all about growing and drying this plant by clicking HERE.

 

 

September 30, 2016
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October 1 Market Day: RAIN OR SHINE! Music by Kev G Mor, Barefoot Books, Tower Beverages, Lovely Fresh Fruits and Veggies!

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


Don’t forget! Rain or Shine, we need to support our local farmers! This week we will have music by Kev G Mor, Tower Beverages and Barefoot Books will be here, and the good folks from Wakefield Main Streets will be our nonprofit guest. As always, our farmers will have plenty of produce, with even more fall crops coming in, and we will have a nice assortment of specialty food and artisan vendors, a well. The Wakefield Farmers Market takes place at Hall Park, on the shores of Lake Quannapowitt, each Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. from June 18 through October 15, 2016.


IMPORTANT: Adams Farm, one of the slaughter houses used by Lilac Hedge Farm, has a voluntary recall of beef, veal, and bison products packed on two dates during the summer due to possible contamination by E. coli O157:H7. If you have any ground beef or cuts of beef marked with USDA 5497 and the code 121061, 120961, or 121761 on it, you are advised to discard it or bring it to the market for a refund. I have been in touch with Lilac Hedge farmers Ryan MacKay and Tom Corbett. Ryan emailed me the following statement: “I have full confidence in Adams cleanliness and protocols. If any consumers have questions you can direct them to my email Ryan.lilachedgefarm@gmail.com” You can also learn about Adams Farm by going to http://adamsfarm.biz/ and scrolling to the About section.


Singer songwriter Kev G Mor is finally back, rain or shine! Kev will be playing for us starting around 10:30. Kev has a growing collection of excellent originals that you can hear at kevgmor.com, but for market sets, Kev will draw from his extension repertoire of traditional folk tunes, blues, with a smattering of pop favorites, all of which he performs with spot-on vocal and guitar-picking styles and techniques that make the songs his own. If you have not yet heard him, do come to listen. He is a class act.


Wakefield Main Streets will be our nonprofit guest this week. Its mission 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. Be sure to stop by to see what they are planning and how you can help.


Barefoot Books will be here this week for their final visit of the season. Michelle MacLean of Lynnfield has been with Barefoot Books for 9 years and can help you find the perfect book for the child in your life from her collection of award-winning books and other fun and educational materials for young folks. Be sure to stop by to see what’s new or to just hang out and read a story.


WHAT’S COOKING? Last week we made Green and Wax Bean Sauté with Bok Choy and Red Bell Pepper using beans from Farmer Dave’s, Bok Choy from Flats Mentor Farm, and Onion and pepper from Kelly’s Farm. Recipes are posted on our website and hard copies are available at the Market Kitchen tent. Stop by between 10-11 or so to find out what the cooking demo will be about this week. If available, luffa squash and fennel will be featured. As always, all the main ingredients will be sourced that morning from our farmers and specialty food vendors. And remember: If you see something at one of our farmers’ tents that you want to try, let us know and we will get it, wash it off, and chop or slice it up for you to try!


Yarrow or Blake will be with us this week bringing their super balloon twisting skills, we will have the Kid’s Activity tent set up and stocked with plenty of paper and crayons. As always, there will be hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, and jump ropes on hand for kids of all ages, and we now have an extra tent and chairs set up so folks can take a break from shopping in a bit of shade.


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

As of Friday early afternoon we still need TWO  folks to help set up between 8:00-9:00 a.m. and TWO folks to help with breakdown from 1:00 to about 1:45 at latest.  For setup and breakdown, remember: many hands – and the two hand trucks we have – make for  much lighter work!  We could also use someone – or two – to get the highway signs at the end of the day.  

Thank you to Alison, Cathy, Doug, Jane, Janice, Michelle, Marietta, and Sue for signing up!

Potential volunteers are always welcome to “shadow” a volunteer doing a task you are interested in learning how to do before you sign up for a market day volunteer spot.


Thanks to all who took the time to vote via the American Farmland Trust Annual Farmers Market Celebration!!! Our farmers market came in 1st in Massachusetts and #22 nationally in the “People’s Choice” and “Pillar of the Community” categories!! For more information, see :markets.farmland.org


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

Produce: Both Farmer Dave’s and Kelly’s Farm will have tomatoes, green and wax beans, different types of winter squash and much more. Farmer Dave wrote in that they have a beautiful fall crop of carrots, beets, romanesco, and broccoli and lots of apples, incnluding Macs, Honeycrisp, Cortlands, Macoun, and Golden Delicious, as well as blueberries, and, weather permitting, strawberries and raspberries, too. The more delicate berries need to be picked within hours of sending to the market and cannot be picked for sale if they are wet.

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

NEWSFLASH: West River Creamery, as well as Vermont Gourmet Candy Dish, are not able to join us again until October 15, which is our last market day of the summer season. 

Seafood: The Fish Lady will have her usual assortment of lovely freshly caught local seafood. Best to show up early before your favorite sells out! You can also call Michelle at 781-929-5358 or email her via mkraft1974@aol.com to place a special order.

SPECIAL! $$The Fish Lady and Coutt’s Specialty Foods will have a special running this weekend. You can buy a pound of salmon and a 10 oz jar of jam for $20.00!

Specialty Foods: Ackermann’s Maple Farm will again have whiskey barrel aged maple syrup along with their regular tasty products, Coutt’s Specialty Foods will be here with their traditional preserves and more, for delicious pastas, raviolis, and sauces, stop by Deano’s Pasta, and don’t miss a visit to Samira’s for the best Middle Eastern foods around.

Baked Goods: From artisan loaves from Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery and sweet and savory baked goods, as well as excellent sandwiches from Swiss Bakers, to The Popover Lady’s popovers, as well as scones and pies. And the best cookies around from Goodies Homemade, we have you covered. Plus, Roasted Granola has all you need for breakfast and beyond with their tasty granola, well as yogurt and local honey.

Beverages: Downeast Cider House is here this week. You need to try their Pumpkin blend. Tower Beverages will also be here with their wonderful craft sodas. Have you tried the Grape? And, Pour Man’s Coffee will be here, making sure that we can get the very best coffee around, along with additional tea and fruit based beverages. They have amazing sweet treats, too, as well Fair Trade coffee beans that Dean’s Beans blends especially for them.

Pet Treats: If you are looking for a gluten free snack for your dog, try Emmett’s Zero Gluten beef treats. There are no additives, preservatives, or artificial colors in any of Emmett’s Edibles products.

Artisans: We will have Barefoot Books, Bead Happy, Kaleidoscope Soap, and Trow’s Treasures this week, the latter with lovely herbal products created by Wakefield herbalist Sarah Trow.


As always, along with accepting credit and debit cards, we also proudly welcome SNAP/EBT transactions in exchange for “Market Bucks.” Our market continues to match SNAP/EBT purchases up to $10 per visit so all of our neighbors can afford to eat healthy local foods. Just stop by the Market Manager Tent to get your Market Bucks.


COMING UP: For music: Amy Spillert (10/8) and Kali Stoddard Imari (10/15).  The Pop Up Library will be back on 10/8, and a fun pop-up art program for kids is in the planning 10/15.


The Wakefield Farmers Market runs RAIN OR SHINE (except in dangerous weather, e.g. lightening or hurricane conditions).  The market opens at 9:00 a.m. and closes at 1:00 p.m. every Saturday starting June 18 through October 15, 2016.

Please visit  www.wakefieldfarmersmarket.org for a complete listing of vendors and upcoming events and to sign up for the email newsletter.  You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter. See you at the Market!Wendy Dennis
Market Manager


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September 29, 2016
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October 1, 2016 Preview: Rain or Shine! Kev G Mor, Barefoot Books, SO MANY FRUITS and VEGGIES!! :)

You will get all the news in the Friday email, but for now,
scroll down for the link to last week’s recipe

 and the
SNEAK PREVIEW of the
October 1, 2016 Market Day

Click HERE for the Recipe! Green and Wax Bean Sauté with Bok Choy and Red Bell Pepper 


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.

As of Thursday afternoon, we need folks THREE folks for for setup from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. and TWO more folks for breakdown from 1:00 – 1:45 p.m. For setup and breakdown, remember: many hands – and the two hand trucks we have – make for lighter work!
We could also use someone – or two – to get the highway signs would be a great help.

Also, you can always stop by and “shadow” another volunteer to learn what it is all about.

And THANK YOU to Debbie, Michelle, Sarah, and Sue for already signing up 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.

Thank you to all for already signing up!


Okay – here is the preview:

  • Music by Kev G Mor
  • Barefoot Books
  • Wakefield Main Street
  • Tower Beverages
  • Biweekies: Bondat Foods,Coutt’s, Downeast Cider
  • Cooking Demo with Luffa Squash from Flats Mentor Farm. And possibly including fennel if available.  

As always, along with accepting credit and debit cards, we also proudly welcome SNAP/EBT transactions in exchange for “Market Bucks.” Our market continues to match SNAP/EBT purchases up to $10 per visit so all of our neighbors can afford to eat healthy local foods. Just stop by the Market Manager Tent to get your Market Bucks.


The Wakefield Farmers Market runs RAIN OR SHINE (except in dangerous weather, e.g. lightening or hurricane conditions).  The market opens at 9:00 a.m. and closes at 1:00 p.m. every Saturday starting June 18 through October 15, 2016.
Please visit  www.wakefieldfarmersmarket.org for a complete listing of vendors and upcoming events and to sign up for the email newsletter.  You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter. See you at the Market!
Wendy Dennis
Market Manager


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

ingredients

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

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

beansGreen and Wax Bean Sauté

¨ 3-4 Tbsp oil and/or butter

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

¨ 1 cup chopped onion

¨ 1 cup chopped bok choy

¨ 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper

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

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

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

** Or seasoning of your choice

NOTE: Amounts are just guidelines!

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